The South Beach Diet
What It Is
They may seem similar, but the South
Beach diet is more than just a heart-friendly version of the
Atkins diet. All the same, they have a lot in common.
Both South Beach and Atkins diets are the creation of
medical doctors. The father of the South Beach diet is cardiologist Arthur
Agatston, MD, director of the Mount Sinai Cardiac Prevention Center in Miami Beach, Fla.
Both the South Beach and Atkins diets are best-selling
diet books. Only someone living in a cave hasn't, by now,
heard of Agatston's The South Beach Diet: The Delicious,
Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight
Both South Beach and Atkins diets restrict carbohydrates
-- carbs, as diet dilettantes like to say. True, "good carbs"
are allowed. But South Beach dieters must say goodbye to
potatoes, fruit, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, beets, carrots,
and corn for the first two weeks. After that, most of these
foods remain strongly discouraged.
Both South Beach and Atkins diets have a more severe
induction phase, followed by a long-term eating plan.