What kind of healthy, high fiber foods did you eat on South Beach?
You should be filling your plate with veggies. Over time your system will adjust and a muffin won’t be necessary. Stay away from cheese and any low carb “franken foods” - processed, packaged convenience products that claim to be low carb. Don’t be stingy with the good fats, either. And flax seeds are your friends.
You might want to switch to Atkins or do some reading on a higher fat, low carb diet. There’s plenty of evidence that this is a healthy, effective diet. Fat isn’t bad for you. Carbs are when eaten in excess.
Ive been low carbing it for almost twenty years, started with atkins, and now use the Hampton’s version, designed by a former staff doctor of the Atkins group...
i exercise three tymes a weeks, about 12 mins a day, doing body weight exercises, dont need a gym....
i usually eat junk food, on the weekends, then ‘back on the horse’ on monday.
Sounds like you're a "Fuhrmaniac", i.e. a follower of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's regimen (it's not a "diet"), from the book "Eat to Live".
Long story short: I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes the week before Halloween. My doctor told me to get the book and follow it. After 3 months of (mostly) following the doctor's orders, the results are striking:
My HbA1c dropped from 11 to 4.6, average glucose 80, blood glucose 114. My cholesterol levels have dropped, total down to 150. More work to do on that front, but I'm on the right track. I was taking metformin (500 mg twice a day), but my doctor pulled me off the medication yesterday.
Regular exercise is equally as important. Fortunately where I live, there's a network of hiking/biking trails along the Trinity River.
My weight has dropped from 225 to 195, and I've been between 190-195 for the past two months. Another two months of steady exercise and healthy eating, and I'll meet my next goal: shedding my t-shirt when I take my son & grandson to the local aquatic center this summer.
The Eat to Live regimen is no diet. I've never eaten more food in my life. My largest meal is in the evening, consisting of a large salad with several ingredients, to include several tablespoons of garbanzo beans, plus a bag of steamed veggies. When I'm still a bit hungry after that, I'll have a bowl of berries, such as the 3-berry blend you can find everywhere. My beverage is water or iced tea (sugarless). I haven't had a carbonated soft drink in 3 1/2 months.
Dare I say it, but the bad news I got back in October was a blessing in disguise.
Everything that was recommended on the meal plans: LOTS of raw veggies, eggs and whites, small amounts of lean meats (mostly chicken breast), olive oil, low fat cheeses, etc. It seems I was having salad with every meal. Phase I of the plan is pretty extreme on the carb limitations (no fruit, bread or pasta), but I had plenty of fiber going into me. And lots of water to wash it through. It's very similar to Atkins, except for the type of fat and meat you are allowed, and really takes off the weight - I lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks. And I don't care if "it was just water weight," weight is weight, and my knees thanked me.
But the constipation was uncomfortable. I heard this from other reviewers on-line as well.