I have been very successful on Atkins but I'm starting to feel that the food choices are TOO limited...at first I felt great, the eggs and bacon every morning was delicious, lots of hamburger patties, full fat cheese, etc...eventually you begin to crave lighter meals, lol. I really miss eating fruit, milk, healthy cereals, whole grains etc so I'm looking to South Beach.
I was wondering...
1. Since I have more than 100lbs to use, should I stay on phase one for 2 months or just move on as soon as I can? I feel like if I stay on phase 1 for too long then switching diets would be pointless, because the food choices are almost exactly what I eat now except adding beans and taking away fatty meats and cheeses.
2. I love Boca burgers, veggie burgers, etc and I was thinking about cutting out red meat (still eating ground turkey and chicken). Are soy meat substitutes allowed? EDIT: Funny enough 5 seconds after I posted this I looked at the Phase I Foods thread (it was open in another tab) and there it was--soy meat substitutes! Forget I asked this one.
3. How much fat/carbs/protein do you guys eat in a typical day?
4. Do you find it better to avoid all whole grains on phase 2, even though they are allowed? I know some people on Atkins maintenance choose to skip potatoes and whole grains even though they're allowed so they don't get out of hand.
5. What salad dressings do you typically use? I read that 2 tbsp of oil a day is good. I was wondering if 1-2 tbsp of Good Seasons Italian Dressing would be okay, if only used once a day. It's a dry vegetable and seasoning mix that you make yourself with oil and vinegar at home. On Amazon, the nutrition facts say that unprepared the dressing is 5 calories, 0 fat, 1 carb, and less than 1 gram of sugar. Prepared it's 130 calories, 14g fat, 2g carbs and 1g sugar. It's basically just seasoned oil and vinegar, all of the fat comes from the olive oil. Is this acceptable?
Thank you in advance for answering my questions, I read a few of the threads in the frequently asked questions board and I'm off to go research it a little bit more. Maybe I'll be able to answer some of my own questions.