The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life

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Five years ago, with the publication of The South Beach Diet, renowned Miami cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston set out to change the way America eats. Now he has an even more ambitious goal: to change the way America lives by helping Americans become fitter as well as thinner and healthier . . . for life. In the all-new The South Beach Diet Supercharged, Dr. Agatston shows you how to rev up your metabolism and lose weight faster while following the proven healthy eating principles of the original diet: choose good...

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Five years ago, with the publication of The South Beach Diet, renowned Miami cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston set out to change the way America eats. Now he has an even more ambitious goal: to change the way America lives by helping Americans become fitter as well as thinner and healthier . . . for life. In the all-new The South Beach Diet Supercharged, Dr. Agatston shows you how to rev up your metabolism and lose weight faster while following the proven healthy eating principles of the original diet: choose good carbs, good fats, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Collaborating with Dr. Joseph Signorile, a professor of exercise physiology at the University of Miami, Dr. Agatston presents a cutting-edge, three-phase workout that perfectly complements the three phases of the diet itself. Based on the latest exercise science, this ease-into-it fitness program combines low- and high-intensity interval exercise (with a focus on walking) and functional core body-toning exercises. The result: You'll look fitter and you'll burn more fat and calories all day—even at rest. Also included is the latest nutritional research on how specific foods high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of phytonutrients help keep you healthy; new and expanded lists of Foods to Enjoy; taste-tempting Meal Plans for phases 1 and 2; and dozens of easy-to-prepare new recipes, including Eggs Frijoles, Chock-Full-of-Veggies Chili, Roasted Tomato Soup, Homestyle Turkey Meatloaf, and South Beach Diet Tiramisu. In every chapter you'll find inspiring success stories from real-life South Beach dieters and plenty of effective weight loss tips. And as an added bonus, Dr. Agatston answers the questions you've most often asked him about the diet since the original book was published.

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In 2003, Dr. Arthur Agatston opened a new front in the diet wars. With its persuasive advocacy of good carbs, good fats, lean protein, and low-fat dairy, his book The South Beach Diet earned the allegiance of millions of readers who had anguished over weight loss. With this book, this veteran cardiologist seeks to help your belt tightening with a breakthrough fat-burning fitness program. The South Beach Diet Supercharged lays out a three-phase workout that corresponds to the three phases of the original diet. Working with a professor of exercise physiology, Dr. Agatston presents an "ease-into-fitness" program that combines low- and high-intensity interval exercise that focuses on walking and simple, functional core body-toning exercise. This useful book also includes expanded food lists and meal plans, making it a perfect accompaniment for the legions of South Beach adherents.
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Releasing five years after cardiologist Agatston's South Beach Diethit the shelves, initiating a megamillion-dollar franchise (cookbooks, a dining guide, meal replacement bars, frozen foods, etc.), this "supercharged" version of the plan guides readers into a healthy lifestyle for the long haul. While the first book focused on ending cravings and losing and maintaining a healthy weight, here Agatston introduces a 20-minute-a-day fitness regimen, developed with exercise physiologist Signorile and Pilates instructor Kris Belding. The two-part workout—interval walking (cardio) and total body (core)—geared to boosting metabolism and preventing plateaus, works in three phases in conjunction with the diet and can be adapted to different fitness levels and conditions. An overview of Agatston's philosophy on optimal nutrition, a recap of the diet, detailed daily fitness routines, tips on exercising efficiently, sample meal plans and simple recipes (Moroccan lemon chicken; maple-almond flan) are among the many features that make this appealing, accessible volume a worthwhile update on the original. Photos. (Oct.)

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"It's hard not to like a program that promotes a healthy diet and promises faster results in less time." —Web MD Expert Review

 

"Give the Supercharged South Beach diet a try and be amazed at how you feel and look." — Dieting Smarter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602833852
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: The South Beach Diet: Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,013,160
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Agatston, M.D., is a preventive cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In 1995, Dr. Agatston developed the South Beach Diet to help his cardiac and diabetes patients improve their blood chemistries and lose weight. Since then, his book The South Beach Diet and its companion titles have sold more than 22 million copies. Dr. Agatston has published more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts in medical journals, and recently he received the prestigious Alpha Omega Award from New York University Medical Center for outstanding achievement in the medical profession. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, Sari.

