The Southbeach Diet is a weight loss diet created in 2003 by Arthur Agatston. Named after the glamorous area of Miami, the Southbeach Diet is neither a low carb nor a low fat diet and it does not involve calorie counting. It is a diet plan which is higher in protein and healthy fats than a typical diet. Its purpose is to change the overall balance of foods in order to encourage weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.
The balance of right carbs and right fats makes Southbeach Diet a nutrient dense, fiber rich diet that can be followed for a lifetime. Bad carbs are those with a high glycemic index, such foods will increase your blood sugar faster, higher and longer than foods with a low glycemic index. Increase in blood sugar can boost the appetite and thus lead to weight gain.
There are three phases in the Southbeach diet plan. The initial two-week phase requires cutting out almost all carbohydrates in the diet. Focus is on eating meats, seafood, vegetables, cheese, eggs, nuts, salads and healthy fats. Carbohydrate cravings are supposed to stop after this initial phase.
In phase two you add back some of the carbs and you can stay in this phase until you reach your goal weight. In phase three you start a healthy way to eat for life, which includes normal foods and normal portions. In case you start gaining weight, you can go back to phase one.
You can lose eight to thirteen pounds in the two week period of phase one. In phase two you can still lose one to two pounds per week. This diet plan does not emphasize physical activity as part of a weight loss program or a healthy lifestyle, claiming that you can lose weight regardless of the level of physical activity. However, it recommends taking a twenty minute walk every day in order to boost your metabolism.