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.
Here are 10 South Beach Diet terms you need to know:
1. One-Week Reboot Kit
To start our list of South Beach Diet terms, let’s talk about the One-Week Reboot kit. You’ll use the Reboot kit 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, legumes and sugary drinks including alcohol and regular soda in week 1.
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 1 is considered the reboot stage. You’ll lose weight fast, and the low carb approach will start to reduce your cravings for highly refined carbs and added sugars.
Please Note: Our Diabetes plan does not include the One-Week Reboot kit and receives a different week one meal plan.
2. Weight Loss Phase
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, Good Carbs and Vegetables. You’ll also still be preparing your DIY meals!
Please Note: On our Keto-Friendly program, you will limit your carbohydrate intake to 50 grams of net carbs per day. This allows you to incorporate healthy, high-fiber Good Carbohydrates and low sugar Fruits in moderation.
3. Weight Maintenance Phase
When you’ve reached your goal weight, you’ll transition to South Beach Diet Success (which lasts the rest of your life!). You’ll no longer rely on pre-made South Beach Diet meals. Instead, you’ll use your newly-found knowledge to prepare healthy DIY Meals anytime, anywhere. Just remember to eat mindfully and in moderation. Keep exercising and keep drinking plenty of water.
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 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!
4. 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!
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 also an important tool for weight loss because it fuels your body and digests slowly, keeping you feeling full 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, lower-sodium), 2 oz.
- Eggs, 2 whole
- Soy Milk, 1 cup
- Soy Protein Crumbles, ½ cup
- Whey Protein Powder
6. Healthy Fats
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
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.
Please note that on our Keto-Friendly program, you will limit your carbohydrate intake to 50 grams of net carbs per day. This means that you can add in healthy, high-fiber Good Carbohydrates in moderation; just make sure to keep your carb intake within your daily limit and avoid foods with added sugar or salt.
Here are some examples of Good Carbs:
- Whole-grain bagel, ½ small or 1 mini
- Whole-grain bread, 1 slice
- Cold cereal (low-sugar, 5 grams of fiber), 1 cup
- Hot cereal (low-sugar, not instant), 1/2 cup
- Couscous, ½ cup
- Whole-wheat crackers, 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
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 Keto-Friendly 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 Keto-Friendly 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
- Banana, 1 small
- Berries, 1 cup
- Cantaloupe, 1 cup
- Grapes 1 cup
- Orange, 1 medium
- Peach, 1 medium
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 Keto-Friendly 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
- Brussels sprouts
- Leafy Greens & Lettuce
10. Starchy Veggies
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 Keto-Friendly 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:
- Green peas
- Sweet potato
- Winter squash