The Benefits of The South Beach Diet
Like other diets very famous South Beach Diet was
created by a medical doctor for therapeutic purposes , and did not
have to do with weight loss.
In this case the creator of the South Beach Diet
, Dr. Arthur Agatston , created this meal plan for weight loss to
patients with heart problems.
This diet proposes a rapid decrease in weight between 3-6 kilos in
the first 15 days, and consists of three phases. It is mainly a low
calorie diet, and to carry it out, it takes a good dose of
As this diet is originally designed for cardiac
patients it puts much emphasis on eating foods free of saturated fat,
and includes in the meal plan, foods rich in Omega 3 and healthy
oils. It also includes the well-known system of six daily meals.
The first stage lasts 14 days, is very rigorous, and basically
consists of lean protein ( beef, chicken, and fish), lean cheese,
skim milk, green vegetables, oils, jellies, and no sugar beverages.
During this first 14 days the patient can not take pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, sweets of all kinds, desserts, and alcohol.
In the second stage , this diet softens a bit, and the patient can
take some carbohydrates, such as bread, rice, potatoes, pasta,
and fruit. All in small quantities. The duraton of this stage varies from
person to person, and depends on the needs of each person.
The third stage is maintenance, and lasts just as long as a person
wishes to maintain his weight, as recommended by the South Beach
This system was very popular, and the book became a best- seller.
While it generates a significant weight loss in the first few weeks, it is very difficult to maintain over time. The interesting thing
is that if you can hold it for the first 15 days, you can lose many
pounds, and then the second step is easier to maintain. The first stage
can be very suitable for those who have a work dutty or a social engagement,
and have to lose weight quickly.
As always a moderate attitude towards food can be a great help .
Diets can be maintained for some time , but right mental attitude