“South Beach works. Use your resources and stick with it.”Article posted in: South Beach Diet
“Weight loss is difficult but can be done if you’re dedicated. It’s like most things in life, there will be successes and failures, but you just have to keep going.”
Aimee Alvarez loves being a mom. But she didn’t love the weight she gained during pregnancy. Until recently, Aimee felt uncomfortable in her own skin. “I would look in the mirror and just feel disappointed,” she says. Aimee also hated seeing pictures of herself so she avoided cameras altogether. “Then I realized I barely had any photos with my children,” she says. That was the moment for Aimee. The moment she knew she had to lose weight and start living a healthier life. That’s the moment when she decided to try South Beach Diet.
Now, 38 lbs lighter,* Aimee says she has more energy, she’s proud of the way she looks, and what keeps her motivated is how good she feels. “My perception of myself has changed because I’m just more confident when I go out or have a date night with my husband,” she says. “Other people have told me I have more energy and seem happy all the time.” Buying clothes is something she actually enjoys now. “I find myself dressing up and putting forth more thought into what I wear to help represent how I feel,” she says.
While losing weight is never easy, Aimee says South Beach Diet makes the process of leading a healthier life easier than one might think. Aimee diligently used the app to help with recipes and she kept her handbook close by anytime she was in doubt about what she could and couldn’t eat. “Don’t overthink things,” she suggests. “Just stay with it. It gets easier because your body starts adjusting.”
In fact, Aimee didn’t realize just how much her body had changed until she was in a dressing room. “I went shopping for a wedding and noticed I went down two dress sizes,” she says. After that, her daily motivation became the bathroom scale. When the number kept going down, she was encouraged to continue. When the number went up, she pushed herself to work harder. “I have fallen backwards, but I always told myself that tomorrow was a new day,” Aimee says. “I would go to the gym and pick back up with my diet the next day.”
For Aimee, convenience and taste are South Beach Diet’s best attributes for living a healthier life. For breakfast, she loved one of the South Beach muffins. Italian-Style Sausage and Peppers was her dinnertime go-to entrée. Aimee also snacked on cucumbers and cheese sticks and says she seasoned almost all her foods with fresh lemon or lime juice.
When her sweet tooth demanded chocolate, she indulged with a Chocolate Dipped Peanut Bar or ate peanut butter right out of the jar. To fulfill her daily water requirement she set hourly goals. “I had a 20-ounce bottle and made sure I fished 20 ounces at different times of the day—10:00, 4:00, and then 7:00,” she says.
“What makes South Beach different is the ability to eat on your own a couple days a week,” Aimee says. “I’ve gained so much knowledge on how to eat healthy.” Now, instead of ordering takeout (which was all-too-easy before with busy schedules and little ones at home), Aimee says her family enjoys healthy meals together like ground chicken lettuce wraps or a lean protein with grilled vegetables. If her family does go out for dinner, she orders a protein-style burger from In-and-Out.
Speaking of burgers, Aimee says she’d offer her younger self the following advice: “Put down the cheeseburger and fries; they’re going to come back to haunt you.” She’d offer these words of wisdom to anyone thinking of embarking on a weight-loss journey today: “You’re making an investment to your future and your health,” she says. “South Beach works. Use your resources and stick with it.”
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*Casting call volunteer, complimentary program provided. Expect to lose an avg 1-2 lbs per week.