How to Get Started on the South Beach Diet

Starting Phase 1

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How do you go about getting started on phase one of the South Beach Diet? Here are the steps and information you need to be successful.

1) Learn All About It

It’s great to be able to find free South Beach Diet information online, but there’s really no substitute for reading the original books by author Arthur Agatston, MD. Before embarking on any diet, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into over the long haul and to thoroughly understand the reasons for the food choices you’ll be making.

Here’s a list of all the South Beach Diet books with links that allow you to find the best online sale prices for each. Until you get your copy, check out the South Beach Diet resources on this site.

2) What To Eat on the South Beach Diet

There are three phases to the South Beach Diet. Phase one is the most restrictive (no fruit, grains, starches, or alcohol) and lasts two weeks. After that, you’ll be able to slowly add carbohydrate foods back into your diet. Here are the food lists that pertain to phase one of the South Beach Diet:

3) Constructing Your Menus

When starting out on a new way of eating, it's so important to plan your food ahead of time.

This really cannot be emphasized enough. Plan at least a week’s worth of menus, and have food on hand a few days ahead of time. Then you won’t be caught wondering what to eat. Make sure to look ahead to Phase two of the South Beach Diet.

4) Take the Plunge

The first week of a new way of eating can be challenging.

Know that there will be rough spots, especially as your body gets used to a new way of eating.

5) Get Support

This could be the most important factor of all. Get support from family and friends, or finding someone else to do the diet with, can help you stick with it.

There are online discussion forums on the Internet such as this one, where you can ask questions, get support for the new steps you are taking, find help through the rough patches, and chat with people who have similar goals.

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