Weight Loss Support - Having trouble with South Beach Diet




McKenziesmomma
07-30-2008, 10:32 AM
Hey all...first of all I would like to just say that as of today I have lost my first 20 lbs. :cheer:

I started this weight loss journey deciding I would just limit calories....so I cut them down to 1500....but ate anything I wanted.....I finally hit a plateau and decided I probably needed to cut back on the carbs.

I decided to try the south beach diet...but would still like to limit my calories to 1500. I don't like spinach! YUCK! I have tried it but can't do it.

I'm have the food list and an idea of how to structure my meals....but are there any carb limitations during phase 1?

I really don't like this diet.....I'm not happy at all...and its affecting my "want" to exercise! I don't know what to do....maybe I should go back to the 1500 calories eating what I want to and just try to cut out some of the carbs I was eating???

I don't know what to do...but I want to continue to lose weight.


nelie
07-30-2008, 10:37 AM
You might want to look at the SBD forum:
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=110

If you are doing Phase 1 and have the Phase 1 food list, then limitations should be posted there. I think serving portiions are also listed and although you aren't limited, I think serving sizes are a suggestion, to start with.

If you want to look at an online version of the Phase 1 list, it is posted in a subforum of the SBD forum:
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=141376

The SBD forum peeps may also be able to help troubleshoot some of your issues on why you don't like the diet. Of course maybe it isn't the diet for you.

GONNABE165
07-30-2008, 10:38 AM
sounds like if your calorie counting your calories may be to low.

south beach is not for everyone so you do need to find what works for you - good luck in what you decide and remeber theres support here for just about any weight loss situation


midwife
07-30-2008, 10:39 AM
I don't know much about South Beach, but you should not be on an eating plan that you hate.

You know what to do: appropriate portions of healthy foods, including whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. Lots of water. Mix up the exercise. Strength train. Cardio. And patience.

How long was your plateau? Were you taking measurements as well?

JerseyGyrl
07-30-2008, 10:41 AM
I really don't like this diet.....I'm not happy at all

If you aren't liking the "diet"....realistically speaking, its not going to be something you will stick with. It sounds like you are trying to force yourself to do something you really don't want to do and that is never going to work. Successful & permanant weight loss must be a complete lifestyle change...which means a plan you can maintain for the rest of your life. There are many eating plans out there, research them & decide which one is doable for you.

All the best to you!!!:)

McKenziesmomma
07-30-2008, 10:55 AM
Your right...I don't like this at all!!! So, I probably won't stick with it...

My main problem is the veggies...I love meat so that isn't a problem...

but I like corn, pinto beans, black eyed peas, breaded okra, white beans...stuff like that...I don't like a whole bunch of veggies...I have checked out the SBD forum here...most of the meals don't look appitizing!

I'm gonna try to stick with it ...the part I don't like is only 2 weeks long! Phase 2 starts to add fruit and stuff....I guess I'm just scared I'm gonna gain weight when I start adding fruit and stuff???

I started my journey on June 24th below are my weekly weights

June 24th - 260
June 30th - 255
July 7th - 249
July 14th - 248 (here was my first plateau...I added a little extra cardio)
July 21st - 243
July 28th - 243 (second plateau....I do cadio and strength training and I mix it up alot so my body doesn't get used to it)

I started the SBD Monday and since then I have lost 3 pounds! I am happy about that

I just want to be able to lose 3 pounds a week at least until January!! This doesn't sound unreasonable to me! Does it sound unreasonable to you guys?

Ija
07-30-2008, 11:13 AM
Melissa, a loss of 3 pounds a week will be hard to sustain over a long period of time. Most people, even when they eat cleanly and stick to their plan 100% of the time, experience fluctuations in the amount they lose from week to week. That can include a few plateaus, which are very typical for people losing a lot of weight. As many here often say, weight loss is not linear.

I think it's more reasonable to aim for 1-2 pounds a week. That's a pretty healthy rate of weight loss, and is more sustainable over a long period of time than 3 pounds. Also, remember that as you lose more weight, your rate of weight loss will begin to slow down.

Good luck to you!

nelie
07-30-2008, 11:19 AM
If you don't like veggies, I have a couple suggestions

1) stick to calorie counting
2) learn to expand your veggie horizons. Honestly, it is very very hard to lose weight and maintain that weight loss without eating at least some veggies.

ladybugnessa
07-30-2008, 11:22 AM
I don't know much about South Beach, but you should not be on an eating plan that you hate.

You know what to do: appropriate portions of healthy foods, including whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. Lots of water. Mix up the exercise. Strength train. Cardio. And patience.

How long was your plateau? Were you taking measurements as well?


the thing is I agree with you that folks should never do a plan they hate.

I love SBD ya know why?

appropriate portions of healthy food including whole grains, fruits veggies and lean proteins (also good fats)

lots of water
exercise


it's just the same thing in a different wrapper....

ladybugnessa
07-30-2008, 11:25 AM
Your right...I don't like this at all!!! So, I probably won't stick with it...

