South Beach Diet phase 1
Banishing your cravings"
This is a 2 weeks of "strict" dieting and is the initial weight loss period. Nearly all carbohydrates are avoided but do not get the wrong idea. The South Beach diet states that you should never be left hungry. Suprisingly it actually includes six different times you can eat throughout the day. While you are on the South Beach diet, you should eat normal size portions that satisfy your real hunger. But certainly you should not go for more than that. However the food you do eat should be limited to "good fats" and foods with the lowest Glycemic Index needed for blood sugar control.
Dr Agatston (developer of the diet) states:
"For the next 14 days you won't be having any bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, or baked goods. No fruit, even. Before you panic: You'll begin adding those things back into your diet again in 2 weeks. But for right now, they're off-limits."
Banned foods: Bread, potatoes, pasta, rice or baked products. Fruit, fruit juices, milk, yoghurt, full-fat cheese, butter, alcohol, sweets, cakes and any sugary foods.
You're allowed: Lean cuts of meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, low-fat or fat-free cheese and some nuts. Low glycaemic index vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, celery), olive or rapeseed oil.
For snacks, you're allowed to have low-fat cheese with celery/cucumber/ turkey slices, and for desserts, sugar-free jelly and dishes made with low-fat ricotta cheese.
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