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South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss

South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss

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by Arthur Agatston

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For years, cardiologist Arthur Agaston, M.D. urged his patients to lose weight for the sake of their hearts, but every diet was too hard to follow or its restrictions were too harsh. Some were downright dangerous. Nobody seemed to be able to stick with low-fat regimens for any length of time. And a diet is useless if you can't stick with it.

So Dr. Agaston


For years, cardiologist Arthur Agaston, M.D. urged his patients to lose weight for the sake of their hearts, but every diet was too hard to follow or its restrictions were too harsh. Some were downright dangerous. Nobody seemed to be able to stick with low-fat regimens for any length of time. And a diet is useless if you can't stick with it.

So Dr. Agaston developed his own. The South Beach Diet isn't complicated, and it doesn't require that you go hungry. You'll enjoy normal-size helpings of meat, poultry, and fish. You'll also eat eggs, cheese, nuts, and vegetables. Snacks are required. You'll learn to avoid the bad carbs, like white flour, white sugar, and baked potatoes. Best of all, you'll lose that stubborn belly fat first!

Dr. Agaston's diet has produced consistently dramatic results (8 to 13 pounds lost in the first 2 weeks!) and has become a media sensation in South Florida. Now you, too, can join the ranks of the fit and fabulous with The South Beach Diet.

Editorial Reviews

Forget those crazy low-carb diets that claim to help you lose ten pounds in two weeks! Here's a sensible one that really works. Florida cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston developed the plan after watching his patients fail to lose weight on one fad diet or another. Although the first two weeks are tough, you get to "add back" all the foods you love, remembering just a few simple rules. Phases 2 and 3 are just normal, healthy eating habits -- habits that you may retain for a heart-healthy, high-energy life. This might be the last diet you ever try!
Publishers Weekly
Despite the glitzy title, this is one of the more appealing diet books among the new "anti-carb" programs. Agatston, a doctor based at Miami Beach's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, found that his patients not only were unable to stay on various popular diets but their cholesterol and blood sugar levels remained dangerously high after trying these plans. The doctor chose to alter his own diet-first avoiding all carbohydrates and fruit and then reintroducing these foods in moderation. Feeling better and losing weight, he then consulted a nutritionist to modify his strategy to devise a sound method for his patients. The South Beach diet begins with a somewhat restrictive two-week program, generally producing a weight loss of from eight to 13 pounds. The initial phase may be difficult for those who crave bread, pasta and fruit. But there are still choices, and snacks (cheese, hummus, vegetables) are a necessary part of the diet. People shouldn't feel hungry on this part of the diet, stresses the author. The second phase offers somewhat more choices, including whole wheat bread and other selected carbohydrates. Agatston advocates combining the "bad" with the "good." For example, take whole wheat bread and dip it into olive oil, rather than using butter. Eat a very small amount of pasta with lots of vegetables, meat and healthy oils. Complete meal plans along with simple recipes comprise roughly half the book. Of course, there's no perfect diet that works for everyone but the enthusiasm of the conversational tone and the inviting manner make the book more appealing than many other diet tomes. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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“Dr. Agatston is a noted cardiologist who's made many contributions, but The South Beach Diet may be his best. Importantly, this is not 'another diet book.' This is a book about health and well-being. Dr. Agatston does an outstanding job of explaining the importance of the types of food we eat and its impact on preventing illnesses, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes. Not only will you feel better if you follow his diet, but you will look and live better.” —Randolph P. Martin, M.D., director of noninvasive cardiology at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta

“The real value of the book is its sound nutritional advice.” —Newsweek

“I have tried every diet-including Weight Watchers, The Zone, Atkins, Jenny Craig-and have had a difficult time staying on those programs. The South Beach Diet is easy, simple, and delicious.” —Linda Richman, author of I'd Rather Laugh

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I'm not a diet doctor.

In fact my career in medicine has been largely devoted to the science of noninvasive cardiac imaging — the development of technology that produces sophisticated pictures of the heart and the coronary blood vessels. This allows us to identify problems and treat them early, before they cause heart attack or stroke. In CT (computerized tomography) scanning all over the world, I'm proud to say, the measure of coronary calcium is called the Agatston Score, and the protocol for calcium screening is often referred to as the Agatston Method. I maintain an active, full-time cardiology practice, both clinical and research.

