South Beach Diet Review

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A low-carb, high-protein diet that stresses good fats instead of unhealthy fats, South Beach Diet proceeds in three phases that slowly bring carbs and other foods back into your life. Get guidance from the paperback book or use the online tools and support for a fee. Many South Beach Diet followers report rapid success and easy maintenance.

The South Beach Diet (starting at $7.99/book; $4/weekly online membership) helps followers stay fit and trim, trumpet the reviews. Most adherents affirm the value of the right-carbs/right-fat/high-protein approach, and many dieters who posted South Beach Diet reviews at Amazon indicate they started the plan based on a doctor's recommendation. These and other comments at Epinions, for example, tell of dieters having lost 40 pounds and more -- and then keeping it off, although sticking with the prescribed food regimen is a must. South Beach Diet reviews concede that the first couple of weeks are tough, but go on to crow that seeing it through has its rewards.

Weight loss is quite rapid during the first phase of the diet, when food intake is limited to protein such as lean meats and low-fat cheese. An endocrinologist recommended the diet to one reviewer who says a regime of mostly eggs and vegetables during the first phase caused the pounds to fall away. But some South Beach Diet reviews, including one posted by a nutritionist at Weight Loss Resources, caution about the challenges of phase 1 when the lack of popular carbs leaves some people feeling weak and hungry. Still, a number of South Beach Diet commenters extol its value as a route to rapid weight loss shortly before a big event, while others call it a life-saver for the long haul because it teaches healthy habits. This diet allows three regular meals a day plus snacks, with no limit on portion size.

South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet replaces "bad carbs" and "bad fats" with "good carbs" and "good fats." That is, you trade out white pasta and bread for whole grain versions in addition to vegetables and fruit. Instead of foods laden with saturated fats, including certain cuts of red meat, dieters are told to opt for lean meat alternatives and fish and healthy fats like avocados and nuts. There are three phases to the plan that can be followed in book form or with a weekly online membership. Dieters who rely on the South Beach Diet book praise its simple-to-understand explanations and the plan’s underlying rationale.

The recent addition of a mobile app (for members) and the growing online community (which already counts more than 25,000 members) may help folks who start the diet to stick with it. The app lets users plan meals, quickly find recipes so they know what to buy at the grocery store, and track their weight. Another big benefit is the ability to ask nutritionists for advice in the members-only forum.

This weight-loss plan temporarily restricts certain foods and requires some focus to maintain a target weight. But if you can get past the early stages and make this diet part of your everyday routine, the chances of getting on track to a healthier lifestyle are good.

Louis DeNicola

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