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The South Beach Diet has some real science behind it--essentially a variation of the GI diet which also emphasizes heart healthy practices, it's a pretty good choice if you have the discipline to stick with it.

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Visit South Beach Diet Diet Service SiteSouth Beach Diet is one of the newer diets coming out of the US, and has some sound science behind it. For those who don't think they can succeed on a book alone and want menu plans and support, Tesco's GI diet can closely approximate the South Beach Diet with a few tweaks.

Dr. Agaston, a leading cardiologist in Florida, created the South Beach Diet for his heart patients, but discovered it had the side effect of significant weight loss. He claims that it is neither a low carb or low fat diet, rather focusing on the "right carbs" and fats. It imitates other diets in several ways--like Atkins it cuts carbs severely for the first two weeks--this is designed to give your body a rest from fluctuating blood sugar levels. Then like the GI diet it brings back low glycemic index "good" carbs in gradually. It also swaps saturated fats for unsaturated fats. See our review of the GI diet for more detail on how the South Beach Diet works.

Like the GI diet, this is as much a lifestyle as a diet, and you probably won't see huge, quick weight losses (save for the first two weeks, which, like Atkins, can be dramatic). You may prefer to try a quicker diet initially to jump start losses and switch to this for most of your dieting.


Menu: In Phase 1 South Beach is like Atkins, eating many high protein/fat things like meat, cheese, etc. Then Phase 2 introduce low GI foods like whole grain cereals and breads, low-fat milk, pasta, etc. Finally Phase 3 for maintenance brings in even more foods and is designed to be used indefinitely as a lifestyle rather than a weight-loss diet.


Prices: Dr. Agaston's book costs only £8.44 on Amazon. Prices for the food varies, but isn't too bad compared to some diets.

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• Follows sound low GI principles
• Also adds pro-heart unsaturated fat focus
• A good long-term lifestyle eating plan

• Weigh loss will be moderate
• Menu isn't cheap

Price: £8.44 for book

Philosophy: Low GI, heart healthy foods

Menu: Low GI and unsaturated cholesterol foods

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