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The South Beach Diet

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The South Beach Diet is a diet plan designed by cardiologist Arthur Agatston and dietician Marie Almon.  The original purpose of the diet was to prevent heart disease in Dr. Agatston’s own patients in the early 2000s. Word of the diet spread and quickly gained popularity as a means to lose weight fast.

The South Beach Diet is relatively simple in principle. It replaces “bad carbs” and “bad fats” with “good carbs” and “good fats.”  According to Agatston, hunger cycles are triggered not by carbohydrates in general but by carbohydrate-rich foods that the body digests quickly creating a spike in blood sugar.  The South Beach Diet eliminates these carbohydrate sources in favor of relatively unprocessed foods such as vegetables, beans, and whole grains.

There are basically three phases in South Beach Diet. In Phase 1 you eat normal portion sizes but all carbohydrate is restricted. This is the strictest phase in the diet and will last for two weeks. It emphasizes lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, fish, and shellfish. Low-Glycemic-index vegetables are allowed as well as low-fat cheese, nuts and eggs. Dieters should expect to lose somewhere between 8 to 12 pounds.

In Phase 2, some of the banned foods are slowly introduced while weight loss continues to around 1-2 pounds per week. You should remain on it until you lost your desired amount of weight. Phase 3 is for maintenance and should be followed for life. It’s all about maintaining your desired weight with a healthy balanced diet. There is no specific list of permitted and prohibited foods. Instead, the dieter is expected to understand the basic principles of the diet and live by the principles. Should your weight begins to climb, simply return to Phase 1.

This diet claims to provide people with a long-term weight control solution through a lifestyle change, rather than a series of short-term diets