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The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss

The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss    



  • Arthur Agatston 


  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (April 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 031231521X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.72 ounces 


Book Description

Dr. Arthur Agatstons The South Beach Diet promotes a weight-healthy lifestyle based on leading nutritional science. With six books in the franchise, it is a mega brand with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales and broad consumer awareness. Synergy and partnership between the publishing, food and online areas will continue to drive the success of The South Beach Diet

Book Info

Consumer text outlines a diet plan allowing consumption of meat, fish,cheese, healthy oils, nuts, vegetables, and the right carbohydrates. Details the fundamentals of the plan and offers meal plans and recipes. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 

From the Back Cover

The Diet Everyone’s Talking About

"I have tried every diet–including Weight Watchers, The Zone, Atkins, Jenny Craig–and have had a difficult time staying on those programs. The South Beach Diet is easy, simple, and delicious. If you want live to be 103 and be shot by your lover’s spouse instead of dying of heart disease or diabetes, I suggest you try it!"–Linda Richman, author of I’d Rather Laugh

For years, cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D., urged his patients to lose weight for the sake of their hearts, but every diet was too hard to follow or its restrictions were too harsh. Some were downright dangerous. Nobody seemed to be able to stick with low-fat regimens for any length of time. And a diet is useless if you can’t stick with it.

So Dr. Agatston developed his own. The South Beach Diet isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t require that you go hungry. You’ll enjoy normal-size helpings of meat, poultry, and fish. You’ll also eat eggs, cheese, nuts, and vegetables. Snacks are required. You’ll learn to avoid the bad carbs, like white flour, white sugar, and baked potatoes. Best of all, you’ll eat until you’re no longer hungry.

Dr. Agatston’s diet produced such consistently dramatic results (8 to 13 pounds lost in the first 2 weeks!) that it became a media sensation in South Florida. Now you, too, can join the ranks of the fit and fabulous with The South Beach Diet. 

About the Author(s)

ARTHUR AGATSTON, M.D. , is a cardiologist who has served on committees of the American Society of Echocardiology, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging, where he is a member of the founding board of directors. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, Sari, and their two children. 



I lost 20 lbs in 3 weeks and it was easy!, July 30, 2003

The South Beach Diet may very well become the diet of the future and not just a trendy diet of the present.

This is not another fad diet or a ripoff of Atkins. It does compare to Atkins in that it provides more than just the minimal amounts of protein prevalent in so many other diet regimens and results comparable to Atkins with the added bonus of being lower in fat.

The addition of oils gives the skin a luxurous glow and prevents hunger. Oils are also typically devoid in most diet regimens.

My favorite recipes are the Balsamic Chicken, Savory Chicken Saute, Grilled Steak with Tomato Relish and favorite dessert is Mocha Ricotta Creme.

I have always loved mayonnaise and glad to see that this plan allows Mayo to be used liberally.

The Phase 1 Plan was so easy to stay on. I was never hungry and my energy soared!

On Phase 2 I am enjoying such delights like Mediterranean Chicken Salad and Portobello Pizza, Oatmeal Pancakes for breakfast, Poached Salmon Spinach Salad for Lunch and Stir Fry Chicken and Vegetables, Easy Chicken in Wine Sauce and Salsa Chicken for Supper along with other delights such as Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with a White Bean and Oregano Salad, Broiled Sole in Light Cream Sauce and Italian Style Spaghetti Squash.

And the best part is that this is a lifestyle program. The Phase 3 plan allows menues that are delicious and healthy like Moroccan Grilled Chicken and Savory Shrimp over Wild Rice and desserts like Chocolate Sponge Cake or Chocolate Stuffed Steamed Pears.

This diet plan alloes liberal amounts of eggs, beef, poultry, seafood, pork, veal, lunchmeat, cheese, nuts, tofu, fats (oils from canola and olive oil), spices and seasonings and sweet treats.

You’ll also find out which foods to avoid including certain types of beef, poultry, pork, veal, cheese, vegetables, fruit, starched and carbs and certain types of dairy products.

I was delighted to see that someone with credibility finally came forward and exposed that eat only the egg whites and throw the yolk away. Dr. Agatston explains that the whole egg contains nutrients and the yolk contains good cholesterol that can neutrilize the bad cholestorol. The yolk also contains lecithin, a noted fat burner.

All in all, I am very pleased with the South Beach Diet. I look better, feel better and am healthier than I have been in years (I am 55 years young–prior to This program, Iwas 55 years old and felt like I was in my 70’s)

If you want a program that delivers, give the South Beach Diet a try. You’llbe glad you did. I know I am.