Phase one not working??
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flowerlady

Hattiesburg, MS

#1 Nov 10, 2007
My sister and others bragged on this diet. I read the entire book. I have been LEGAL for two weeks. I may have lost 2 pounds if any at all. What is going on? Have others endured this protein horror and not been successful? I chose it to get a head start on the 15 lbs I want to loose. And, let me restate, that I have not cheated. I am 57 years old, a female -- Can anyone help?
Erin

Atlanta, GA

#2 Nov 11, 2007
Phase 1 is NOT the weight loss phase. Its strictly to get rid of your cravings. Since you only have 15 lbs to loose, there is no wonder why you lost 2 lbs. The weight you lose in Phase 1 is water weight. Go on to Phase 2, you will start loosing. Also remember you are only supposed to loose 1 lbs a week. When the book speaks of people loosing 15lbs in phase 1 its because they had ALOT of weight you loose. You don't have much to loose.

Since: Nov 07

Hattiesburg, MS

#3 Nov 11, 2007
Thanks, Erin, for your response. I also read your other comments under the beginners blog. I will start on phase 2 tomorrow... I wonder about keeping this off and the maintenance phase because we Souterners do so love our potatoes and rice and cornbread. For now, I will concentrate on getting down to my goal weight. How much exercise do you think is necessary to help phase 2 progress at the fastest pace??

Since: Nov 07

Hattiesburg, MS

#4 Nov 11, 2007
Okay, I am back to the question of only loosing 2 lbs after 2 weeks of phase 1. Erin answered and said that phase 1 was to get rid of my cravings and not necessarily to loose a lot of weight. I have now spent 2 hours rereading the book and trying to determine what to buy/cook for phase 2 and i read at the beginning of the phase 2 recipes "Now that you've resolved your insulin resistance and lost a dozen or so pounds ..." Also, I read in the beginning of the Phase 2 meal plans that "The weight loss slows a little during phase 2 ..." If mine slows anymore it will disappear. The book does not seem to support this slow of a loss even if it is only 15 pounds that I want to loose. Is there anyone out there who can speak to this issue???
Jai

Montgomery Village, MD

#5 Nov 12, 2007
I am not sure, One thought is it may be to the amount of calories you are eating. Eating to little calories, many time has the opposite effect-causing your body to go into starvation mode.
I am on day 8 of phase 1 and have lost 5 pounds. I am eating 5 times a day,as to reassure my body that I'm not starving. If you are getting enough calories, then you may lose more in phase 2. I have heard this from others. Good luck.
Ladytike

United States

#6 Nov 12, 2007
When I first started the diet, I lost 12 pounds on Phase 1--but I had a lot to lose. Then I lost 1 or 2 pounds a week on Phase 2. I fell off the wagon and gained 5 pounds back, and am about 15 pounds from my goal weight (I've lost 25 pounds so far). I went back on Phase 1 for two weeks, and only lost 4 pounds in those two weeks, but when I moved to Phase 2, I still lost the same 1 or 2 pounds a week I did the first time on the diet. Just stay faithful to it, and know you will probably lose less since you have less to lose to begin with. HTH. :)
Erin

Atlanta, GA

#7 Nov 12, 2007
flowerlady wrote:
Okay, I am back to the question of only loosing 2 lbs after 2 weeks of phase 1. Erin answered and said that phase 1 was to get rid of my cravings and not necessarily to loose a lot of weight. I have now spent 2 hours rereading the book and trying to determine what to buy/cook for phase 2 and i read at the beginning of the phase 2 recipes "Now that you've resolved your insulin resistance and lost a dozen or so pounds ..."
Again this is for people who have a lot more weight to loose then you. The book is a little confusing. I found extra resources from a South Beach Diet message board. I am not able to find it anymore but I promise they said over and over again that phase I is NOT the weight loss phase. The even recommended that people who didn't need to loose much weight not spend 2 weeks on phase 1.
flowerlady wrote:
Also, I read in the beginning of the Phase 2 meal plans that "The weight loss slows a little during phase 2 ..." If mine slows anymore it will disappear. The book does not seem to support this slow of a loss even if it is only 15 pounds that I want to loose. Is there anyone out there who can speak to this issue???
Just stick with it. People with a lot of weight to lose will loose water weight in phase one. You will loose 1-2 lbs a week just stick with it.

Since: Nov 07

Hattiesburg, MS

#8 Nov 13, 2007
Erin wrote:
<quoted text> Again this is for people who have a lot more weight to loose then you. The book is a little confusing. I found extra resources from a South Beach Diet message board. I am not able to find it anymore but I promise they said over and over again that phase I is NOT the weight loss phase. The even recommended that people who didn't need to loose much weight not spend 2 weeks on phase 1.
<quoted text>
Just stick with it. People with a lot of weight to lose will loose water weight in phase one. You will loose 1-2 lbs a week just stick with it.
Thanks, Erin. You are right that the book is confusing. My sister told me that I would need to find the glycemic indexes and other helps outside of the book. The book tells you not to measure then gives you measurements for every meal on the meal plans ??? Anyway, I am staying with it and have started in reintroduce "good" carbs. Thanks for the encouragement.
Nancy

Providence, RI

#9 Nov 20, 2007
Flowerlady. I am with you! I just finished phase one and I lost 4 lbs the first week and NOTHING the second week. I have also heard that once you start the 2nd phase the weight will begin to come off...I hope so!

