Dr Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist based in Miami, Florida developed the South Beach Diet after searching in vain for a diet that not only resulted in weight loss but also prevented or reversed heart disease.
Although not promoted as a ‘carb’ free diet, Dr Agatston claims that there are ‘good’ carbs, foods with a low GI (Glycemic Index) and ‘bad’ carbs, those with a high GI. By eliminating high GI foods from the diet, weight loss will occur.
Basically, the South Beach diet is made up of three ‘phases’.
Phase 1, should last for two weeks only. It’s called the strictest phase, but each day you are allowed to eat six times, so hunger should not be a problem. Foods allowed include meat, chicken, turkey, fish and shellfish. Weight loss is highest in Phase 1.
During Phase 2 you can add some complex carbohydrates, including fruit and vegetables to the diet. The individual chooses what to add, but moderation is the key word. Weight loss should be 0.5 – 1kg per week. If not, then eliminate or swap, some of the added carbohydrates till weight loss resumes.
Phase 3 is the eating plan for the rest of your life. Eating moderately of foods with a low to medium GI rating, with an occasional treat, should maintain your desired weight.
Dr Agatston claims the South Beach Diet is successful because it eliminates hunger pains and food cravings that account for the high drop out rate of other diets.
According to supporters of the diet, the best part of the diet is the food. Dieters can sit down to five-star dishes such as steak, grilled chicken and spiced seared tuna and still lose weight.
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