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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Sanders Family - South Beach Diet Blog - Day 2

Monday was the first full day of South Beach for the four of us and nobody had any problems. However, the beginning days of dieting are usually easy since we are often gung-ho about new projects. It is over the long term that we have problems. In fact that was one of the motivations behind the diet. Dr Arthur Agatston (see interview), a cardiologist, found that the current low-fat American Heart Association was too difficult to stay on, so there was very little long-term weight loss. The South Beach Diet was designed to make it easy to stay on for life so people would keep the weight off. If South Beach dieters are successful in the long-term, it will interesting to see if the AHA or the AMA changed there recommended diets.

There are three phases of the diet and they become less restrictive. In Phase 1 (usually 2 weeks), there are no carbs and no sugars and the greatest weight loss is realized. Phase 2 reintroduces whole grain carbs (sparingly) and fruits. After you reached your target weight, you enter Phase 3 where you can eat anything you want, but hopefully you will be eating healthier. If you put on some weight you can go back to Phase 1 or Phase 2 until you get back to your target weight.

One of the problems that our family faces is that we always eat 2 (or 3) meals with bread on Shabbos. If there was an absolute health or doctor's requirement to refrain from bread, we wouldn't eat it. But a weight-loss diet does not fall in to this category, so we will be eating bread during Phase 1. We'll see how this effects the normal expected weight loss of 8-13 pounds in the first 2 weeks.