10 Ways South Beach Differs from Your Average Diet PlanArticle posted in: South Beach Living
The South Beach Diet is not your average diet plan, for a handful (make that two!) of really great reasons. If finding a safe, healthy, convenient weight loss plan that fits into your busy lifestyle is a priority—then you need to read this article now. Our low-carb approach is so approachable, it makes healthy living easing and attainable. We give you all the tools you need to succeed (including our full grocery guide, which you can grab here) to make healthy choices—with a little help from our delicious, easy-to-make South Beach breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Why is South Beach different from other diet plans? See our top 10 reasons right here:
1. It’s the low-carb approach you can live with.
So many of the most popular diet plans out there today count on restricting—or even eliminating—certain foods altogether. This can not only be dangerous to your health, it can cause you to miss out on valuable nutrients, like vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, to name a few. Plus, eating this way is not something you can live with for very long—and even if you could, you likely wouldn’t be very happy about it.
On a positive note, you don’t have to worry about any of this when following the South Beach Diet plan. There’s no crazy food restrictions that will cause you to bounce back right after you start eating normally again. It’s not a short-term solution; rather, it’s an approach that will lead you to a life of optimal health, looking and feeling your absolute best.
By putting the focus on lean proteins, healthy fats, the right carbs like whole grains and fruit, and lots of fresh veggies, the South Beach Diet sets the stage for a wholesome, balanced meal plan that you can happily live with—while achieving the weight loss you’re after.
2. It’s a safe and healthy diet plan.
In addition to a wholesome diet as we touched on above, a big differentiator between the South Beach Diet and other low-carb, high-protein weight loss plans is the focus on heart-healthy “good” fats. Some plans don’t differentiate between the “good” and “bad” fats. On the South Beach Diet, you’ll get plenty of monounsaturated “good” fats, which can help raise good cholesterol, lower bad cholesterol and can help prevent heart disease.
The “good” fats are known as Healthy Fats on the South Beach Diet and also help keep you full and satisfied throughout the day—and we all know this is a big “win” when dieting!
These two aspects of the plan—enjoying heart-healthy “good” fats and getting nutrients your body needs through a wide variety of wholesome foods—combine to create a diet you can trust for safe, healthy and effective weight loss.
3. It’s easy to follow.
On the South Beach Diet there’s no counting, no measuring, no weighing foods. No tracking your total carb grams. And no math involved to net out at a perfectly balanced meal plan for the day.
There’s also just the right amount of structure to the plan to make it manageable and easy to follow. Plus, all the heavy lifting is done for you:
- You don’t have to research the diet on your own to figure out what to do
- You won’t need to sort through which foods are ok and which are off-limits
- You don’t have to plan out your meals for the week
- And best of all— no calculating or counting calories or macronutrients to find the right balance for weight loss. It’s all done for you!
This saves you a great deal of effort and stress that you might incur on other plans, making the South Beach Diet both easy to follow and stay on track with. We all know how hectic life can get; just imagine how much time you’ll save if you don’t have to do all these things on your own!
4. It’s flexible to fit your busy life.
There’s nothing that beats the convenience of South Beach Diet’s fully prepared, delicious meals delivered right to your door. It’s like hiring a personal chef to create weight loss friendly recipes in just the right portions for you every time!
Having your meals ready to go saves you tons of time in the kitchen and makes those busy days so much easier to stay on track. Plus, a great assortment of meal and snack bars, protein-packed shakes and ready-to-go entrées ensure you’re never left in a lurch when you need a healthy option—fast. They travel well and are ready whenever you are!
The built-in flexibility on the South Beach Diet is really great, too. Weekly DIY meals (AKA “do it yourself”, or meals you make on your own) mean you can go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a nice meal together with family. It’s a meal plan that lets you live your life the way you want to, and that means a lot when it comes to having a diet you can actually stick to!
5. It won’t leave you hungry.
We’ve already introduced you to Healthy Fats, which along with a couple of other components of the diet plan, are responsible for helping you feel satisfied, and not starving, on our diet plan.
When you eat Healthy Fats in combination with the other nutritional superstars that make up the foundation of the South Beach Diet, you’re fueling your body with nutrient-rich, fiber-rich, slow-digesting foods, which means your body gets what it needs to stay fuller, longer—and you don’t have to go hungry! It’s all about lean protein, the right carbs and healthy fats, in the right amount, and the South Beach Diet has it.
6. It changes your body’s chemistry.
The high-protein, low-carb approach that the South Beach Diet is based on will burn fat and transform your metabolism, and that’s because of the transformational effects of Phase 1 of the diet plan. As you shift your food intake to include lean proteins, healthy fats and veggies and avoid other carbohydrates for the first week, your body adjusts by shifting its fuel source from carbs to fat—and in this process changes your body’s chemistry to burn your fat as energy.
7. It helps alleviate your cravings.
While you’re changing your body’s chemistry in Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet through the low carb approach, one other important change is happening at the same time: Your blood sugar spikes decrease (due to your lower carb intake), insulin surges decrease, and as your body transitions to using fat as fuel, its need for sugar decreases.
So alongside eating a diet of nutrient-rich foods that keep you full and satisfied, you’re also literally flipping the switch for sugar and refined-carb cravings. Anyone who has battled through those late-afternoon and evening sugar cravings knows how huge this is!
8. There’s support when you need it.
Unlike a lot of other dieting approaches that you might try on your own, the South Beach Diet provides help from highly trained weight loss counselors by phone, online chat and email, whenever you need it. So whether you have a question about a specific food in a specific phase, or you’re eating out and need help navigating the menu for healthy choices—you never have to play the guessing game and try to figure it out on your own.
9. It’s not a fad.
Any diet that asks you to completely eliminate a whole food group, or eat only one certain type of food, is setting you up for a major backslide once the diet ends and you resume anything even close to a normal way of eating.
What’s different about our diet plan is that it moves you gradually though the three phases, each phase with a distinct purpose in helping you achieve your goals. Through this gradual pace, your body is able to acclimate to the changes happening in each phase. Essentially, you’re not shocking your body into a very specific, fixed way of eating. If you eliminate that shock, you eliminate the “fad” aspect of dieting, and you end up with something much more sustainable for long-term, healthy weight loss results.
10. It sets you up for a healthy lifestyle.
Another wonderful benefit of the phased approach of the South Beach Diet: You are ultimately setting yourself up for a whole healthy lifestyle—just by following the plan. Phase 1 gets your body ready for fast weight loss. Phase 2 is steady weight loss that lasts until you reach your goal. And Phase 3 is all about maintaining that success and living and eating in a way that supports optimal health—looking your best and feeling your best.
When you reach Phase 3, you won’t be left out there on your own to figure out how to maintain your weight loss, like you could be with other plans. You will have guidance and support to help you ease into enjoying all foods in moderation, along with tips on exactly how much food you should be eating, recipes and ideas for making more meals on your own, and motivation to help you stay on track and live the South Beach lifestyle effortlessly. And of course, you’ll still have access to the team of counselors that you depended on during Phase 1 and 2. It’s this holistic approach to an overall healthy lifestyle that really sets the South Beach Diet apart from other weight loss plans!