thoroughly researched this diet and am giving you every detail of south beach
diet for information.
diet book is founded on the premise that switching to good carbohydrates stops
insulin resistance and curbs appetite which leads to weight loss. Also, good
fats protect the heart and prevent hunger.
But this is
hardly true as you will learn after reading this article.
diet book offers a simplistic solution to weight loss. All you need to do is
eat good carbs like whole grains, vegetables and beans instead of eating bad
carbohydrates like sugar white breads and potatoes.
diet says, fast sugars are worst for dieters and slow sugars are good.
And how are
these foods classified as fast or slow? The Glycemic Index.
to south beach diet, the food having a high Glycemic Index causes the blood
sugar to spike (go up) immediately after having the meal, whereas the food with
a lower GI does not drastically shoot up the blood sugar levels.
theory is only partially true. Yes, the foods with high GI are good for
diabetics in helping them to keep their blood sugar levels in check, but
contrary to popular belief, the glycemic index of a certain food is not the
same i.e. it depends on how the food is processed, stored, ripened and cooked.
south beach diet is formulated on the premise that good carbohydrates like
whole grains have a low glycemic index and bad carbohydrates like sugars, white
flour and refined grains have a higher GI.
high GI whether whole wheat or white because it is made from finely ground
low GI, whether whole or white (thin languine has a high GI as compared to the
white” rice is low GI whereas “Uncle bens converted white” rice
is high GI.
case of sugars…Glucose is high GI, Sucrose is medium GI and fructose is low
illustrates that recommending foods based on GI is confusing as well as
misleading. On top of it all, there is no research to support the claim that
the rise in blood sugar by eating high GI foods leads to high blood insulin
levels, and that this leads people to overeat.
summarise…there is no evidence to suggest that eating low GI foods leads to
have a look at the south beach diet menu.
diet book claims that you won’t feel hungry while on this diet. This is
impossible considering the fact that some of the menus average only 1200
calories, which is too low not to feel hungry.
encourages you to eat seafood, chicken breast, lean meat, vegetables, whole
grains, some fruits, beans, low fat cheese, nuts, oils and whole grains. fatty
meats, high fat cheese, refined grains, sweets, juice and potatoes.
of foods in this diet plan are somewhat healthy compared to other leading diet
plans like ATKINS but restricting the consumption of carrots, bananas,
pineapple and watermelon is the worst part of south beach diet.
plan consists of three phases :
Phase 1 of
south beach diet :
allowed to eat normal size helpings of chicken, meat, turkey, fish and
shellfish, vegetables, eggs, cheese and nuts. You can have three meals per day.
Desserts, coffee and tea are also allowed.
But for the
first 14 days you are not allowed to eat bread, rice, potatoes, pasta or baked
goods and even fruits!
Phase 2 of
south beach diet :
slowly begin to reintroduce carbohydrates into your diet again. The diet
advices you to take all the forbidden foods in phase 1 like bread, pasta,
fruits etc. in moderate quantities but at the same time not as much as you were
Phase 3 of
south beach diet:
is the most relaxed. Dr. Agastson says that you can now forget that you are on
a diet. He says that now onwards it is just a healthy lifestyle you are used
to, and going to adhere for the rest of your life.
All in all,
south beach diet is one more money spinning fad diet for the creator of this
weight loss program and a psychological prop (support) for people who are
always hopping from one diet to the other in search of a Hollywood like sexy
weight loss caused by this diet is on account of calorie restriction and not
because of low Glycemic Index or an invisible switch as Dr. Agastson’s
marketing language wants you to believe.
could be 100 times better without south beach diet weight loss program, if you
choose healthy foods like green vegetables, whole grains, fibre rich foods and
And if you
are eager to lose those extra pounds, why not do it the most natural way with
the weight loss principles of Ayurveda medicinal science?
This is the
most effective long term, scientifically proven solution to excess fat.