So I weighed in yesterday at 214.8, a slight up tick and today at 212.4, that is 6.4 pounds in 4 days (the fifth day is just starting). Yeah I’m melting. I am feeling very tired and one of the kids is pretty sick this week, so I am not sure if I am catching that or just have no energy. We could not put the kids in the day care at the YMCA so we just skipped working out. We are going tonight hopefully.
I just read yet another author with an unpopular diet slam the south beach diet. How is it that everyone that is unpopular will slam the popular ones? Jealousy? Resentment? I think no diet is perfect, but some of the things they pick up on are just ludicrous. For example, this guy cherry picks the data out of context and says:
Agatston (author of the South Beach diet) claims in his book that eating a baked potato is less fattening when it is topped with cheese or sour cream, compared to eating it plain. He tells us to eat ice cream and chocolate, but not potatoes; to eat bacon and cheese, but not watermelon, and then to take cholesterol-lowering drugs as he does.
Agatston says no such thing:
- He tells you your blood sugar level will rise more slowly by eating that baked potato with some fats. Because a plain baked potato will make your blood sugar rise faster than if you ate an equal amount of pure sugar. It is a strategy to get a little bit of something you shouldn’t eat so much of to affect your blood sugar less.
- He tells us to eat desserts, I don’t actually remember the ice cream thing, but for the chocolate I do remember something specific. He suggests that you use dark chocolate since it has less sugar and then dip strawberries in it to you can eat a not insignificant portion yet not actually have much chocolate. The idea here is that you are eating a dessert, less than 100 calories each day, to help keep any cravings at bay.
- He actually suggests Canadian bacon instead of regular bacon because it has lower saturated fats. The whole diet stresses there are bad fats and to avoid them. If you eat meats and cheeses you are supposed to buy lean meats and reduced fat cheese. There is supposed to be a lot of fish, multiple times a week. The problem is most people on the diet forget all this stuff that makes it heart healthy because they are just on it to lose weight. I am guilty of this myself a bit, but I just gotta have my bacon once in a while.
- No watermelon? It is a high GI fruit to be sure, but once you are in phase 2 if it is watermelon you want you can have some. SBD says you might eat an apple or other low GI fruit instead, maybe you cut up many fruits and eat them all to get a bit of watermelon as a suitable compromise. He doesn’t ban watermelon completely, and gives you enough knowledge of how to eat some without messing up the diet.
- He does not suggest you take the drugs, he says he did before the diet. He may still take them, I don’t know, but I do know he never suggests that a person go crazy on the diet and then take the medicine to make it all better.
So this guy goes on a rampage about cardiac arrest and heart failure in his article. This is why it is so important to drink water. The deaths he talks about are caused by having no water and getting your electrolytes completely out of balance. It is unsafe to have a low blood sugar and then get dehydrated, the guy takes a leap and assumes that you get dehydrated on the diet. The diet stresses the importance of drinking lots of water. The diet does not restrict all carcbhydrates either. Some people do this to themselves by not eating the vegetables in the phase 1. You gotta eat the vegetables if you cut out all other carbs, maybe the SBD doesn’t stress this enough, that’s a fair statement, but it does say it. You get little bits of carbs here and there in the diet. Grab a south beach diet cookbook and find me a meal marked phase 1 that has no carbohydrates. I just peruse the book at the book store so I can’t quote anything for certain, but from my memory, I can say this, for every meal you can find me that has no carbs, I can find 3 that do have carbs.
Now the reduced low carb meals are only on phase 1, you add some carbs back in on phase 2, and when you reach you desired weight you eat even more. So this is not a long-term ketogenic diet as the doctor is suggesting is unhealthy.
Another thing to rememeber is that you are actually supposed to eat healthy fats, that means to avoid saturated fats, which means to buy reduced fat cheese and lean meats. And drink lots of water. These are two things that can be easy to forget while on the diet. So many of us are on the diet to lose weight and think we don’t need to worry about our heart, it won’t happen to us. Well, that is just absurd to think (yeah sometimes I think it myself, still absurd though). Overweight people are at a higher risk for this stuff. Just follow the whole diet wholeheartedly.
Now, I made this great tasting recipe and thought I would share it. It was unbelievably good and I would feed it to people that were not on the diet and not bother telling them I came up with it for the diet.
Brianthinagain’s Turkey Patties (South Beach Diet Phase 1)
Step 1, dice the veggies and place them in a hot pan with the oil, top with seasonings, and saute until soft. If going for step 4 turn the oven on bake-325F now.
- 1 cup cabbage, diced
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 small carrot, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
- 1 T Mrs Dash (they made this stuff taste great and it has no salt, it is for those that need a low salt diet to have good flavor)
- 1/2 t salt (this will make it taste that much better)
- 3 T olive oil (use as much as you need to keep the veggies from sticking)
Step 2, while the veggies are cooking mix up the following ingredients well. Once the veggies are done add them in and stir it all up.
- 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey (this is lean meat)
- 1 egg
- 1 T basil puree (this comes in a tube or you can make your own if you grow basil and freeze it in ice cube trays after you blend it with a little water)
- 2 T wheat germ
- 2 T Flax seed ground
- 1/2 t white pepper (black is fine if you don’t have white, you could even add a teaspoon if you like it as much as I do)
Step 3: form about 8 patties (you may want to refrigerate for a bit if you don’t want this to get all sloppy) and cook them in a little more olive oil over medium heat, they wil brown from the veggies, they should not take more than a couple minutes per side, the veggies will burn if you go for too long.
- 8 t olive oil
Step 4: I always like to have the meal ready for all to eat at the same time, and hot for everyone, so I set the patties aside as I cook them and once they are all finished I place them in the oven on a baking sheet, top with a 1 oz slice of mozzarella, and a slice of roma tomato, since they are warm they just need to melt the cheese, if they were coming out of the fridge to do this in steps, you might wait a bit for the cheese. You can also add the tomato slice part way through if you want it less cooked
- 8 slices mozzarella
- 8 sliced roma tomato
I did not figure out the calories or other nutritional information, you will want to start with a salad and will likely gobble up 2 of the patties.