South Beach Diet: A Healthy and Effective Diet or Dangerous?

South Beach Diet Review: A Healthy and Effective Diet or Dangerous?

Diet land is known for the many sensible and nonsensical diets you can choose from. Some are effective and will certainly help you lose weight quickly and easily . And some are downright terrible crash diets where you temporarily lose weight (and put your health on the line).

The South Beach Diet is a ‘special’ duck in the bite because it has been followed by many American superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Simpson. This makes it appear to be a lot better and healthier than other diets. But is this right?

At first glance, everything seems to be fine with this diet… but experience in the diet world shows that there is often a catch with a diet that seems a bit too good on paper.

To combat all this uncertainty, I researched for you. In this article I will tell you everything about the South Beach Diet and you will get a clear and honest overview of the pros and cons.

In addition, you will learn in this article:

Why South Beach is divided into ‘stages’ and whether this is useful
Which is one of the biggest lies the South Beach Diet wants to tell you
Whether it is an effective way to lose weight (or is it just another hype that works temporarily?)
What you can do to make the South Beach or Nutrisystem Diet even healthier

What exactly is the South Beach Diet?

At first glance, the South Beach Diet is a strange diet. Not so much because you are suddenly forced to eat craziness like snails or cabbage soup . But that’s because it can’t really be categorized as a diet.

This ‘problem’ arises from the 3-phase system.

In each of these 3 phases (actually 2 phases, but I’ll get to that later) you do something different.

Phase 1: Weaning

While this first phase belongs more to heroin rehab than diet, I get the logic behind it. Many people refer to a “ sugar addiction “ or “addiction to unhealthy eating” when they talk about the junk they eat.

Although these addictions are not officially seen as addictions because they do not meet their criteria, they are labeled as such in nutrition.

What can you eat during the first phase?

Vegetables (low glycemic index only)
All kinds of fish and shellfish (especially the fatty ones because of the good fats)
Lean meats and lean meats
Chicken and poultry without skin
250 ml buttermilk, skimmed milk or low-fat yogurt per day
All low-fat cheeses and cottage cheese
Unlimited eggs and tofu
15 cashews or 30 pistachios per day
Olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and rapeseed oil
All spices without sugar
Sweeteners

Not allowed:

Fruit, juice, candy and other sweets
Bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, beets and carrots
Fatty meats and full-fat dairy products.

This phase normally lasts 2 weeks and is considered quite arduous by people following this diet.

Phase 2: lose weight

In phase 2 you actually do exactly the same as week one but slowly introduce healthy carbohydrate sources. That does not mean that you can suddenly eat chips and pizza.

As long as you choose healthy carbohydrate sources, it really doesn’t matter what you eat. So you can choose from:

Fruit
Beans
Whole-wheat products
Vegetables
Unpolished rice

Phase 3: Preserve

Phase 3 of the South Beach Diet is a bit strange.

Apparently they think differently in America (or in South Beach). Because phase 3 of the diet is really nothing more than doing exactly the same as… .. phase 2.

The last phase is called retention. By that they want to say that you should continue with the knowledge and guidelines of the South Beach diet and not suddenly be creative.

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