Are you looking for a diet to help you lose weight and get healthy? One diet program that offers help is the South Beach diet. Read on to learn about the high points of the diet and how it has helped thousands of people to lose unwanted pounds. The South Beach diet was developed by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist. Dr. Agatston noticed many of his patients who followed a low fat diet were not seeing lowered blood pressures or improvements in their blood work. The South Beach diet grew out of a need to improve the overall health of his patients.
The diet has three stages, and gradually increases the proportion of carbohydrate consumed as it progresses while simultaneously decreasing the proportions of fat and protein. It includes a number of recommended foods such as lean meats and vegetables, and has a concept of “good” (mostly monounsaturated) fats. It makes no restriction on calorie intake, includes an exercise program, and is based around taking three main meals and two snacks per day.
The first stage of the diet aims for rapid weight loss (13 lbs in 2 weeks). According to the National Health Service, (NHS) the severity of the first stage of the diet may result in the loss of some vitamins, minerals and fiber. The NHS reports that dietary restrictions during stage one may cause side effects including “bad breath, a dry mouth, tiredness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea and constipation.” Such symptoms would be rectified once the less extreme phases of the diet then began.