Beverages Allowed on the South Beach Diet

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On the South Beach Diet, there are clear rules for beverages. The main ones are:

Beverages Encouraged on the South Beach Diet

Beverages Acceptable on the South Beach Diet

  • Sparkling mineral water or seltzer (unsweetened)
  • Club soda
  • Black coffee (or artificially sweetened), 1 to 2 cups daily (see also Carbs and Calories in Coffee Drinks)
  • Decaf black coffee
  • Tea without sugar (hot or iced), 1 to 2 cups daily
  • Decaf tea, sugar-free
  • Dry wine with dinner after Phase One
  • Non-carbonated diet beverages, including sugar-free powdered mixes
  • Carbonated diet beverages in moderation (and caffeinated sodas, mainly non-decaf colas, included in the 1 to 2 daily serving limit)

Alcoholic Beverages on the South Beach Diet

Dry wine is preferred, in moderation and with a meal. Limit to 1 to 2 servings of 4 ounces each.

These beverages can be consumed on a limited basis, perhaps once or twice per week:

  • Light beer -- Phase Three Only
  • Artificially sweetened coffee powders

Beverages to Be Avoided on the South Beach Diet

These beverages are to be avoided permanently:

  • Any beverage sweetened with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, etc. Includes ANYTHING so sweetened, which is a lot of things!
  • Fruit juices
  • Commercial milkshakes

See the rest of The South Beach Diet Food Lists.

How to Get Started on the South Beach Diet

  • Learn All About It: Knowledge is power. Read, read, read all about the South Beach Diet before you take the plunge.
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Food Allowed on the Diet: There are three phases to the South Beach Diet. The first phase, which lasts two weeks, is the most restrictive. More carbohydrates will be slowly reintroduced in the next two phases.
  • Plan Your Menus Ahead: The success to any diet is measured by how prepared you are with available food and planned menus. It cuts down on just "grabbing something" because you don't have the ingredients on hand.
  • Develop a Support System: Friends, families, formal support groups are all important anytime you change the way you eat. It takes time to adjust and having someone to bounce your frustrations off is a good thing (provided they don't mind).

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