10 South Beach Diet Terms You Need to Know

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When you decide to lose weight, you have to change your lifestyle. That can be a drastic change. But if you have helpful resources and a great support system in place (which you’ve got with the South Beach Diet), change can easily become your routine. Ready to lose the weight? Your healthy-living lifestyle is just 10 South Beach Diet terms away. Learn them, use them every day and you’ll achieve weight loss success.

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Here are 10 South Beach Diet terms you need to know:

1. One-Week Reboot


To start our list of South Beach Diet terms, let’s talk about the One-Week Reboot. You’ll follow the Reboot for the first seven days on the South Beach Diet. In addition to exercising 30 minutes a day and drinking adequate water, you’ll enjoy five days of specially selected South Beach Diet meals, shakes and snacks. You will add in at least three servings of non-starchy vegetables and up to three Extras.

This week, you’ll also incorporate DIY meals. Be sure to eat these throughout the week, not all on the same day! During the One-Week Reboot, you’ll stick to Proteins, Healthy Fats and non-starchy Vegetables. You’ll avoid all refined carbohydrates, grains, fruits, sugary drinks and alcohol in week one. We’ve done the work for you this first week by providing a meal plan that is designed to keep net carbs at 50 grams or less each day.

Why the restrictions? You need to remedy insulin-resistance issues that were brought on by eating too many sugary (highly refined) carbs. By limiting added sugar and all carbohydrate-dense foods, your body begins to use its fat stores for fuel and retrains itself to run on healthy, nutritious foods. Week one is considered the reboot stage and the low-carb approach will start to transform your metabolism as you burn fat instead of carbs.

Please Note: Our Diabetes plan does not include the One-Week Reboot and receives a different week one meal plan.

2. Weight Loss Phase

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After your One-Week Reboot, you will enter your Weight Loss Phase. You will follow this meal plan until you reach your goal weight. You’ll continue losing weight and keep challenging yourself during your 30-minute exercise routine. You’ll have more flexibility with your menu and can even have the occasional glass of wine.

Each week, you’ll enjoy five South Beach Diet breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Just like in your first week, you will also add side dishes and snacks made up of a combination of Proteins, Healthy Fats and Vegetables. You’ll also still be preparing your DIY meals!

The plan is designed to continue to keep your net carbs at 50 grams or less each day. This allows you to incorporate healthy, high-fiber carbohydrates and low-sugar fruits in moderation.

3. South Beach Diet Success

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When you’ve reached your goal weight, you’ll transition to South Beach Diet Success (which lasts the rest of your life!). During this time of weight maintenance, you’ll use your newly-found knowledge to prepare healthy DIY Meals anytime, anywhere. The South Beach Diet will provide tools, recipes and resources to help you maintain your low-carb lifestyle. Just remember to eat mindfully and in moderation. Keep exercising and keep drinking plenty of water.

During this phase, you can slowly start to add in more Good Carbohydrates to your meal plan. These include grains, fruits and starchy vegetables. The goal will be to aim for no more than 100 grams of net carbs per day. However, feel free to stick to 50 grams of net carbs per day if that suits you best! We provide a meal plan for both options as part of our Success plan. Click here to learn more! >

To make weight maintenance (and life) even easier, you will get portion controlled colored-containers to ensure you are keeping on track with your portions and getting the proper amounts of each food group. You can also always continue to get South Beach Diet meals and snacks on auto-delivery. You can even order off of our A La Carte menu to grab a few of your favorite South Beach foods to have on hand when you want to grab something on-the-go!

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4. DIY Meals

DIY meals

Starting in your One-Week Reboot, you will be provided five days of South Beach Diet foods. Aside from your ready-to-go South Beach meals, you will begin using your creativity in the kitchen to make DIY (Do-It-Yourself) meals. You will have two DIY breakfasts, two DIY lunches and two DIY dinners per week.

Not an expert in the kitchen? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Check out our recipes page > and get some simple recipe ideas that are South Beach-approved. Or, put your South Beach knowledge to test and head out to eat to enjoy a DIY meal. Pro tip: Be sure to stick to your portion sizes!

5. Proteins

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Proteins are another one of the important South Beach Diet terms. They are the building blocks of bone, muscle and other tissues within the body. Protein is an important tool for weight loss because it helps you maintain your muscle mass while you are burning fat. Protein is also satiating and helps to keep you feeling full for longer. In all phases of your journey, proteins are a crucial part of healthy living.

Check out the list below for examples of healthy proteins you can enjoy:

  • Beef, 3 oz.
  • Chicken, 3 oz.
  • Fish, 3 oz.
  • Pork, 3 oz.
  • Deli meats (all-natural), 2 oz.
  • Eggs, 2 whole
  • Soy Milk, 1 cup
  • Soy Protein Crumbles, ½ cup
  • Whey Protein Powder

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6. Healthy Fats

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Fats keep you satisfied so you’re less prone to hunger. Healthy fats contain monounsaturated fats from foods like olive oil, almonds and pumpkin seeds and polyunsaturated fats from foods like walnuts and flaxseeds. Because fats are high in calories, you’ll want to pay close attention to portion sizes.

