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Tips for the South Beach Diet

written by: Sylvie Colette • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 7/1/2011

Follow these tips to help you make smart choices in order to keep yourself from feeling deprived, while keeping with the program until you see the results you desire.

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    South Beach Diet

    The South Beach Diet is marketed as more than a weight-loss program. The basis of the diet is wholesome foods; good carbs, lean protein and healthy fats. Although it does eliminate highly refined foods, some desserts and snacks are included in the plan. The underlying principles of the South Beach Diet also includes regular exercise.

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    Breakfast Tips

    The South Beach Diet plan can be adjusted to suit your own tastes within reason. South Beach Diet tips for breakfast include substituting your regular morning meal with cottage cheese or a piece of breakfast meat, like Canadian bacon. The protein can help hold you over until your next meal.

    Other tips for breakfast include saving the vegetable serving to eat as a snack mid-morning. A serving of raw vegetables can replace an unhealthy snack choice made out of desperation and keep you on the plan 100%.

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    Exercise Tips

    Planning ahead helps in all phases of the diet, but specifically following some tips involving exercise will keep you on the plan without feeling deprived.

    Eat a small container of yogurt before your cardio workout. Eating a low GI carb an hour before your workout will provide you with the energy you need to sustain your body throughout exercise and keep you from becoming ravenous afterwards.

    Oatmeal, or a slice of pumpernickle bread can be substituted for the yogurt and provide the same carb energy boost

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    Dining Out Tips

    Prepare for an evening out on the town by following a few of these tips that will keep you on the plan without forcing yourself to exercise extreme willpower.

    Eat a small amount of protein before going out. Consider a hard-boiled egg or a small square of reduced-fat cheese. These can take the edge off your appetite and allow you the ability to make better choices when ordering your meal.

    Have the bread basket removed from the table. Having hot rolls, or loaves of hot bread on the table is a temptation you don't need. Simply ask for it to be taken away, or at least place it further down the table if with a group of people.

    Order a cup of clear soup, broth or consommé. Since it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to get the "full" message, eating the soup is a good alternative to appetizers.

    Other tips for eating out include ordering extra vegetables instead of a starchy side dish. Inquire about how the food is prepared if it is not obvious. Stear clear of fried foods or anything that comes drenched in cheese or butter.

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    Small Changes

    South Beach Diet tips include some small changes that can add up to a big difference in your health. Follow the meal plans provided in the book as well as implementing these suggestions;

    Read labels. Avoid condiments with added sugar such as ketchup, salsa and steak sauces.

    Switch to margarine: South Beach dieters are encouraged to switch from butter to margarine. Especially the whipped variety in the tubs, rather than the kind sold in sticks.

    Include walnuts; When choosing your protein, add nuts to your diet. Walnuts in particular provide the body with healthy omega-3 oils. Fifteen walnuts are on the South Beach Diet plan as a serving.

    Look for healthy salad dressings. Examine the nutritional facts before using. Specifically, you are looking for a minimum amount of fat, sugar and calories.

    Place your vegetables in a rice cooker to steam quickly. Steaming helps to retain the nutrients unlike boiling or sauteeing.

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    References

    The South Beach Diet Dining Guide by Arthur Agatston

    The South Beach Diet Success Stories - http://www.southbeachdiet.com/sbd/publicsite/success-stories/women-success-stories.aspx