The South Beach diet was developed by Dr. Arthur Agatston. The South Beach Diet advocates avoiding “bad” carbs such as processed foods and those made with white sugar and white flour as ingredients. This differs from other dietary methods involving avoiding all carbohydrates, regardless of their nutritional value
The South Beach Diet is done in three phases. The first phase, which lasts for two weeks, the most restrictive phase, especially carbohydrates. During phase one, the slimmer forbidden consume some baked goods, cereals, pasta, oats, potatoes, yams, dairy products, rice, flour, fruit and beverages containing sugar such as orange juice or soda. Simply eliminating these foods from a normal diet will create a low-carbohydrate diet. This challenges dieter to find new foods to replace the typical carbohydrate foods that compose most of many people’s diets.
Some examples of replacing carbohydrates foods include making faux mashed potatoes with boiled cauliflower. The cauliflower is cooked until soft enough to mash up. Then roasted garlic and pepper can be added. This recipe gives the person the same satisfaction of eating mashed potatoes without carbohydrates. Rice can be replaced by shredding cabbage and steaming it. Chicken and vegetables can be served in this rice substitute for tasty stir fries. Bread is something that many people on low-carbohydrate diets miss, but the sandwiches can be made by wrapping the sandwich fillings in large lettuce leaf and eat them as wraps. Crunchy sliced vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi or radishes can be used instead of crackers to eat tuna salad or hummus, which is a spread made from chickpeas.
During the second phase of the South Beach Diet, dieters can introduce small amounts of fruit, oats, rice or pasta in their diet. Bread is usually still out unless they are whole grain varieties that contain no white flour. Even so, should bread eaten in small quantities. This phase continues until the dieter reaches the desired weight. This phase of the diet is still low in carbohydrates, but replacements are much lighter layer. Oats can be ground to a powder to be used rather than white flour in many recipes. White potatoes are still not acceptable on a diet, but yams can be eaten instead of them. Little ingenuity in the kitchen will go far in this phase. For the cooking challenged, there are several South Beach Diet cookbooks containing easy-to-make recipes.
The third and final phase of the South Beach diet begins when the individual weight loss goals have been reached and means enjoying processed carbohydrates in moderation while maintaining healthy body weight. Replacing heavily processed carbohydrates and sugars with more natural and healthy ingredients should second nature at this point. Those who come the third phase will have gained understanding that this diet is more than a temporary fix. It’s a lifestyle change.