According to this diet’s official website, the South beach diet is clinically proven, developed by a cardiologist and teaches you how to eliminate cravings, reprogram your body, and achieves incredible results.
The diets features three easy phases that promises to kick-start your weight loss and keep the weight off for the rest of your life. The first phase, which lasts two weeks, involves stabilizing your blood sugar levels and eliminate your cravings for sugary foods and starches, which will jumpstart your weight loss.
Foods you eat in this period are filling and nutrient-dense foods that will satisfy your appetite and keep you from feeling hungry.
The second phase involves adding more foods to your diet including fruits and vegetables, and whole grains, while still losing weight at a slower, healthier pace. This phase lasts as long as you need it to, to reach your weight loss goal for this phase.
The third and final phase allows you to eat all foods, providing you have learned how to make good food choices and how to eat in moderation, maintaining your success by continuing to stave off cravings of sugary and starchy foods in excess, and living a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life.
This formula sounds simple, logical and a healthy way to lose weight, but like all diets, there are those who say the South Beach diet is just a gimmick. Mainly because taking away carbohydrates and saturated fats out of your diet completely can be dangerous and can deplete essential energy, vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
Also, the South Beach diet encourages people to use butter substitutes, aspartame and other chemical flavour enhancers to avoid the calories while maintaining taste. These things are synthetic and can be bad for your body if ingested daily, and it’s better for people to have the real thing, like brown sugar and butter.
As well, the fact that this diet is one that promotes taking away foods only to substitute them slowly back in while encouraging minimal exercise means the likelihood of someone maintaining long-term success is slim.
These are just a few pros and cons of the South beach diet, but you should always consult your physician before you begin any weight loss program.