South Beach Diet Foods Permitted

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The South Beach diet is very restrictive on the foods allowed, especially in the first and somewhat in the second phases. The premise of the diet is that to limit carbohydrates will induce ketosis, the rapid burning of fat for the body’s fuel/energy requirements.

Phase 1 – Foods Permitted

  • Dairy - fat free and low fat cheese, low fat buttermilk, low fat milk, low fat yoghurt
  • Eggs - whole eggs (yolk and white)
  • Fish -  all types, but especially oily fish (mackerel, salmon,  sardine, trout)
  • Leafy green vegetables – kale, spinach, chard, bok choy, rocket
  • Lean red meat – beef, lamb, lean bacon, lean ham, pork tenderloin, veal
  • Lettuce - all types, but especially dark green and red
  • Nuts - almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, water chestnuts (only in small quantities)
  • Vegetable oils – especially olive oil, but also other types of vegetable oils (only in small quantities)
  • Poultry - cornish hen, turkey bacon, turkey, chicken breast
  • Shellfish – clams, lobster, oysters, prawns (all types)
  • Vegetables - artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, chives, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, onion, leek, mushrooms, snow peas, sprouts (bean, alfalfa, snow pea), turnips, zucchini
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Phase 2 – Foods Permitted

  • Alcohol, but in moderation
  • All fruit (except banana, pineapple, raisins, watermelon)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Wholegrain bread and bakery products
  • Wholewheat pasta
  • Wholegrain rice (brown)

Phase 3 – Foods Permitted

  • All fruit
  • Multigrain bread


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