6 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

The number of people suffering from obesity in the United States unfortunately continues at epidemic proportions and the occurrence of related ailments, including prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, has increased as well (although, according to the American Heart Association, the relative rate of death attributable to cardiovascular disease has declined by nearly 33 percent). Two critical steps in leading a heart-healthy lifestyle include sticking to a nutritionally balanced eating plan and exercising regularly. By following the healthy principles of the South Beach Diet, you're off to a good start. But remember, the South Beach Diet is about far more than just achieving your weight-loss goals. As you make the diet your lifestyle, you’ll also improve your energy and renew your confidence. Here are some tips to take to heart:

  1. Eat right. The South Beach Diet is all about incorporating more healthy foods into your life without sacrificing taste. With the constant barrage of new and often-conflicting studies telling you what’s good for you and what’s not, it’s important to follow a realistic, healthy eating plan that has stood the test of time. There's no question that the South Beach Diet is a diet — and way of life — you can clearly depend on.


  2. Keep your diet fresh. Food boredom can often derail your weight-loss efforts. Experimenting with recipes and ingredients you haven’t tried before will keep mealtime interesting and make sticking to the diet easier and more enjoyable. For easy Meal Plans and more than 1,000 recipe ideas, join the South Beach Diet Online Program if you haven't already.


  3. Don’t get caught up in counting. One of the benefits of the South Beach Diet is that you can enjoy healthy meals without having to count or measure what you eat in ounces, calories, grams of fat or carbohydrate, or any other way. That’s because weighing and measuring just isn’t conducive with turning a diet into a lifestyle. It’s also difficult to sustain. But while we don’t count calories, calories do count. It’s the quality of those calories that naturally leads to appropriate hunger satisfaction. Generally, if you are making the right food choices, portion control takes care of itself.


  4. Eat well and often. On the South Beach Diet you will eat three wholesome meals and at least two snacks daily. Eating frequently will help keep your blood-sugar levels stabilized and curb hunger. If you’re on-the-go and don’t have time to prepare a healthy snack before heading out, our South Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack and Protein Fit Bars are a convenient way to make strategic snacking part of your day. They are good sources of protein and fiber and can be enjoyed starting on Phase 2.


  5. Don’t skip exercise. Getting regular exercise should be fun. Consider adding a new activity like yoga, Pilates, or Latin dancing to your routine, and then sign up for classes at a local Y or gym. Or try interval walking outdoors in your neighborhood. You’ll find a complete interval walking program (as well as core-strengthening exercises) in The South Beach Diet Supercharged. Whatever exercise plan you decide to undertake, be sure to create a schedule that you can stick to and that will allow you to work out at least 20 minutes most days of the week.


  6. Seek support. Look to your friends and family for encouragement. They may want to join you as you embark on your journey to a healthier life, but even if they don’t actively participate, they can still offer support. If your own friends or family aren't available, you can find a new friend to follow the plan with on the South Beach Diet Message Boards. Not a member? Join today!

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