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abbynormal278
07-08-2009, 11:28 AM
Hi Everyone! My name is Abby and I am just starting the SB Diet today! woo-hoo :carrot: Anyhow, that being said. If I choose to exercise (which I know isn't required) do you think that more weight will come off? I am currently 278 (AHHHHH! :o) and I want to lose it the most healthiest way possible. I am literally starting to get physically sick because of my weight. Otherwise, any advice would be greatly appreciated. This week I am starting the adventure of vegetable (never had ANY) so any not so yucky kinds would be appreciated.


Lexxiss
07-08-2009, 11:49 AM
Hi Abby:sunny: and :welcome3:

There is a great "sticky" above which has all kinds of suggestions. The most important is to read the book. I got the "Supercharged" SB book from the library. I also did lots of looking through old posts.

Everyone is here to help. When I started on May 5, I understood it was really important not to cheat. Hard sometimes, but I believe it is instrumental in getting rid of the cravings that make it hard to stay OP.

I was already exercising before starting SB, so I'll leave that to someone else. I have lost 18# since starting, which I am really happy with. Our bodies are all different. What I remember daily is that if I expect this to be a miraculous short term fix, I will be disappointed. I am here for a change in lifestyle and patience is my word. If I change my lifestyle, the weight will come off, as my body lets it.

Best Wishes!

Barb0522
07-08-2009, 11:54 AM
Welcome to the beach, Abby! Exercise will help burn calories which will help you lose weight but it will also add muscle which may cause a weight gain. That's why many people focus on how well their clothes fit or how many inches they have lost rather than the pounds. I met with a trainer earlier this week and he recommended that I be at about 152 if I exercise and get to 28% fat instead of the 33 I am now because I will be gaining lean muscle. I guess I'll see what I end up with. At one point I had gotten down to 140 when I was exercising regularly. I think you need to consider what your goals are. My primary goal is to be healthy (keeping cholesterol down, perhaps getting off my high blood pressure medicine, staying healthy and active for my son) and also looking better. The weight is just not as important to me. When I started South Beach in 2004, I was on 3 blood pressure meds and had high cholesterol and wore a size 18/20. Even though I let some weight creep back, I am so much healthier (and a size 10). Phase 1 is not a good time to start a new exercise program though so you may want to wait until phase 2 or at least start easy and make sure you are getting your beans and dairy so you have energy and don't suffer from the South Beach flu.

Check the recipe section. We've had posts where we talked about different vegetables.


CyndiM
07-08-2009, 12:13 PM
Welcome to the beach, Abby! Exercise will help burn calories which will help you lose weight but it will also add muscle which may cause a weight gain.

Based on everything I've read this whole effect has been seriously overstated, not that I don't like that explanation when I can't get the darned scale to move ;) It seems the weight gain from building muscle is actually pretty minimal and muscle is far more efficient at burning calories so should more than balance. Here's one article: http://health.msn.com/fitness/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100212101

IMO regular exercise is really important not only to lose weight but to keep it off. However you might want to add exercise slowly while in Phase 1 because your body just might not have enough energy for added exercise. Once you are in Phase 2 though go for it :)

femmecreole
07-08-2009, 12:16 PM
Hey Abby....
I think the real trick is just to take it day by day at first and get through phase 1 and maybe get a couple of weeks of phase 2 under your belt before starting a serious exercise program. Maybe just a little light walking for now?

I didn't really start exercising till I lost a lot of weight and felt good. You will be amazed how much better you feel physically after a while. This is just my thoughts, but if you throw too many things at your body at once then it could lead to giving up if you overdo it.

Can't give any advice on learning to love veggies cause I've always loved them (except for beets and turnip greens..ick!) but a huge salad made of spinach leaves and turkey and chopped up veggies is one of my favorite things to eat. This time of year there are so many fresh veggies around that it's easy to chop up a bunch of all different kinds and keep them marignated in the fridge..quick snack to grab, or in a salad or rolled up in turkey, it will help keep the hungries away!

moncheree
07-08-2009, 01:52 PM
Welcome. Exercise should always be a requirement in a healthy lifestyle. No vigerous activity during Phase 1, though.

