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The South Beach Diet Plan

Phase 1: Two Weeks of Restraint
Phase 2: More Liberal Meal Plans
Phase 3: The Rest of Your Life

In the mid-1990s, I became disillusioned with low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. They didn’t work for many of my patients, especially over the long haul. Being a cardiologist, my concern was not for my patients’ appearance, of course: I wanted to find a diet that would help prevent or reverse heart disease.

I never found such a diet. Instead, I developed it myself.

The South Beach Diet is not low-carb. Nor is it low-fat. Instead, it teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats–the good ones–so you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and get rid of cravings without feeling hungry.

In one 12-week study of 40 overweight people, those who followed the South Beach Diet lost an average of 13.6 lb, almost double the 7.5 lb lost by those on the strict “Step II” American Heart Association (AHA) diet.

And the South Beach Diet group showed greater decreases in waist-to-hip ratio (belly fat) and triglycerides, and their good to bad cholesterol ratio improved more. Plus, only one person dropped out of the South Beach Diet compared with five in the AHA group.

By choosing the right carbs and the right fats, you simply won’t be hungry all the time, and portion sizes will take care of themselves.

Caution: If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor before starting the The South Beach Diet. If you have diabetes, get tested to make sure that your kidneys are not impaired before starting the South Beach Diet.

Good Carbs versus Bad Carbs
Much of our excess weight comes from the carbohydrates we eat, especially the highly processed ones found in baked goods, breads, snacks, soft drinks, and other convenient favorites.

Modern industrial processing removes the fiber from these foods, and once that’s gone, their very nature–and how we metabolize them–changes significantly, and for the worse.

One side effect of excess weight, we now know, is an impairment of insulin’s ability to do its job of processing fuel (fats and sugars) properly. This condition is called insulin resistance. As a result, the body stores more fat than it should, especially in the midsection.

Decrease consumption of those bad carbs, studies showed, and the insulin resistance starts clearing up. Weight decreases, and you begin metabolizing carbs properly. Even the craving for carbs disappears once you cut down on them. Finally, cutting out processed carbs lowers triglycerides and cholesterol.

The Right Fat
To make up for the overall cut in carbs, my South Beach Diet permits ample fats and animal proteins. The low-fat regimen’s severe restrictions on meat were unnecessary. The latest studies had shown that lean meat did not have a harmful effect on blood chemistry.

Even egg yolks are good for you, which is contrary to what we once believed. Chicken, turkey, and fish are recommended, along with nuts and low-fat cheeses and yogurt (all included in the South Beach Diet).

As a rule, low-fat prepared foods can be a bad idea; the fats are replaced with carbs, which are also fattening. But dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt that are low-fat are exceptions to this rule; they are nutritious and not fattening.

In the South Beach Diet I allowed plenty of healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive and canola oils. These are the good fats. In addition to actually reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, they taste good and make food palatable. They’re filling too.

This is the strictest part of the The South Beach Diet and is meant to last for 2 weeks only. But you could lose up to 13 lb depending on your starting weight.

This part of the South Beach Diet allows ample portions of protein, good fats, and the lowest-glycemic index carbs needed for satisfaction and blood sugar control. By the time this phase ends, your cravings for sweets, baked goods, and starches will also have vanished.

Each of the South Beach Diet day includes six different occasions to eat, so you should never feel hungry. If you do, maybe you’re being too stingy with your portions. Meals should be of normal size, enough to satisfy you, but no more than that. No need to measure most things with the South Beach Diet .

See The South Beach Diet Here

Phase 1: Two Weeks of Restraint
Phase 2: More Liberal Meal Plans
Phase 3: The Rest of Your Life

In the mid-1990s, I became disillusioned with low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. They didn’t work for many of my patients, especially over the long haul. Being a cardiologist, my concern was not for my patients’ appearance, of course: I wanted to find a diet that would help prevent or reverse heart disease.

I never found such a diet. Instead, I developed it myself.

The South Beach Diet is not low-carb. Nor is it low-fat. Instead, it teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats–the good ones–so you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and get rid of cravings without feeling hungry.

In one 12-week study of 40 overweight people, those who followed the South Beach Diet lost an average of 13.6 lb, almost double the 7.5 lb lost by those on the strict “Step II” American Heart Association (AHA) diet.

And the South Beach Diet group showed greater decreases in waist-to-hip ratio (belly fat) and triglycerides, and their good to bad cholesterol ratio improved more. Plus, only one person dropped out of the South Beach Diet compared with five in the AHA group.

By choosing the right carbs and the right fats, you simply won’t be hungry all the time, and portion sizes will take care of themselves.

Caution: If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor before starting the The South Beach Diet. If you have diabetes, get tested to make sure that your kidneys are not impaired before starting the South Beach Diet.

Good Carbs versus Bad Carbs
Much of our excess weight comes from the carbohydrates we eat, especially the highly processed ones found in baked goods, breads, snacks, soft drinks, and other convenient favorites.

Modern industrial processing removes the fiber from these foods, and once that’s gone, their very nature–and how we metabolize them–changes significantly, and for the worse.

One side effect of excess weight, we now know, is an impairment of insulin’s ability to do its job of processing fuel (fats and sugars) properly. This condition is called insulin resistance. As a result, the body stores more fat than it should, especially in the midsection.

Decrease consumption of those bad carbs, studies showed, and the insulin resistance starts clearing up. Weight decreases, and you begin metabolizing carbs properly. Even the craving for carbs disappears once you cut down on them. Finally, cutting out processed carbs lowers triglycerides and cholesterol.

The Right Fat
To make up for the overall cut in carbs, my South Beach Diet permits ample fats and animal proteins. The low-fat regimen’s severe restrictions on meat were unnecessary. The latest studies had shown that lean meat did not have a harmful effect on blood chemistry.

Even egg yolks are good for you, which is contrary to what we once believed. Chicken, turkey, and fish are recommended, along with nuts and low-fat cheeses and yogurt (all included in the South Beach Diet).

As a rule, low-fat prepared foods can be a bad idea; the fats are replaced with carbs, which are also fattening. But dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt that are low-fat are exceptions to this rule; they are nutritious and not fattening.

In the South Beach Diet I allowed plenty of healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive and canola oils. These are the good fats. In addition to actually reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, they taste good and make food palatable. They’re filling too.

This is the strictest part of the The South Beach Diet and is meant to last for 2 weeks only. But you could lose up to 13 lb depending on your starting weight.

This part of the South Beach Diet allows ample portions of protein, good fats, and the lowest-glycemic index carbs needed for satisfaction and blood sugar control. By the time this phase ends, your cravings for sweets, baked goods, and starches will also have vanished.

Each of the South Beach Diet day includes six different occasions to eat, so you should never feel hungry. If you do, maybe you’re being too stingy with your portions. Meals should be of normal size, enough to satisfy you, but no more than that. No need to measure most things with the South Beach Diet .

See The South Beach Diet Here

I also recommend:
South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Counter: The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods
by Arthur Agatson
(Paperback)
It is a great companion reference to The South Beach Diet.

Phase 1 Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast
Tomato juice, 6 oz
Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and mushrooms
Canadian bacon, 2 slices
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute
Midmorning Snack
Part-skim mozzarella cheese stick
Lunch
Chicken Caesar salad (no croutons)
Prepared Caesar dressing, 2 Tbsp
Midafternoon Snack
Low-fat cottage cheese (? cup) with ? cup chopped tomatoes and cucumbers
Dinner
Mahi mahi
Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Arugula salad
Low-sugar prepared dressing
Dessert
Lemon Peel Ricotta Creme

Foods to Enjoy    Foods to Avoid
Beef: Lean cuts such as sirloin (including ground), tenderloin.

Poultry (skinless): Cornish hen, turkey bacon, turkey breast, chicken breast.

Seafood: All types of fish and shellfish.

Pork: Boiled ham, Canadian bacon, tenderloin.

Veal: Chop, cutlet, top round.

Lunchmeat: Fat-free or low-fat.

Cheese (fat-free or low-fat): American, Cheddar, cottage cheese, cream cheese substitute (dairy-free), feta.

Nuts: Peanut butter, peanuts, pecans, pistachios.

Eggs: Whole eggs are not limited unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Use egg whites and egg substitute as desired.

Tofu: Use soft, low-fat, or light varieties.

Vegetables and legumes: Artichokes, asparagus, beans and legumes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini.

Fats: Canola and olive oils.

Spices and seasonings: All seasonings that contain no added sugar, broth, butter sprays, pepper.

Sweets (limit to 75 calories per day): Chocolate powder (no added sugar), cocoa powder (baking type), hard candy, sugar substitute (all sugar-free unless otherwise specified).     Beef: Brisket, liver, rib steaks, other fatty cuts.

Poultry: Chicken wings, thighs, and legs, turkey wings, duck, goose, poultry products (processed).

Pork: Honey-baked ham.

Veal: Breast.

Cheese: Brie, Edam, all full-fat.
Vegetables and legumes: Barley, beets, black-eyed peas, carrots, corn, pinto beans, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, yams.

Fruit: Avoid all fruits and fruit juices during Phase 1.

Starches: Avoid all starchy food during Phase 1, including all types of bread, cereal, matzo, oatmeal, rice, pasta, pastry, potatoes, and baked goods.

Dairy: Avoid all dairy foods during Phase 1, including ice cream, milk, soy milk, yogurt.

Miscellaneous: Alcohol of any kind, including beer and wine.

Here’s where you gradually reintroduce certain healthy carbs into the South Beach Diet: fruit, sweet potatoes, whole grain bread, whole grain rice, whole wheat pasta.

Start with one piece of fruit a day for lunch or dinner, and continue with some cereal or a piece of bread. Weight loss will slow a little. (A healthy average rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 lb a week over time.)

Stay on this phase until you hit your target weight. If you regain some weight, switch back to Phase 1 until you lose it.

A key to success with the South Beach Diet is the glycemic index that ranks carbohydrate foods by their effect on your blood sugar levels.

Focus on adding low-GI foods (apples, berries, grapefruit, high-fiber cereal, whole grain breads) to your diet instead of those with a high GI (cakes, cookies, crackers, pasta, white bread).

The goal with the South Beach Diet is to eat more carbs again while continuing to lose weight. If you add an apple and a slice of bread a day, and you’re still dropping pounds, that’s great.

If you try an apple, two slices of bread, and a banana daily and notice that your weight loss has stalled, you’ve gone too far. Cut back, or try some different carbs.

You’ll go on that cautious way as long as you’re in Phase 2, eating the most beneficial carbs and paying attention to how they affect you. You should also be aware of foods that increase cravings.

No two people will experience this phase the same way. Some dieters on the South Beach Diet can have pasta once a week with no detrimental effects.

Others have to avoid pasta but can eat sweet potatoes. You’ll have to figure this dynamic out for yourself.

See The South Beach Diet Here

I also recommend:
South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Counter: The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods
by Arthur Agatson
(Paperback)
It is a great companion reference to The South Beach Diet.

Phase 2 Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast
Berry smoothie (8 oz Dannon Light ‘n Fit fruit-flavored yogurt, ? cup berries, ? cup crushed ice, blended)
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute
Midmorning Snack
1 hard-boiled egg
Lunch
Lemon Couscous Chicken
Tomato and cucumber slices
Midafternoon Snack
Dannon Light ‘n Fit yogurt, 4 oz
Dinner
Meat Loaf
Steamed asparagus
Mushrooms sauteed in olive oil
Sliced Bermuda onion and tomato with drizzled olive oil
Dessert
Sliced cantaloupe with 2 Tbsp ricotta cheese

Foods You Can Eat Again    Foods to Avoid or Eat Rarely
Fruit: Apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, grapes, mangoes, oranges, peaches.

Dairy: Milk (light soy, fat-free, or 1%), yogurt.

Starches (use sparingly): Bagels (small whole grain), bran muffins, bread (multigrain, bran, whole wheat), cereal (high-fiber, oatmeal [not instant]), pasta (whole wheat), pita, rice (brown, wild).

Vegetables and legumes: Barley, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, sweet potatoes, yams.

Miscellaneous: Chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet, sparingly), pudding (fat-free).
Starches: Bagels (refined wheat), bread (refined wheat, white), cookies, cornflakes, dinner rolls, matzo, pasta (white), potatoes (white baked, instant), rice cakes, rice (white).

Vegetables: Beets, carrots, corn, white potatoes.

Fruit: Bananas, canned fruit, fruit juice, pineapple, raisins, watermelon.

Miscellaneous: Honey, ice cream, jam.

This is the maintenance phase: how you’ll eat for the rest of your life. It’s the most liberal stage. You can continue to eat snacks if you need them, but most people find that they are satisfied without them.

There will always be times when you overindulge a little even after years on on the South Beach Diet. Those are the times when you’ll switch back to Phase 1 for a week or two. You’ll get back to where you were, and then you’ll return to Phase 3.

Phase 3 Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast
? grapefruit
Tex-Mex eggs (2 eggs scrambled with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and salsa)
Whole grain toast, 1 slice
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute
Lunch
Roast Beef Wrap
Nectarine
Dinner
Grilled salmon with tomato salsa
Tossed salad (mixed greens, cucumbers, green bell peppers, cherry tomatoes)
Olive oil and vinegar to taste or 2 Tbsp low-sugar prepared dressing
Dessert
Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

Don’t Forget (All Phases)

1. Drink at least eight glasses of water or decaf beverages (club soda, unsweetened flavored seltzers, decaf tea or coffee [no sugar], decaf sugar-free sodas) per day.

2. Limit caffeine-containing beverages to 1 cup per day.

3. Take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.

4. Take a daily calcium supplement (500 mg for men of all ages and women under 50, 1,000 mg for women over 50).

Dr. Arthur Agatston is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Medical School

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The South Beach Diet

Lose up to 13 pounds in 2 weeks, banish cravings, shrink your belly—without ever feeling hungry! Try this delicious, doctor–designed, foolproof plan for fast and healthy weight loss today!

See The South Beach Diet Here

I also recommend:
South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Counter: The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods
by Arthur Agatson
(Paperback)
It is a great companion reference to The South Beach Diet.

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If you have any questions or problems with any diet plans listed here please contact me so I can investigate further.

Here’s where you gradually reintroduce certain healthy carbs into the South Beach Diet: fruit, sweet potatoes, whole grain bread, whole grain rice, whole wheat pasta.

Start with one piece of fruit a day for lunch or dinner, and continue with some cereal or a piece of bread. Weight loss will slow a little. (A healthy average rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 lb a week over time.)

Stay on this phase until you hit your target weight. If you regain some weight, switch back to Phase 1 until you lose it.

A key to success with the South Beach Diet is the glycemic index that ranks carbohydrate foods by their effect on your blood sugar levels.

Focus on adding low-GI foods (apples, berries, grapefruit, high-fiber cereal, whole grain breads) to your diet instead of those with a high GI (cakes, cookies, crackers, pasta, white bread).

The goal with the South Beach Diet is to eat more carbs again while continuing to lose weight. If you add an apple and a slice of bread a day, and you’re still dropping pounds, that’s great.

If you try an apple, two slices of bread, and a banana daily and notice that your weight loss has stalled, you’ve gone too far. Cut back, or try some different carbs.

You’ll go on that cautious way as long as you’re in Phase 2, eating the most beneficial carbs and paying attention to how they affect you. You should also be aware of foods that increase cravings.

No two people will experience this phase the same way. Some dieters on the South Beach Diet can have pasta once a week with no detrimental effects.

Others have to avoid pasta but can eat sweet potatoes. You’ll have to figure this dynamic out for yourself.

See The South Beach Diet Here

I also recommend:
South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Counter: The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods
by Arthur Agatson
(Paperback)
It is a great companion reference to The South Beach Diet.

Foods You Can Eat Again    Foods to Avoid or Eat Rarely
Fruit: Apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, grapes, mangoes, oranges, peaches.

Dairy: Milk (light soy, fat-free, or 1%), yogurt.

Starches (use sparingly): Bagels (small whole grain), bran muffins, bread (multigrain, bran, whole wheat), cereal (high-fiber, oatmeal [not instant]), pasta (whole wheat), pita, rice (brown, wild).

Vegetables and legumes: Barley, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, sweet potatoes, yams.

Miscellaneous: Chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet, sparingly), pudding (fat-free).

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