35 Pounds in Eight Months On The South Beach Diet
Once I left the protective cocoon of my parents' home for college, my eating habits became horrible. I managed to never gain too much weight because I was always playing sports and staying active. It wasn't until I tore my ACL playing soccer, yet still kept eating the same way, that I packed on the pounds.
I had been around 150 pounds before surgery but gained 25 pounds in the year after. It wasn't until I saw pictures my mom took at Christmas of me that I realized that there was a fat faced future diabetic staring back at me.
I decided to give the South Beach Diet a try as my mom had just read the book and she and my dad were giving it a try. I don't eat vegetables at all so my version was a modified take on the program. The first couple of days were the hardest. I had a constant gnawing in my stomach and would have gladly eaten fried cardboard if someone had put it in front of me.
I made it for eleven days on Phase One of the South Beach Diet eating just lean meat and eggs before a doctor friend advised me to add in some fruit if I wasn't going to eat any vegetables. After three weeks on Phase One, I again modified the Phase Two requirements to fit the reality of my tastes.
I ate more bread than is recommended but I countered that by cutting out any sort of desserts or treats completely. The South Beach Diet normally allows the occasional sweets but I could not afford those since I was eating sandwich bread (albeit a local bakery's whole grain variety) daily for lunch.
Once I started seeing results in my waistline it was easier to stay disciplined and not 'cheat' when at a large family gathering with a sizable spread laid out to tempt me. After eight months on the South Beach Diet, I was down to 140 pounds and people kept asking me if I was trying to become a cross country runner because my face looked so thin.
All in all, I would recommend the South Beach Diet, although reading the book and following its basic principles is the key. There is room in the diet for making personal modifications as my experience shows.
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