Let’s face it: We all sometimes give in to temptations, especially when it comes to eating. So if you occasionally slip up while following the South Beach Diet, does it mean you’ve failed? Not even close! Everyone is bound to have moments of weakness, and the good news is that it’s never too late to get back on track. The simple fix? If your indulgences have caused you to pack on a few pounds or experience cravings, move back to Phase 1 for a little while, or simply cut back on carbs, including fruits, whole grains, and starchy vegetables. Once you've lost the added weight and eliminated your cravings, you can pick up where you left off.
Follow these tips to fight off temptation:
your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer of any unhealthy foods that may have crept in there and that may be triggering your cravings.
- When shopping for groceries,
skip the chip and cookie aisles and focus on healthier
foods, like vegetables, eggs and reduced-fat dairy, beans and other legumes,
lean cuts of meat, poultry, and seafood, whole grains and fruits (Phase
2), and healthy fats, such as extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, and
- When going out to
eat, don’t even look at the dessert menu if you’re on Phase 1. Instead, plan on
eating a serving of a ricotta crème dessert, or some fat-free Greek yogurt when you get home. Add an
extract of your choice and some chopped nuts as a topping.
- Always carry a
healthy snack with you, so when unhealthy temptations come your way,
you can eat something nutritious instead. Pack grab-and-go snacks, like a
reduced-fat cheese stick with some celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, or grape
tomatoes. A small bag containing a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit (Phase 2) or an individual container of
hummus with veggies is also a good choice. Or take along a protein- and fiber-rich South
Beach Diet 100-Calorie Snack Bar, Protein Fit Bar, or a Good to Go Cereal Bar
on Phase 2.
- If someone gives you unhealthy food as a present, like a box of candy or a tin of your favorite cookies, take it to work, or give it to a neighbor or friend who will appreciate it.