The South Beach Diet: What Is It?

The South Beach Diet teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats–the good ones–and enables you to live quite happily without the bad carbs and bad fats.

As a result, it promises that you’re going to get healthy and lose weight–somewhere between 8 and 13 pounds in the first two weeks alone.

Here’s how you do it:

For Phase 1:

* You’ll eat normal-size helpings of meat, chicken, turkey, fish, and shell-fish.

* You’ll have plenty of vegetables. Eggs. Cheese. Nuts.

* You’ll have salads with real olive oil in the dressing.

* You’ll have three balanced meals a day, and it will be your job to eat so that your hunger is satisfied.

* You’ll drink water, of course, plus coffee or tea if you wish.

For the next 14 days you won’t be having any bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, or baked goods. No fruit, even. Before you panic: You’ll begin adding those things back into your diet again in 2 weeks.

Adapted from The South Beach Diet, by Arthur Agatston, M.D. (Rodale Press, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Arthur Agatston. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from The South Beach Diet, by Arthur Agatston, M.D. (Rodale Press, 2003).


Aud Nordby
Aud n5 years ago


Elena T.
Elena P5 years ago

Thank you :)

Elena T.
Elena P5 years ago

Merci :)
Et nous avons à Paris :)

susan k.
susan k5 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Glenn B.
Glenn Byrne6 years ago

helped put things into perspective

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for the great article.

Shannon B.
Shannon M6 years ago

This diet is a crappy gimic that promotes unhealthy eating habits. If you want to be thin you have to live a "thin" lifestyle.

Control your portions and eat only what you need. (hint: it's WAY less calories then you have been consuming). Secondly choose water and tea over coffee and alcohol. If you aren't willing to do this, you aren't going to loose weight properly. You are just going to yo yo up and down for the rest of your life as you feign not to know why...

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks. I heard of it but never knew much about it.