So how is it that I am also responsible for a weight-loss program that has become a phenomenon here in South Florida, a regimen that's helped countless women and men — many of them in their twenties and thirties, young enough to be the grandchildren of my usual cardiology patients — get down to string-bikini and Speedo-swim-trunks-shape?

I have to admit, I wasn't prepared to find myself on the receiving end of so much buzz. I'm now regularly stopped by people who have seen my TV news appearances or read about the diet's success in newspapers and magazines. Given this city's worldwide image as a mecca of physical beauty and body consciousness and its role as a chic outpost of the fashion industry, it's an unexpected position in which to find myself.

This all started as a serious medical undertaking. Back in the mid-'90s I was but one of many cardiologists who had grown disillusioned with the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet that the American Heart Association recommended to help us eat properly and maintain healthy weight. None of the low-fat regimens of that era seemed to work reliably, especially over the long haul. My concern was not with my patients' appearance: I wanted to find a diet that would help prevent or reverse the myriad of heart and vascular problems that stem from obesity.

I never found such a diet. Instead, I developed one myself.

Today, I feel nearly as comfortable in the world of nutrition as I do among cardiologists. I speak regularly before physicians, researchers, and other health-care professionals who devote their lives to helping patients eat sensibly and lose weight. Although my interest in diet started from the therapeutic perspective, I see now that the cosmetic benefits of losing weight are extremely important because they so effectively motivate the young and the old — even more than the promise of a healthy heart, it often seems. The psychological lift that comes from an improved appearance benefits the entire person, and keeps many a patient from backsliding. The end result is cardiovascular health — my only goal when this journey began.

What started as a part-time foray into the world of nutrition has led me to devise a simple, medically-sound diet that works, without stress, for a large percentage of those who try it. This program has been scientifically studied (as few diets ever are) and proven effective, both for losing weight and for getting and keeping a healthy cardiovascular system.

Back when this all began, of course, I had no idea what would ensue. All I knew was that many of my patients — more of them every year — were overweight and that their condition was a big part of their cardiac risk. I could treat them with all the newest medications and procedures, but until they got their diet under control we were often fighting a losing battle. Their eating habits contributed to blood chemistry that was dangerously high in cholesterol and triglycerides, the leading factors in blocked arteries and inflammation of the blood vessels. And there was another, not terribly well-understood diet-related problem that they shared, a silent, so-called metabolic syndrome (prediabetes) found in close to half of all Americans who suffer heart attacks.

Searching for the Right Weight-Loss Plan
  My journey to disease prevention through diet actually began when my education as a cardiologist did, 30 years ago. During my training in the late 1970s, I looked forward to treating patients with heart disease — despite the fact that we didn't have many preventive weapons in our arsenal. I asked the most respected cardiologist I knew this question: "What is the best way to prevent heart disease?" His answer: "Pick the right parents." If you inherited the gene for cardiac longevity, you were likely to live to a ripe old age. If heart disease struck early in your family, there was not much you could do to change your destiny.

Then, in 1984, 1 attended a course at the Heart House in Bethesda, Maryland, the national headquarters of the American College of Cardiology. There, I heard a lecture by a brilliant researcher and charismatic teacher, Bill Castelli, who headed the world-famous Framingham Heart Study. Dr. Castelli told us about the results of the recently completed National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Lipid Research Clinics Primary Prevention Trial (LPCPPT). This was the very first study to prove that lowering cholesterol could reduce heart attacks. At the time, the only known treatment for high cholesterol was an unpleasant, grainy powder known as a resin, which was taken several times a day before meals. Therefore, we were all very excited when Dr. Castelli told the conference that if we put patients on the very first American Heart Association diet, we could lower their cholesterol and end the scourge of heart disease in America.

We all returned home filled with fervor, ready to guide our patients to restored cardiac health and dietary wisdom. I came back to Miami confident in my newfound knowledge of how to save my patients' lives. My wife and I even joked that with heart disease out of the picture, I might be better off switching to a growth specialty, like plastic surgery. It wasn't long before I learned that unemployment as a cardiologist was going to be unlikely.

I began counseling my patients on the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet advocated by the American Heart Association, but the results fell far below my expectations. Often, there was an initial modest improvement in total cholesterol with mild weight loss. This invariably was followed by a return of cholesterol to its previous level or higher, along with a return of the lost weight. This scenario was not only my experience but also that of my colleagues. It was reflected in the many diet-cholesterol trials documented in the literature: we were unable to sustain cholesterol and/or weight reductions using low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. There were no convincing studies showing that the American Heart Association diet saved lives.

Over the years I had suggested most of the highly respected diets out there-going back to Pritikin and then through the various, more recent, heart-healthy low-fat regimens, including the Ornish plan and several American Heart Association diets. Each of them, for different reasons, failed miserably. Either the diets were too difficult to stick with, or the promise of improved blood chemistry and cardiac health remained just that — a promise. Discouraged, I had all but given up on advising my patients about nutrition, because I was unable to suggest anything that actually helped. Like most cardiologists in that period, I turned instead to the statin drugs that were just entering the market, medications that had proven extremely effective in lowering total cholesterol, if not weight.

But I also decided, as a last-ditch effort, that I would devote some serious study of my own to diet and obesity. Like most physicians, I was not particularly knowledgeable in the science of nutrition. So my first task was to research all the weight-loss programs out there, the serious scientific ones as well as the trendy attempts that topped the best-seller lists. As I acquired that education, I was also reading in the cardiology literature about the prevalence of something called the insulin resistance syndrome and its effect on obesity and heart health.

The Science of Success
  One side effect of excess weight, we now know, is an impairment of the hormone insulin's ability to properly process fuel, or fats and sugars. This condition is commonly called insulin resistance. As a result, the body stores more fat than it should, especially in the midsection. Since the dawn of Homo sapiens, we've been genetically conditioned to store fat as a survival strategy to see us through times of famine.

The problem now, of course, is that we never experience the famine end of that equation, only the feast. As a result, we store fat but never require our bodies to burn it off. Much of our excess weight comes from the carbohydrates we eat, especially the highly processed ones found in baked goods, breads, snacks, and other convenient favorites. Modern industrial processing removes the fiber from these foods, and once that's gone their very nature — and how we metabolize them-changes significantly for the worse.

Decrease the consumption of those "bad" carbs, studies showed, and the insulin resistance starts clearing up on its own. Weight begins a fairly rapid decrease, and you begin metabolizing carbs properly. Even the craving for carbs disappears once you cut down on their consumption. Finally, cutting out processed carbs improves blood chemistry, ultimately resulting in lowered triglycerides and cholesterol.

So my eating plan's first principle was to permit good carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and curtail the intake of bad carbohydrates (the highly processed ones, for the most part, where all the fiber had been stripped away during manufacturing). We would thereby eliminate a prime cause of obesity. This was in marked contrast to the Atkins Diet, for instance, which bans virtually all carbohydrates and leaves the dieter to exist mostly on proteins. That regimen also permits limitless saturated fats, the kind found in red meat and butter. These are, as most people know, the bad fats — the ones that can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. That hasn't stopped millions of dieters from adopting the plan. But from the moment I learned of it, the diet set off alarm bells in this cardiologist's head. Even if you do lose weight and keep it off, your blood chemistry might suffer from eating so much saturated fat.

My plan cut certain carbohydrates, but not all of them. In fact, it encouraged eating the good ones. For instance, I banished white flour and white sugar. But our diet permits whole grain breads and cereals and whole wheat pasta. We also prescribe lots of vegetables and fruits. I had a practical reason for that decision, beyond their obvious nutritional value and the beneficial fiber they provide. Not everyone wants to give up vegetables, fruit, bread, and pasta forever, even in exchange for a regimen that allows a pound of bacon for breakfast, followed by a pound of hamburger (with no bun, of course) for lunch, topped by a thick steak for dinner. And if people want bread, pasta, or rice, a humane eating plan should be able to accommodate that desire.

To make up for the overall cut in carbohydrates, my diet permitted ample fats and animal proteins. This decision flew in the face of the famous diets that had been developed specifically for people with heart problems, like Pritikin and Ornish. For a cardiologist, this was skating on thin ice. But my experience with patients showed that those so-called heart-healthy diets were nearly impossible to stick to, because they relied too heavily on the dieters' ability to eat superlow fat over the long haul. The South Beach Diet would permit lean beef, pork, veal, and lamb.

The low-fat regimen's severe restrictions on meat were unnecessary the latest studies had shown that lean meat did not have a harmful effect on blood chemistry. Even egg yolks are good for you contrary to what we once believed. They're a source of natural vitamin E and have a neutral-to-favorable effect on our balance between good and bad cholesterol. Chicken, turkey, and fish (especially the oily ones such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) were recommended on my diet, along with nuts and low-fat cheeses and yogurt. As a rule, low-fat prepared foods can be a bad idea-the fats are replaced with carbs, which are fattening. But low-fat dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt are exceptions to this rule-they are nutritious and not fattening.

