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Low Carb... or Good Carb?
You've probably noticed that your local grocery store is stocking more and more low-carb products, and that low-carb diets have been discussed in many recent news reports. If you're interested in starting a weight-loss program, it can be difficult to sort through all the information and differentiate between the many diet options available.
It's important to remember that The South Beach Dietâ„¢ is not a carb-counting diet. The goal of The South Beach Dietâ„¢ is to teach you to choose the right carbs and the right fats. During Phase 1, the strictest Phase, you'll cut out some carbs in an effort to get rid of cravings, but you'll still enjoy beans and most vegetables. Again, you'll never be counting carbs or limiting yourself to a certain amount of carbs daily. The South Beach Dietâ„¢ is a low processed-carb diet that emphasizes good carbs.
As you move to Phase 2 of The South Beach Dietâ„¢, you'll reintroduce good carbs such as whole fruit, high-fiber cereal, whole grain pasta and bread, and brown or wild rice, even sweet potatoes. You'll be reeducating yourself on how to eat healthier for life.
Another aspect of The South Beach Dietâ„¢ that sets it apart from low-carb diets is that it's a low saturated-fat diet. Many low-carb diets allow you to eat saturated fat during weight-loss phases. You won't find ingredients such as heavy cream, prime rib, and bacon in South Beach Dietâ„¢ recipes. Instead, you'll enjoy heart-healthy unsaturated fat found in foods like nuts and olive oil. Dr. Agatston, a well-known cardiologist, specifically designed The South Beach Dietâ„¢ to be a heart-protective eating plan.
The South Beach Dietâ„¢ is flexible and easy to follow. The recipes incorporate a wide range of ingredients and flavors, so you won't suffer from diet boredom. This variety means that vegetarians can follow the plan, as well - The South Beach Dietâ„¢ Online even features vegetarian-only meal plans. (Low-carb diets, with their emphasis on animal protein, are often too limiting for vegetarians.)