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Old 04-12-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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Atkins vs Southbeach

Hello Everyone,
Im new to Southbeach diet. My dr said I need to do low carb and I started Atkins but she suggested Southbeach would be better for me. I have Atkins books and been on the website. I am going to buy the Southbeach books but have not yet. So can someone give me the cliff note version of the major difference in each?
Thanks so much for you help
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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Hello Everyone,
Im new to Southbeach diet. My dr said I need to do low carb and I started Atkins but she suggested Southbeach would be better for me. I have Atkins books and been on the website. I am going to buy the Southbeach books but have not yet. So can someone give me the cliff note version of the major difference in each?
Thanks so much for you help
Q
Well,I agree with your doctor. Do you know why she suggested SB rather than Atkins.

Contrary to popular Atkins belief, SB is not really a low fat diet; it focuses more on "good" fats, like avocado, nuts and nut oils, olive oil, and less on saturated fats. You can eat a wider variety of foods, including fruit, sooner and I think that might help people stick with it. There are several stickies at the top of the main SB page that will give you some starting information. Hope you decide to join us.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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Hello Everyone,
Im new to Southbeach diet. My dr said I need to do low carb and I started Atkins but she suggested Southbeach would be better for me. I have Atkins books and been on the website. I am going to buy the Southbeach books but have not yet. So can someone give me the cliff note version of the major difference in each?
Thanks so much for you help
Q
I'm new to this site but not to the game, lol.

I am switching over from Atkins to SB after doing five weeks on Atkins. I stayed on the induction phase the entire 5 weeks and only lost 5 lbs which occurred during the first 10 days. I like the food choices available on Atkins but for some reason it just wasn't successful for me. I did SB around 9 yrs ago and lost around 30 lbs over a few months. I am hoping for an easy transition from one plan to the other, especially since phase 1 for both are very similar. I will note that I never felt hungry on either plan.

I plan to step up my exercise as well, grudgingly, from 2-3 days/wk to 5 days/wk. I started this yesterday, planning to do some form of no less than 30 mins of exercise Tues-Sat. I went for a 40 minute walk last night.

If you educate yourself to the do's and don'ts on either plan and stick with it, you should have no trouble reaching your goals. On the flip side, don't be discouraged if whatever plan you choose isn't the right fit for you. Try, try again!!
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