South Beach Diet - How Strict Are you With Fats, Nuts?

05-03-2011, 05:45 PM
I know the original SB book didn't give a limit on fats like oils. I think the limit on nuts has always been 1/4 cup or 1 oz. a day.

I know when I was on SB before I really ignored the limit. Of course I didn't go crazy with nuts, but I KNOW there were days when I had over 1 oz.

So, how strict are you? Do you actually measure your oils and nuts? I don't think I could ever actually measure out my oils (I know the recent SB book puts a limit on oils), but I will definitely limit my nuts to 1 or 2 servings a day.

The reason I like SB is because we don't have to really weigh and measure foods (except for the carbs in phases 2 and 3).

What do you guys do? Thanks!

05-03-2011, 06:51 PM
Nuts are the one food I consistently measure. Too easy to eat too many. I limit to one serving a day, if even that. I know this is not a calorie counting plan but nuts are a lot higher in calories than other snacks I choose.

Oils... I don't worry much about. Except a while back I stopped coating my roasted veggies in olive oil and now use a mister instead. So I am careful but not overly so.

05-03-2011, 07:36 PM
I measure both.

I don't have nuts as a snack anymore. It was hard for me to stick to a portion size and so I started putting my portion on my lunch salad. I love them that way and I'm happy with the serving size.

05-03-2011, 07:55 PM
I'm pretty strict about it. I measure my amounts when I use nuts and nut butters, but there are days (rarely) when I go over simply by having some nut product too many meals in a row. I find that too many nuts really hinders my losses, but I do like to include some form of nut daily because of the beneficial fats.

05-03-2011, 08:16 PM
I do measure b/c I find when I don't, I don't lose as much. I try to keep it to 1 tablespoon each at lunch and dinner. That doesnt' sound like a lot, but it is. The dressing I love (TJ's Goddess dressing) is only 120 cals. for 2 tbsp. so I allow myself 2 tbsp. of that too if I need it.

Nuts I always measure, and nut butters - forget it. I could eat a whole jar if I allowed myself to.

05-03-2011, 09:12 PM
Another similar response - I actually weigh and portion out nuts as soon as I get them home. I don't buy salted nuts at all anymore.

05-03-2011, 09:57 PM
Nuts are definitely a "trigger" food for me, so I have become strict about measuring them out.

05-03-2011, 10:47 PM
I'm not too strict with either, but neither are triggers for me, and I'm not at the place where weightloss is difficult or slow (as long as I stay OP) After CCing for years, I'm pretty good at eyeballing oils and fats. For nuts, I mainly have preportioned packs from Trader Joes because they're easiest. I like the unsalted almonds, but actually rarely finish my portion in one sitting. I have more control issues with salted nuts than unsalted. There are also days where I know that I have more than one serving on nuts on purpose- but I would rather have an extra serving of nuts if it saves me from going truly off plan.

05-04-2011, 09:50 AM
I measure/track them too. I can so easily overdo with the nuts. I have "nut rules" for myself. I don't eat them as a snack at home, only on the road so that I can only bring one serving. At home I'll just use them in other dishes as a garnish. I can't keep cashews in the house at all. I agree though, if it's a choice of more nuts to keep me from going off plan, I'll eat the nuts and just know I may not have a good loss that week.

I don't use much added fat so I don't worry about that.

05-04-2011, 10:14 AM
- but I would rather have an extra serving of nuts if it saves me from going truly off plan.

Nuts are the one thing that will satisfy me when I feel like eating off plan foods. I feel the same way. I could easily over eat but in a pinch, they do the trick to keep me on plan.

05-04-2011, 11:53 AM
I measure my nuts or nut butters, but am more casual with my use of fats, although I don't go overboard with them. I know there are days where I use more than 2 tbs., but it hasn't hindered me.

05-05-2011, 11:34 AM
I just started SB on Sunday (today is Thursday) so I am on phase 1. I recentl got braces as well, and the only thing my ortho said DO NOT EAT was no nuts at all for me. However, the book limits 1/3 of an avocado. I LOVE AVOCADO. I eat 1/2 of one or occasionally a whole. However, this has not hindered my weight loss and I don't use any other oils. I don't really cook LOL...

05-05-2011, 05:06 PM
I count out my 15 cashews per day and savor every one. Oils I rarely use at all.

05-06-2011, 08:43 PM
Thanks for all your input; really appreciate it.

05-06-2011, 11:31 PM
I am really strict about my almonds. I eat 2-4 after each meal.
Almonds prevent acid indigestion if you eat 2 after each meal, so I added them to my diet.
Now I don't have to buy tums. And the almonds have a lot of nutritional value.

I also eat a few cashews at bedtime, but I always figure in the calories.
Cashews prevent cavities and gum disease.

I eliminated peanuts from my diet when I found out they interfere with the thyroid and make it harder to lose weight.

05-07-2011, 09:31 PM
They make really small ziploc bags for snacks. It helps me to pre portion out my nuts or other snacks like toasted garbanzo beans. That way the temptation of going into the main nut container and eating too much is less likely. Also good for storing in the car or in your purse so you can keep track of your daily allowance :)