South Beach Diet

South beach diet emphasizes the consumption of "good carbs" and "good fats". The south beach diet is more than just a heart-friendly version of the Atkins diet which is predominantly a low-carbohydrate diet.

South beach diet plan minimizes consumption of bad fats and bad carbs and encourages increased consumption of good fats and good carbs. As Dr. Agatston says, this means south beach diet is not exactly a low-carb diet or a low-fat diet. The South Beach diet is based on eating foods that are low on the GI scale.

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South beach diet plan

The south beach diet has three phases. In all phases of the diet, Dr. Agatston recommends minimizing consumption of bad fats. In south beach diet phase I, lasting two weeks, dieters attempt to eliminate insulin resistance by avoiding high or moderately high-glycemic carbs, such as sugar, candy, bread, potatoes, fruit, cereals, and grains. During this phase, Dr. Agatston says the body will lose its insulin resistance, and begin to use excess body fat, causing the dieter to lose between 8 and 13 pounds.

In South beach diet phase II, the whole grain foods and fruits are gradually returned to the south beach diet, although in smaller amounts than were likely eaten before beginning the diet, and with a continued emphasis on foods with a low glycemic index.

The south beach diet phase III begins when the dieter reaches the desired weight. In Phase III the diet expands to include three servings of whole grains and three servings of fruit a day.

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