 

Joseph Signorile, Ph.D., is a professor of exercise physiology and assistant director of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology at the University of Miami. He is widely published and lectures frequently on the subjects of exercise training, muscle physiology, and metabolism.

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Chapter One

Changing the Way America Lives

The South Beach Diet was always intended to be more than just a diet. In fact, it was originally developed to help my cardiac and diabetes patients lose weight in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes. As a cardiologist, I have always felt that the South Beach Diet is less about dieting and more about living a long, healthy, and active life. I wrote the original book in 2003 because I wanted to help change the way America eats. Now I have a new goal: I want to change the way America lives, not only by helping people eat healthfully and lose weight, if necessary, but also by helping them become more fit. We must begin to overcome the poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle that are making us fatter and sicker with each passing year.

Over the past several decades, we have witnessed an unexpected epidemic of obesity in this country. One-third of American adults over age 20 are obese, and two-thirds of us are overweight. The number of seriously overweight children has tripled. Moreover, statistics show that 51 percent of Americans don't engage in any kind of regular physical activity. The results have been catastrophic.

This epidemic of obesity is causing an array of health problems that is much broader than we doctors ever imagined. Beyond the cosmetic concerns that pervade our culture, the list of real problems arising from our toxic lifestyle is getting ever longer. A partial list includes—and you may want to sit down for this—heart attack, stroke, prediabetes, diabetes, many types of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, acne, depression, and attention deficit disorders. And this is just a sampling.

It also appears that if we do not reverse the health course that we are on, the cost in human and economic terms will reach crisis proportions. Our poor diet and sedentary lifestyle are already exacting a steep toll in terms of mortality and money. They're responsible for an estimated 300,000 premature deaths every year and $90 billion in health-care costs, but I believe the real costs are much higher. And as the baby boom generation gets older, these health costs will likely continue to soar.

Sadly, this is not only an American problem. Just as our sedentary, fastfood lifestyle is being exported around the world, so are the attendant health problems. The good news is that now that we better understand what's happening to us, we can start to create solutions.

A Sedentary Nation

In order to develop strategies to halt and reverse the epidemic of obesity, we must be aware of the trends that have gradually but inexorably brought us to the crisis situation we are in today. I have found in my practice that by putting patients' current problems into a context they can understand, they can more easily become cooperative partners in moving toward solutions. Perhaps because I was a history major (not all doctors are bio majors), I also find that tracing today's health problems back to their original roots is fascinating.

The truth is that while our bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle have been many decades in the making, the toxic changes in the way we live have really accelerated in recent years. Our DNA is designed to live, eat, and exercise the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors did, and it hasn't changed substantially since that time. But we no longer live in the wild. We don't have famine in this country to keep us thin. We no longer burn calories hunting and gathering our food.

On top of that, a completely sedentary lifestyle has gradually crept in, invention by incredible invention. Due to the march of technology, we sit in front of computers both at work and at home. Machines and gadgets lift, move, and carry things for us. We communicate by e-mail, and many of us don't even walk down the hall to chat with colleagues as often as we used to! While studies document how much less physical exertion we're doing, we really don't need research studies to appreciate the trend. All we have to do is look around.

The preponderance of labor-saving devices, from tractors and forklifts to remote controls and the personal computer, has had a major impact on the number of calories we expend daily at home and at work. These devices have also had devastating effects on our muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Sitting bent over at a computer for most of the day is simply not good for our health. In Chapter 5, "Boomeritis: The New Epidemic!" I talk about these evolving physical problems and their solutions. And in Part II of the book, I present the South Beach Supercharged Fitness Program. Not only will this 20-minute-a-day program help you burn more calories even when you're not working out, it will also strengthen the key core muscles in your abdomen, back, pelvis, and hips. It's your core muscles that help you avoid the back pain and other muscle problems that so often result from our sedentary lives.