Chelby29
07-08-2009, 02:31 PM
Abby, Welcome to SBD! My very favorite way to cook any veggie is to roast it. Summer squash, brussel sprouts, green beans, tomatoes, onions... Cut your veggies into chunks. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning. Bake at 400* for 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through. The veggies get caramelized and yummy. Good Luck! :)

michigangirl
07-08-2009, 02:50 PM
Welcome Abby, You will find many helpful ideas and recipes here to guide you thru phase 1. Salads are my main stay even when I am not dieting, but you will find that having bite size veggies ready in the fridge is a positive thing now. Stop back frequently for answers when something puzzles you. I have found tremendous help and support here. Linda

SunshineCA
07-08-2009, 03:11 PM
Hi Abby! :)

Just wanted to welcome you to South Beach Living and to 3 Fat Chicks! :)

abbynormal278
07-08-2009, 03:13 PM
Thanks for all of the advice guys! I am STARVING right now because I found a new enemy--Turkey Bacon and Eggs. It was horrible! I am going to find something good (and SB friendly) to eat right now as I feel soooo tired.

SunshineCA
07-08-2009, 03:24 PM
Curious? What happened with the turkey bacon and eggs?

abbynormal278
07-08-2009, 03:50 PM
I haven't had eggs in years, and I was turned off by the way the turkey bacon looked, and it just tasted processed to me. I really wanted to like it though. But I can see that I am going to be eating a lot of leftovers for breakfast on this diet :)

Lexxiss
07-08-2009, 03:52 PM
Lots of us eat leftovers for breakfast.

Chelby29
07-08-2009, 04:30 PM
Try Canadian Bacon. It's good.

abbynormal278
07-08-2009, 05:20 PM
I was thinking about canadian, isn't that kind of like ham?

ladyrider72472
07-08-2009, 05:24 PM
I am starting SB on Sunday. I was wondering if I am already doing an exercise program if it will affect it? I am doing a boot camp fitness program 4 or 5 days a week. I have been doing that for a month.

abbynormal278
07-08-2009, 05:52 PM
From what I have read, I don't think so, but I am new to this too. Your energy level does dive a little bit (I started today,) but if you feel okay to exercise you should be good :)

Barb0522
07-08-2009, 05:52 PM
Abby - Canadian bacon is a lot like ham. I prefer it to turkey bacon because I don't like bacon.

ladyrider - If you are already exercising (or eating pretty healthy to begin with) then you might not lose as fast as some but this is still a healthy way to eat.

SunshineCA
07-08-2009, 07:46 PM
I haven't had eggs in years, and I was turned off by the way the turkey bacon looked, and it just tasted processed to me. I really wanted to like it though. But I can see that I am going to be eating a lot of leftovers for breakfast on this diet :)

:lol: Oh ok. As you can see, you're not alone. Also know there are other breakfast options besides bacon and eggs. Check out some of the recipes here and on the internet in general. There are also a few South Beach Diet cookbooks available.

Wishing you the best of luck. :)

cottagebythesea
07-08-2009, 07:59 PM
:welcome3: to The Beach, abbynormal278!

abbynormal278
07-09-2009, 09:09 AM
So after 2 weeks, I should go into this phase 1.5 for how long? Which 1.5 from my understanding is 2 servings of fruits/grains per day?? Right?

murphmitch
07-09-2009, 07:07 PM
So after 2 weeks, I should go into this phase 1.5 for how long? Which 1.5 from my understanding is 2 servings of fruits/grains per day?? Right?

Actually in Phase 1.5 as we call it, you add one thing (fruit or grain) on a trial basis for a week, then another (fruit or grain)the following week, and so on. As you add new food items, watch for problems such as setting off cravings, etc. Sometimes you will tolerate an item at a certain time of the day better than another. If you add stuff in slowly, it seems to work better than all at once. Here's a link to a thread with lots of good info about Phase II.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/59321-emergency-handbook-phase-2-a.html