You have probably heard of the South Beach diet, it is very popular amongst celebrities and the ‘it’ crowd. If you haven’t heard of this popular diet, then this is the article for you. The South Beach diet is a commercial weight-loss program that touts a low-carb methodology. Basically, it focuses on replacing bad carbs with good carbs that are high in fiber. And it replaces bad fats with healthy fats. You can consider it to be a type of modified low-carb diet.
The South Beach diet works in three phases. It begins pretty restrictive, with each subsequent phase becoming less and less restrictive as to what you can eat. The benefits of the diet are that you don’t have to count your calories, you only have to make sure you’re eating the right foods. You want to eat nutrient dense foods that are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. The diet isn’t just about losing weight; it’s meant to teach you how to select the right foods.
The first phase lasts for a two week period. In that time, you are restricted from consuming starchy foods, including rice, pasta, bread, baked goods, sugar, fruits, or alcohol. People typically lose 8-12 pounds in the first two weeks. The goal is to limit your carbohydrate consumption.
The second phase slowly reintroduces carbs back into your diet. You can begin eating some cereals, whole wheat grains, fruits, fiber baked goods, and pasta – but only in small portions. You should continue to lose 2-3 pounds a week.
The final phase happens after you reach your weight loss goals. Now you can choose which carbs to include in each meal. Eat whatever you want, so long as you do not exceed your carb limits. At this point, the South Beach diet has become a lifestyle.