Missing Our Nutrients

Our unhealthy lifestyle is made even worse by our poor diet. Since we began growing fields of grain about 10,000 years ago and developed the ability to cultivate fruits and vegetables, the nutritional content of our foods has seriously deteriorated. This is because we tend to breed plants for hardiness, taste, and aesthetics, not nutrients. Today, the fruits and vegetables we find in most supermarkets are larger, sweeter, and better-looking than those our ancestors gathered. The problem is that they also have less fiber and fewer vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients than is optimal for our general health—not to mention our waistlines. Luckily, more and more Americans are embracing organic foods, heirloom fruits and vegetables, and sustainable farming methods, all trends that are bringing food back to its more natural and nutritious state. In Chapter 7, "Supercharged Foods for Better Health," I recommend some foods with powerful nutritional benefits that can help you stay healthy and avoid the host of chronic and degenerative diseases currently affecting so many of us.

A Nation Overprocessed

Beyond our desire to cultivate and produce food almost exclusively to please our tastebuds, other social and technological trends have affected our food supply for the worse. A few generations ago, our great grandparents walked to local markets on a daily basis to buy whatever produce they didn't grow themselves as well as fresh bread and other food for their families' next meals. They could only travel to local markets and take home what they were able to carry. With the advent of the automobile and the home refrigerator, however, it became possible to travel farther to shop, and people could take home enough food to feed their families for a week or two. But for that to be possible, foods had to have longer shelf lives. This led to supermarkets and to food processing, which, unfortunately, removed important nutrients while adding substances like sodium and trans fats to prevent spoilage. In a sense, we began digesting our food in factories instead of in our intestines.

It's only now that we are appreciating the deleterious effects these technological "advances" have had on our weight and on our health. In Chapter 3, "A Diet You Can Live With . . . For Life," I discuss the health and character of a Mediterranean society that thrived without many of our modern advances, and I show you how we can learn from this remarkable example.

We Must Act Now

If you're like me, you find how we got into this sad state not only depressing but scary. But there is hope if we take action today. Because we finally understand so much of what has gone wrong, we can use our advanced technologies to turn things around. We now know that our increasing waistlines, poor physical fitness, and worsening health are not different It was 2003, and my husband had very high blood pressure that wasn't being controlled, even with medication. I was very overweight and knew that we both needed to make a change. The South Beach Diet had just come out, and I went to the bookstore to look over a copy. The first thing I turned to was the recipe section. It was great. I love to cook and was thrilled that I didn't have to give it up.

After reading the book, I realized that I ate way too many bad carbs all day, like crackers and cookies. Once I stopped eating enriched white flour, I noticed a complete change in everything about me, including my mood and energy level, and I started losing weight. Within a year, I lost 45 pounds, and my husband lost 20. Although he still takes medication for high blood pressure, it's now under control.

Now I'm the go-to girl at work for healthy-food questions. When we have luncheons, everyone knows they can count on me to bring in something healthy. I have learned how to take bad carbs out of a recipe and replace them with good carbs. I am passionate about telling people to read food labels! Don't be fooled; buy only whole-grain products. If it says "enriched white flour," find something else.

In 2005, we had an 11-year-old foster youth come to live with us. He was overweight and already taking medication for high blood pressure. He lived on junk food. We took him to a doctor, who told us that he shouldn't go on a diet—he should start living a healthy lifestyle. I decided to give him the same healthy food my husband and I were eating, but I told him he could eat as much as he wanted. He also started exercising. Simply by eating the right foods and being more active, he started losing weight fairly quickly. By the end of 4 months, he was off the blood pressure medication, and by the time he left us 18 months later, he had lost 30 pounds. While living with us, he learned how to read food labels and make good food choices. I hope he continues to live a healthy life. My husband often jokes that I should open my home to people who want to lose weight.

I am happy with my weight loss but even happier that my husband and I are healthier people because of the way we live and eat. I am a true believer in the South Beach Diet way of life. problems but, rather, part of the same problem. We now know that what's good for our waistlines is also good for our hearts, our brains, and our general health.

We must ask the food industry, including traditional and fast-food restaurants, to help make healthy food more convenient and convenient food healthier. We must supply our schoolchildren with nutrient-rich meals and make nutrition education and physical education integral parts of our schools' curricula. We must reinstate the family table and, despite our busy schedules, try to provide fresh foods for our children on a regular basis. We must also create communities and workplaces where good food and exercise opportunities are readily available. These steps will make for a healthier, happier, more motivated, and more productive America. I guarantee it.

