South Beach Diet Quiz
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The South Beach Diet is a healthy low-carb plan for overweight and obese people. The focus is on eating foods with good carbs and avoiding products with bad ones. Dieters eat plenty of vegetables, nuts, whole grains, lean meat, low-fat dairy products, eggs, and fish. The plan also emphasizes the importance of strategic snacking.
Some foods should be avoided during Phase One, including starches and vegetables such as corn, carrots, and beets. Sweets, whole milk, and fruits are also excluded from the menu. Alcohol is not allowed. As a rule, carbs are not banned, but it is best to choose products with a low GI and low sugar content. Examples of low GI foods are whole grains, soya, cabbage, and eggplant. Foods with a high GI are cornflakes, watermelon, and fresh mashed potatoes.
Some studies suggest that South Beach offers health benefits such as reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol levels. Other benefits are that the plan emphasizes regular snacks and meals, and dieters can have dessert. There is no fat or calorie counting. The focus is on normal portions and eating a balanced diet.
Those who follow the South Beach plan lose 1 – 2 pounds weekly after Phase One. Weight loss depends on the start weight and other factors. Proponents claim that dieters lose up to 13 pounds (6 kg) during the first phase. The second phase is not as restrictive as the first one. Dieters can add starches, fruits with a low GI, wine, and other products. There are no banned foods during the last phase. If you notice that your weight is up, it is important to limit the consumption of high-carb foods. While there are some basic guidelines to follow, the last stage is for life. The plan also recommends regular exercise.