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South Beach Diet Plan Concept

The South Beach Diet (SBD) is a healthy balanced diet plan as well as a weight loss program. It is not a low-carb diet because dieters do not surrender themselves totally to carbohydrates. They are allowed to consume foods rich in simple carbohydrates such as white bread, white potatoes and white rice. In fact, there is a vegetarian version of the SBD which is relatively high in carbohydrates. It is neither a low-fat diet because unsaturated fat and Omega-3 fatty acid are permitted. Fatty portions of red meat and poultry are eliminated from the diet. However, lean meats, nuts and oily fish are the alternatives and be part of the right fat.

Thus, the highlight of South Beach Diet relies on the right carbohrydrates and right fats. Right carbohrydrates means those carbs that able to provide the body energy and heat but does not convert into fat. Right carbohydrates raises blood sugar levels gradually. Right fats is the intake of right amount and types of fat. Right fats will not increase the body cholesterol or risk of certain diseases, it is needed to protect your heart and support overall health either physically or emotionally.

Also, SBD changes our craving for foods that causes sugars and starches rises quickly into the bloodstream to foods that has low glycemic index. The diet is different from other diets which emphasized on low or totally no carbohydrate, fat, protein or calories but leads us to a healthier way of eating. It teaches us to avoid "bad" foods in term of weight loss and educates people to keep healthy and lose weight by eating right and well.

South Beach Diet History

Dr. Arthur Agatston is the person who created SBD in 2003. He is a leading American cardiologist cum internist. Beside this he is also a renowned lecturer, researcher and author. Graduated in 1973 from New York University School Of Medicine. Completed his residency training from Internship Hospital:Montefiore Hospital Med Center (Graduated: 1974), Medical Schools:New York University School Of Medicine (Graduated: 1973), Residency Hospital:Montefiore Hospital Med Center (Graduated: 1976),Fellowship Hospital: New York University Med Center (Graduated: 1979).

In 1995, his initial purpose of developing this diet was not for a weight loss program but to improve the blood chemistries of his patients with heart and diabetes diseases. He observed his patients had trouble attached to the low-carbs and low-fat diet guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association. They were not able to follow the guidelines in the long run time or end up putting on weight.

This purpose of SBD is  intended to burn excess calories and reduce cholesterol of the patients without a burden on their back. However, beside reducing the risk of the cardiovascular problems, the main achievement from this doctor-designed diet was the tremendous reduction in weight. Thus, Dr. Agatston started to introduce the SBD to the public and the rapid weight loss was the highlight. His patients also began to spread the diet by word of mouth. This diet started to gain popularity and subsequently developed into a franchise of its own. In 2004, this diet was broadcasted and its popularity drew the Kraft Foods to reach an agreement to use the "South Beach Diet" name.

South Beach Diet Benefits

Following are some of the benefits of this weight loss program:

  • Easy and simple but effective.

  • Lose lots of weight right on the beginning and improved health too.

  • Balanced in term of having right way of eating and sufficient nutrition.

  • Healthy cause taking high level of fiber, good carbs, lean protein and healthy fat.

  • Able to reduce the level of cholesterol and insulin (reduced risk heart disease and diabetes).

  • No hunger as you can still enjoy 3 balanced meals, 2 snacks and 1 dessert everyday.

  • No need to weigh food and count calories.

  • A long-term maintenance of your body weight.

  • No craving as the body blood sugar is stabilized by the good carbohydrates and high fiber.

  • Increase individual awareness on the effect of foods on their body.

  • Train dieters to eat low GI foods which discourage the consumption of junk-food.

  • Do not leave out any major food groups in long run.

The only major con is its restriction at the initial phase of implementation.  Some people may find it too hard to tolerate. Also intake of food rich in carbohydrates is totally prohibited in the first phase. Carbs lover would have hard time going through this phase.

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