In the chapters that follow, I explain the lifelong benefits of adopting a healthy diet and fitness program. And in Parts II and III, I offer the specifics on how to get there. Whether you have 10 pounds, 100 pounds, or no weight to lose, whether you are active or inactive, helping you to become healthy and fit—for life—is the mission of this book. So read on and learn more. We can beat the epidemic of obesity in this country. And we can all become part of the solution.

Excerpted from THE SOUTH BEACH DIET SUPER CHARGED by Arthur Agatston, M.D.

Copyright © 2008 by Arthur Agatston, M.D.

Published in May 2009 by St. Martin's Press

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Living The South Beach Diet

1 Changing the Way America Lives 3

2 The Basics of the South Beach Diet 9

3 A Diet You Can Live With For Life 19

4 Supercharge Your Metabolism 33

5 Boomeritis: The New Epidemic! 47

6 Bye-Bye Belly Fat 59

7 Supercharged Foods for Better Health 72

8 A Generation Overfed and Undernourished 83

Pt. II The South Beach Supercharged Fitness Program

Overview of the Program 97

Interval Walking Basics 100

Total Body Workout Basics 106

Phase 1: Supercharged Fitness Program 109

Phase 1 Weekly Exercise Plan 112

Phase 2: Supercharged Fitness Program 124

Phase 2 Weekly Exercise Plan 126

Phase 3: Supercharged Fitness Program 140

Phase 3 Weekly Exercise Plan 142

Make Exercise a Lifestyle 156

Pt. III Supercharged Eating on The South Beach Diet

Getting Started on the South Beach Diet 161

Phase 1: Losing the Cravings 174

Phase 1 Foods to Enjoy 177

Phase 1 Foods to Avoid 182

Phase 1 Sample Meal Plans 183

Recipes for Phase 1 Meal Plans 197

Dr. Agatston Answers Your Questions about Phase 1 243

Phase 2: Achieving Your Health and Weight Loss Goals 248

Foods to Reintroduce on Phase 2 253

Phase 2 Foods to Avoid or Eat Rarely 255

Phase 2 Sample Meal Plans 256

Recipes for Phase 2 Meal Plans 270

Dr. Agatston Answers Your Questions about Phase 2 302

Phase 3: Enjoying the South Beach Diet for Life 308

Dr. Agatston Answers Your Questions about Phase 3 310

References 317

Index 325

Conversion Chart 338

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    Helpful

    The book was good. I was disappointed that the Nook version did not come with the recipes. I am now going to have to buy the book.

    45 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2011

    referenced pages not accurate on nook!

    It's a great book but the problem is that the pages on the nook don't line up with the print book - so when the author refers to recipes or tips on certain pages - they aren't there on the nook. I am going to have to buy the print version for easier referencing. Very annoying.

    35 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

    Best Diet Ever!!

    This doctor really knows his stuff. I have been a junk food junkie all my life. I followed the program strictly and what he says about your cravings vanishing for sweets is true. I have lost 70 pounds in 4 months and I feel great. I don't even want sweets or junk food. It is amazing. If I can do this, anyone can.

    33 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Was a re-wrap of the original South Beach Diet.

    This book is basically a re-write of the original South Beach Diet book. I found different recipes that the original didn't have. There is also an exercise section for those who need more direction.
    The plan is simple, all you need is some will power. Overall I found the book to be interesting, but redundant. I would recommend the original South Beach diet for a beginner. This book just has more recipes.

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    Back in 2003, when the SBD first came out, I was a freshman in college and terrified of the 'freshman 15'. My mom bought me the first [book: The South Beach Diet] and my freshman 15 was a negative 15. Through out college, I remember thinking that I was overweight, but looking back at those pictures, I truly miss how skinny I was! Through different doctors and vitamins and pills and such I got to a point where I gained a rapid and unexplainable amount of about 50 lbs and haven't been able to lose it. I have no desire to exercise, and whenever I do, I just feel worse and more hopeless. I kinda gave up on the SBD way of life, because it wasn't working, and with now feeding the husband, my methods were hopeless. Well, now [author: Arthur Atgatson] has updated and more than republished his old SBD book, this one is completely an upgrade. [book: The South Beach Diet Supercharged] does have all of the old advice, but so much more, and more in depth, that makes more sense. Plus there is more scientific data to back it up, and more success stories to brag about with the lifestyle. The supercharged part of the diet now is the emphasis on exercise. Not to say that he had not mentioned it back in 2003, he had, but not in the depth and detail with the experts backing his work as it is in this book. It's taken me about three weeks to read the book, and I've been on the diet for about two and some weeks, and have so far lost 'eh about 10 lbs. It's not fabulous, but it is more than I've been able to do in the last year. So, even though, on day two of the diet, the hubby stocked the fridge with Dr. Pepper and Ginger Ale (my favorites). I haven't had a one, and I'm doing fairly well. I read the exercise portions today, and they appear simple, and appear to be something I am capable of... Just saying, I despise exercise, and the activities are put into a format of ONLY 20 MINUTES a day, and no more. So, I might be able to fit that in between a book or two.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    Spot on

