The South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet is a three-phase plan that starts with eating fewer carbohydrates, except for essential vegetables, while consuming lean protein. After about two weeks, dieters add in more complex carbohydrates including bread and chocolate. The basis of the diet is to teach which foods are nutrient dense and what are healthy portion sizes.
Example Of Foods To Consume: Phase 1: vegetables, eggs, cheese, nuts, beef, fish; Phase 2: reintroduce bread, cereal and potatoes
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The South Beach Diet also continues to grow in popularity. Since being released in April 2003, the book spent 37 weeks at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and currently holds the No. 3 spot. The author of the book, Dr. Arthur Agatston, believes its success is due to the diet’s basic principles: Eat good fats, nutrients and protein, and exercise. A theme that he says will continue to grow throughout the next few years because it is simple and flexible. “What we’re starting to see for the future of diets is coming from more understanding of functional foods and nutrient value. Americans in the last 30 years have been walking around hungry all the time because they’re eating white bread, potatoes and sugar. If you’re eating nutritiously, the calories pretty much take care of themselves.”