South Beach Diet - Finding the right carb balance

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KKBs Nicole
01-01-2010, 06:17 PM
I'm a little over a week away from Phase 2 and that means reintroducing carbs into my diet.

Other than trial and error are there any good tips or tricks to determine the right amount of carbs for you? I know the first things coming back into my diet will be fruit, artificially flavored yogurt and sweet potatoes. Beyond those things I don't miss much else (at least not yet). Also, knowing that carbs are what give me so many problems I'm reluctant to add in breads or pastas.

Any advice?

01-01-2010, 06:55 PM
Fruit and oatmeal were my first, since I missed them the most. I only eat 2-3 servings of grains per day on maintenance, so I only ate 1-2 on Phase II. I don't miss white potatoes. We absolutely adore sweet potatoes. Be careful with the artificially flavored yogurts (artificially sweetened non-fat flavored yogurt limited to 4 ounces daily and avoid varieties that contain high fructose corn syrup). Many don't fit the bill. I rarely eat bread. I'd rather have brown rice or couscous.

01-01-2010, 07:25 PM
Nicole, I think you'll find this thread that's stickied in our FAQ section very helpful for starting Phase 2.

01-02-2010, 04:54 AM
Nicole, I'e discovered through South Beach that wheat is a huge trigger food for me, even whole wheat. I pretty much avoid bread and pastas. I have found that large amounts of protein can help curb the effects of wheat, though.

You should try plain yogurt. I've recently taken a liking to it. The tangy taste is quite nice, and I like to add fresh fruit.