    Great book, was recommended to me by my Endocronologist as I was recently diagnosised with PCOS. Using the book to regulate my blood sugar - great tips and enjoying the update version. Has also been used by my friends who also gave it rave reviews. Not a diet book but a NEW way of eating and life.
    Great organization and geared towards Joe public did not feel like the doctor was talking down to me - felt inspired and motivated. Great reference book, well organized and we also love his receipe books that help you put the principles into motion. Truly principles that the whole family can adopt and use to improve overall health and wellness.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    All right...but not healthy or good over long term

    There is a great idea behind the book, but I have a problem with any "diet" or "lifestyle change" that cuts fruit out of my diet. I've lost 40 pounds and I did it without getting rid of fruit. Or the occasional potato.
    There are some good recipes I will make again, but some of them are just ridiculous. Especially the desserts...for example, take ricotta cheese, add splenda, a splash of vanilla, and 1 Tbsp peanut butter. Ick!!
    The workout section is good though, but only for beginners. If you work out at all, you are already a level above what is taught in this book.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2010

    This is about being healthy for LIFE

    I read the first SBD book a few years back. Although I didn't have much weigh to lose then, I lost about 6lbs in 2 weeks w/out deprivation or calorie counting. Four years and an additional 50lbs later, I am ready to try it again. I just finished it and I am SO motivated to get moving on SBD again. I came back b/c his "diet" promotes the RIGHT way to eat. Long-term. For those who wrote negative reviews, you clearly did not READ the book. This is NOT a long-term low-carb diet. During the first two weeks, carbs are completely restricted b/c most of us are ADDICTED to carbs. I see it as a cleansing time to regain control and curb cravings. Agatston clearly states that he does not want people to remain on phase I b/c there are so many health benefits to GOOD carbs. He basically wants to break us of the processed carb addiction, and get us back to whole/natural foods that actually provide a plethora of health benefits. I like that he SLOWLY reintroduces us to healthy carbs so that we, again, have control over what we're eating and to see how we react to each food as it's re-introduced. I love that he doesn't encourage counting calories or keeping a food journal--that's just not a lifetime habit I want to worry about. It's about knowing when you're hungry, eating the right foods and being satisfied while providing nutrition your body needs. The exercise section is a bit more for beginniners--but I think he was being cautious to not cause injury or push people beyond their level to avoid injury. The interval training IS proven to burn more calories than cardio at one continous speed. This book is based on research which proves again and again that his "diet" is balanced and built for long-term heatlh benefits.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    A Nice Surprise

    I was aware of South Beach Diet throughout all these years but I never made an effort to read any of the books by Dr. Agatston as I thought that there was too much hype about them and I considered this whole `South Beach movement' as a passing fad, especially after reading somewhere that South Beach Diet is nothing more than repackaged Atkin's Diet. But the main reason that I actually avoid diet books is the fact that I do not believe in diets. What I believe in is healthy lifestyle and I have already purchased my perfect healthy lifestyle book a few years ago ("Can We Live 150 Years"). For all that reasons I was surprised (actually `unpleasantly surprised' to tell the truth) when I recently got The South Beach Diet Supercharged as a birthday gift. Just to prove myself that I was right about my opinion about this book I took it for my bed reading the next evening. And that is when I was proven wrong. It turned out that this isn't actually a diet book per se. Like the other book this one is actually also a book about healthy lifestyle. Since the book is addressed to people having some problems with controlling their weight, a big part of it is devoted to nutrition. However the main focus here is on proper nutrition rather then just losing weight at any rate. The part on exercising gave me some good ideas for making a better use of my daily walks and weekends' hikes. A number of recipes for easy meals, healthy salad dressings, etc. should satisfy most demanding `Health Freaks' like myself... Although The South Beach Diet Supercharged does not beat the content of my most favorable Body Maintenance Handbook, it is definitely a good addition to it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2008

