The South Beach Diet – this is one of the most popular diet programs around. Created by Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist who lives and works in Miami, Florida, this diet focuses on permanent weight loss by encouraging good eating and exercise habits.
The South Beach Diet is contained in three phases. The first phase is quite restrictive. It basically restricts every food listed high on the glycemic index, such as bread, cereal, grains, anything with flour, and starchy vegetables. Of course, if you are one of the people who arent too fond of these foods, youll find this stage a smooth ride.
During the first phase, you can eat meat as long as its not fried. Skinless chicken, beef, turkey, and fish are fine, as long as its baked or broiled. As usual, youre encouraged to eat plenty of fresh vegetables. You can drink water, tea, and coffee as much as you want. Many people who used this diet, and really followed phase one without deviations, said they lost up to 10 pounds during the first two weeks.
The second phase of the diet is much easier. You are allowed to eat more foods, but in moderation. You should eat lots of fruits and whole grains during this phase. It lasts the longest, simply because youre supposed to abide by it until youve lost the desired amount of weight. So for instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds, you stick with phase two until you lose those 20 pounds. Once youve lost that amount of weight, you start phase three. This is the phase where it becomes more of a way of life rather than a diet. Basically this is where you set your the eating habits that will last a lifetime. You should eat three small meals a day, with snacks in between each meal.