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Apathy didn't go right away. I stopped minding my eating habits and I stopped working out and when I weighed this past Sunday I was back up to 180 lbs.

But after the week off in Georgia, it's only to be expected that I'd gain weight. Still it's time to do something- maybe something drastic. Maybe it's time to start a -gasp- DIET.

God I hate that word. Diet should just mean a way of eating- not just a way to lose weight. But this diet even has a title so that makes it a diet diet. It's the South Beach Diet.

I read up on it and found it made sense, the 8-14 pounds lost during the two-week induction phase (phase I) made it appealing. Sure, it's mostly water weight, but a quick start is motivating. The idea is to keep insulin from spiking and to lose your craving for sweets and carboydrates. So no grains whatsoever- no bread, rice, oatmeal, potatoes or other starchy foods. No fruit either- because fruit sugar will spike your blood sugar levels too. And no alcohol. Lean proteins, low-fat dairy, many but not all vegetables- as many as you like, nuts, eggs. It promotes "healthy fats". Unlike Atkins, you don't enter a state of ketosis for all the carbs found in vegetables and you can't eat bacon and beef all higgledy piggledy.

In phase II- and this lasts until you reach your desired weight- you slowly reintroduce carbohydrates in the form of whole grains. Start with a little sprouted grain toast here, steel-cut oatmeal there, whole grain pasta and brown rice. You can also start having some red wine. Weight loss should slow down to 1/2 to 1 pound a week, a marked contrast to the weight that was shed in Phase I, but you should still lose steadily. If not, cut back on your carbs- it's sounds like a rather slow process but essentially you're learning how to eat again from scratch.

Once you get down to your ideal weight, you start phase III and that's the maintenance stage. You can have the occasional treat- emphasis on occasional. Birthday cake, pizza, ice cream- but, christ, not every few days occasional. More like once a month occasional.

I went ahead and registered with South Beach Diet online. It's pricey and I don't know if I'll continue to use it- I can't read the forums at work- but I like the recipes. Will I cancel before the 7 day free trial ends? Or should I wait and have a month's worth at $20? Or go ahead a dish out the $65 every 13 weeks? We'll see how it goes.

So far it's going like this:

I started the SBD on Sunday so today is my fourth day in and although it's not my regular weigh-day, I had to sneak a peek.

175 lbs. That's 5 lbs down from Sunday. If I get to 169 or below by the end of my two week induction phase, I will call this diet Successful For Me and stick with it- moving to Phase II on April 5th.





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