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What is the South Beach Diet?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The South Beach Diet was developed by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, and dietician Marie Almon. Dr. Agatston’s main goal in developing the diet was "to help [his] cardiac and diabetes patients lose weight in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes."1 He wrote the first South Beach Diet book in 2003, and published his second, The South Beach Diet SuperCharged, in 2008.

The diet is based on the glycemic index, which basically has to do with how a particular food effects your blood sugar level. Essentially on South Beach, you cut out the foods that effect your blood sugar in a negative way (cause it to rise too quickly). The diet is not just a temporary way of eating, but rather the way we should be eating even when we aren’t trying to lose weight.

For copyright reasons, I can’t go into much more detail. However, does give a little more information: The South Beach Diet. If you haven't read the book yet, you really should check it out. Most of your larger public library systems should have either the original or the newer version of the book--and may even have both. If you can't find it there, you may be able to find it at a used bookstore, on Ebay, or on

1Agatston, Arthur. The South Beach Diet Supercharged, Rodale, 2008. p3.


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