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South Beach Diet

While some diets eliminate carbohydrates altogether, the South Beach Diet does neither. The South Beach Diet seeks to simply replace "bad" carbs and fats with ones that are "good" for you.

Sample Daily Plan For South Beach Diet

The purpose of the first phase one of the diet is to jump-start weight loss and eliminate food cravings. Yet despite the removal of most sugar-based and starchy carbohydrates from the diet, including pasta, rice, bread and fruit, there are plenty of delicious ways to make satisfying meals. Try one of these sample meals, or create a delicious menu on your own.

Breakfast: Two six-inch whole-grain pitas drizzled with five teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil, four cups of spinach, two plum tomatoes and three egg whites seasoned with salt, pepper and a third cup of feta cheese. Drink coffee or tea with low-fat milk or vegetable juice (not from concentrate).

Lunch: Chipotle steak strips wrapped in lettuce or fresh tuna salad with Dijon mustard. Drink sparkling water or unsweetened iced tea.

Dinner: One option is to serve grilled salmon atop edamame salad, baked tomatoes with Parmesan and a side salad. Another might be a leafy green salad with slices of lean sirloin and a side of broccoli.

Dessert (choose one): Believe it or not, dessert is encouraged on the South Beach Diet, even during this first stage. Try green tea truffles, South Beach Diet tiramisu or coffee flavored custard.

Snacks (choose two): Also permitted on the South Beach Diet are snacks. Opt for a small handful of spicy nut mix, celery with cream cheese and walnuts, veggies with cilantro pesto dip, a green apple or a peanut butter sandwich.

Daily calorie consumption: There are no strict rules regarding the number of calories that can be consumed in a day. Men and women should take in a normal amount of calories, depending on the speed of their individual metabolism.

Though two daily snacks are part of the diet, be sure to prepare modest portions to avoid overeating.

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