Most dieters who begin the South Beach Diet start with Phase 1, which works extremely well. That’s because it’s a lower-carb, grain-free, healthy-fat diet. You can eat lean meats, vegetables, salads, beans, and dairy. The only problem you might have is if you’re sensitive to dairy products, but that’s an easy enough fix.
Just eliminate the dairy from your menus.
Since you don’t count calories, carbohydrates, or protein grams, you can just make up for the lack of protein in the dairy by eating a larger serving of meat or eggs.
Problems begin when dieters move into Phase 2. The only guidance that the South Beach Diet book gives to Phase 2 dieters is to start by adding a serving of grain and a serving of fruit to your daily menus, but for many dieters that’s adding back too many carbohydrates too quickly.
If you’ve been trying to follow the South Beach Diet Guidelines and find the South Beach Diet not working, you might need to tweak the diet to fit your metabolism and metabolic defects.