My main problem is the veggies...I love meat so that isn't a problem...

but I like corn, pinto beans, black eyed peas, breaded okra, white beans...stuff like that...I don't like a whole bunch of veggies...I have checked out the SBD forum here...most of the meals don't look appitizing!

I'm gonna try to stick with it ...the part I don't like is only 2 weeks long! Phase 2 starts to add fruit and stuff....I guess I'm just scared I'm gonna gain weight when I start adding fruit and stuff???

I started my journey on June 24th below are my weekly weights

June 24th - 260
June 30th - 255
July 7th - 249
July 14th - 248 (here was my first plateau...I added a little extra cardio)
July 21st - 243
July 28th - 243 (second plateau....I do cadio and strength training and I mix it up alot so my body doesn't get used to it)

I started the SBD Monday and since then I have lost 3 pounds! I am happy about that

I just want to be able to lose 3 pounds a week at least until January!! This doesn't sound unreasonable to me! Does it sound unreasonable to you guys?

beans are fine in phase 1 and two

i have chili today full of beans



you should know that your loss is GREAT

i have plateaus that last weeks and weeks and weeks

in fact this month i will show a gain of a couple of pounds...

3 pounds a week seems a bit high to me 1-2 pounds a week is considered healthy...

JerseyGirrl
07-30-2008, 11:36 AM
Congradulations on the weight loss! I don't really see a plateau there at all. I agree with the ladies here that 1-2 lbs per week is a healthy weight loss rate. 3 lbs per week every week until January is just setting yourself up for disappointment and will be extremely difficult to maintain once the weight is lost.

Like Nessa, I can plateau for weeks at a time also and even show a few lbs gained on the scale. You have to consider water weight, time of month, etc. It seems that when I plateau, that is when people are telling me that I got skinnier.

Just keep in mind that we didn't gain all the extra baggage overnight, so we aren't going to lose it overnight either.

nelie
07-30-2008, 12:15 PM
Oh and I didn't read your first post close enough, 3 lbs/week for a sustained period of time!? wow, I'd love to be able to do that, I'd love to lose 1 lb/week every week but it just doesn't happen all the time.

skinnybeach
07-30-2008, 12:58 PM
yeah, i have not lost a lb this month and I went 3 MONTHS without losing a pound. Going a week without losing isn't really a plateau. You've lost 20 lbs in a month...feel good about your progress and if this plan isn't for you, i'm sure there is one out there that is.

midwife
07-30-2008, 01:16 PM
the thing is I agree with you that folks should never do a plan they hate.

I love SBD ya know why?

appropriate portions of healthy food including whole grains, fruits veggies and lean proteins (also good fats)

lots of water
exercise


it's just the same thing in a different wrapper....

Oh, definitely. What little I do know about South Beach is that there is a focus on healthy foods.

horsey
07-30-2008, 01:36 PM
If you lose momentum and hit a plateau, you can kick up exercise and delete 100-200 calories. You don't have to go all out South Beach if you are working out hard, most "experts" these days say we need carbs, especially those of us working out! But for a short time, not evening following South Beach you could cut back - do only 1/2 of a bun, or 1 piece of bread on sandwiches. Eat carbs only for breakfast and lunch or dinner, but not both. Better to do carbs (bread, cereal, rice - high quiality) at lunch then dinner so you work them off! Eat lots of veggies, and watch the high glycemmic fruits, etc. There's a lot to be learned from the South Beach diet, it and Atkins did teach us what foods are lowest in sugars so our blood sugar doesn't spike and about foods that don't turn as quickly to fat. From what you are saying, you've been losing weight, maybe you could just cut calories down to 1300 or so and calorie count, watching when and how many carbs you have.

horsey
07-30-2008, 01:37 PM
Mix raw spinich in your salad greens and you'll hardly notice it with some good dressing and other veggies! I didn't like spinich either but now I buy it in the organic prewashed tubs and mix it in.

ladybugnessa
07-30-2008, 01:39 PM
If you lose momentum and hit a plateau, you can kick up exercise and delete 100-200 calories. You don't have to go all out South Beach if you are working out hard, most "experts" these days say we need carbs, especially those of us working out! But for a short time, not evening following South Beach you could cut back - do only 1/2 of a bun, or 1 piece of bread on sandwiches. Eat carbs only for breakfast and lunch or dinner, but not both. Better to do carbs (bread, cereal, rice - high quiality) at lunch then dinner so you work them off! Eat lots of veggies, and watch the high glycemmic fruits, etc. There's a lot to be learned from the South Beach diet, it and Atkins did teach us what foods are lowest in sugars so our blood sugar doesn't spike and about foods that don't turn as quickly to fat. From what you are saying, you've been losing weight, maybe you could just cut calories down to 1300 or so and calorie count, watching when and how many carbs you have.

i'm on South beach i eat grains daily

oatmeal
sweet potato
quonia
brown rice
whole wheat

i think that 20 pounds in 4 weeks is awesome and some patience is all that's needed.

horsey
07-30-2008, 01:44 PM
The author of the South Beach diet says some can skip the first phase if they have less to lose, with me the first phase was the problem with lots of exercise, I was exhausted and couldn't get energy to work out when I tried phase 1 again while exercising hard. I think we are all different, we all need different mixes of protein/fats/carbs. It takes playing around with foods and programs it seems. For me I need more protein then most, I eat and get hungry quick. If I eat too many carbs I bloat, even with whole wheat. So I've really cut back without a formal plan and I did get a few lbs off without even calorie counting. For me I have to mix carbs and protein, carbs alone and I'm hungry, moody, etc.

