South Beach Diet - A quick guide to the 3FC Beach




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CyndiM
01-02-2011, 07:53 PM
:welcome3: Whether it's your first time here or you're returning this is a great stop on your road to getting healthy. Research verifies the discovery lots of us have made - having someplace to go for support, encouragement and information (along with the occasional :kickbutt:) can make a big difference.

This is an active forum. There are quite a few long term members and lots of new people stopping by to post every day. Here's a quick cheat sheet to help you find your way around.

If you are new the first thing you will be asked is "Have you read the book?" The book is really important. It will help you understand why Dr. A structured the plan the way he did and how it all works. You don't have to buy the newest edition, anything your library, friend or local used book store has will do. If you have an older edition of the book check out the updated food lists (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/141376-phase-i-foods-revised-may-2008-a.html).

Some stickies to help you get started:

New to the Beach (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/31864-new-beach.html)
Prepare Yourself to Start (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/164239-prepare-yourself-start-south-beach.html)
Emergency Handbook for Phase 1 (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/58183-emergency-handbook-guide-phase-one.html)


There are several regular threads:

The Daily Thread
It usually has the day name included in the subject. The Daily is a great place to stop in before launching into your busy day. It's a casual, upbeat thread to chat about life a little, share accomplishments, and get to know other Chicks.

The On Plan Support thread
This weekly thread is all about staying on plan. Whether you want to post menus for feedback, ask questions, or just be accountable this is the place to do it. This weekly thread starts each Monday. Don't be surprised if someone reminds you to aim for 4.5 cups of veggies, remember your dairy or add some beans :)

Meal threads
This is a the place to share your meal plans and get ideas from others. It really helps when you're in a rut or just plain out of new ideas. There is usually a dinner thread for each season and sometimes breakfast, meals on the go and party food threads too. If you don't see what you need go ahead and start a new one.

Stickies
Bios, monthly exercise challenge and a weight loss challenge for South Beachers are all up here.

Lots of other threads get started every week. You can start a a thread to introduce yourself, get a discussion going that doesn't fit in another thread, or ask a question you can't find the answer to (make sure to check the Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions-115/) area too).

If you are new to 3FC take some time to look around. There are lots of great forums for support, information sharing, encouragement and fun. There is an area for just about any weight loss plan you've heard of (except for those known to be unhealthy/dangerous), forums to talk about eating disorder challenges (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/chicks-control-64/), depression (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/depression-weight-issues-76/), exercise (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/#fitness), a variety of support forums and some places just for fun (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/general-chatter-72/).