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Popcorn & the South Beach Diet

By Kate Beck ; Updated July 18, 2017

Typically, one of the most difficult parts of dieting is finding ways to curb the urge to snack. While the South Beach Diet puts restrictions on your snack choices, popcorn is a good option. Knowing which phases of the South Beach Diet allow popcorn and how much you can eat can help you stay on track for reaching your weight-loss goals.

Phase 1

During the first phase of the South Beach Diet you will need to avoid carbs, including popcorn. During this two-week period your snacks will consist of proteins, such as fat-free turkey breast and fat-free or reduced-fat cheese.

Phase 2

After the first two weeks, you can add certain carbs back into your diet. You can have popcorn, but you cannot have more than 3 cups of popcorn each day.

Types

While on the South Beach Diet, you can only eat popcorn that's prepared in specific ways. You can have air-popped popcorn without added butter. Microwave popcorn is permitted as long as you select a plain variety that does not contain unhealthy oils. You may also cook the popcorn on your stove top, using a small amount of an allowed oil such as canola oil.

Considerations

Eating popcorn or any other food every single day can result in boredom, which could lead you to choosing a snack that's not allowed on the South Beach Diet. You may want to alternate your snacks, or mix in a few nuts with your popcorn so you don't grow tired of it.

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