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Anyone tried the Southbeach Diet...(7 posts)

Anyone tried the Southbeach Diet...Serac
Aug 12, 2003 11:57 AM
So here's the deal: I picked up a copy of Bicycling Magazine and they were running an article on the South Beach Diet (Basically high protein-low carb) in order to shave off a little extra fat. My goal is to drop from about 18% body fat to about 14%. So...I became Intrigued. I decided to give it a shot but have found that in my first week, I have little energy for cycling. Doing some research, the creator of this diet suggested to increase low glycemic carbs. Has anyone out there had success with this diet? If so, did you modify it in any way so as not to impact your cycling?


did you lose any weight?daCaT_
Aug 12, 2003 12:17 PM
I am interested in this as a way to drop 5 pounds, but it seems the 13.6 pounds lost (in two weeks) was for very over weight people. I have lost 7 pounds this season using the Zone, but i cant seem to drop the last five i need.
did you lose any weight?Serac
Aug 12, 2003 2:49 PM
I am still in my first week. I'll keep you posted.

simple--eat more carbsColnagoFE
Aug 12, 2003 12:18 PM
diet alone ain't gonna make you lose weight permanently. it's just part of the equation. throw in some more veggies and maybe some whole wheat bread...brown rice, etc. no magic to dieting. it's calories in calories out. you need to burn more than you eat. most of the initial weight loss from HP diets is water anyway. you lose weight from calorie restriction.
I lost weight, but energy tooUncleMoe
Aug 12, 2003 1:33 PM
I read the same article and it snapped me into the realization that I need to lose about 20 pounds. I started the recommended diet plan a week ago this past Sunday. I also decided to commute to work each day last week also instead of my regular two days, I did all 5.

By Wednesday I realized no way could I commute and do the diet as outlined. I was bonking withing 20 minutes. Basically I modified it as such:

Stopped (just this cuts out a lot of calories):
Drinking alchohol
No sweets, candy, ice cream
No pasta (just for August)
No salty snack foods
Only eat bread if it is a sandwich (no dinner rolls, garlic bread)

Otherwise I am eating what I want, simply watching the portions. TONS of fruits and vegetables to keep me full and hydrated, yet low calorie.

I know there is some reason why these fad diets restrict fruits and veggies such as carrots, but I'm ignoring them.

I also decided not to weigh myself except once a week or two. I can feel I've lost about an inch off my waist already, guessing about 5-7 pounds in 10 days.

Basically, if you are very active, any of the fad diets will probably have an affect on how well you feel. I realized that rather quickly and simply made adjustments.
Thanks guys (EOM)Serac
Aug 12, 2003 2:49 PM
re: Anyone tried the Southbeach Diet...zeke
Aug 13, 2003 6:29 AM
I did not try that diet in particular, but have tried various low carb diets and the results have been spectacular. My body fat dropped by 1/3.

Yes, you will experience a lack of energy, but only in the beginning. After a couple of weeks you will be back to normal, and may have even improved.