The South Beach diet was presented by cardiologist Arthur Agatston and dietist Marie Almon around 1990, because they found that most people, who want to prevent cardio-vascular diseases, are confused among the flood of advice on low fat diet, which should operate also as a protective diet on cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Agatston has determined that a significant decline in dietary fat does not bring long term gains. The original purpose of the diet, therefore, was to reduce the possibility of heart disease in humans, but because of its simplicity and effectiveness as a successful weight loss diet spread rapidly around.
South Beach Diet plan has three phases
In the first phase you eat normal low-fat portions of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, less fat cheese, nuts, beans, and especially lots of vegetables.
During the day, eat three meals and two snacks or light meals. You have to eat snacks, even if you’re not hungry, because they help prevent overeating at your next meal.
This phase lasts two weeks and during this time you must not eat: bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, fruit, sweets and alcohol. In the first phase is expected to start losing some weight, but also helps to push back unpleasant hunger for certain foods (cravings).
In the second phase we slowly introduce carbohydrates, but those should be wholesome – whole grain.
Phase 2 continues until you reach your target weight. In the second phase, sometimes it happens that for some time the weight does not go anywhere, but this is only because we re-introduced carbs.
If you eat properly, the body gradually begins to lose weight again. Carbohydrates in the diet should be introduced slowly, preferably one food per week, one meal per day.
When you reach your ideal weight, comes phase 3, you need to maintain all life. It is important to realize that the third phase does not mean that you can eat again what you want, whenever you want, but you must follow the instructions you learned in the first and second phase.
This means that you can eat at least three meals a day, lots of vegetables, some fruit, low-fat meat and to some extent limit the use of alcohol and sugary and salty snacks.
What are the advantages of south beach diet?
- easier to maintain your ideal weight
- your blood pressure and cholesterol will be reduced
- less chance that you are affected by type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- you’re less hungry, you’ll feel healthier and have more energy