Precision Nutrition System

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

South Beach diet and phase one

I understand that Phase 1 of the South Beach plan produces the most noticeable results. I have a lot of weight to lose. Should I just do Phase 1 and skip the rest?
If you have a lot of weight to lose you can do Phase 1 for an extended period of time, but not permanently. If you are considered obese you can extend Phase 1 to one full month. If you are morbidly obese, you may stay on Phase 1 for up to two months, but be sure to check with your doctor first. Those who are not considered obese - or who are only trying to reduce belly fat - should stop Phase 1 after two weeks. No one should try to follow Phase 1 permanently. The Reason Behind the Results
Phase 1 does in fact lead to significant weight loss> and reduction of belly fat, but its true purpose is to help alleviate your cravings for bad carbs and sweets. It's not meant to be a way to lose a lot of weight really quickly. Bigger Goal, Bigger Results
You will probably lose more weight per week on Phase 1 than someone who is more slender. However, as you enter Phase 2 you will find you level out at losing 1 or 2 pounds a week, which is ideal.
Dr. Agatston has said ther factors influence the rate at which you lose weight during Phase 1. These include: Having gained a large amount of weight as an adult A family history of diabetes A family history of high triglycerides Significantly predominant abdominal fat Learning to Live the SBD Way
The last two Phases of the diet are important for several reasons: Phase 1 is very strict and feels most like being on a restrictive type of diet; it is quite different from the way you're probably used to eating. The latter two Phases allow you to add foods you've been avoiding back into your diet. Being able to eat those carbs again will keep you from feeling deprived and provide you with more variety in your meal plans. Phase 3 is the way to adjust to the SBD as a lifestyle, not a diet. Remember: Once you've met your goal, you'll need to continue to follow the guidelines set forth in Phase 3 to maintain your weight. Thanks for submitting your questions. Best of luck in your weight loss efforts. (Please note: In order to correctly follow The South Beach Diet, you will need to read The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss.

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