South Beach Diet Food List

During Phase 1, the foods eaten will be in controlled portions to include chicken, beef, turkey, fish, and shellfish. These type of food can also be eaten along with vegetables, eggs, cheese, nuts, and salads, but all will be in controlled portions too. Refer to the following list to see the type of food that are acceptable in phase 1, 2, and 3. Remember that bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, baked goods, fruit, candy, cake, cookies, ice cream, or sugar will be added back slowly into your diet in Phase 2.

Quick Shopping List

Quick Shopping List – Phase 1

Phase 1 Food List

Phase 1 Guidelines and Food List

Phase 2 Food List

Phase 2 Guidelines and Food List


Foods to Enjoy

  • Boiled Ham
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Canola Oil
  • Chicken Breasts (skinless)
  • Cheese (fat-free or low-fat – American, Cheddar, cottage, cream substitute, feta)
  • Cornish Game Hen
  • Eggs (whole)
  • Fish (all types)
  • Green Vegetables
  • Lunchmeat (lean)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasoning/Spices (broth, butter sprays, pepper, anything containing no sugar)
  • Shellfish
  • Sirloin
  • Sweets * (chocolate powder, cocoa powder (baking type), hard candy, sugar substitute (sugar-free)
  • Tenderloin
  • Tofu
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Veal
  • Vegetables (artichokes, asparagus, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, legumes, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini)

  *  No more than 75 calories per day


Foods to Avoid

  • Alcohol *
  • Baked Goods **
  • Beef (brisket, liver, rib steaks, fatty cuts)
  • Bread **
  • Breast of Veal
  • Cereal (all kinds) **
  • Cheese (full fat, brie, edam)
  • Crackers **
  • Fruit
  • Fruit Juice
  • Honey-Baked Ham
  • Ice Cream
  • Matzo **
  • Milk (whole, low-fat)
  • Oatmeal **
  • Pasta **
  • Pastries **
  • Poultry (chicken wings, legs, thighs, wings, duck, goose, poultry products)
  • Soy
  • Vegetables (barley, beets, black-eyed peas, carrots, corn, pinto beans, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, yams)

  * Includes beer, hard alcohol, wine (wine will be introduced in Phase 2 in moderation)

  ** Includes all starchy foods

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