South Beach Diet

Posted 03/05/2012 | By HealthCorps

Created by a cardiologist and then purchased by Kraft (who developed a full food line), this program restricts carbohydrates like potatoes, fruit, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, beets, carrots and corn for the first 2 weeks of the diet plan. You can only re-introduce very limited amounts of any of these foods, and certainly not all of them. You will be allowed to consume healthy fats (they are actually encouraged in portion controlled amounts) and you can eat “low sugar” carbohydrates in moderation.

One particular component of the diet that appeals to consumers, is the “strategic snacking,” that is recommended. You are not asked to do meticulous calorie counting, but you do need to learn “normal portion control” and not gorge or binge, even on healthy foods. And the program has 3 phases: a 14 day induction diet which bans the list of carbs mentioned above, a “reintroduce certain carbs” phase, and then your “final phase for life.” Many South Beach dieters re-do the first and second phase when they begin to gain weight after being on phase 3 for extended periods of time.

The diet suggests that Americans are carbohydrate crazy, hence Phases 1 and 2 which are supposed to help wean us from all these carbohydrates. You will lose a lot of weight in Phase 1, but much of it is probably water weight or bloat.

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