Fad diets – South Beach diet

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Fad diets – South Beach diet

In this edition of Bestonhealth newsletter we are telling you about the South beach diet

South Beach diet 

This diet is created by cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston in mid-1990s. The basic principle of this diet is similar to Atkins’ diet as both of them work on the insulin principle. He also believed that restriction of carbohydrates is necessary in reducing weight. South beach diet has been divided into three phases.

Phase – 1 Banishing Cravings In this phase you have to restrict any carbohydrate intake (such as rice, wheat, bread, potato, pasta, noodles, baked goods, fruits) while taking a high protein and fat diet along with some snacks for two weeks. These snacks will help in keeping your blood-sugar levels steady.

Phase – 2 Reintroducing Carbohydrates In this phase you have to slowly reintroduce some good carbohydrates such as fruits, whole grain cereals in meals. This phase has to be followed until you achieve the target weight loss.

Phase – 3 Maintenance Therapy  After attaining the desired body weight you have to follow the south beach diet principles throughout your life. This stage is phase – 3 or maintenance phase of south beach diet.


  • Due to high protein and fat intake, dieters do not feel hungry as both these nutrients have a high satiety value.
  • Due to the reintroduction of carbohydrates one does not feel craving for carbohydrates.


  • Severe carbohydrate restricted diet can cause dizziness and fainting as carbohydrates are the instant sources of energy.
  • High protein and fat diet can insert extra load on kidneys and liver and that’s why Atkins diet should not be followed by the people who are suffering from any kind of kidney/liver problems.

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