Phase 1 Explained

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Phase 1 explained

If you’re looking to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life, the South Beach Diet is your ticket to success. Based on a low carb approach for safe and healthy weight loss, this plan is easy-to-follow and is based on sound nutritional principles. Find out the ins and outs of starting the South Beach Diet in Phase 1 Explained.

It’s also flexible to fit your busy life—which is a must for most of us these days—and that means you can lose weight, live the healthy lifestyle you want and not miss out on important things like spending time with family, catching up with friends or having a life! You can purchase the plan right here. > 

And it all starts with Phase 1—your 7-Day Body Reboot. This is where the magic of the South Beach Diet begins, so keep reading to get all the details in Phase 1 Explained including: how Phase 1 works, what you get, what you need to do to get started—and everything in between!

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How and Why It Works

During Phase 1, your meal plan is designed to reboot your body for fast weight loss. For the first week, you’ll fill up on lean protein, vegetables and heart-healthy good fats that nourish and satisfy.

What you’re not eating is a lot of carbohydrates, and that’s for good reason. Normally, your body looks to carbs as its first source of fuel. But by keeping your carb intake intentionally lower on Phase 1, your body will turn to an alternate energy source instead: Your fat. Burn fat and you’ll lose weight—simple as that!

As your body converts fat to energy, your internal chemistry starts to change as well. Your cravings for junk food and sugar recede—and you’ll lose weight without hunger. Check out how your body resets during Phase 1 by following the chart below:

Phase 1 body reset

What You’ll Get

Your first order is packed with five days of meals for Phase 1 (along with your meals for Phase 2, but more on that later!). They’ve been specially selected to provide the right nutrients for your first week of fast weight loss and are marked with a light teal stripe on the packaging. (Pro tip: When your box arrives, arrange your meals so that the Phase 1 breakfasts, lunches and dinners are the easiest to grab—this will make your first week even easier!).  In Phase 1, you’ll also have two days of DIY meals. This gives you the flexibility to add in your own healthy items to get accustomed to healthy living. But don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know about DIY meals mapped out here >

You’ll also get shakes and bars for your first week, which you’ll enjoy as a morning snack and afternoon snack each day. And to keep it all organized, you’ll get the printed Quick Start Guide for Phase 1, which includes your week one meal plan, a spot to track your food, water and activity, plus some helpful tips for getting started.

What You’ll Do

On Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet, you’ll begin your 7-day body reboot with a combination of South Beach breakfasts, lunches and dinners, DIY meals, and South Beach bars and shakes.

You’ll also add in at least five servings of non-starchy vegetables a day. Popular non-starchy veggies include:

  • AsparagusAsparagus Bunches
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Learn more about Phase 1-approved veggies. > 

Quick Ways to Get all of Your Veggie Servings In:

  • Toss a side salad in your lunch bag (one cup of raw veggies equals one serving!).
  • Pack a baggie of sliced bell peppers and cucumbers for afternoon munching.
  • Serve your South Beach Diet lunch or dinner entrée on a bed of cauliflower “rice” (half a cup cooked equals one serving).

Phase 1 Tips:

  • Use the menu in your QSG as your guide for this week.
  • Stay hydrated—drink lots of water. You can also sip on flavored seltzers, coffee and antioxidant-rich unsweetened teas.
  • We recommend 30 minutes of light activity per day. Try low-impact physical activity like walking to keep those workouts light during this phase.

Phase 1 is a game-changer, literally. Your body is changing the way it’s used to doing things and is busy becoming a lean, fat-burning machine. But even amid all this change, you’re never alone with the South Beach Diet. Use your resources! Remember to check off the foods on your Quick Start Menu as you progress throughout the week!  Keep track of water intake and activity in your printed Quick Start Guide as well and stay accountable for yourself. Reach out to our expertly trained weight loss counselors with your questions. Keep coming right back here to The Palm for new tips, inspiration and support—we’ve got you covered!

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