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South Beach Diet

South Beach Diet

Following is information about the famous South Beach Diet. This diet was made popular when President Clinton was in office and used it to lose weight. The South Beach Diet is a form of a low carb diet, but less strict allowing some healthy carbs. The South Beach diet allows more flexibility in eating than other low carb diets.

History of South Beach Diet

Dr Arthur Agatston is a cardiologist based in south Florida. Several years ago, he developed a diet for his chronically overweight heart patients. Soon, thanks to his patients’ excellent results, Dr Agatston’s diet became all the buzz in Miami.  In 2003, The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss hit the shelves and that regional buzz spread nationwide. The likes of Bill Clinton and Bette Midler have sung the diet’s praises, as well as scores of other successful “South Beachers”.

What can you eat on the South Beach Diet?

The South Beach Diet focuses on reducing the number of “bad carbs” one consumes while encouraging “good carbs and good fats”. Highly processed foods like baked goods and soft drinks are examples of “bad carbs”.

In order to properly follow the plan, you use food lists that are included in the first phases of the diet. These lists tell you which foods to avoid and which to incorporate into your meals. You can easily create your own menu using foods from these lists. There are also a number of recipes included in the plan. South Beach is sometimes referred to as a “kinder” or less-strict version of Atkins, but it is actually quite a bit different. The main similarity between the two diets is both consists of an introductory two-week period. As with the Induction phase on Atkins, Phase 1 of South Beach is quite a bit more stringent than the last two phases — they consist of continued weight loss and maintenance.

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