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Does the South Beach Diet Really Work?

The South Beach Diet is a popular weight loss eating program. Developed by cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, the South Beach Diet seeks to gradually replace “bad carbs” (such as refined sugars and refined grains) with “good carbs” (such as whole grains, beans, and vegetables) and “bad fats” (trans-fats and saturated fats the increase “bad” LDL cholesterol) with “good fats” (such as lean meats, nuts , and foods that contain omega-3 and unsaturated fats). This approach differs from low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins Diet. The South Beach Diet proceeds in three phases. Phase One restricts most types of carbohydrates and lasts for two weeks. Phase Two permits some of the foods restricted in the earlier phase (such as vegetables and whole grains) and it lasts for as long as the dieter wants to lose weight. Phase Three lasts for life and has no list of foods, but requires that the dieter follow the basic healthy eating principles.

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