South Beach Diet Bars: Phase 1, 2, 3

The Right South Beach Diet Protein Bars to Keep Your Plan on Track

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Readers are often curious about the right diet bars for the South Beach Diet Phase 1 and 2. She said that she rarely gets a lunch break and needs a meal replacement bar to keep her eating plan on track. But many snack bars are not South Beach approved. Her question provides a great opportunity to explain the different South Beach Diet protein bars for Phase 1 and also for the less restrictive Phase 2.

South Beach Diet Bars and Snacks

I's important to remember that The South Beach Diet is an eating plan for life. Healthy snacking is a part of Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 for maintenance. While snack bars may help you stick to the plan, they may not solve your long-term snack habit. So it's important to come up with handy snack strategies to make sure you stick to your healthy eating program for life.

There are plenty of healthy snack recipes and suggestions in each of The South Beach Diet books. For example, most of the books include recipes for snacks like Yogurt Cheese Dip, a Pizza Wrap, and other savory treats. Learning to cook healthy recipes like these can help you stick to the program for life. You're also more likely to be successful if you learn healthy cooking and food preparation methods.

South Beach Diet Bars: Phase 1

Even if you prepare healthy foods at home, however, you're likely to run into busy times when you need a prepackaged snack or meal replacement to make it through the day.

 Of course, there are dozens of snack bars on the market. Many provide protein and fiber; nutrients that are recommended on the South Beach plan. But, to make sure that you stick to the diet correctly, you should eat only the foods that are allowed on Phase 1 of The South Beach Diet. For that reason, it's smart to buy the brand's own snack bars.

That way you know you're getting the right blend of carbs, fat, and protein.

These are some of the South Beach Diet bars approved for Phase 1

  • Tropical Coconut Almond Bar (breakfast bar): 210 calories, 15 grams fat, 13 grams carb, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, and 8 grams protein.
  • Toffee Nut Bar (breakfast): 200 calories, 15 grams fat, 15 grams carb, 5 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, and 6 grams protein.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Lunch Bar: 210 calories, 8 grams fat, 20 grams carb, 9 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, and 15 grams protein
  • Cinnamon Bun Lunch Bar: 200 calories, 7 grams fat, 18 grams carb, 9 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, and 15 grams protein
  • Double Chocolate Lunch Bar: 210 calories, 8 grams fat, 21 grams carb, 9 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, and 15 grams protein.

South Beach Diet Bars: Phase 2 

According to information provided on the diet program's website, all of the South Beach Diet snack bars, smoothies, shakes and products are allowed during Phase 2 and Phase 3. You have several products to help you stick to the program throughout the day.

In addition to the bars listed above, choose from these selections during Phase 2 and Phase 3:

  • Dark Chocolate Nut Bar (snack): 130 calories, 9 grams fat, 9 grams carb, 4 grams fiber, 1 grams sugar, and 5 grams protein
  • Graham Crumble Bar (snack): 120 calories, 4 grams fat, 14 grams carb, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar, and 9 grams protein.
  • Cookies and Cream Bar (snack): 90 calories, 3 grams fat, 10 grams carb, 7 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, and 10 grams protein.
  • Chocolate Dipped Peanut Bar (snack): 120 calories, 5 grams fat, 14 grams carb, 2 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, and 8 grams protein.
  • Fudge Brownie Bar (snack): 90 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 10 grams carb, 6 grams fiber, 1 grams sugar, and 11 grams protein.
  • Cherry Almond Bar (breakfast): 190 calories, 13 grams fat, 14 grams carb, 3 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar, and 8 grams protein.

    Keep in mind as you choose bars for a snack or meal replacement, that once you transition out of Phase 1 and 2, you won't be able to buy just any snack bar to maintain your weight. Once you reach your goal weight and move into the maintenance phase you need to continue eating a portion controlled, calorie-controlled eating plan or you will gain the pounds back.

    So if you get used to eating fudge brownie flavored snacks between meals or toffee nut bars for breakfast, you might be setting yourself up for failure in the long run. Unless you continue to buy South Beach diet bars, you might consume too many calories.  Many snack bars sold in stores provide 300 or even 400 calories and more sugar than you need. 

    Try to eat as many nutritious meals as possible on the South Beach diet and use the snack bars occasionally for best results.

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