South Beach Diet Recipes
South Beach Diet recipes provide a wide range of good foods that are low in “bad” fats and carbohydrates while promoting a healthy lifestyle and little deprivation of calories. Weight loss is achieved through the use of specific recipes to create meal plans while the body receives a balanced selection of foods.
Even in the beginning phase, hunger is reduced – if not eliminated – by incorporating three main meals plus two daytime snacks and an after-dinner dessert. A wide range of recipes can be accessed through paid membership at the South Beach Diet Web site and in books. Some free recipe samplings are also available. The premise behind each meal is not calorie-based; it is simply a matter of creating food combinations that reduce insulin spikes while metabolizing good carbohydrates and burning excess fats at a higher rate. Examples include a host of non-fatty meats; vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach; and reduced-fat cheese products. The benefits of following South Beach Diet recipes are many, including weight loss (especially in the midsection) and the reduction of bad (LDL) cholesterol. Additionally, the cravings for sweets will diminish as insulin levels stabilize through the use of proper foods.
Three phases of South Beach Diet recipes are recommended for a successful weight loss regimen. The first phase lasts two weeks. Recipes include such breakfast items as Canadian bacon and eggs with bell pepper and onions. In fact, just about any omelet recipe can be adapted for Phase One. The elimination of most carbohydrates is the goal during this phase, where meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, nuts, cheese, and eggs are consumed. Inadmissible items include fruits, starches, breads, and alcohol. Phase Two encourages the addition of some approved carbohydrate meals. Individuals should adhere to recipes in this phase until weight loss has been successful. Whole grains can be reintroduced with care, along with fat-free puddings, fibrous foods, some approved fruits, and bittersweet chocolate. A meal plan during this phase might include recipes for meatloaf, cottage cheese puffs, cantaloupe, chicken Creole, baked tomatoes, and a Greek salad. Upon reaching the desired weight goal, Phase Three, which is called the “Diet for Life,” is implemented. The final phase incorporates many familiar recipes that emphasize portion control. Healthy food consumption is still part of Phase Three, and includes the use of canola and olive oils, lean meats, whole wheat pastas, and breads along with a wide range of fruits and vegetables.