South Beach Diet Foods Restricted

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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 restricted

  • Alcohol - all forms of alcohol
  • Bakery produce – breads, buns, muffins, rolls (all baked produce)
  • Fats and oils - all fats except olive oil or canola oil
  • Fruit - all fruit and fruit juices
  • High fat dairy – butter, brie, creamy cheeses and other high fat cheeses, sour cream and any other dairy (other than the dairy foods permitted in phase 1)
  • Highly saturated meat – chicken or turkey wings, thighs and legs (dark meat), fatty cuts of any red meat, honey baked ham, kidneys, liver
  • Soft drinks – all types of soft drinks and fizzy drinks
  • Sweets - cakes, honey, ice cream, jam, sugar
  • Vegetables - beetroot, carrots, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, yams
All fruit, higth fat dairy, saturated meat, some vegetables, most fats and oils and processed foods are banned in the first phase of the South Beach diet

Phase 2 – foods restricted

  • Baked produce made with white flour - biscuits, bread, crackers, muffins
  • Fruit - banana, pineapple, raisins, watermelon
  • Sweets - cakes, honey, ice cream, jam, sugar
  • Vegetables - beetroot, corn, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, yams

Phase 3 – foods restricted

  • Baked produce made with white flour - biscuits, bread, crackers, muffins
  • Sweets - honey, ice cream, jam, sugar,  (allowed in small portions)

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