At the age of nine, I went on my first diet. I have always liked going on diets. As if any weight-loss isn’t satisfying enough, there’s something about sticking to a plan that produces positive results.
Give Yourself a Boost
After the birth of my twins, I was somewhere between 25 and 30 pounds overweight. Even after I began exercising regularly again and felt myself getting back in shape, it seemed like the weight wasn’t budging. I decided to go on an actual diet-instead of applying my own considerable knowledge-to jump-start my weight loss. I knew that low-carb was the way to go, but my own efforts weren’t producing results quickly enough. Many women choose to use childbirth and motherhood as an excuse to avoid exercise and proper eating. I was determined not to be another statistic. One of my best friends had raved about her success on The South Beach Diet, so I decided to try it. I also had outstanding results, and within a couple of months, I was within a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight.
Choose a Diet That Appeals to You
Don’t shy away from trying different carb-conscious diets. I am an advocate and firm believer in living a low carbohydrate lifestyle; the health and weight-management benefits are irrefutable. In my opinion, no one plan is better than another within this arena. Individual results will vary, just as our personalities, tastes and levels of discipline are all different. However, if you are diligent, you will learn proper nutrition, balance, and portion control. If you stick to the plan for more than a couple of weeks, you will have built solid, clean eating habits that will endure even when you are no longer adhering to the diet exactly. I can attest to having watched many of my clients and friends lose major pounds on plans like Weight-Watchers, Nutri-System, Atkins, The Zone and The Perricone Diet. I’ve personally enjoyed success with several of them myself. The South Beach Diet marked an extremely pivotal point in my journey towards being healthy, fit and lean.
The South Beach Diet: Basics
If you’re considering going on a diet to get swimsuit ready for summer or just to get your eating on the right track, Dr. Agatston’s South Beach Diet is a tried and true, delicious, fast-acting weight loss plan. The base of the diet is comprised of lots of healthy protein-including, meat, poultry, fish and eggs-which satisfies the hunger and promotes lean muscle. You’ll learn the difference between “good” and “bad” carbs. You’ll increase your intake of fresh vegetables, cheese, nuts, and healthy oils while eliminating all of the following for two weeks: rice, pasta, potatoes, bread, alcoholic beverages, cake, candy, ice cream, cookies, and sugar. After this first phase, you should have lost anywhere between 8 and 13 pounds! The next 4 weeks of the diet consist of 2 phases of incorporating certain sweets and carbs back into your diet. “You may start on the The South Beach Diet hoping just to lose weight. If you adopt it and stay with it, you will surely accomplish that much. But you’ll also do a lot more for yourself, all of it very good (Agatston, The South Beach Diet).”
Source: The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss, Arthur Agatston, MD.
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