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What does the South Beach Diet Menu Look Like?

Jun 6, 2008
It is so discouraging to start a new diet program expecting to learn about how to eat healthy and nutritious foods, only to be given a short and not-so-sweet list of foods you are allowed to eat. This leads to boredom and failure in no time.

Fortunately, that is not the case with the South Beach Diet. Contrary to other diet plans, the list of foods you can eat on the South Beach Diet is much longer than the list of foods you must avoid.

The South Beach Diet does not forbid the foods you really enjoy; it just teaches you to eat them in a different manner. This is why it is so successful. For example, if you are a meat eater, you will not be expected to totally cut out red meats in particular - you just have to learn to eat the leaner cuts and in smaller portions.

Examine Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, as this is the most restrictive - and usually the most difficult - part of the diet. You will be surprised to see that many foods you would not expect to eat - the ones other diets make you eliminate - are actually a part of the Phase 1 menu.

Low in fat or fat free cheese along with beef, pork, eggs, low fat lunch meat and poultry are all allowed so long as you avoid greasy or fatty portions. For all you seafood lovers, you will be delighted to discover that products from the sea are allowed and even encouraged throughout all phases of the South Beach Diet. If you have a sweet tooth, that's no problem, but you must keep your sweet allowance to 75 calories each day. Phase 1 is the strictest part of the diet but you still have the choice to include your favorite foods so you can see that this diet will be easy to stick to.

Many people who do their own cooking are often unsure about appropriate ingredients when adapting their usual recipes. At the start of the South Beach Diet, you are restricted to canola and olive oils and non or low fat milk and yogurt but these bans are lifted as soon as you have made your way past phase 1 and home-cooking becomes far easier and much more straightforward.

During Phase 1, you eliminate fruits, full-fat dairy foods and grains from your diet. After two weeks of this, your cravings for these foods are drastically reduced, and once your body is cleansed of these negative nutrients, your digestive system works better and you will lose weight more easily and consistently.

The most important question to ask when you are choosing a diet program is, "What will I be able to eat?" You will be more than pleased with the answer to this question on the South Beach Diet. And the weight loss that comes with it won't be so bad either.
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Visit weight-loss guru Linda Miller's website for completely free South Beach Diet Recipes, and to see what you can eat on the South Beach Diet Phase 2
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