Loving Food and the South Beach Diet

You can still love food and be on the South Beach Diet, especially if you use an appetite suppressant.  This diet has three phases like the Atkins Diet.  The first phase is geared for ending food cravings.  The second phase zeroes in on long term and steady weight loss.  The third phase is the lifestyle phase.

This diet is very flexible and adaptable.  It is doctor designed diet and fool proof weight loss diet.  In 1995 Dr. Agatston developed this diet for his cardiac and diabetes patients.

This diet not only keeps the heart healthy, but aids in weight loss.  Dr. Agatston believes the diet debates are over.  Low fat diets did not distinguish between good carbs (whole fruits, vegetables and grains) and bad carbs (those containing white process flour, sugar and starches).  The low-fat, high carb diets tend to leave people hungry.   People were not getting the heart-healthy polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids found in fish or the monounsaturated fats found in foods like avocados, olive oil and walnuts.

Mayo Clinic views the South Beach Diet to be one of the commercial diets.  The clinic believe that this diet does not have long-term results.  It is no more effective than the standard high carbohydrate diets.  Most important thing to watch in weight loss is the number of calories.  Loosing weight rapidly in the beginning is about loosing water and not fat.  Exercise has got to be a part of the diet plan.  This diet does not take into consideration the health conditions of the dieter.  The restrictive phase of the South Beach diet may discourage the dieter.

The bonus to this diet is its website.  On the South Beach website is the following:

  • Daily meal plans
  • Has teamed with Kraft foods with prepared foods like meal replacement bars
  • No cost involved
  • Exercise and Fitness Club with different exercises recommended for each phase
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Forums

The diet includes snacks, which are a must. There is no counting calories or strict portion sizes. The South Beach Diet promises that a person will eat less, but better food.