The South Beach Diet… Hit or Miss?

The South Beach Diet… Hit or Miss?

If you’ve been following this diet series, you already know what comes now, that we have already discussed what the South Beach Diet actually looks like.

Generally the South Beach Diet is built for those looking for cardiovascular health and weight loss in the long term. However for those who want a stern diet, then this doesn’t work for them. It doesn’t specify portion control, a lot of foods are allowed, and snacking throughout the day is encouraged.

BENEFITS

  • Teaches you to make healthier food choices for yourself on a long term basis.
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Lowers risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Lowered risk of high blood pressure
  • Normalized blood cholesterol & TG (triglyceride) levels

DRAWBACKS

  • You’re more likely to fall back to old eating habits since there aren’t specified restrictions and nutrition knowledge is not widespread.
  • Phase 1 restricts most fruits, which could be a source of some carbs. This may lead to the development of ketosis in the body.
  • There isn’t any indication of how you can incorporate exercise into the diet.
  • Moving from phase 2 to phase 3 is quiet drastic and may cause some side- effects like nausea, headaches or an upset stomach.

**NOTE** Always consult a dietitian before starting any new diet, introducing or deleting foods from your diet. Those suffering from clinical conditions must always run diet ideas through their doctors first.

 

 

Published by Shiza Khan

A masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, and a penchant for health foods. It's not about dieting or losing weight. It's about choosing better foods and building a healthier lifestyle! Join me in this mission.

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