South beach eating
May 15, 2010 4:45 PM Subscribe
Am I doing phase 1 of the south beach diet correctly?
Inspired by the recent front page post about low-carb eating and many people recommending the south beach diet, I began phase 1 last week. It's only been 5 days and I haven't noticed any difference from a weight/mood perspective, and although I assume this may be too early to tell, I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly. Random questions below:
1) Condiments- I've been following the guidelines listed on most SBD sites and stocked up on compatible condiments for phase 1. I searched the grocery store for low-carb ketchup but couldn't find any...the closest I found was the organic gluten free stuff with "no sugar added." I don't know if this is the same as low-carb or there is something else, but the difference between my regular Heinz is negligible: each has 4 grams of carbs per serving, but the no-sugar-added has only 3 grams of sugar instead of 4. Is it really that much of a difference? Also, I bought tartar sauce with no carbs/sugar, yet most sites I've seen put tartar sauce on their banned list...weirdly enough, they don't list low-carb options like they do for other condiments, and the one I purchased doesn't specifically mention being low-carb.
2) Cottage cheese/yogurt- I know that dairy is supposed to be severely limited during phase 1, but low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt are allowed, 2 foods I enjoy greatly. Cottage cheese has only a few grams of sugar per serving, but most yogurt checks in at around 15-30 grams per serving...even the light and fit Dannon has 11 grams of sugar, 16 carbs net. Should I not be eating this? I've tried to find resources about this but only a few forums have turned up, with posters offering contradictory advice on what is "ok" during phase 1.
I'm probably being a little too neurotic here, but I want to make sure I'm doing this right...I'm also afraid I'm still eating too much, as the "eat til you're satisfied" motto has probably led me to overfeed. Any additional advice/anecdotes is appreciated related to the above categories, thank you-