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Friday, March 11, 2005

Sanders Family - South Beach Diet Update

Somebody recently asked about how the South Beach Diet was going at the Sanders' household. Here are some points:

1) South Beach isn't really a short term diet, it is a lifestyle eating change.
2) In a nutshell - cut out trans/bad fats, sugar, processed and high glycemic foods.
3) Nobody in my family lost the 8-13 pounds in the first 2-week phase. More like 2-3 pounds. But we weren't really that overweight and we weren't 100% because of Shabbos.
4) Overall we have all lost between 3 and 12 pounds on the diet.
5) Like all diets, it is restrictive.
6) You still will have cravings for certain foods.
7) We have more energy on the diet.
8) We never used to use sugar substitutes and now we use them too much.
9) Our experience is colored by the fact that we have 3 elaborate meals with whole grain Challah (bread) on Shabbos. (Really 2 1/2 since the third meal is not all that elaborate)
10) We highly recommend that you try the diet, if you stick to it you will lose weight and feel better with more energy.

Here is link to a recent article: Florida School Testing South Beach Diet. Here's an excerpt:
The goal of the study is to figure out whether school cafeterias are capable of serving more nutritious food, whether kids will eat it and whether their health will improve.

The program underscores growing concerns across the nation about childhood obesity. Government data suggest about 15 percent of U.S. youngsters are severely overweight or obese, a problem that may lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Some state surveys indicate the obesity rate could be higher
Besides initial student finickiness, the biggest obstacle has been access to healthier ingredients. The school district is part of a buying group with other districts that have a long-term contract with a food distributor. Most schools, for example, aren't ordering whole-wheat pasta.

In addition, the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables is shorter than frozen or canned items, making it difficult sometimes to buy in bulk.