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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 20:46
I am thinking about doing the Southbeach Diet because belly fat is my problem - I think all 15 pounds that I have lost on my own diet have come from my face - lol. Anyway, I am purchasing the book tomorrow and wondered if a membership in the website was worth it. Any thoughts?

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 20:56
I have the book, great read! Don't know about the membership because I just used the book for information and recipes, but the book outlines everything you need. Only reason I can see getting the membership is for extra support, motivation, and new recipes.
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse.

It is not rocket science - it is weight loss.
Eat less food.
Move lots.
Repeat this x lots.

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 08:13
I have both books, the original and Supercharged, as well as a few of the cookbooks. I think the Supercharged book is better, because it has the same info about how the diet works and recipes, but it incorporates an exercise program which the first book does not. Personally, I think the recipes and meal plans in the Supercharged books are better too, because I quickly became bored with the food suggestions in the original book.

I have also considered membership on the South Beach website. I'm hoping that as far as tracking your foods, the stand-by South Beach recipes like ricotta creme and lettuce roll-ups will be food options on that website as opposed to having to add them as ingredients to my food lists here. I would like to hear from someone who has that membership also, as to how it compares to this site and if it's worth the money and time...the time it takes to maintain another web membership might be a deal breaker for me.

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 06:01
I went to the site to check it out yesterday.....did you realize membership is $260 a year????? It's billed $5 a week, in 13-week increments, for a total of $65 a pop which to me is still way too expensive for membership to a website. That's just insane, if you ask me. I think I'll stick with this website and my South Beach books.

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Posted: 23 Feb 2011, 06:34
I was a member for about 4 months in 2005. They had moderators that hung out on the forums and responded to most posts whether they needed responses or not, LOL. I didn't find that paid support any more supportive than the free support on the other site I was using at the time (

Would I do it again? No, unless I had money to throw at them. But for some, having an official person lurking all the time is valuable. It's not for me, that's for sure.

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Posted: 24 Feb 2011, 14:41
Me either, Melonhead. For a little more than that, I can join an exercise class here in my building and have access to a personal trainer every day! But I guess some people feel more secure with the support from the website, especially at first. Whatever works for you!

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Posted: 27 Feb 2011, 15:41
Thank you all for your input! I took the plunge and started the diet yesterday using only the book. Went to Barnes and Noble Friday night hoping to find a SBD cookbook that would use more convenience foods but the recipes were just as complicated as the ones in the main book. I find it to be a little too vague regarding portion sizes for most things but will limp along and if I don't lose weight, I will figure that I am eating too much.

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