The South Beach Diet

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The south beach diet plan is a three-phase diet that includes complex carbs and good fats.

Devised by heart specialist, Dr Arthur Agatston from Miami, Florida, it’s a sensible, healthy eating approach that allows you to eat three meals a day plus snacks.

What is the South Beach diet?

The south beach diet was designed by heart specialist Dr Arthur Agatston from Miami, Florida. It claims you can lose up to 13 pounds in just two weeks!

It’s not a low-carb diet as it encourages you to eat some of the healthier carbohydrates. And unlike the Atkins Diet, you’re not allowed foods high in saturated fat such as cream and butter.

Dr Agatston’s South Beach Diet Plan guide is available on Amazon and includes everything from an extensive list of recipes, to tips that will keep you on your journey of weight loss success.

How does the South Beach diet work?

The diet is based on the idea there are ‘good’ carbs and ‘bad’ carbs, ‘good’ fats and ‘bad’ fats. ‘Bad’ carbs and fats produce a rush of blood sugar, which in turn crashes and leaves you feeling hungry and tired.

Dieters are supposed to stick to the ‘good’ carbs and fats that break down slowly in the body, releasing energy steadily.

Phase One:

Phase one, ‘Body Reboot’, includes 7 days worth of food: three meals and two snacks (a bar and a shake). For your meals, you’ll eat lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey and soy) and healthy fats, adding in your own fresh choice of vegetables.

During phase one, you can’t eat fruit, fruit juice, starchy foods such as rice, pasta and bread, whole grains, sugary foods or alcohol.

Phase Two:

In phase two, ‘steady weight loss’, you’ll be able to reintroduce ‘good carbs’, such as whole-grain bread, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice and fruit. You eat three meals and three snacks. You can add two of your own DIY meals each week, which can be eaten out or cooked at home – and a glass of wine (or a couple) with dinner is also allowed.

You carry on with phase two until you reach your weight goal.

Phase Three:

The third and final phase, known as the maintenance phase, is your new lifelong way of eating.

No specific food is off limits, but you’re encouraged to use portion-control containers and the South Beach Diet program Gide to transition gradually to this stage.

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South beach diet meal plan

Breakfast: 2 eggs and lean bacon
Lunch: Grilled chicken and green salad
Dinner: Lean meat and vegetables
Snacks: Dry roasted nuts, low fat yoghurt

Top tip for following the south beach diet

Use lettuce leaves instead of tortillas to make filled wraps instead of sandwiches and swap your regular omelette for an egg white one with spinach.