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Welcome to the team! I agree with Kierae. Don't add more carbs than what you are now eating, but SB can be done just that way.
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That being said - we really encourage people to tweak. NO plan fits any one person perfect. You have to learn what your body can tolerate carb wise. Some folks on SB can add carbs like the book suggests. Most can't. I would say most of us keep our carbs at the max of 100-150 which is considerably high compared to other plans. I have done SB since 2007 but I have learned that fat isn't the enemy, I don't agree with all the darn low fat push that SB "encourages" since it tends to increase the chemicals in a food. I kinda prefer real food. But that is just me and my plan.
The last 10-15 pounds is going to suck no matter what plan you do - and it will be hard to lose. Persistence and really paying attention to what your intake is (calories do count)..your exercise...will make a difference.
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What plan are you doing now, that has gotten you close to goal? I think most plans have you adding back carbs as you get close to goal. I know Atkins does. If you have been successful on one plan, you might want to stick with it, just because you know how it works and that it works for you.
Or have I misread your question? Are you doing SB now and are just concerned about moving on? In that case, based on my complete lack of personal experience with SB, I'd say to go ahead and cautiously add more carbs. Atkins says to add back 5 net carbs per day per week. That is, add back 5 extra net carbs each day for the first week, and then another 5 for the second week (total of 10 extra), and so forth. Quit when you stop losing. If you gain, go back 5 carbs per day. But remember that we all go through stalls and plateaus and fluctuations in body weight, so don't freak out about a small gain or plateau. Be especially vigilent about how you are feeling. Something new (a specific fruit, or grains, or whatever) may cause cravings in one person but not in another. It doesn't matter how many carbs something has, if it causes cravings (which may come a few days later rather than immediately) it's not good for you.
Congratulations on getting close to goal!
South Beach works for some people and not for others. For me eating more protein and less fat will spike my insulin levels too much to lose any weight.
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I have been doing South Beach (combined with sports nutrition, which entails eating a lot of water-packed complex carbs, reduced fat cheese, non-fat greek yogurt, and similar; etc.) practically since I'd been diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago.
My weight has never been lower in my adult life!
My blood sugars are very stable.
The key is keeping the calorie count within limits and make sure you mix South Beach with something compatible that reflects your lifestyle and personality ... otherwise, it is just another low carb diet you may find too difficult to sustain and then you go off of it.
Of course, adding carbs you would gain. Insulin from your pancreas works that way.
Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 6/30/2013 (08:32)
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Is anyone doing south beach? How is it working for you? I'm thinking about doing the second phase of south beach since I'm close to my goal but I'm worried that I won't loose if I add back in too many carbs. What has worked for people doing south beach? Thanks
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