The diet plan is such that it is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats. The diet includes foods such as whole grains, healthy fats, fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables. The diet was originally developed for overweight heart patients, who experienced weight loss and better health after having followed this diet.This approach is part of a three-step program Agatston developed to help his heart patients lose weight and lower cholesterol. The three phases are -
- Phase 1: In which you need to avoid carbs like bread, pasta and also rice, certain fruits and junk food.
- Phase 2: You can slowly add back some of the foods you had to avoid in Phase 1 when you have achieved your weight goal.
- Phase 3: This phase is about maintaining your weight with a healthy balanced diet.
What Are the Rules?You don’t need to follow a food list. There are no hard and fast rules in this diet; the rules are flexible so you can break or bend then every now and then. This diet is not just for non-vegetarians; even the vegetarians can follow this diet by including beans, legumes, and soy products for proteins instead of meat, fish and chicken.The fiber in vegetables, fruits and legumes slows down digestion so that your stomach is full for longer. Good fats help keep the cells healthy. Foods that contain protein are digested slowly so they take time and you don’t feel hungry soon which then avoids overeating. Gluten needs to be avoided here.
Dieting doesn’t necessarily mean unappetising food. The South Beach Diet includes delicious as well as nutritious food. You will find a difference in your thighs, stomach and hip in a shorter span of time. Celebrities like Bill Clinton and Nicole Kidman are upholders of this diet plan. An important point to remember is, however, everyone’s body functions differently and so it is important to understand one’s own needs before embarking any weight loss journey.
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