One of the reasons I love the South Beach Diet so much is because it's so easy to follow - more of a healthy lifestyle than a dreaded diet. I've read lots of diet books and most of them make my head spin. They're either too regimented or too restrictive or too convoluted...in other words, they're just too hard (or frustrating) for me to do. Naturally SBD Phase 1 is somewhat limited, but it doesn't last very long plus, everything is explained so logically in the book that it isn't a challenge and, more important for me anyway, the book isn't too technical to read...simple explanations as to why carbs are important and the difference in types of carbs. Most important - because this is one diet that truly can last a lifetime - it just provides some simple, logical ways to live a healthy lifestyle with wonderful, easy to prepare foods to enjoy.
Truth be told, it took me more than a month to lose 15 pounds and another month to lose an additional 5....(so don't expect any quick fix) but that was last March and for those of you considering the diet or just beginning and wondering what you'll eat, you can follow my journey starting here. And bottom line...almost a year later - I haven't gained any weight back! I was holding my breath when I got back from Halifax and stood on the scale, because for the last month, I haven't really been paying attention and definitely munched on way more sweets than I usually would. I really think that the reason I didn't gain any weight was because, now I automatically eat multigrain breads and pastas (more fiber), use a lot less fat in cooking, and choose low fat cheeses to nibble on as snackfood rather than chocolate bars.
Now I'm home and with the exception of the box of Whippets (chocolate marshmallow cookies I couldn't resist at the supermarket. They were my favorite cookie as a kid), it's back to simple dinners and more healthful desserts
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