South Beach Diet

Summary of South Beach Diet

South Beach helps dieters drop pounds—fast. But our experts felt it’s less likely that they’ll actually keep the weight off long-term. We found little research indicating that the diet is sustainable or that it helps dieters maintain weight loss over the long haul.

Type:

Low-Carb

South Beach Diet Resembles:

Atkins, Medifast, Eco-Atkins, Paleo Diet, Glycemic-Index Diet

The Goal of South Beach Diet:

Weight loss, heart health.

The Claim of South Beach Diet:

Most people lose 8 to 13 pounds within the first two weeks, the company says, though that number could be smaller depending on your start weight. From there on out, you’ll drop 1 to 2 pounds a week.

The Theory of South Beach Diet:

There are good carbs and fats, and there are bad carbs and fats. The key to weight loss is choosing the best of each. That means lots of vegetables, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, lean protein like chicken and turkey, whole grains, and nuts. South Beach is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats than the typical American diet.

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