Friday, August 8, 2008

What Is the South Beach Diet?

The South Beach Diet is also known as heart-friendly version of Atkins Diet. Both of these diets share many common features. The South Beach Diet is designed by cardiologist Arthur Agaston, MD. Both Atkins and the South Beach Diets are formulated by medical practitioners and both of these diets are highly popular among the health conscious people. Both of these diets play a leading role in many standard weight loss programs.

Both Atkins and the South Beach Diets do not allow people to have carbs. Rather to say that both of these diets put a strict limitation over the intake of carbohydrate diet. Granted that the diet allows ‘good carbs’, but they say a goodbye to fruits, cereal, pasta, beets, corn, bread, rice and carrots for first 15 days.

Like Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet employs a strict initiation stage, which is followed by a long-term diet plan. Although there are so many similarities between Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet, there are two distinct differences. First of all, the South Beach Diet puts a strict restriction over unhealthy fats by substituting it with healthy fats.

And secondly, the South Beach Diet does not amount on the quantity of carbohydrates. While Atkins Diet tries to change an individual from a carb-burning machine into a fat-burning machine, the South Beach Diet does allow low sugar carbs, the foods containing low glycemic index and they consider these foods good. So, when we term Atkins Diet a low carb diet, we can’t say the same thing about the South Beach Diet, since it is neither a low-carb diet nor a low-fat diet, as mentioned by the designer of this diet program.