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

Arthur Agatston
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April 14 2005 The South Beach Diet

Developed by noted Miami cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston for his patients, THE SOUTH BEACH DIET became a national phenomenon-because it works. It's not low fat. It's not low carbs. It teaches you to use the right carbs and the right fats to change your body chemistry to burn fat, help reduce your cholesterol, and help prevent metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes). As a result, you'll lose weight quickly and safely.

Dr. Agatston's plan allows you to eat the foods you love-meat and fish, cheese, healthy oils and nuts, vegetables, and the right carbohydrates and sweets. There's no mandatory exercise, and you're never left craving more food. Structured in three simple phases, this may be the easiest diet that you've ever tried.

PHASE ONE: Say goodbye to bad-for-you "goodies"!
Your cravings will disappear...and so will eight to thirteen pound.

PHASE TWO: Your stomach is visibly smaller and favorite foods are back on the menu!
Your body is burning calories, not storing them!

PHASE THREE: The stage that lasts the rest of your life-normal foods in normal portions.
You will keep your ideal weight...and maintain your health and vitality.

With recipes and meal plans for each phase!

"The real value of the book is its sound nutritional advice."

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The verdict is in: those simple carbs we've been living on are killing us. For good health, we've got to get our blood sugar under control and stop the incessant cravings. Or so says Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Diet. The first half of the book details the science behind the diet. Most of the explanations revolve around why things you thought were healthy—-orange juice, wheat toast, carrots—-are actually evil. To avoid blood sugar surges, Agatston created a modified carbohydrate plan, recommending plenty of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats, while cutting bread, rice, pastas, and fruits. Major differences from other diets include a lack of concern over portion size and a serious indifference to exercise. Feeling full while on a diet is a beautiful thing, but it seems odd that a cardiologist buries his exercise recommendations in a solitary sentence.

The last half of the book covers his three-stage plan; daily diets are mixed with recipes, some of which are from South Beach restaurant chefs. The most restrictive period lasts just two weeks, enough time to stabilize your urges and lose a few pounds; stage two adds fruits and a handful of other carbs, while stage three is meant to last the remainder of your life, with occasional lapses for white bread or birthday cake. While the diet is sound, the book could be better organized. The first half mixes scientific study with anecdote in a seemingly random way, while the mix of meal plans and recipes can be confusing. Still, the recipes are varied and tasty, and you'll never feel deprived, unless you currently happen to live by bread alone. --ll Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better diet July 15 2004
My mom reads all the diet books and as a result, so do I. She, like most mothers, is full of advice and recommendations. Last February she was telling everyone about this "South Beach Diet" and how she has found it to be the best one for her because it addressed her needs as a pre-diabetic.
Because of her endorsement, I bought the book and read it myself. To be quite honest, while I agree with most of the concepts presented in this book, the diet itself is not entirely for me or my husband. Mostly, I just don't like the food. In addition, when I actually made a shopping list based on the first two weeks of the diet, I realized that I couldn't afford it. It would have nearly tripled my grocery bill.
I'm still happy that I bought it and read it. There are some wonderful low-cal/low-carb/low-sugar recipes that I enjoy. It also gave me a good insight to how our body processes sugars, and which foods to avoid and why.
My husband and I follow many of the concepts of this book, just not the strict diet plan presented. My diabetic friends however, rave about this book. It has helped them to lose weight, decrease their cholesterol count, and generally feel better.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works for far July 13 2003
Leaving aside the editing and layout of the book, I have had success following this healthy diet. That's what mattered most to me.
My weight before starting SBD Phase 1 was 152. I am 5'4" and want to weigh about 135. I followed Phase 1, eating only food from the allowed list. That's basically lean meats, low or no-fat cheese, eggs, veggies, nuts. It was fairly easy to stick to - especially because I could have nuts or cheese as snacks. Grilled fish, lean steak, some veggies and I had a dinner that I enjoyed. Eggs for b'fast. The purpose of Phase 1 is to end your cravings for sugar and carbs. It did that for me.
At the end of Phase 1, I weighed 144. A loss of 8 pounds.
Then, we went on vacation in Europe for 4 weeks. I tried to eat healthy foods but also had a small ice cream almost daily. Because of the diet I made much better food choices than I normally would have, although I also had pasta and bread (and the ice cream). I had fresh veggies, veggie soup, salads and fruit often, and meat when we could afford it. At the end of 4 weeks, I had lost 5 more pounds. I'm at 139 now and on Phase 2.
This is better than I have ever done on a 'diet' before, especially considering the 4 week vacation. I'm feeling very healthy and am loving being a 'normal' size again.
I am ignoring some of the information in the book (like the GI Index) as it makes things confusing and it's not necessary to understand it. I follow the food lists and find that I can make a wide variety of meals that even my husband will eat. I'm not finding myself focused on food all day. The internet has some great support groups for this diet. I can eat in restaurants with no problem.
I have high cholesterol, so am hoping to see that come down. That would be the best news of all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Michael L. Johnson Feb. 29 2004
This is a very good book. Much of the book is composed of recipes and the recipes are very good. Will you lose weight??? Definitely!! I have had numerous patients who have lost anywhere form 25 to 80 pounds by following a low-carb diet.

As a practicing chronic pain specialist for the past 21 years, I have found that chronic pain patients who have followed a low-carb diet are better able to manage their pain. Please be aware that this is my personal observation as a clinician and there is no scientific evidence to support my observation that I am currently aware of. My theory is that the nerve cells or neurons and the neurotransmitters or chemicals that allow nerves to communicate are composed of proteins. When a chronic pain patient consumes a lower carb/higher protein diet, they are increasing the impulses or frequency of firing of the neurons or nerve cells. Increased impulses equals less pain!
Dr. Michael L. Johnson author of "What Do You Do When the Medications Don't Work--A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Conditions".
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Good I was hoping it was more recipes than instructions, but there were enough to satisfy me. so that's all right.
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It is a worth reading book. By following the instructions, I lost 8 lbs in the first week . The recipes are easy to follow.
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I was so disappointed when I received this book.
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