South Beach diet

The South Beach diet was developed by Dr. Arthur Agatston, an American heart doctor. He popularized this diet through his 2003 book The South Beach Diet.

The South Beach diet is a type of ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diets promote high-protein, low-carbohydrate eating. They’re based on the premise that starving our bodies of carbs helps burn fats among other things. South Beach allows fats, but sticks to unsaturated fats. For South Beach followers, this diet is meant to battle heart disease and weight.

This diet consists of 3 phases. This setting covers Phase 1. Phase 1 is the strictest and lasts for 14 days. This is when the most weight loss and craving reductions are achieved. During this phase, there is complete restriction of all starches including bread, rice, potatoes, sugar and fruit. It also forbids alcohol. Saturated and trans fats are discouraged, but it allows for lean meats and foods high in unsaturated fats.

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These guidelines are for Phase 1.

Foods that are restricted include:
All grains and cereals – refined and whole-grain.
Fatty meats.
Trans fats and high saturated fats and oils.
Sugars and caloric sweeteners.
Beans and starchy vegetables.
Most fruits.

Foods that are maybe OK in some instances include:
Non-caloric sweeteners.
Most cheeses and whole-fat milks.
Egg yolk.

Foods that are OK include:
Lean meat, poultry and seafood.
Low-fat or non-fat milk and dairy.
Non-starchy vegetables.
Nuts and seeds.

There are no calorie restrictions of allowed foods.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.


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