    A Diet Book For Every One

    I'm a big fan of The South Beach Diet. It helped me lose a lot of weight when nothing else worked. Using The South Beach Diet with Dan Robey ¿ The Power of Positive Habits¿. I felt comfortable losing the weight. Using these two tools together made my success guarantee. Reinforcing and making the South Beach Diet a Positive Habit in your life, will make any overweight person dream come true.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    Not what I expected.

    I expected something like I already have in the first book. There just aren't enough recipes to make it worth having.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Too much hype and inaccuarte information

    I bought this book 3 weeks ago to see if there way changes to the initial South Beach diet that I thought had its good points. I was disapointed. In response to the reviewer who says this doctor really knows his stuff, I totally disagree. The doctor is right about eliminating refined carbohydrates and sugar, but artifical sweeteners are bad. Margarine, too. Margarine is a recipe for a heart attack. It is A copy Cat of Atkins would have never recommended maragrine. He claims in this book that walking can burn you more burn you more calories than intensive excercise, this is totatly absurd and untrue. It is another hyped diet in the chain that is cleverly marketed to the uniformed.

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Nice Surprise

    I was aware of South Beach Diet throughout all these years but I never made an effort to read any of the books by Dr. Agatston as I thought that there was too much hype about them and I considered this whole `South Beach movement' as a passing fad, especially after reading somewhere that South Beach Diet is nothing more than repackaged Atkin's Diet. But the main reason that I actually avoid diet books is the fact that I do not believe in diets. What I believe in is healthy lifestyle and I have already purchased my perfect healthy lifestyle book titled 'Can We Live 150 Years?'. For all that reasons I was surprised (actually `unpleasantly surprised' to tell the truth) when I recently got 'The South Beach Diet Supercharged' as a birthday gift. Just to prove myself that I was right about my opinion about this book I took it for my bed reading the next evening. And that is when I was proven wrong. It turned out that this isn't actually a diet book per se. Like the other book this one is actually also a book about healthy lifestyle. Since the book is addressed to people having some problems with controlling their weight, a big part of it is devoted to nutrition. However the main focus here is on proper nutrition rather then just losing weight at any rate. The part on exercising gave me some good ideas for making a better use of my daily walks and weekends' hikes. A number of recipes for easy meals, healthy salad dressings, etc. should satisfy most demanding `Health Freaks' like myself... Although The South Beach Diet Supercharged does not beat the content of my most favorable Body Maintenance Handbook, it is definitely a good addition to it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    Kicking My Sweet Tooth

    Until I read this book. I thought I had a sweet tooth and occasionally would do things like eat a 1/4 pound of fudge, enjoy some cotton candy, or make a batch of cookies and eat 6. Since it didn't seem so often, and my health was pretty good overall, I didn't see that it was a lot more sugar than I thought, and had to do with my health troubles a lot more than I thought.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Excellent information

    The South Beach Diet Supercharged is really educational and inspired me to want to change my life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Awesome!

    I really enjoyed this and found this book to be an excellent tool! The first couple of weeks were hard, but it all paid off when i shed 10 pounds :)
    I would recommend that anyone at least try this! It worked for my husband and I, and i think it would work for anyone else willing to try it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Great read for those trying to get healthy

    This book is great for anyone trying to lose weight or just trying to get healthy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Cancer and heart disease on low-carb diets

    I was on the South Beach diet since it came out. I lost 30 pounds, but still had another 40 pounds to lose. I went and bought this book together with the Perfect 10 Diet. I loved the book, but I just read on the internet that low-carb diets promote heart disease. In the Perfect 10 Diet, the author states they increase cancer rsk. I am very afraid of the harm I may have done to my body now. I do not think The South Beach Supercharged will help me now.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Sensible plan to follow

    It's a proven fact that eating more whole foods and less processed food is the way to lose weight and be healthy. It's not a gimmick and if you can do it it will work. Easier said than done!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    So impressed

    Made and was afraid but wow, GREAT!!!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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