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South Beach Diet:

Basic Premise:

Lose weight by replacing "bad carbs" and "bad fats" with "good carbs" and "good fats".

Allowable Foods:

Most foods are allowable. The diet places a specific emphasis on excluding fatty portions of red meat and poultry, replacing them with foods rich in unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids (lean meats, nuts, and oily fish).

Brief History:

Cardiologist Arthur Agatston accepted the traditional theory that a low-fat diet reduces cholesterol and prevents heart disease. However, he discovered that in practice, such a diet was difficult for patients to maintain. His further research indicated that high levels of sugar ingestion decreased blood sugar and produced cycles of hunger, which led to more ingestion of sugars. Patients on low-fat diets weren't eating less than before dieting and had compensated for the fat by consuming sugars and simple carbs. As a result of continuous hunger pangs, dieters were consuming excess calories and gaining weight instead of losing.

Agatston worked with dietician Marie Almon to create an alternative to existing low-fat approaches, specifically for his own patients. But his patients' success spread, and the South Beach diet gained popularity. It's remained a popular choice for many dieters.

Dietary Practice:

The South Beach Diet consists of three phases:

PHASE 1: Eliminate all sugars, processed carbohydrates, fruits, and some higher-glycemic vegetables. The purpose is to quell and eliminate the hunger cravings for sugars and refined starches. For dieters seeking to lose more than 10 pounds, Phase 1 triggers rapid weight loss. Duration -- 14 days.

PHASE 2: Reintroduces most fruits, vegetables, and some whole grains. Weight loss continues at a steady rate, not the rapid shedding in phase 1. Duration -- until target weight is achieved.

PHASE 3: Ongoing maintenance based on an understanding of making healthy eating choices. Any food may be enjoyed in moderation. Duration -- life or until weight gain occurs, in which case the dieter may revert to an earlier phase.

Physical Activity:

The diet encourages regular physical activity and suggests both cardio and core exercises to engage the body's metabolism.


DISCLAIMER: For all dietary recommendations, consult your primary physician to determine what is best for your
individual goals and health conditions.

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