Among the most popular diets is the South Beach diet, developed by cardiologist Arthur Agatston of Miami, Florida.
The South Beach gets confused with Atkins Diet, which is a low-carbohydrate diet. The South Beach diet focuses on the consumption of “good carbohydrates” (high in fiber) and low in glycemic index. The South Beach diet was first invented for patients with heart problems to lose weight without risking ketosis. The weight loss was a side effect which encouraged many people to try the diet.
The South Beach looks at the fact that people are carb crazy. The plan has dieters eliminating bad carbs such as grains or fruits in the first 2 weeks. Later, grain-based foods and fruits are returned to the diet with the concentration on foods with low glycemic index.
The South Beach diet stresses permanent changes in one’s way of eating. As well the diet suggests whole grains along with large amounts of vegetables, with sufficient amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, plus Omega-3 oils. As well, the diet discourages eating of overly refined foods such as flour and sugar.
According to some the South Beach diet meets the criteria of a healthy diet. The bad thing is the beginning phase when dieters lose weight due to loss of water. Losing a large amount of water can disturb one’s electrolytes so if you’re following the South Beach diet, it would be better if you work closely with a doctor.