Dr. Agatston was the one who created the south beach. It was created when using low-carb-high fat diet were not successful for many of his patients. He formulated his own plan known as The South Beach Diet when he couldn’t find anything that would result to a healthy heart.
What is it?
It was proven that in two weeks, out of the 40 overweight patients who have religiously followed the program lost an average of 16.6 pounds which is in fact double of the amount lost by those patients on the strict program called step 11 American Heart Association. It was also found out that during the “diet period”, only one out of 40 patients dropped out from the list of the dieters.
The main idea with Dr. Agatston’s diet is to reduce a patient’s weight in a healthy way. Through this program, glycemic index is used to measure the good and the bad carb foods. Thus, this kind of plan is not merely choosing all low carb. The dieter is allowed to eat fruits, and more whole grain bread unlike other types of diets that is more focused on low carb.
List of Foods
The South Beach Diet is a low-carb diet that is one of the most popular diets in history. It’s endorsed by lots of celebrities and prominent personalities as well. It’s the type of plan in low carb that doesn’t make you feel deprived from great-tasting foods, which is why a lot of people easily stick to this arrange for the long run. In fact, there is a wide variety of foods you can choose from when in this program. You can even eat three full meals and 2 snacks every day. Below is the food list I am going to share with you.
The foods allowed under the list on Phase 1 are – in controlled portions – good cuts of lean beef, seafood, lean poultry like skinless turkey breast or chicken, some vegetables (i.e. cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, celery, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, onions, fennel, zucchini), lean pork, eggs, legumes or beans, one percent milk or fat-free plain yogurt (2 servings per day only), fat-free cheeses, canola or olive oil, a maximum of 75 calories per day of sweets or sugar, and nuts.
The things to avoid under Phase 1 are alcohol, all starchy carbohydrates (i.e. cereal, bread, pasta, rice, all baked goods, potatoes), all types of fruits and fruit juices, some veggies (i.e. carrots, sweet or white potatoes, barley, yams, corn, beets).
The foods allowed under the list on Phase 2 are whole wheat bagels, bread (i.e. bran, multi-grain, whole wheat), bran muffins, whole wheat pasta, high-fiber cereals or oatmeal, brown or wild rice, good cut lean beef, seafood, fruits (i.e. medium-sized banana, apples, grapefruit, grapes, blueberries, oranges, mangoes, peaches), lean pork, skinless turkey breast or chicken, fat free dairy, semi-sweet chocolates, vegetables (i.e. black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, barley, yams, carrots, pinto beans, onions), and soy products with only six grams of fat or less in every two to three-ounce servings.
The things to avoid on Phase 2 are beets, white potatoes, corn, full-cream dairy, canned fruit, pineapple, fruit juice, watermelon,raisins, white breads, white rice cake, white pastas, cookies, rice cakes and all types of starchy carbs.
Lastly, whether on Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the diet, you are encouraged to drink lots of water every day. You can also have a maximum of 1 cup of coffee per day or other types of caffeine drink. Supplements, multivitamins, and minerals are also allowed. For men and women, 500mg of calcium is recommended and also one multivitamin or mineral supplement per day.