Weight Maintenance & Healthy Living: How Much Should You Be Eating?Article posted in: South Beach Diet
Maintenance on the South Beach Diet is a big deal: Not only does it mean that you’ve reached your goal weight (yay, you!), it means you’ll be learning how to maintain a healthy weight with minimal hunger and without deprivation. Maintaining your healthy living and diet is crucial to keeping the weight off that you worked so hard to lose!
Once you reach your goal weight, you’ll:
- Continue to follow the basic South Beach Diet principles
- Enjoy all foods in moderation
- Look your best
- Enjoy optimal health
- Eat happy and healthy for life!
As you move into the maintenance phase of South Beach, you’ll follow our easy guidelines to gradually increase your calorie intake. You’ve reached your weight loss goal and no longer require a caloric deficit—and this means more food in your daily meal plan.
But before you get carried away, by more food, we mean additional servings of the same high-quality foods you enjoyed while losing weight. Yes, when you enter maintenance and healthy living, you can enjoy all foods in moderation. However, we recommend that you stick to the South Beach Diet nutritional principles a majority of the time for optimal health. This means for most meals and snacks on most days, your plate should be filled with proteins, healthy fats and veggies. Your body knows and loves this food, and it has responded by getting you into the best shape of your life. Keep feeding it the good stuff, and you’ll keep up with all the hard work and dedication you just put in.
Now that we’ve covered what you’ll be eating, let’s talk about just how much you should be eating for maintenance and healthy living:
Moving forward, you’ll start incorporating more DIY meals into your menu. If you’d like, you can also continue to add in some pre-made South Beach Diet meals. Choose the meal categories that work best for your life. Some members prefer South Beach breakfasts and shakes to get through busy mornings, while others like to keep extra South Beach lunches and dinners on hand to keep meal prep at a minimum. You get to pick and choose what works best for you.
The South Beach Diet Success container system that you’ll receive exclusively for maintenance will guide you on exactly how much to eat. They’re pre-measured and color-coded, making healthy living easy. We provide you with food lists and guides to show you exactly how many containers you’ll incorporate each day.
You can continue to eat six times a day (with three meals and three snacks) if that works best for you. However, you may find that three larger meals work best for your lifestyle. Rearrange your daily layout to suit your preferences and fit your schedule.
You’ll also be adding in more food to increase your calories and maintain your weight. However, the specific meal plan you choose to follow for maintenance will determine how much you eat from each container. Some people may wish to increase their net carb intake to 75 to 100 grams each day (Low-Carb meal plan), while others may prefer eating less carbohydrates with 50 grams of net carbs per day (Very-Low-Carb meal plan). Men and women also eat different amounts.
Not sure which plan is right for you? Click the link below to learn more:
Check out this chart to see how many servings of each color-coded container you’ll add each day:
If you choose to enjoy South Beach Diet meals and snacks throughout the day, simply flip to the back of the packaging to see what that food item counts as and subtract it from your allotted servings for the day. Just make sure you count the net carbs and stay within your daily limit. South Beach Diet meals that do not contain grains can be counted as one Gray and one Pink. Meals that contain a grain can be counted as one Pink and one Coral. Here is what each acronym means on the back of your South Beach meal packaging:
- P = protein
- HF = healthy fat
- GC = good carbs
Here’s exactly what you should be eating during maintenance based on your meal plan and gender:
Stay on top of your progress by weighing in frequently to monitor your maintenance. Follow these guidelines if you see the scale move in one direction or another:
- If you continue to lose more than one pound a week, add in one lean protein (pink container) or one healthy fat (gray container) per day, your choice.
- If you start to gain one to two pounds per week, remove one good carb (coral container) from your day.
- If you’re maintaining your goal weight but are still hungry, add in more vegetables (turquoise containers), but be sure to choose from lower-carb, non-starchy options only.
Maintenance is all about enjoying your new healthy lifestyle. You’ve already got the South Beach Diet principles under your belt to empower and inspire you to eat healthy, live healthy and be healthy—they’re like second nature to you now. So, get out there and live your healthiest, happiest life! Enjoy a few treats from time to time, and fuel your gorgeous bod with delicious, clean food the rest of the time. You’ve got this!