South Beach Diet - Were you a carb addict?

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04-28-2009, 02:18 PM
Iíve started the South Beach diet yesterday. First time ever.

I am feeling good so far, it seems like my usual 4pm carb cravings were gone which makes me very hopeful that this time I will succeed!

I walked around the grocery store for an hour to buy a ton of veggies and meats, had to store them all in the fridge(a very challenging task), then I spent half an hour chopping salad and cooking the chicken from scratch. By the time I sat down to eat I was very tired! maybe that is how you lose the weight:too tired to eat.

I did WW for a long time but I noticed that every time I sat down to have my portion of baked chips I would want more and more and more!:dizzy:

Did any of you get rid of the carb addiction with this eating plan?

Thank you already, this site helps a lot since I don't feel so lonely, dealing with my food issues on my own.
Good Luck to you all!;)

04-28-2009, 06:40 PM
I'm a white flour and sugar addict, 100%!!!!! Once you get into the habit of eating good things, it gets better, I promise! And you get used to making food, too. I do a combo of Ph2 and WW (I still count points) but had to give up regular WW because I would just binge eat. One thing would trigger something else, which would trigger something else, and before I knew it, I'd eaten everything in the house all in 1 evening!

I know you can do it, and welcome to the beach! :D

04-28-2009, 07:30 PM
I do a combo of Ph2 and WW (I still count points) but had to give up regular WW because I would just binge eat. One thing would trigger something else, which would trigger something else, and before I knew it, I'd eaten everything in the house all in 1 evening!

I TOTALLY know what you mean. I dropped my first 25 on WW and then got lazy ... 1 cup of rice turned into a huge overstuffed cup of rice, or one flour tortilla turned into 2 of them, and next thing you know i'm cutting into my extra points. LOL

adaminu: WELCOME! I am also on day 2 of PHASE 1. (again) Just hang in there. We'll be able to eat the good carbs again, we just have to suck it up for these first 2 weeks! :D

04-28-2009, 07:44 PM
south beach definately helps me control my carb addiction. if it were up to me, i'd only eat carbs! if fact, when i was pregnant, i was doing just that, to the point where i was dizzy after my meals. i didn't know that was the problem until i discussed it with my ob. now that i eat right, i will actually crave healthy foods instead of unhealthy ones. and when i've been on the beach for a while, the smallest bite of something "illegal" is more than enough, or i feel dizzy when eating too much, like more than 2 bites of ice cream. its weird, but it helps keep me in check. I don't know if anyone else reacts this extremely? maybe its just me. also, i'm a vegetarian, so i have to work a little harder for the protein.

04-28-2009, 08:53 PM
Thank you for your help, I don't feel like a freak anymore!


04-29-2009, 06:56 AM
I was (and still am) a carb addict. Bread and pasta were my triggers - one serving just didn't do it. Cutting back and eating only whole grain has really helped. I have cut sugar completely and it's really helping me control my Type II diabetes.

04-29-2009, 07:03 AM
I really think that the large and almost nightly servings of white pasta or mashed potatoes had a lot to do with my weight issues (and, of course, white rolls with salads and bags of chips). I was shocked the first time I saw an actual serving of pasta. I typically ate close to 1/3 lb with my meal. I came from the old weight loss school of thought - fat bad, carbs good - and that increased my weight quite a bit. South Beach has helped me get a handle on the carb issue and to identify my triggers.

04-29-2009, 02:24 PM
Adaminu, :welcome3:

I was a total, over-the-top carb/sugar addict before I started SBD. I was eating at LEAST 25-30 servings of simple sugars and carbs every day. It formed the majority of what I ate, with some dairy, meat, and a little fruit. It was drastically unhealthy and I felt totally miserable. (you can read more about it in my post from my one year anniversary on SBD ( Going on SBD changed my life. Not only do I eat much, much healthier now, but I was amazed to find that I didn't have the mid-morning, mid-afternoon, all-night-long cravings I'd dealt with for years. I didn't feel totally exhausted all the time and barely able to lift my head in the afternoons. I was energized, happy, and I actually had room to think about things other than when I'd get my next food fix! :goodvibes: It's life-changing to have your focus shift and to get healthy. I hope you have a similar experience, Adaminu! :hug:

It's not surprising to be addicted to carbs/simple sugars. They have a huge affect on your body and it's easy to become addicted to that feeling. One needs more and more of the drug (sugar) to keep having a similar reaction. When one stops eating it, one gets withdrawal symptoms. Here's more information:

From :
We know, for instance, that foods which are high glycemic (e.g. sugar and flour products, highly processed simple carbohydrates) trigger a reaction in the body of many binge eaters to "over secrete" insulin. The effect is a rapid rise in blood sugar followed by an increase in seratonin and beta endorphin levels. Unfortunately, this reaction causes a rapid drop in these levels shortly after - the result being a "withdrawal-like" syndrome marked by depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and a craving of the substance (high glycemic foods) to relieve the distress. If this sounds familiar to the alcoholic, it's no coincidence. Alcohol converts to pure sugar as it is digested in the stomach. Alcoholics who abstain from drinking and find themselves craving sugar, caffeine, and nicotine do so because these substances tend to alleviate some of the same symptoms associated with both alcohol and, yes, sugar withdrawal.

Toxic Foods and Mood ( (check out the paragraph starting with, "An imbalance...")
The Science Underneath Sugar Sensitivity (
I learned a lot about this issue by reading Potatoes Not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons.
There is a summary and first chapter from the book Little Sugar Addicts: End the Mood Swings, Meltdowns, Tantrums, and Low Self-Esteem in Your Child Today, also by Kathleen DesMaisons, here ( You'll find pertinent information in the section of the first chapter entitled, "The Biology of Sugar Sensitivity."

Anyways, you are certainly not alone, Adaminu, and yes, you can beat your carb addiction with this plan. Like you, I found that on WW, I just wanted to eat more and more. It was a constant battle with willpower, and I don't have a lot. With SBD, I didn't have to. :D

04-29-2009, 07:32 PM
I WAS/AM a carb addict. South Beach has so helped me to not crave them anymore. And now I am afraid to eat them.. so I am just extra careful of what and how much I put into my mouth!
My favorite carbs: tortillas, tortilla chips, and ice cream....

04-30-2009, 12:12 AM
Hi you all, thanks for the encouraging words!
I am definetly going to some sort of withdrawal but I am staying positive and determined, I think once I see some results I will start to be more trustful of this new eating style. My mind keep saying "this is so hard, maybe it is not for you" and stuff like that but I have a feeling it is my bad habits trying to come back and I must be missing the sugar highs I was used to everyday

04-30-2009, 10:38 AM
Adaminu, I find that the day before I'm totally detoxed (for me, that's day 3, for you it might be as late as day 5), my inner critics go NUTS trying to persuade me to give up. I'm now used to it and am ready to go into battle at the beginning of day 3. I make sure I'm free from any temptation around me, bring gum and tea with me, and have a mindset of being fiercely determined to get through. Before I know it, I've passed on to the peaceful land of no cravings! :cloud9: You'll be there before you know it...just hold tight! :hug:

04-30-2009, 07:52 PM
Beachgal: LOL! That's EXACTLY the same time I try talking myself outta it ... day 3.

04-30-2009, 11:19 PM
I like the "Inner critics" idea, I can see these little creatures walking on my head with their little signs that say all these reasons why I should just give up. I read somewhere that once you realize the little critics and start to observe them you become powerful over them and you can win. ... I sound like a total nut!:dizzy:. Once I had a friend that use to talk to the little critics and say :"thanks for sharing but no thanks."
Anyway I will keep trying to stay on track. Day four and the cravings were awful today but I survived!:carrot:
Take care and Thank you!

05-01-2009, 05:54 AM
I am not a Beacher but I was definitely addicted to carbs! I made the decision 3 months ago to give up sugar, flour and basically all the white stuff. I have since lost 43 pounds. Apparently carbs are my trigger to overindulge.

05-01-2009, 04:38 PM
Anyway I will keep trying to stay on track. Day four and the cravings were awful today but I survived!:carrot:

glad u survived :) day 4 is a tough day. I have made it almost thru week 2, and feel that my cravings have mostly subsided. it is no longer physical at this point; now it is mental. my body doesn't need the bread or fruit, but my head thinks it would taste delicious - know what i mean? anyway, hang in there, you're almost half way thru, and it will get easier with each day.;)

05-01-2009, 04:56 PM
Hello, my name is Terry, and I am a sugar/carb addict! Four months into SB, and I still have to be really careful with sweets. There's a difference between the physical craving and the emotional/mental craving. I don't think I'll ever truly be rid of that!