Since: Nov 07

Hattiesburg, MS

#11 Nov 27, 2007
Nancy -- sorry I have not logged on in quite a while. I have been on this for 4 weeks and 2 days and have lost 5 pounds. The fact that I only have 15 to loose I know figures in and that I am 57 and my metabolism is sloooow also figures in. I am very active, own my own business, work very hard and am not sedentary at all. I have not recently been exercising much but have in the past on a regular basis. And am from the deep south where we LOVE our rice and mashed potatoes, so this is a stretch for me. It has become easier and I am not hungry (just kind of bored). I just wonder if anyone else out there can relate and tell me 5 lbs in 4+ weeks is what happened to them and that they continued to loose slowly but steadily on phase 2. Thanks for the feedback!
mdmommy

United States

#12 Dec 17, 2007
I can completely relate to this. I actually am just beginning week 2 of phase 1 but have only lost about 1 to 2 lbs. in this week. I have between 15 and 20 lbs. to lose and am 27 years old. I tried Atkins a few years ago and lost weight quickly during phase one but was not able to keep it off. I had hoped to lose the minimum seven pounds that they talk about in phase one but I am nowhere close to that. I really can't tell you what is wrong but I am wondering if you have continued to stick to it and if you have experienced any more weight loss.
shannon

Riverside, NJ

#13 Dec 17, 2007
new at this so not sure im posting in the right place but id appreciate any help...
i just finished week 3 of the south beach diet.. during the first 2 weeks (phase 1) i lost 5 lbs which i was very happy about (i typically lose weight verry slowly. After my first week of phase 2 though not only did i not lose any weight, i gained a pound back. I was nervous about reintroducing carbs so the only ones i had were ones sold by south beach (bars, etc) and never more than 2 a day- i think 5 of the 7 days i only had one. Any idea what i might of done wrong?? I really want to make this work!
buttercup

Westbank, Canada

#14 Jan 9, 2008
I have around 100 pounds to lose, but lost barely a pound in Phase 1. After getting over the first disappointed feeling, I suddenly realized that I had gained instead...inmeasurable on a scale.

I gained back some of the respect I had lost for myself, by starting to address my health and addiction to sugar/carbs, overcoming the Phase I difficulty and making it through each day on plan so far. I gained back feeling more energy and feel like moving again. I gained back the valuable hope I thought was lost for having a future free of the pain and struggle that comes from being obese.
I gained wisdom...that feeling good is not in the numbers on a scale, but in the mind and body, and that listening to it and treating it well is what matters more then those numbers. I haven't set a goal weight, too scared to fail. Instead, I set a goal each day to make it thru with self control, with the aid of this plan and good choices. This is a change for life, weight loss is the icing for all the other things I am gaining.
:-)
Kathryn

Cedar Grove, WI

#15 Jan 10, 2008
I lost 10 lbs the first 2 weeks, now on phase 2 about a week and a half and gained 2 lbs. The only things I have reintroduced into my system has been 1 small apple, 1 sweet potato which I ate half one evening and the other half another evening. I also had 2 low cal, sugar free jello puddings on 2 different nights. Can anyone shed some light and help me out here?
Lisa - MO

United States

#16 Jan 11, 2008
I am so glad to see that I'm not the only one seeing the 7-13 pound weight loss the book mentions for Phase 1. I am on Day 5 of Phase 1 and have followed it closely, I lost 1 pound earlier this week and now I've gained a pound. It's a little frustrating when I've been so faithful to the diet. But I'm going to stick with it in hopes it will start falling off soon.
buttercup

Westbank, Canada

#17 Jan 12, 2008
The weight gain and loss coulb be simply water retention. The body is a strange thing, with cycles and you will find the ups and dows are normal. If it persists, just make a change to shake things up. One thing I am learning is to make sure you are eating enough calories, ie lots of veg and low fat stuff to keep the metabolism going full speed. The biggest mistake is to undereat, the body just goes into starve mode and hols on to everything. Happens to me all the time. Load up on the good stuff and off it comes. Drink loads of water, take the supplements to counter the loss of calcium etc.
Kathryn wrote:
I lost 10 lbs the first 2 weeks, now on phase 2 about a week and a half and gained 2 lbs. The only things I have reintroduced into my system has been 1 small apple, 1 sweet potato which I ate half one evening and the other half another evening. I also had 2 low cal, sugar free jello puddings on 2 different nights. Can anyone shed some light and help me out here?
Kathryn

Cedar Grove, WI

#18 Jan 14, 2008
Thnx Buttercup for the feedback. I am eating the veggies but maybe not enough calories like you mention so that could be the problem. I do tend to under eat ie missing breakfast and having a very light lunch. I am really trying but getting fustrated since I feel Im really putting in the effort this time and not seeing any results in the second phase. I'm going on the 3rd week now of phase 2 and the scale is not budging. Could it be possible that I'm losing inches instead?
Shelly

United States

#19 Feb 12, 2008
OK, I am on week 2 of Phase 1. I want to lose only 5 pounds I have only lost 1-2 pounds despite being very active. I am wondering if I will lose ANY weight on Phase 2. FYI I am 50.Help!
Rachel

Richmond Hill, Canada

#20 Feb 12, 2008
I am on phase 1 for almost 3 weeks now. I have only lost 5-6 pounds!! Its going so slow, does anyone have any food tips? I am not overweight so that may be why im losing weight at a slower pace. I just need to trim up.
Patty

Victoria, Canada

#21 Mar 4, 2008
Thanks buttercup in Vancouver for your words of wisdom. I need to think about all the good things I gain from South Beach! Feeling like I am in control - more energy - better self esteem. I'm back on this eating plan after a year off - and out of control! This time I am determined not to be a slave to the weigh scale but rather judge my success by how I feel!

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