What is the South Beach Diet?
Cardiologist Arthur Agatston and dietician Marie Almon developed a new diet plan called the South Beach Diet. This was created as an alternative to the Ornish Diet and the Pritikin Diet promoted by the American Heart Association, in the 1980. Even though the main purpose of this diet plan was to prevent cardiovascular disease, it gained popularity as a successful weight loss method. Its name is a trademark of South Beach Diet Trademark Limited Partnership. The book, named “The South Beach Diet”, was published by Rodale Books. Its principles are very simple: it replaces “bad carbs” and “bad fats” with “good carbs” and “good fats.” It is very similar to the Atkins diet. Both of them restrict bad carbohydrates. Only good carbs are allowed.
What the South Beach dieters can eat?
Those who are on the South Beach diet can’t consume potatoes, fruit, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, beets, carrots, and corn for the first two weeks. They can return to these ingredients later on, but some of them remain strongly discouraged.
While on the South Beach diet you are guaranteed to never go hungry. This is because snacks are allowed. It is not a diet that counts calories or portions the meals. The main point is to consume foods in normal quantities.
As said before, bad carbs such as the ones containing too much sugar are forbidden. It goes the same way with alcohol, especially in the first phases of the diet.
What’s on the South Beach diet’s menu?
This diet runs on three phases:
The 14-day induction phase: this stage forbids bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, baked goods, fruit and any type of alcohol. Dieters have stated that after two days of phase 1, they didn’t feel an urge to consume all the foods mentioned earlier. Only two servings of low-fat or non-fat milk, yogurt, or buttermilk are allowed during this period.
The “reintroduce carbs” phase: is the stage that brings back all the earlier mentioned foods, gradually. The foods allowed in this phase are: pasta, carrots, tomatoes, onions and fruits.
The final phase: is the stage that should introduce the new eating habits of dieters, for life. There are a few rules to be respected, especially the ones regarding carbohydrates.
How does the South Beach Diet work?
This diet starts from the idea that Americans eat too much carbs. This is why the induction phase is absolutely necessary. Cravings will cease after the induction phase is done. Carbohydrates are dangerous because they get digested too quickly, making the insulin levels to boost. Once your body uses all the carbs, the insulin levels make the body crave more carbs, in order to rebuild insulin levels. This is the reason why people who are overweight or obese get diabetes.
It seems that the first stages of this diet help your body drop the water, at first. The fats start to burn soon after the water is gone. The tissues will re-hydrate themselves. All you will need to do is eat well and exercise as much as you can.