Southbeach Diet
Step By Step

Let's discuss the three major Southbeach Diet phases.

Phase One

The first is the shortest and also the strictest. Much like in the Atkins’ “Induction” phase, dieters must cut out refined carbohydrates and sugars to get their blood sugar levels stabilized. Interestingly, this is the phase in which most people seem to lose the most weight.

Phase Two

This is the lose-weight-steadily phase. It relaxes the carbohydrate restriction and thus allows dieters to eat things like whole-wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, certain fibrous breads, and the like. You can also snack and have a few desserts.

Phase Three

This is the lifetime maintenance part. It loosens things up even further. In this phase, you can eat apple pancakes, chicken pot pie, chocolate fondue, and other carby indulgences--all within a reasonable limit, of course.

The Southbeach Diet does not require calorie counting or portion control.

The program suggests you eat lots of protein, nuts and oils, nutrient-rich foods, and so-called "good" fats from animal sources.

Interestingly, there appears to be clinical evidence to suggest that going on this diet can bump up HDL levels and lower LDL levels.

Dr. Agaston oversees a foundation dedicated to dietary and nutritional research. He has written for numerous prestigious journals, such as the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and he has presented at important conferences around the country.

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