South Beach Diet - Phase 1 question

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05-07-2010, 01:57 PM
Is there such a thing as too many beans?

05-07-2010, 01:59 PM
Not really. Only in the way it affects you. The recommendations are to start with a 1/4 cup and then eat more if not full. Some people on here have 2-3 servings a day. I think as long as your "body" is able to handle them then your fine. I actually lose better if I eat atleast 1-2 serving a day.


05-07-2010, 03:07 PM
I found this link ( I eat beans every day now for breakfast and sometimes later in a meal. I actually find they bother me less than other foods... if you know what I mean.

05-07-2010, 04:47 PM
A South Beach serving size of beans is 1/3 to 1/2 cup... because they are more calorie dense than green vegetables, I limited myself to 2 servings a day in Phase 1... maybe 3 servings during the first few days when I was suffering from the SB Flu... now that I'm in Phase 2 generally have 1 serving a day.

I personally find it really hard to eat 4 1/2 cups of veggies during a day if I have more than 1 serving of beans at this point.

05-07-2010, 07:47 PM
I eat 1/2 cup servings, usually 2-3/day

05-07-2010, 08:48 PM
I occasionally eat a whole can with salsa for dinner. It doesn't really bother me either.

05-08-2010, 05:50 PM
Not for me hahah. Seriously they help fill you up and keep the tummy happy just start slowly!

05-10-2010, 08:54 AM
I am just confused as I thought that beans would make me gain if I eat too many, not a digestion question more just confused as to how I will keep losing if i'm tucking into them!

05-10-2010, 10:09 AM
meelsie, I think the bottom line is that almost any food has the capability to contribute to a person gaining weight. In this sense, theoretically you could eat so many beans that it could cause you to gain weight.

Cyndi noted that she considers 1/2 cup a serving and she has 3 servings per day. murphmitch mentioned that she has no problem eating a can of beans with salsa FOR dinner. Since Cyndi is a vegetarian, she isn't eating higher calorie meats with her beans, and I got the feeling that the can of beans w/salsa was Annes dinner. In both situations, it seems that the beans were actually a low calorie option for a meal.

For me, I am consciously adding more beans AND less meat. I'm actually exchanging a lower fat/calorie protein for the higher one. So I guess you have to look at the rest of the foods you are eating in a day and try and figure if the quantity of beans you are consuming fit into your calorie range. Now I know that counting calories isn't a requirement of SBD, and I don't count, but I am very aware that calories matter.

Last night I had a meat substitute/bean combo with a mexican dinner. I know that my meal was a better choice for losing because my fat and calories were substantially less than if I would have had ground beef/beans.

I hope this helps.

05-10-2010, 11:12 PM
I also am very full after that can of beans and don't eat anything the rest of the night.