The South Beach Diet is a popular diet plan that first hit the public in 2003. At that time a noted Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston published his best selling book “The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss.” Since this time, this way of eating named after a glamorous location in Miami, Florida has also become dietary program individuals can enroll in such as notable competitors as Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. The package plans take the guesswork out of having to plan the meals yourself because all that is needed is mailed to you for a monthly fee.
South Beach Diet is basically a way to cut out bad carbs from the diet while identifying good carbs and adding more protein along with healthy fats. The program basically uses the glycemic index which carbs a person should avoid. The program is not only ideal for those who want to lose weight but for those who want to find a healthier way of eating.
When enrolling in the South Beach Diet individuals will discover that there are three phases in which to complete. The first phase consists of eliminating the bad foods that you are used to from your diet such as refined sugar and even cutting out the intake of alcohol. Sort of like the detox period which prepares you for phase two, which consists of being able to create a long term eating plan in which to live with that would provide weight loss. Then proceed to phase three which is, of course, the maintenance plan where a person can add a few things back but will learn to maintain their new healthy body weight.
As for the weight loss, The South Beach Diet makes the claim that a person can lose anywhere from 8 to 13 pounds in the first two week period. Since its inception, South Beach Diet has proved itself to be a strong competitor in the weight loss market.