I also allowed plenty of healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, like the Mediterranean ones: olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. These are the good fats. They can actually reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. In addition to being beneficial, they make food more palatable. They're filling, too-a major consideration for a diet that promises that you won't have to go hungry.

Next, I found a suitable guinea pig for preliminary testing purposes, a middle-age man who was having trouble keeping his growing paunch under control: me. I went on the diet. I gave up bread, pasta, rice, potatoes. No beer. Not even fruit, at least in the very beginning, because it contains high levels of fructose, or fruit sugar. But otherwise I was determined to eat as normally as possible, meaning three meals a day plus snacks when I was hungry.

After just a week, I noticed a difference. I lost almost 8 pounds in those first 7 days, and it was easy. I didn't suffer any hunger pangs. No terrible cravings. No noticeable deprivation.

Almost sheepishly, I approached Marie Almon, M.S., R.D., chief clinical dietitian at our hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and told her of my experiment. She conceded that the low-fat diet we had been recommending to cardiac patients wasn't working. So we took the basic principles I had developed and expanded them into an agreeable eating plan.

Practical Solutions
We settled on a few more guidelines, based on my clinical experience and study of the literature. First, we acknowledged the primary failing of diets we had tried with patients: They're too complicated and too rigid. A diet may be medically or nutritionally sound, but if it is hard to live with, if it doesn't take into account how — the whole person operates, not just his or her digestive tract and metabolism — then it is a failure. So this diet would be flexible and simple, with as few rules as possible. It would allow people to eat the way they actually like to eat, while improving their blood chemistry and helping them to lose weight and maintain the loss over the long run. This means a lifetime, not 3 months or a year. Only by accomplishing these goals would this program make the crucial transition from being a diet to being a lifestyle — a way of living and eating that normal human beings can sustain for the rest of their lives.

With that in mind, we decided that we wouldn't ask people to deny themselves every eating pleasure indefinitely. Typically, once you've gone off track on a diet, you're on your own. The experts never allow for human frailty or tell you how to accommodate the inevitable slips as part of the plan. As a result, people who cheat a little today usually cheat a little more tomorrow, and then it's a slippery slope down to where the diet's in shambles, you've broken every rule, and you're depressed, discouraged and back at square one. So we make ample use of desserts devised especially by Marie Ahnon for the program. These treats are delicious, yet use only "legal" ingredients.

We also simply recognized that there will be days when you just need that chocolate ice cream or lemon meringue pie. I'm a chocoholic, so believe me, I understand. This plan would allow dieters to bend or break the rules, so long as they understood exactly what damage they've done and how to undo it. If the cheating put a few pounds on, or stalled the weight loss, the setback would be minimal and easily repaired, rather than spelling doom. One beauty of the three-phase structure of the South Beach Diet is that you can move easily from one stage to another. If, while in Phase 2, you go on vacation and overindulge in sweets, it's easy to switch back to Phase 1 for a week, lose the weight those desserts put on, and then return to where you left off in Phase 2.

Finally, people are practical beings. Diets that require complex menus, or supplements taken at certain times of day, or foods eaten in precise combinations, are just too burdensome to sustain for long. Many popular diets are extremely tricky in that regard, despite the fact that there is no basis in science for such complexity. And so they fail. Most of us lead complicated enough lives without having to be within walking distance of a refrigerator every 2 hours. Nobody wants to carry around a pillbox or a rule book (or both). So this diet would be based on dishes that are easy to make, with ingredients that are commonly found in supermarkets or in most restaurants. The plan requires snacks between meals, but the kind that can be thrown into a briefcase or backpack in the morning and eaten on the run. Our diet is also distinguished by the absence of calorie counts; percentage counts of fats, carbs, and proteins; or even rules about portion size. Our major concern is that dieters eat good carbs and good fats. Once that's all under control, portions and percentages take care of themselves. By choosing the right carbs and the right fats, you simply won't be hungry all the time.

Our diet, we decided, would have to be effective regardless of the dieter's exercise habits. Without a doubt, exercise does increase the body's metabolism, thereby making the diet more efficient. It is also a critical part of any cardiac health plan. However, the South Beach Diet does not depend on exercise in order to work. You'll lose more weight, faster, if you are active on a regular basis. But you'll lose weight even if you're not.

