Friday, January 22, 2010

The truth ,South Beach Diet Or Another Fad Diet?

I have thoroughly researched this diet and am giving you every detail of south beach diet for information.

South beach diet book is founded on the premise that switching to nice carbs stops insulin resistance and curbs appetite which leads to weight loss. Also, nice fats protect the heart and prevent hunger.

But this is not very true as you will learn after reading this news story.

South beach diet book offers a simplistic solution to weight loss. All you require to do is eat nice carbs like whole grains, vegetables and beans in lieu of eating bad carbs like sugar white breads and potatoes.

And how are these foods classified as quick or slow? The Glycemic Index.

South beach diet says, quick sugars are worst for dieters and slow sugars are nice.

But this theory is only partially true. Yes, the foods with high GI are nice for diabetics in helping them to keep their blood sugar levels in check, but contrary to popular belief, the glycemic index of a positive food is not the same.i.e. it depends on how the food is processed, stored, ripened and cooked.

According to south beach diet, the food having a high Glycemic Index causes the blood sugar to spike (go up) immedietly after having the meal,whereas the food with a lower GI does not drastically shoot up the blood sugar levels.


Further, south beach diet is formulated on the premise that nice carbs like whole grains have a low glycemic index and bad carbs like sugars, white flour and refined grains have a higher GI.

Bread is high GI whether whole wheat or white because it is made from finely ground flour.

Pasta is low GI, whether whole or white(narrow languine has a high GI as compared to the thick three)

"Instant white" rice is low GI whereas "Uncle bens converted white" rice is high GI.

Take the case of sugars...Glucose is high GI, Sucrose is medium GI and fructose is low GI

This illustrates that recommending foods based on GI is confusing as well as misleading. On top of it all, there is no research to support the claim that the rise in blood sugar by eating high GI foods leads to high blood insulin levels, and that this leads people to overeat.

To summarise...there is no evidence to suggest that eating low GI foods leads to weight loss.

Now lets have a look at the south beach diet menu.

South beach diet book claims that you won't feel hungry while on this diet. This is impossible thinking about the fact that a quantity of the menus average only 1200 calories, which is low not to feel hungry.

The choice of foods in this diet plan are healthy compared to other leading diet designs like ATKINS but restricting the consumption of carrots, bananas, pineapple and watermelon is the worst part of south beach diet.

The diet encourages you to eat seafood, chicken breast, lean meat, vegetables,whole grains, some fruits, beans, low fat cheese, nuts, oils and whole grains. fatty meats, high fat cheese, refined grains, sweets, juice and potatoes.

Phase 1 of south beach diet :

The meal plan consists of three phases :

You are allowed to eat normal size helpings of chicken, meat, turkey, fish and shellfish, vegetables, eggs, cheese and nuts. You can have three meals per day. Desserts, coffee and tea are also allowed.

But for the first 14 days you are not allowed to eat bread,rice,potatoes,pasta or baked goods and even fruits!

You can slowly start to reintroduce carbs in to your diet again. The diet advices you to take all the forbidden foods in phase 1 like bread, pasta, fruits etc. in moderate quantities but simultaneously not as much as you were having before.

Phase 2 of south beach diet :

This part is the most relaxed. Dr.Agastson says that you can now forget that you are on a diet. He says that now onwards it is a healthy lifestyle you are used to, and going to adhere for the rest of your life.

Phase 3 of south beach diet:

The initial weight loss caused by this diet is on account of calorie restriction and not because of low Glycemic Index or an invisible switch as Dr. Agastson's marketing language wants you to believe.

All in all, south beach diet is three more money spinning fad diet for the creator of this weight loss program and a phsychological prop(support) for people who are allways hopping from three diet to the other in search of a hollywood like sexy body.

Your health could be 100 times better without south beach diet weight loss program,if you pick healthy foods like green vegetables,whole grains,fiber rich foods and vegetables.

And if you are keen to lose those extra pounds,why not do it the most natural way with the weight loss principles of Ayurveda medicinal science?

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About the author:
Rajesh Shetty

Expert in weight loss principles of Ayurveda Medical Science
and Author of the Best selling book,
"Proven weight loss secrets revealed".

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