Here are some examples of Healthy Fats you can add to your menu:

  • Nuts, 1 oz. or about ¼ cup
  • Seeds, 3 Tbsp.
  • Coconut milk (unsweetened), ¼ cup.
  • Peanut butter, 2 Tbsp.
  • Italian dressing (full-fat), 2 Tbsp.
  • Olive oil, 1 Tbsp.
  • Avocado, ½ fruit
  • Mayonnaise (avocado or olive-oil based), 1 Tbsp.
  • Guacamole, ¼ cup
  • Butter, 1 Tbsp.
  • Cottage cheese (4% milkfat), ½ cup
  • Greek Yogurt (whole milk, plain), ½ cup
  • Cheddar Cheese, 1 oz.

7. Good Carbs

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Good carbs are high-fiber foods that digest slowly, preventing spikes in blood sugar levels. On our Diabetes plan, Good Carbs will be a regular part of your meal plan. You can also incorporate some Good Carbs into our Success maintenance plan.

Please note that on our weight loss program, you will limit your carbohydrate intake to 50 grams of net carbs per day. This means that you can add in smaller quantities of healthy, high-fiber Good Carbohydrates. These will count towards your daily Extras. While the occasional Good Carb during the weight loss phase will not hinder your weight loss efforts, the goal is to keep your net carbs to no more than 50 grams per day. This means Good Carbs will be limited until you reach the Success phase

Here are some examples of Good Carbs:

  • Whole-grain bread, 1 slice
  • Cold cereal (low-sugar, 5 grams of fiber per serving), 1 cup
  • Hot cereal (not instant, no more than 2 grams sugar per serving), 1/2 cup
  • Couscous, ½ cup
  • Whole-grain crackers, about 6
  • Pasta (whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, soy or spelt), ½ cup
  • Popcorn (air-popped), 3 cups
  • Rice (brown, basmati, converted, parboiled, wild), ½ cup
  • Beans, ½ cup
  • Hummus, ¼ cup

8. Fruit

fruit diet terms to know

Fruit is sweet, which is why we keep it limited on our plans. However, it also provides quality carbohydrates, fiber and vital vitamins and minerals. On our South Beach Diet Success plan, you can enjoy it in moderation. On our Diabetes plan, you can replace some of the Good Carbs at your lunch on occasion with fruit.

If you’re on our weight loss program, we recommend extremely limiting fruit due to the amount of carbohydrates and sugar. But that doesn’t mean you have to totally say goodbye to fruit—enjoy berries in moderation on occasion, which are rich in antioxidants and have a lower carb content than many other fruits. On the South Beach Diet weight loss plan, they count towards your daily Extras (Click here for serving sizes! >). However, keep in mind that it’s still important to monitor your daily net carb intake to keep it below 50 grams.

One serving of fresh or frozen fruit is one cup on our other plans. One serving of dried fruit is 2 tablespoons but be sure it doesn’t contain added sugar.

Here are some examples of fruit servings you can enjoy:

  • Apple, 1 small
  • Applesauce (unsweetened), ½ cup
  • Berries, 1 cup
  • Cantaloupe, 1 cup
  • Grapes 1 cup
  • Orange, 1 medium
  • Peach, 1 medium

9. Non-Starchy Vegetables

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Another addition to the list of South Beach Diet terms is non-starchy veggies. All non-starchy vegetables are fiber-rich nutrient powerhouses. They’re low in calories and carbohydrates and are devoid of fat and cholesterol. On the South Beach Diet plan, you’ll add in at least three servings of non-starchy vegetables to your meals each day. On our Diabetes program, you’ll add in at least four servings. Feel free to eat them as snacks whenever you feel hungry. One serving is either one cup of raw veggies or a half-cup of cooked veggies.

Here are some examples of nutritious, non-starchy veggies:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Leafy Greens & Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Zucchini

10. Starchy Veggies

carrots diet terms to know

To complete our list of South Beach Diet terms, let’s talk about starchy veggies. Not all vegetables are created equally. While all veggies contain vitamins and minerals, starchy vegetables are higher in carbohydrates and calories than non-starchy vegetables. Thus, foods like peas and sweet potatoes should be avoided on our program, unless they fit in your daily net carb limit. If you’re on our Diabetes plan, you should limit your starchy vegetable servings to two per day (count towards your four required veggie servings). One serving of starchy veggies is a half-cup (cooked or raw).

Here are some examples of filling, starchy veggies:

  • Carrots
  • Green peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnip
  • Sweet potato
  • Winter squash
  • Yams

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