Atkins vs South Beach

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S-lady

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Posted: 06 Mar 2009, 16:50
I know there must be some of you who have tried both diets or a combination of the two. What are the real differences between the two diets? Seems people lose an average of .7 pounds per week regardless of which diet: WW, Atkins, or South Beach.Question

I'm starting my first two weeks of Atkins on March 9. We are attending a benefit dinner this Saturday so I decided to wait until Monday to start. My real challenge(s) is the fact that I live in Costa Rica and have been eating A LOT of fruit up until now. There's so much fruit available here year round and it's so CHEAP! Have to get over that. My 2nd challenge is that there are very, very few diet foods available here. For example: only 2 kinds of diet Jello, no low-fat cheeses, no Stevia, etc.Wink
One more question: how do I know whether the avocados we get here are CA or FL avocados? There seems to be a big difference in carb content between the two. TIA
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mleh

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Posted: 06 Mar 2009, 23:02
I have done both diets in the past and found Atkins too restrictive. South Beach was easier for me. I love onions and tomatoes and nuts which were all OK on SB but not on Atkins. There are other diets that encourage you to eat fruits....but if it is Atkins, you should look for haas avocados--the smaller ones with the bumpy skin rather than the larger smooth skinned ones. I did like the Adkins shakes but the bars were not very tasty to me. You can probably have the shakes shipped to you. I hope this is helpful and I wish you buena suerte!
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Posted: 08 Mar 2009, 08:52
Thanks mleh. Unfortunately, the avocados we get here in Costa Rica are the larger smooth skinned ones with black skins. I sometimes see the green-skinned ones. I plan on following the strict Atkins for the first two weeks and may then switch over to South Beach. I will be spending 2 weeks in FL in May and I remember there's lots of South Beach menu choices in restaurants there to help me during that time. I do plan on bringing lots of things back to CR with me so I'll look for the shakes (are they dry mixes?) Can't afford to have anything shipped here. Customs looks at the value of the package, adds the postage (Big$$), and then adds 40% of the total amount as duty. Example $20 value + $10 shipping + $30 so another $12 in duty plus additional taxes: fuel surcharge, etc adds up to a whopping cost!
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cokezero1982

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Posted: 09 Mar 2009, 12:41
Tomatoes, onions and nuts are all ok on atkins. on inductio nuts aren't, but many vegetables are. i would just google and inductions food list. i looooved atkins but didn't like south beach. on south beach i felt really restricted. on atkins there was an atkins way to make almost any product i'd normally want, and since i'm a creative cook i never got bored. south beach focused too much on mixing in low fat foods and it was terribly bland and boring. i like ground beef, darn it! the induction phase of atkins is more restrictive but as you come out of it you add in more and more foods.
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Chynah

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Posted: 01 Apr 2009, 16:22
You should get the book. Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. I saw it on Amazon.com yesterday for only a penny. There are so many things in the book that you wouldn't evevn think to ask. Make sure to read it from cover to cover. Good Luck!
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Posted: 09 Apr 2009, 12:30
I'd say the main difference between south beach and Atkins is the understanding of how the body works. Atkins is based on scientific biological understanding of how the body works, and indeed how our bodies have evolved. High fat, high protein foods are how our bodies have evolved to eat. Our paleolithic ancestors didn't have access to low fat cheese and whatever else South Beach recommends. Atkins follows the understanding that fat is a natural energy source for our bodies, not to be avoided, where as south beach advocates lower fat.

Personally any diet that advocates lowering carbohydrate is going to get a thumbs up from me because it will help regulate carving and insulin imbalances but i find Atkins much easier to stick to and much more satisfying. The induction is tough but once through it, i find it so fun and easy, i have really enjoyed creating low carb version of my fave foods. Actually i've lost 35lbs on the atkins but recently stalled so i'm back on the induction to hopefully kick start the loss again. Good luck with your WAE xx



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