Essay about the south beach diet

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South Beach is the latest diet craze to come out of the States, this time from the sun-kissed bays of Florida rather than the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. So far, more than five million copies of the book have been sold and, with a place in the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year, it's popularity seem set to stay.

The South Beach Diet is not low fat or low-carb. It teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats. Developed by renowned cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, the South Beach Diet is a clinically tested program that will not only help you lose weight but also improve your health. You can lose up to a staggering 13lb in just two weeks; it suggests you can also expect to lose most of that weight from your tummy.

The diet plan is set up in three different phases, I read all around and it said nothing about exercising along with changing your diet.

Phase 1: Banishing Your Cravings. Eliminate your cravings for sweets and starches.

Phase 2: Reintroducing Carbs. Gradually reintroduce "good" carbs into your diet.

Phase 3: A Diet for Life. Continue eating good carbs and fats, and maintain healthy eating for the rest of your life.

In Phase One, most carbohydrates are banned to give your body a complete rest from fluctuating blood sugar and insulin levels. The theory is this will help to resolve insulin resistance. During Phase One, the banned foods list includes bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, fruit, milk, sweets, cake, biscuits, ice cream, sugar and alcohol. A few low GI veg such as broccoli and cabbage are allowed, but the focus is on eating lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, low-fat cheese, some nuts and olive oil. You follow this phase...