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BodybuildingPro.com Nutrition Database Reviews of Popular Diets South Beach Diet


ALL ABOUT THE SOUTH BEACH DIET!

Go to: ABOUT THE DIET

Go to: DIET GUIDELINES

Go to: EXERCISE DURING THE DIET

Go to: ADVANTAGES OF THE DIET

Go to: DISADVANTAGES OF THE DIET

Go to: CONCLUSION

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ABOUT THE DIET
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The South Beach Diet was developed very recently, in 1999, by Dr. Agatston. Although it was intended to help patients avoid the onset or fight heart disease, the diet also promotes weight loss. Like so many diets today, it is based on the idea that carbohydrates cause weight gain. Unlike the Atkin's Diet, the South Beach Diet does not eliminate carbohydrates altogether. Carbohydrates are divided into "good carbohydrate" and "bad carbohydrate" categories, as seen below:

Good Carbohydrates:

  • High Fibre Cereals
  • Wheat Breads
  • Bad Carbohydrates:
  • Cookies
  • Pasta


These types of carbohydrates cause you to feel full temporarily, but cause blood sugar levels to quickly rise up afterwards. These are "lethargy carbohydrates" because they will cause you to feel tired and hungry after they are consumed. The diet also considers both good and bad fats. "Good fats" are monounsaturated fats, and "bad fats" are saturated. With the diet, you will eat three health meals a day, and snacks are allowed throughout the day.

DIET GUIDELINES
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The South Beach Diet is broken down into three phases:

Phase 1: Phase 1 is two weeks long and is fairly strict. Normal portions are eaten but carbs are entirely avoided. On average, around 10 lbs was lost during this phase by dieters.

Phase 2: This phase will bring each individual to their ideal weight. Carbohydrates are lacking in the phase 1, but are slowly introduced towards the end of this phase.

Phase 3: At this point in the diet, dieters will have met their desired weight and will continue to eat a healthy diet. If weight gain does occur, dieters go back to phase 1.

Drinks: Drink at least eight glasses of water per day throughout the diet. A calcium supplement is also recommended.

EXERCISE DURING THE DIET
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No exercise is required for the South Beach Diet!

ADVANTAGES OF THE DIET
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Unlike many other diets, the South Beach Diet has had positive feedback from the scientific community. The diet is said to improve cholesterol and insulin levels. The diet is relatively easy to follow and is nutritionally balanced.

DISADVANTAGES OF THE DIET
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Depending on what you are used to eating, this diet may be restrictive for you, as many dairy products are consumed throughout the diet, and if you do not enjoy eating dairy products, the number of food choices you have will be reduced. The diet requires a lot of time spent preparing the meals, which may be difficult to do depending on your schedule.

CONCLUSION
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This diet is fairly good as it provides the dieter with sound food choices while maintaining heart health and reducing the bad type of cholesterol (LDL). It is easy to stick with and the weight loss is slow over time, and as a result, is more likely to stay off. If long-term weight loss is your goal, this diet may be for you!

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