January 22, 2005 at 1:00 pm
I’ve always hated fad diets. All the diets in the world are more contradictory than all the religions in the world. Carbs are bad. No, they’re good. No, they’re bad and good! Aaaahh!! It only convinces me that no one knows what they are talking about. How can you pick a legitimate diet among the detritus?
However, I need a plan of some kind, even if it ultimately is found to be flawed. I’ve tried my own lame-assed, non-researched plan of generally trying to eat less. It didn’t work. Cravings get the best of me and before you know it I’m inhaling Junior Mints and wondering if I’m just a weak person.
My younger brother has been prodding me to read The South Beach Diet ever since he lost 60 pounds on it. So I finally caved and have started on the plan. I’m relieved to find that The South Beach diet seems like less of a fad than other diets. It was developed by a cardiologist in the interest of saving his obese patients from future heart attacks. The diet is well-balanced and doesn’t exhort extremes of any kind. Yes, you need to cut down on pasta and white bread, but you don’t need to exile them from your life forever.
Of course, any diet book is going to play itself up. So I checked some medical websites and found that they all said it was a valid diet choice and was unlikely to cause any medical problems (unlike the controversial Atkins diet).
What I like best about the South Beach diet is the ‘user interface.’ As a web developer I know that even the best designed web site can frustrate visitors if they don’t find it easy to use. The South Beach Diet is very user friendly. It doesn’t require you to count calories or keep track of any numbers. (That has been a major stumbling block for me. I HATE keeping food diaries.) You learn some basic rules about what types of food to eat and about how much and then they set you free. You can do what you want with the permitted foods, allowing for lots of variety. Plus, you are supposed to eat until you’re full. Wow. A diet that doesn’t expect you to starve. All of these traits combine to make a diet that I think I can actually follow for a long period of time, hopefully the rest of my life.
Basically I have chosen the South Beach Diet because:
1) You start losing weight immediately
2) The regimen is not difficult to learn. You just learn the basic principles. What you eat is flexible within the rules.
3) I should never feel hungry or deprived
I hope it works!