South Beach Diet Reviews and Ratings

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Morgan Medeiros


Morgan is a doctoral candidate in the field of clinical nutrition and nutritional neuroscience, having received her bachelors degree from Central Washington University.

Overview of South Beach Diet

There are three macronutrients from which we derive Calories in our diets: Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate. The objective of the South Beach Diet is to learn to moderate your intake of these three macronutrients, beginning with a restrictive phase where foods are more limited, and then progressing to phases 2 and then 3, wherein foods are added back to the diet, helping you to identify the exact amount of each nutrient they should consume to maintain your new, lighter weight. The first stage, referred to as Phase 1 on the South Beach plan, focuses on lean proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables that are low in carbohydrate content, prohibiting fruit and fruit juices, alcohol, and grains. As you move to Phase 2, these foods are allowed in small, appropriate portions. Phase 3 is a maintenance phase, the place where you can maintain your new weight, following the principles that you’ve learned during the first two phases.

Diet origins

The South Beach Diet was created by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, as a heart-healthy alternative to low-fat diets that his overweight clients had difficulty complying with. Agatston found that instead of diets that reduced fat intake, a diet that taught his clients to choose healthy fats and moderate carbohydrate consumption was far more effective.

How easy is it to follow?

Thanks to the South Beach emphasis on non-starchy vegetables and lean proteins, dieters will likely be physically satiated by this diet, thwarting diet-busting hunger. Dieters following the South Beach plan will likely find long-term success if they are able to overcome emotional challenges that accompany lifestyle change; the South Beach website offers a member support section and optional consultations with South Beach nutritionist for dieters in need of motivational support.

What are the costs required?

The South Beach Diet is fairly low-cost. The only cost to dieters is the South Beach Diet book and groceries. A personalized, optional online program is also available at a cost of $4 per week. Multiple free online resources are also available.

Will this diet be time consuming?

The South Beach Diet is not very time-intensive; the only time spent involves reading South Beach material and preparing meals.

How safe is this diet?

The South Beach Diet is a very safe and healthy diet overall. None of the methods promoted by the South Beach Diet are problematic, and the nutritional quality of the South Beach diet is very high. However, dieters with pre-existing health conditions should always discuss dietary changes with their doctors.

Is this diet legitmate?

The South Beach diet only loses points in one area- Calorie counting. The majority of dieters require a total Calorie cap in order to successfully lose and maintain weight; because the South Beach diet does not require Calorie counting, lasting weight loss is not a guarantee. However, followers can overcome this by counting Calories while they adhere to the dietary composition rules of the South Beach plan.

The breakdown

Benefits: The South Beach diet increases carbohydrate awareness and can promote weight loss and lower cholesterol.

Downsides: Dieters may not lose weight as effectively as they would if calorie-counting were a component of the South Beach plan.

The Bottom Line: The South Beach diet provides exceptional nutritional quality, but would be made more effective by employing Calorie counting, which would ensure lasting weight loss while improving cardiovascular health.

CATEGORIES: Weight Loss, Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease, Reduce Cholesterol, Vegetables, Lean Proteins, Healthy Fats, Individuals With A Family History Of Heart Disease, Individuals With Diabetes, Individuals Looking To Make Healthier Food Choices, No Specific Restrictions

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"Works well"

By tedchan on Nov 24, 2014


Good system


No wine!


E-mailed review from a customer of ours: "I used the South Beach Diet book to modify my diet after the holidays a few years ago. It worked well for me. After, I generally tried to eat less carbs. I followed relatively closely the first two weeks, cutting out many carbohydrates, then subsequently reducing fat after. Cutting out wine was the hardest thing for me as this is a regular part of my routine. I have used the diet and the book in subsequent years after the holidays or before a wedding."

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