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The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss by Dr. Arthur Agatston – Good Insight

August 21, 2011
The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss by Dr. Arthur Agatston

The verdict is in: those simple carbs weve been living on are killing us. For good health, weve got to get our blood sugar under control and stop the incessant cravings. Or so says Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Diet. The first half of the book details the science behind the diet. Most of the explanations revolve around why things you thought were healthy—-orange juice, wheat toast, carrots—-are actually evil. To avoid blood sugar surges, Agatston created a modified carbohydrate plan, recommending plenty of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats, while cutting bread, rice, pastas, and fruits. Major differences from other diets include a lack of concern over portion size and a serious indifference to exercise. Feeling full while on a diet is a beautiful thing, but it seems odd that a cardiologist buries his exercise recommendations in a solitary sentence.

The last half of the book covers his three-stage plan; daily diets are mixed with recipes, some of which are from South Beach restaurant chefs. The most restrictive period lasts just two weeks, enough time to stabilize your urges and lose a few pounds; stage two adds fruits and a handful of other carbs, while stage three is meant to last the remainder of your life, with occasional lapses for white bread or birthday cake. While the diet is sound, the book could be better organized. The first half mixes scientific study with anecdote in a seemingly random way, while the mix of meal plans and recipes can be confusing. Still, the recipes are varied and tasty, and youll never feel deprived, unless you currently happen to live by bread alone. –Jill Lightner

Great Book
I am a tasty meal lover (meet, spaghetti, bread, potato, sweets etc. – my favorite food). I was afraid of going on any diet that lacks a good meet taste (mainly garden variety, especially steamed one). And, yes, I am (was) 240 lbs thin:). When my doctor recommended South Beach, I though yeh, sure, but decided to give it a trial. Now, week and a half later, I am 230 lbs (10 lbs less and keep going down). What is positive – the recipes are good to feel the greens tasty and they do have meat and fish and I almost do not recall my attractions to carbohydrate type dishes, not yet, at least . What is not that good – you need to have almost full time cook in your kitchen to be able to keep those very diverse meals coming.

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