The South Beach diet was first introduced 15 years ago, so you may wonder whether it is still relevant enough today. Here is an overview of what has changed and what has remained the same nearly two decades later.
The basics of this famous diet are to eat high fiber food, unsaturated fats, lean protein and low glycemic carbs.
The creator of the South Beach Diet Dr. Arthur Agatson continues to insist that the principles of eating plenty of fiber, good carbs, good fats and healthy proteins are still very much valid now as they were back when the diet was first introduced, despite the other trends which we have seen through the years in regard to dieting including low carb and low-fat diets.
One change in the diet is the addition of full-fat dairy products to the list of good fats allowed due to scientific research found that it is incredibly satiating and good for the weight loss program.
In regard to the recommended high intake of fiber by the South Beach Diet, Dr.Agatson has commented that every person reacts differently when adding anew good fiber source to the diet, so people need to experiment but only with fiber-rich whole foods if they want the best weight loss results from this diet.
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The reason is that whole foods do contain sufficient amounts of fiber and at the same time our bodies absorb them slower, unlike some carbs which are absorbed quickly and can cause surges in the blood sugar levels. This is why the diet allows the intake of slow absorbing carbs such as quinoa and sweet potatoes instead.
Even decades after it first became a worldwide success, some skeptics call the South Beach Diet a “fad diet” but Dr. Agatson along with the other loyal diet followers argue that this eating regimen has been shaped to become a lifestyle diet, rather than a temporary one.
After all, it was originally meant for cardiac prevention, which is something people should do all lifelong rather than just for a few months in order to lose those extra pounds.
Rather, the South Beach diet must become a lifestyle if a person wants to lose weight and keep it that way in order not only to look better but to prevent a number of different serious health conditions associated with obesity and being overweight – including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and many other chronic conditions.