05-02-2009, 12:56 AM
Baristamom: You are right about the mental cravings, I don't think we can really get rid of them totally so the best is to let the craving thought come and distract our minds with something else right away and that way we will reach our goals, one day at a time!

Madeleinesmom: I guess these cravings have been with us for so long that it's like a bad habit, it's how we tend to respond to emotional situations. If we stop right when the craving comes up, we can get a hold of it and redirect our thoughts. Let's try!
This is day five and I found out the the nuts are very dangerous for me:devil:, I think I can consider them a total trigger to overeating. I wonder sometimes if it is even worthwhile to eat 15 and them have deal with the wish to have 50!?
Tonight I made a really good dessert: Sugarfree Orange jello and them put in a cup, add some fat free half and half and eat it. Much better than those ricotta things that I really didn't enjoy.
Have a great weekend!
It's my first weekend on SBD, I hope I survive it!
Take care,

Sunny Gee
05-02-2009, 01:29 PM
Two weeks into this new life plan. First week-10 days was pure Flat Belly Diet. Then, I decided to combine it with South Beach. I'm 57 with a sluggish metabolism, but I've lost 7.5 lbs. in these 14 days! I also gave up all diet soda, and my taste buds have literally come alive in the past few days! I can eat grilled onions and peppers and they taste sweet! A small scoop of guacamole, and I can taste every ingredient in it! It's simply amazing, and making everything taste SO good-food I never really enjoyed before but just ate mindlessly. Back in my early 40's, I was on Atkins and dropped 60 lb. in 4 months. I know it won't come off that fast, but this is a life change, and so I'm more patient.

Good luck! :)

05-03-2009, 01:41 PM
:carrot: I am doing it! I can't believe it!
Yesterday I went out to dinner with my DH, we've been on this journey together
and he lost a bunch already, I promised myself I would wait 2 weeks to weigh in.
We went to a mexican restaurant and we ordered the chicken fajitas. Instead of the rice and beans I ordered a salad(I took my own olive oil and balsamanic vinegar dressing and a little bunch of chopped nuts from home) and instead of guacamole 2 slices of avocado. It worked great, I have to admit resisting the chips and the homemade warm tortillas was a huge challenge for me!. I was satisfied though, which must tell me that it is a good step towards reducing the association of food with entertainment (not completely but at least for now).
So it's been very hard to stay away from carbs.
I went shopping at Trader Joes(I don't know if you have it in the East), and it was a nightmare to walk around and wanting to eat everything. I was wondering around looking for something new but that was a mistake, next time I will walk in with my list and be quick!

How are you all doing with the "carbs challenge"?

Have a great week!

05-03-2009, 03:47 PM
Today was supposed to be my first day of Phase 2. You want to know what i did? I woke up and ate jelly filled shortbread cookies that I had bought for my son. Why? I don't know. I guess they were good - I can't remember because I felt so gross 15 minutes later, my head is still fuzzy and my heart is still palpitating from it, even after a P1 breakfast. I feel like I did that time I had 4 donuts for dinner. I don't know why I just sabotaged myself after a whole 14 days of working so hard. Not quite sure what to do now, either. Do I forget it ever happened, finish the day P1, and start P2 tomorrow? or go thru another few days of P1? I never expected to just blow it like this - I feel like a jerk! Hope one of you SBD experts/veterans know what I should do:?:

05-03-2009, 05:00 PM
Baristamom, that's a shame that you caved to the cookies after all this time, but at least it sounds like you hopped right back on the wagon. I would continue onto Phase 2, but remember the advice to introduce a new food one at a time. If you start experiencing cravings, go back to Phase 1 for a few days, but if you seem to be ok, then just go on with Phase 2.

05-03-2009, 08:06 PM
Hi Baristamom,
Don't be so hard on yourself, we will still make a few mistakes here and there no matter what. I remember being on WW and I was having a really good day, I went to pick up my daughter at a Bday party and the other mom had this domino pizza and she said "do you want some?" I said yes and I ate a bunch of pizza. Sooo irrational! but that's how we humans are sometimes! The big picture is that you've accomplished so much so far, don't worry about one little mess-up. If I were you I would keep om going with phase two, lower your expectations a bit because we all know you won't lose that fast on PH2.
I think sometimes our mental reaction to these mistakes is more damaging than the calories of that one food.

You are just fine, move on, one day at a time and you will succeed!!!

Have a great week,