Flexibility and common sense, guided by real science—as opposed to the pop science that often passes for nutrition these days — were the guiding principles of the South Beach Diet. We hoped we had come up with a workable, practical solution to the obesity that plagued so many people we saw in the office and hospital setting. We believed it would work for most them. But of course, we wouldn't really know until they tried it.

Meet the Author

Arthur Agatston, M.D., is a cardiologist who has served on committees of the American Society of Echocardiology, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society of Artherosclerosis Imaging, where he is a member of the founding board of directors. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, Sari, and their two children.

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The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 288 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems that out of eight reviews the consistent five star ratings speak for themselves. This review will not go into the description of the diet, the phases, what you eat, ect, those are easy to find before buying into this diet. This review is about results. I have not ever really looked into why or how the results of dieting and excercise differ from person to person and between genders. So when I tell you my results it must be taken in consideration that one I am male, two I am in my early 20s, and three I worked out in some form or another an hour almost every single day. I used a 'weight loss' pill also in conjuction with the diet and excercise, and it does help dramatically in curving appetite and after some trial and error, did realize that it does increase weight loss almost 50%. I also took the advice of the author and added metamucil to my diet twice a day. Through trial and error taking that twice a day resulted in between two and three extra pounds lost a week. Taking it more than twice, resulted in less weight loss than not taking it at all. My results in a strict phase one resulted in losing between 8 to 10 pounds a week, I had the will power and determination to do that for four weeks straight. This is not recommended by the author for chance of getting off the diet or yo-yo-ing. If you can manage it, it is just more weight you can lose. Results in phase one will be noticeable and quick. Watching the scale drop that much every week alone is enough motivation to continue dieting and restricting your eating. Instead of doing a phase two, I did phase one during the week, and a phase two on the weekends. That resulted in losing between 5 to 6 pounds a week. After I reached a reasonable goal, I did phase two/strict phase 3 with one free day, eating whatever I wanted, and typically lost between 3 to five pounds a week. If you are going to do this diet, stick with it. Phase One is ESSENTIAL. Many people skip this phase or don't want to do it. I will admit, the first week is hard as hell. Pure torcher. But once you make it through that first week/weekend, it is all down hill from there. Your body gets very use to not eating food high in carbs and doesn't crave them anymore. Your mental state becomes very trained in what you eat and what you desire to eat. The results that you will get from this diet, and doing it properly is worth all the hard effort. It must be reminded that it gets very easy the longer you do it. Some people raise the issue of gaining the weight back. I must tell you that if you can stick to this diet anywhere between three and six months, it will take a lot of work to gain the weight back. Your entire metabolism changes in that amount of time, and the weight you lost will have been nearly permanent. To wrap it up. Give it a shot. If you are doubtful about the diet or what you are capable of doing, try it for one full week. If the results alone do not give you the courage/motivation to continue, then you only lost the price of this softback book. And maybe someone you know can have better results. If you have a lot of weight to lose this diet will not disappoint. You will lose weight quicker and easier than a person who only wants to lose ten pounds or so. Make sure you incorporate some excercise into it and also a diet pill if you can handle the caffeine. Make sure you DO PHASE ONE, this a MUST. So many people I know do not want to do this phase and end up skipping it. By doing phase one your metabolism will sky rocket allowing the next phases to be more successful. After doing phase one and then phase two you will know EXACTLY what works best for you and what changes you can make to your diet to lose the desired amount of weight you want. By reading this book and doing this diet with the motivation and will to succeed, three months from now your life will have dramatically changed for the best. Six months from now you will be an entirely different person. And only a year from now, you will
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a diet book whose plan is to get you to lose weight by limiting your carbohydrates- essentially another low-carbohydrate diet. It has 3 phases where your carbohydrates are severely restricted at first, and then re-introduced.

I have personally read three controlled trials comparing low carb diets to your regular calorie restricted diets that were published in scientific journals. The results? Low carb diets produce more weight loss during the first 6 months, but at one year follow-up, both groups had lost THE SAME amount of weight.

Therefore, it really doesn't matter which diet plan you choose, the South Beach diet or your standard low calorie diet, because if you can stay on either of them for a year, you'll lose the same amount of weight. To that end, then, the South Beach diet is a fairly healthy diet plan and a good one to choose from- but the bottom line if you want to lose weight is to cut your calories with ANY diet plan and absolutely stick with it and make it a part of your lifestyle.

