What the rest of the diet was like
Nelson’s favorite part of the diet—and why she recommends it to others—is the variety of food options. “If I didn’t feel like a prepared meal, I could grab a bar or a shake. If I was traveling for work or vacation and couldn’t pack my frozen meals, I could grab bars, shakes, and even the new food line of microwavable pouches,” she says. Over the course of seven months, Nelson was able to drop 40 pounds, and her cholesterol levels fell to much healthier levels as well. “Staying healthy is not just about the pounds you shed but about your overall health,” she adds.
What Nelson learned
If you’re interested in trying the 7-Day Reboot to begin your South Beach Diet journey, Nelson says to remember it’s not a magical cure—it’s just about following a plan to reach success. “Weight loss is 80 percent what you eat and drink and 20 percent exercise. Exercise alone will not result in weight loss. You need to fuel your body with the right combination of healthy fats, veggies, lean proteins, and the right amount of carbs,” she says. Another helpful tactic for Nelson was tracking her meals; she also became a big fan of drinking water—lots of water.
She says mindset is everything: “Believe in yourself! The weight you put on did not happen overnight, so don’t expect it to come off overnight. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. I gained 30 to 40 pounds over the span of 10 years, and South Beach Diet helped me get that weight off in six months—and taught me how to live healthy for life,” she says.