McKenziesmomma
07-30-2008, 02:00 PM
You know...so much of everything that everyone is saying makes sense!

I think maybe I will skip on to phase 2 of the SBD so I can have fruit and some whole grains....but what I don't get.....I was at walmart the other day comparing pastas....white pasta 2 oz 220 cal and 41 grams of carbs...the whole wheat pastas ...2 oz...220 cal (same) and 38 grams of carbs...net carbs that is....so what is the big difference???

I was at least happy before and I guess I didn't really hit a plateau like everyone says....my problem is I started out at 260 and wanted to get down to 120 in a year...thats probably highly unlikely....I wanted to be 130 by next May cause we are going to the beach for the first time and I wanted to look good in a bathing suit and feel sexy! I guess I could still look good in a bathing suit and feel sexy at 150....maybe I should shoot for 150 by May?

Thats 90 lbs in about 43 weeks so that is more like 2 pounds a week?

I have the problem of setting unrealistic goals and killing myself to try to get them and then getting discouraged and looking for the next best thing or way out

ladybugnessa
07-30-2008, 05:56 PM
You know...so much of everything that everyone is saying makes sense!

I think maybe I will skip on to phase 2 of the SBD so I can have fruit and some whole grains....but what I don't get.....I was at walmart the other day comparing pastas....white pasta 2 oz 220 cal and 41 grams of carbs...the whole wheat pastas ...2 oz...220 cal (same) and 38 grams of carbs...net carbs that is....so what is the big difference???

I was at least happy before and I guess I didn't really hit a plateau like everyone says....my problem is I started out at 260 and wanted to get down to 120 in a year...thats probably highly unlikely....I wanted to be 130 by next May cause we are going to the beach for the first time and I wanted to look good in a bathing suit and feel sexy! I guess I could still look good in a bathing suit and feel sexy at 150....maybe I should shoot for 150 by May?

Thats 90 lbs in about 43 weeks so that is more like 2 pounds a week?

I have the problem of setting unrealistic goals and killing myself to try to get them and then getting discouraged and looking for the next best thing or way out


set a goal to eat well and move every day and the weight will take care of itself

we don't count carbs on SBD
we don't count calories

WW pasta is better for you because it takes longer to digest

to be honest I RARELY have pasta or bread. I prefer sweet potato quiona or brown rice (in that order) as my dinner grain, I Have oatmeal every morning as my morning grain.

i personally as a middle aged woman tend to only have 2 grains per day not the 3-4 allowed

JayEll
07-30-2008, 06:41 PM
I wanted to be 130 by next May cause we are going to the beach for the first time and I wanted to look good in a bathing suit and feel sexy! I guess I could still look good in a bathing suit and feel sexy at 150....maybe I should shoot for 150 by May?

If I were you, I would not worry about May. I'd worry about getting through a week on plan. Maybe even just a day on plan!

From the things you've posted, it doesn't sound like you have a very clear idea of what's on South Beach Phase I. Maybe you should check that forum.

I have the problem of setting unrealistic goals and killing myself to try to get them and then getting discouraged and looking for the next best thing or way out

It sounds like that's what you're doing at the moment, doesn't it? Settle down, girl! ;)

You are probably going to have to try new foods and new ways of eating to lose weight... You're already down 20 pounds, so don't give up now! :cheer2:

Jay

SkinnyDogMom
07-30-2008, 07:14 PM
If you don't like spinach...don't eat spinach. Did you think you HAD to eat spinach? And, if SBD isn't working for you, try WW or Atkins, or any other diet that you feel you can stick with for the long run.
I like to do SBD with calorie counting "at times". I occasionally will track my calories in FitDay. For the most part, I don't count anything. But...on occasion my obsessive side wants to see some numbers.
The key for me to do phase 1 is to NOT count anything. I eat on plan foods, but don't worry about portions or calories. I do avoid nuts unless portioned out to me because I can and will sit and eat a whole bag of nuts. I also don't use much oil of any kind. The weight loss becomes secondary to getting my carb cravings under control during phase 1.
Phase 1 isn't about huge weight loss, it is to get those carb cravings under control.

nelie
07-30-2008, 09:27 PM
Mckenzie - Have you read the SBD book? If you read it, it would tell you why to choose one thing over another.

I would agree, don't worry about next May, worry about today, this week, etc.

Taurie
07-31-2008, 05:17 AM
Lots of good suggestions in this thread.

I have heard the 1st Phase is the hardest. But don't do a diet you hate... there is no point. Maybe just skip straight to Phase 2. The point of Phase 1 is to stop your cravings.

Maybe if you just limit your carbs to the good kind until 3pm or so and then in the evenings only have veg and lean proteins. That's what I do. And since I do my exercise in the morning or early afternoon it works perfectly for me.

Hope you find something that works for you.