So this is Week 2 of Phase 1 for me. The diet consists of three phases: Phase 1 has you remove all carbs from your diet. This includes grains, pasta, cereals and alcohols for two weeks. Phase 2 introduces you slowly back to carbs by incorporating a few at a time to your daily intake. You stay on this until you've reached your weight loss goals. Phase 3 is maintenance.
I started a week ago yesterday and did experience cravings for sugar and refined carbs during the first few days. The book said that would happen. Today is Day 8 and I'm no longer craving these things. The whole purpose of taking these items out of the diet for two weeks is to get the body to healthy blood sugar level.
I did some research on this diet recently and found that really only people with diabetic conditions would be the ones to benefit from this phase of the regime. Regardless, going this route has helped me see that I really do consume way too many carbs on a regular basis. Prior to this weight loss plan, I was doing Weight Watchers. I could still consume lots of carbs while sticking within my points range. I can really see why I most likely plateaued on this plan for 5 weeks before trying out the South Beach Diet.
After the first week of South Beach I was down 6 lbs. The book claims that participants will lose 8-12 lbs. during Phase 1. Although it was great to see that number on the scale, I have to admit that I haven't felt all that well. During my weekly Wednesday hikes, I didn't have that 'oomph' that I usually have. I felt lethargic and on a couple of mornings I've had a very strange taste in my mouth. My Mom and Step-Dad absolutely swear by this plan and have made it a life commitment. I wrote to my Mom to ask if she felt strange during the first couple of days. She wrote back and said yes, that it was part of my body regulating itself and that this would soon pass. Well, I'm on Day 8 today and I still feel strange. In addition to being lethargic, I just feel…well…wierd. I can't really describe it. Withdrawals?
The foods are great though. There are lots of nuts, low-fat dairy, lean cuts of meats, and tons and tons of veggies to include each day, which I do. So why is it I feel like this? I'm not sure if this plan is really meant for active people. I did a search yesterday on this plan and read the reviews other folks had given it. Most were positive. The only negative ones I read were either people complaining about the expense of the foods required (which is stuff we should be eating anyways) or that they found the diet too restrictive. The only thing really restricted of course are the carbs which I can see can be tough. Many people said they were exercising regularly. How is that when I feel like I don't even have the energy to walk the dog in the morning? I'm not sure if I am doing something wrong here or not. Am I not eating enough?
As far as the recipes go, we've had more hits than misses. We've tried the Ginger-Dijon pork loin, Morrocan chicken (which made the whole house smell wonderful), and the Homestyle meatloaf. The meatloaf would have probably been okay if it weren't for the can of Northern beans it called for. This probably could have been substituted for another vegetable. My husband has also enjoyed the recipes. Where he is a diabetic these have been great for him. We even tried the recipe for the Almond-Maple flan which was absolutely delicious. Most of these recipes we will be incorporating into our regular meals.
For me Phase 1 has been tough. My body just does not seem to be happy with it. I will most likely end Phase 1 early and start Phase 2. Although this has helped me break my plateau, I can't help but wonder if part of the reason I feel like crapola is for the simple fact that the human body is not meant to lose more than 1-2 lbs per week (Duh!).
Although the recipes have been wonderful and I have really gotten an opportunity to see how many carbs I really had been eating, I'm not sure this plan is for me. We'll see how things go with Phase 2. I'd be interested in hearing about anyone else's results on this plan. Did it work for you? Did you feel as strange as I did during Phase 1? I'd be curious to hear.