The South Beach Diet has been around since the 1990s when it was developed by Arthur Agaston, who is an American cardiologist. It started becoming more and more popular in 2003 when a book was written about it. 16 years later and it still popular as it has successfully been helping many people reach their weight and health goal. 

So, what is the South Beach Diet? According to Medical News Today, this diet was actually first developed to help lower the risk of heart disease. The point of the diet is to choose the right carbs in order to achieve your goals. The way to do this is to know the glycemic index (GI) score of the food that you will eat, and avoid those with a high GI score. 

The South Beach Diet has three phases. The first phase lasts two weeks and the goal is to remove the foods in your diet that are not good for you. Phase 2 will be a time when you are working to reach your target weight goals. During this time, you will work to revamp your diet and you will introduce some good carbs to your everyday meals. The third and final phase is just learning to adapt into the South Beach lifestyle. 

Now we will focus on Phase 1 of the diet. This may be the hardest phase to go through. Here you will have to be very disciplined and strict with your diet, especially if you are used to having carbohydrates in every meal. When you adhere to the diet, you can expect some rapid weight loss as you lose the water weight. 

Some of the foods that you should avoid during this phase include rice, potatoes, and bread. Alcoholic drinks should also not be consumed. Even pasta, fruits and desserts should be avoided. 

You might think that the South Beach Diet is not for you given the list of foods to avoid, but there are still so many meals you can enjoy! You can get the details here and read on to find out what you can eat during the first phase of the South Beach Diet.

  1. Meat and protein – Here’s some good news, if you are a meat-eater, you don’t need to give up your pork and beef for this diet! What you need to do is to focus on the lean cuts of meat you would like to eat. If you love beef, get the flank steak. For pork, you can go for tenderloin while the chicken breast is always a good choice. 
  2. Fish and seafood – You can eat any type of seafood you want! But of course, make sure that you portion your meals accordingly. Just because there are no restrictions does not mean you can just eat as much you want. 
  3. Vegetables and egg – With this diet, you can still cook omelet as eggs are not restricted. Take it a step further by adding some vegetables. Just make sure that they are the non-starchy kind such as peppers and leafy greens.

 

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