Lose Weight Fast with
Southbeach Diet or Atkins Diet
The ranking at Google.com
for top searches in January 2004 shows the
South Beach Diet is now the No. 1 top searched
weight loss program with Weight Watchers
coming in second and Atkins a trailing third.
For awhile it seemed as if nothing would
knock Atkins of the King of Dieting Programs
Throne. All along I thought it would be
smart to develop a "Modified Atkins
Diet" and right about then along comes
the South Beach plan.
Since the South Beach diet is simply a
modified Atkins Diet but less restrictive,
it's not surprising that it's gaining in
popularity. Both diets are based on the
principal that reducing carbohydrates and
increasing protein will help you lose weight,
and that can be true, especially in the
Reducing carbs is the easiest and quickest
way to reduce water weight. In fact, if
you need to lose a quick five pounds to
get into a party dress, I can't think of
anything short of fasting that would do
the trick better than a week of very low
For Best Diet Success
Choose Quality Carbs
For the greatest weight loss success with
either diet plan, the key is the quality
of the carbs you eat. The following are
some ideas for better success with the South
Beach or Atkins Diets:
1. Reduce or eliminate fast food
That's right, all fast food. It is simply
not a healthy choice to order a McDonalds
or Burger King without the bun. If you want
a burger, make one at home - far more healthy,
and you'll save an enormous amount of money
to buy the new clothes you're going to need
because you're losing so much weight!
2. Reduce or eliminate soft drinks.
Whether using sugar or artificial sweeteners,
by drinking sweetened drinks you are keeping
your desire for sugary foods alive. This
includes fruit juice. Eat a fresh whole
orange instead of orange juice, or a fresh,
crisp apple instead of apple juice. Consider
who long it takes to down a small glass
of juice compared to how long and how enjoyable
it is eating a juicy apple? Wean yourself
off if necessary, cut back to one less a
day than you now have.
3. Be cautious with adding "low carb"
foods back into your eating plan.
If you are following a low carb diet and
now you think you can add back some carbs
by getting the low carb brands, think again.
You'll gain weight as soon as you add carbs
(water), any carbs, and you will be getting
an unhealthy food in the bargain. Eat whole
foods - whole baked potatoes, fresh carrots,
salads, vegetable soups, bean dishes. Eat
the real thing! Stay away from the modified
versions whether low fat, low carb, or low
Think about it. If you want to lose weight
and stay reduced, there are a few things
that will need to happen:
Your diet must include healthier foods
in greater quantity than unhealthy foods.
I'm not talking "good" or "bad"
foods. Any food is fine, in moderation.
The trick is moderation - I love cake
but I don't eat it every day. I love all
kinds of sweets but I don't eat them every
day. If I did I'd gain weight - it's that
simple. My choice is to stay a smaller
size by eating them when I want, but that
is infrequently because I want more to
maintain my size.
What does eating pancakes do for me?
It makes me want syrup, and maybe something
sweet later that day too. It sets me up
for craving sugary sweet foods. Not what
I really want right now, is it? Later,
when you've reached your goal, staying
at goal is the most important thing, and
it becomes important enough that a breakfast
of pancakes is not going to derail you.
What about bread? Wouldn't I be better
off eating the low carb bread? No, again
choose a healthy, whole grain bread. Cut
back to one slice of the real thing, if
you want. You'll reduce your cost in half,
instead of increasing it by buying the
smaller sized, higher priced low carb
The low carb brands are not whole grain,
they are white flour, with added corn
starch then artificial sweeteners added.
Then they reduce the size of the loaf,
and slice the pieces teeny tiny, and claim,
"Only 4 Net Carbs per Slice"
or something equally ridiculous. Check
the loaf. Is a sandwich made with two
4-year-old sized pieces of bread going
to satisfy you, or is it going to make
you want another sandwich? Eat the real
thing, and you'll feel satisfied from
having eaten an adult sized sandwich,
and you won't feel deprived or crave for
4. Think High: High Food Quality for Money
Is your food dollar being spent wisely
when you buy a tiny loaf of bread with Barbie
Doll sized slices? No. Is your food dollar
being wisely spent by Jello that brags of
their low net carbs yet they've taken a
package that used to serve four according
to them (who can't eat all four servings?)
and now it suddenly serves six! Yes, they
did add a little Cool Whip to stretch the
recipe. I don't know about you but I'm not
satisfied eating two ounces of Jello. I
want real food!
Just because the package says a low number
of "net carbs" read the label.
See the serving size and then calculate
how much you will really eat. Then, stand
back and count to ten while asking yourself,
"Is this a good value for my food dollar?"
Most likely the answer will be no, then
start slowly moving away from the low carb
aisle and get yourself down to the fresh
produce. You'll be safer down there.
If you want to follow a low carb lifestyle,
you'll want to learn to eat less of the
white bread, crackers, chips, and packaged
cookies, not simply switch to the low carb
brands. Incorporate any of these suggestions,
even just a little and you'll get a better
result from your efforts at slimming down
or reducing your body weight. Small changes
add up to big results.
By Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP