The South Beach Diet – good or bad?

What’s it about?

Ladies and gentlemen, from sunny Florida comes the South Beach diet! This diet is certainly one of the odd fishes swimming in the treacherous waters of the international weight loss industry. Many people just love this diet and they are perfectly willing to swear by the name of M.D. Arthur Agatston while others find it hard to stick to the obligatory induction phase. This diet belongs to the low- carbohydrates diets group and has been derided as a fad diet, although many people say that it is not a fad diet, and that it is much more better and much more responsible than Atkins diet. On the other side, not that many diets manage to be less healthy than Atkins diet.

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What are you allowed to eat?

First of all, I need to tell you – if you don’t like the foods allowed by this diet then you’re out of luck. There are no alternatives! Ok now… What are you allowed to it by this diet? Here we go: lean meat, seafood, eggs, low fat dairy products, nuts, vegetables (most of them, anyway), artificial sweeteners and a couple of carbohydrates of the low glycemic variety.

What are you NOT aloowed to it?

During the first phase, the so-called “shock phase”, you must not eat most fruits and vegetables, just like the rest of carbs. However, some people just find it hard to cope with low energy levels, they experience nausea and fatigue. Of course, we are all different and unique, so this might not apply to you at all.

“Lose weight fast”?

You know what the best part of this diet is? It’s removing simple carbs (pasta, sweets, bread) from your diet and replacing them with healthier complex carbs from wholegrains and veggies. And the worst part is the marketing jargon that makes it sounds like a fad diet and the tough first phase of the diet, which sacrifices the long-term healthy eating approach for an instant gratification technique that is based on the catch-all slogan “lose weight fast”. So, I have to tell you – any such approach will have the dieter lose a lot of water and not that much fat at all!

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Go to South beach, my friend

In general, the South Beach Diet is not a bad idea if you could just clear away the hype and the entire marketing lingo, and instead focus on the healthy eating part and good food choices. This information is something that should stay with you through the years if you’re looking to keep that weight from returning.

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