Readers who can't seem to stick with a diet plan long enough to see results might also want to check out The Sixty-Second Motivator. Good luck!
Davi More than 1 year ago
Don't purchase this on nook, not all recipes are included and there is NO diclaimer to say this..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am on the South Beach Diet and wanted to clear up a few wrong assumptions about it that I see written here. First, this is a balanced low-carb/high protein diet. It's not Atkins or anything else. It is delivered in phases to allow your systems to adjust to the changes in a positive way. Phase One is not intended for weight loss, although this does often occur. It is basically to stabilize your blood sugar and natural insulin systems to keep you from having the jitters as you begin to implement your new LIFESTYLE of eating. Phase Two is the weight loss phase and Phase Three is the 'let's see what you learned' phase where you implement your new found eating knowledge for a lifetime. The diet IS easy to follow. You cannot try this for a week or try this for a few weeks and expect anything. You must fully utilize the amount of time indicated in the book. The South Beach Diet DOES NOT limit calorie intake as long as it is from recommended foods and if you get hungry they recommend you eat! The book itself is easy to read and explains WHY each thing is done, unlike many fad diet books. The lists in the book are good but I do recommend online support from one or more of the many online forum groups. I am making progress and think this is healthy living for anyone. You must remember it is not JUST a diet, it is a lifestyle. And lastly, read the book, it's all there. Just read it all the way through before you do anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only been on this diet for six days and I've already lost ten pounds! My boyfriend has lost 8 pounds! It's like the weight is just melting away!! I get to eat so much, and I'm not hungry. It's an unbelievable diet!! Where has this diet been all my life? I can't wait to see the end result after Phase III. I highly recommend this book!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My headline says it all. Just like all previous reviewers, I tried every diet out there. Since I hit my mid-40's, NOTHING worked at all...not even near starvation. I gave up hope and blamed my inablity to lose weight on years of constant dieting. I was sure I ruined my body's 'diet' mechanism. I used to count the calories of the carbs I ate, be it bread or pasta, and fit those calories into my daily intake of total calories. Even though I was under the 'desirable' calories for the day, I didn't lose weight. YIPPEE for South Beach! This diet is working! The key, for me, is no more complex carbohydrates. Three weeks ago I couldn't zip up my jeans. Today I am comfortably wearing them again. Great diet--even if that is an oxymoron.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been able to stick to a diet and I have tried many of them. With the South Beach Diet I lost 11 lbs in the first 2 weeks and wasn't hungry. Highly recommended reading for those who want to lose weight!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such a easy diet or eating plan to be on and stay on...and I know, I have tried most of them. you can actually call this way of eating a lifestyle change, something all of the diet doctors say you must do. when friends have seen my results they have gone on it.
SENSIBLEFOODIE More than 1 year ago
This book helped me to lose 35 lbs in 41/2 months and I didn't feel a thing! It is written so that you can follow the food suggestions to a letter or, make up your own "diet" from reading the first half of the book which explains food combinations. It is well written, making understanding easy even for the layman. It was so easy I didn't and still don't feel like I'm on a diet. It is a way of life now. Just losing and keeping it lost. I've recommended this book to many people who are enjoying the successful results as I did. Dr. Agatston is my idol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom and brother have been on this diet for about 4 months. They eat very few carbs except for their 'cheat' meals. Both have been overweight for years, espoecially my brother who is mentally handicapped and LIVES for food. Both have lost well over 25 lbs and have andded muscle tone. They follow this book and combine it with weight training from the book
And they always have a low carb protein shake after weight training and for their last meal of the day. Presto - it works awesome and their hunger is satisfied. If these two can lose weight and look great(without being hungary and crabby), it must be a great diet and book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a safe, nutritious, delicious diet that not only is good for the heart but is a wonderful diet for those with thyroid problems. No calorie counting, weighing in or portion sizing - real food for real people. Cheers, Doc!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent - I feel like a million dollars - the madness of Atkins and The Zone, and counting WW points are OVER!! - no more craziness, just simple, uncomplicated program that is so healthy! A plan for total wellbeing and life in general. I highly recommend this program as I have stuggled with weight for over 10 years. Diets are not the way to go - you must change your life and embrace it! I have kept off a 60 lb weight loss for 7 years and gained 15 lbs back when I quit smoking - this book is the best bet to total health and lifestyle change - it is not a diet - it's a way of life. Americans are being slowly killed by processed foods ! Read this and join the movement against them! Throw out all other diets you have read or considered - this is finally the answer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read, with wonderful easy to understand explanations about proteins, fats and carbs. It's written by a preventive cardiologist, so I can be healthy as well as thin! The pounds slide off and I'm happy, not hungry! The recipes are excellent and not difficult to prepare.
