The South Beach Diet

Published:July 4th, 2012

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The South beach diet is a famous diet plan created by a cardiologist, Arthur Agatston and a dietician, Marie Almon. This diet plan was designed mainly to prevent heart diseases but now it has gained popularity as a ‘weight loss scheme’.

You can eat delicious food items while maintaining your weight and health within the normal frame which is a good point about this diet scheme. Replacement of bad carbs and fats with the good carbs and fats is the basic idea of the South beach diet.

Carb restriction: The diet plan strictly restricts carbohydrates. According to Dr. Agatston, hunger is triggered by carb-rich foods which are digested quickly by the body and thus, creates an elevation in the blood sugar levels. The carb-rich foods include grain and heavily refined sugars. The diet plan encourages the intake of unprocessed foods containing low-carbs such as whole grains, vegetables and beans as they do not cause quick rise in the blood sugar levels.

That means those who want to follow this plan must quit eating potatoes, pastas, bread, cereal, rice, some vegetables such as beets, carrots and corns for the first two weeks. So the first two weeks are aimed at eliminating cravings for carbs.

Food sources for carbohydrates are considered to be good if they possess a low glycemic index.

Fats restriction: The South beach diet plan discourages the intake of trans-fats and saturated fats in favor of unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. The diet scheme excludes the fatty portions of red meat and poultry.

The South beach diet plan has designed simple principles to follow which will help you promote your health greatly as well as to lose weight. Just follow the three easy steps:

Elimination of cravings– This is the 1st phase of the diet plan which is designed to maintain the blood sugar levels by eliminating the cravings for foods that are sugary and heavily refined.

This will help you lose weight quickly within days or weeks. It is a good start for people who have pounds of weight to lose.

As for satisfying the hunger is concerned, have nutritious foods. The phase 1 lasts for almost 14 days.

Have a variety of delicious foods: Introduce your taste buds and appetite to nutritious and delicious foods such as whole grains, vegetables, etc.

This is the 2nd phase of the diet plan which will help you reduce your weight further.

It lasts as long as you have reached your weight-loss goal.

Maintaining the lost weight

The first two phases of the South Beach diet are designed to reduce weight. Now next comes the phase which aims at maintaining this weight loss. This can be done as following:

  • Eating moderately- Make good food choices and enjoy your meal in moderation.
  • Go back to Phase 1 and 2 if at any point you find your selves getting off the tract or gaining back the food cravings.

The phase 3 continues throughout your life. As long as you maintain your weight, you remain healthy.

What can you eat?

So what actually are you supposed to eat when you adopt the South beach diet plan? Well, the good part about this diet scheme is that it does not keep a count of your calorie intake nor does it restrict the portions of food intake. So you won’t remain hungry.

  • All you have to do is to cut the sugar-rich carbs off the menu.
  • No sugar-filled items.
  • The plan includes restricted intake of alcohol. That is, it is completely eliminated in the 1st phase of the diet plan whereas restricted throughout the life.
  • Carrots are also to be avoided in the first two phases.
  • The plan includes eating in moderate portions. Maybe you will find them not enough to satisfy your appetite, but later, you will discover that moderate portions of food are actually quite enough for your body.

The South beach diet encourages a healthy life style, healthy and moderate eating and maintaining weight throughout life.

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