The number of people suffering from obesity in the United States is unfortunately still increasing and the occurrence of related ailments, including prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, is increasing 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 losing weight and maintaining good health are to stick to a nutritionally balanced eating plan and to exercise regularly. By following the 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:
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 way of life you can clearly depend on.
Keep your meals 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
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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. And 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
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 and cravings. 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 Bars, Good to God Bars, or Protein Fit Bars
are a convenient way to make strategic snacking part of your day. All of our bars are good
sources of filling protein and fiber and can be enjoyed starting on Phase 2.
skip exercise. Getting regular exercise should be fun. Consider
adding a new activity like yoga, Pilates, or Latin dancing to your
routine, and/or sign up for exercise classes at a local Y or gym. You should also try interval
walking outdoors in your neighborhood. You’ll find a complete interval walking
program (as well as core-strengthening exercises) in Dr. Arthur Agatston's book 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.
- 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!