Vivi45 More than 1 year ago
This book is a good refernce diet for those who need to lose weight. You follow a healthy low carb /high protein regimen (UNLIKE ATKINS) This diet lets you eat good carbs i.e. legumes, many greens, fruits and veggies. It is looser than "ATKINS" but better for the heart. It was recommended to me by my cardiologist. I was following "ATKINS" which is NOT easily followed. In the first 4 weeks I lost 6 lbs. I did not feel deprived. South Beach is easy to follow unlike Atkins. You stay away from high fat protiens. Eggs and egg whites are eaten and they provide many recipes in their various phases of the program. I highly recommend this as a way of life not a diet.
Amanda White More than 1 year ago
The way we all should eat. Cravings gone but must be motivted.
Avid-Reading-Nana More than 1 year ago
One family member's health issues are: obesity, hypertension, high potassium, high cholesterol, peripheral neuropathy and heart issues. I purchased the book to use as a guide for offering tasty meals. It was easy to take most of the recipes, change a thing or two here and there and have it conform to the requirements the Doctor ordered while serving delicious meals. This book saved my sanity. THANKS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
More like a new way of life. Cutting out the bad carbs leaves you with so many eating options. I have more energy that ever and find it easy to follow. I had a problem with the idea of other diets limiting vegies, since I love them and it did not seem healthy. This is not a diet Dr. This is a Dr. who came up with this plan for the health of his patients. A must try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not believe how much I love this book! It's full of fun, interesting recipes. I have been on every diet and diet pill out there and have had failed after three days. I have stuck with this plan for three weeks now and I am now 16 pounds lighter. My family is eating healther too! With three small children, that's not always easy. This book has changed our lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr.Agaston has done his homework and he shares all his knowledge with you. In this case knowledge is power--the power to change your body! The power to be healthy, to live longer, to enjoy your life. He is a cardiologist which makes him life-saver. First he educates you. He gives a little history explaining how it all started and what he learned. You wil learn the differences between such esoteric food labels as transfats and hydrogenated and more. You may find yourself st first standing in the grocer's aisle reading peanut butter labels to determine which one is the healthiest. With my South Beach Diet knowledge I could do this! And so can you! The book has a wealth of information that enables you to make good choices about your diet. Those choices will help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol. His patients' testimonials are awesome. Very inspiring. You will learn from their stories. As they say on TV, THUMBS UP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a diet book whose plan is to get you to lose weight by limiting your carbohydrates- essentially another low-carbohydrate diet. It has 3 phases where your carbohydrates are severely restricted at first, and then re-introduced. I have personally read three controlled trials comparing low carb diets to your regular calorie restricted diets that were published in scientific journals. The results? Low carb diets produce more weight loss during the first 6 months, but at one year follow-up, both groups had lost THE SAME amount of weight. Therefore, it really doesn't matter which diet plan you choose, the South Beach diet or your standard low calorie diet, because if you can stay on either of them for a year, you'll lose the same amount of weight. To that end, then, the South Beach diet is a fairly healthy diet plan and a good one to choose from- but the bottom line if you want to lose weight is to cut your calories with ANY diet plan and absolutely stick with it and make it a part of your lifestyle. Readers who can't seem to stick with a diet plan long enough to see results might also want to check out "The Sixty-Second Motivator". Good luck!
araacademy More than 1 year ago
One of the best usable dieting books that has its base in real science. Effective weight loss plan with great recipes that are easy to follow and actually taste good. Its a bit challenging to stay on the first two weeks of the diet but once you are over that hump, it is so much easier. This book is about lifestyle change, not quick weight loss but quick rebound once you stop the diet.
MomAZ More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because my daughter was dx as type 2 diabetic and was told to skip the diet of South Beach Diet and go straight to the 2nd phase - just to eat correctly. She did - and within 6 weeks lost nearly 20 pounds and dropped her cholestrol nearly 100 points, her sugar about 70 points or so. I wanted to encourage her and help her - wanted to know what she is doing so that I don't distract her from getting healthy.
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