Our Counselors Answer 10 of Your Most Frequently Asked QuestionsArticle posted in: South Beach Living
The South Beach Diet isn’t just a diet. It’s a lifestyle. It can completely change the way you view food, your daily activities and your routine—all for the better! But with big changes come frequently asked questions, which is why South Beach Diet has dedicated weight loss counselors you can consult (for free, as many times as you like) when you’re in need of guidance.
Whether it’s via phone, live chat or email, the weight loss counselors can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, EST. On average, South Beach Diet counselors answer around 2,000 questions a month. So, what are they most frequently asked questions?
Here are the top 10 frequently asked questions South Beach counselors hear:
1. Can I drink coffee?
To kick off our list of frequently asked questions, we’ve got an answer to a morning must-have. Yes, coffee and tea are allowable on the program as long as they are black. These beverages will factor into your 64-ounces of water per day goal. Learn more about reach your water goal each day here >
2. What types of groceries should I add?
Non-starchy vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach, bok choy, celery and peppers; lean proteins such as eggs, chicken, turkey, fish and cheese; and healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are healthy grocery-add ins that will help you reach your weight loss goals! To get our full grocery guide, click here >
3. Do I have to exercise?
We do recommend adding 30 minutes of exercise per day, such as walking. Interval training is very effective at burning fat. Doing interval exercises, such as sprinting for a minute and then walking for five minutes, will help burn off glycogen stores and therefore accelerate fat loss. Learn more about exercising on South Beach here >
4. What’s the Keto-Friendly Meal Plan?
The Keto-Friendly South Beach Diet Program is low in carbohydrates, high in healthy fats and lean proteins. The South Beach Keto Program limits net carbs to <40g per day during Phase 1, and <50g per day during Phase 2. Learn more about the Keto-Friendly meal plan here >
5. Is the program recommended for individuals with diabetes?
All of the South Beach foods are approved for individuals with diabetes. We do offer a slightly altered meal plan for diabetic individuals for better stabilization of glucose levels throughout the day. We also provide guidelines for avoiding hypoglycemia in our Diabetic Planner. Because our program is low in carbohydrates, customers are recommended to speak with their physician so that diabetic medications can be adjusted accordingly. Learn more about out South Beach Diabetes Program here >
6. What is the difference between the Silver, Gold, and Platinum Plans?
The Silver Plan provides breakfast and lunch/dinner entrées; the Gold Plan provides snacks in addition to the entrées; the Platinum Plan includes three tubs of shakes in addition to the meals and snacks. Learn more about South Beach Diet meal plans here >
7. Why does South Beach recommend full fat dairy products?
We recommend full fat dairy products because reduced fat products typically contain more sugars and additives. Learn more about understanding nutrition labels here>
8. When will I start seeing results?
You should start seeing results the first week of the program. It is normal to observe a significant weight loss during the first weeks, however everyone loses weight at a different rate. As you continue, you should lose one to two pounds per week. Learn more about Phase 1 on your South Beach meal plan >
9. Can I switch the order of the meals?
You may switch the order of the meals as long as you are concentrating on eating smaller meals every two to three hours. Everyone has a different lifestyles and preference… therefore, you may want the food in the order that suits your lifestyle most! Shop for your favorite meals here >
10. Can I drink alcohol?
And last but certainly not least on our list of frequently asked questions —after Phase 1, you may have up to two servings of alcohol per week. One serving is four ounces of dry red or white wine, 12 ounces of a light beer or one ounce of liquor. You must count each alcohol serving as all three of your allowable “Extras” per day. Learn more about enjoying drinks out with friends here >
Have a question that wasn’t answered here? South Beach Diet’s weight loss blog, The Palm, is a great source of information on diet, exercise and health, plus, you’ll find hundreds of recipes to support you on DIY days and long after you achieve your weight loss goals. Don’t forget the Tracker App can also help you track your food, water intake and exercise routine. That information can be helpful for you as well as a nutrition counselor so he or she can help you make changes, if necessary.