South Beach Diet Review

5.8 out of 10

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Dr. Arthur Agatston created the South Beach Diet in 2003, and many called the diet “a low modified carb diet.” The diets overall message, is that they will teach you how to eliminate the “bad carbs” from your diet all together. The book is based off the notion that the overall balance of good carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats consisting diet will be sustainable and easy to follow long term. Foods with higher glycemic index levels are avoided as they can spike your blood sugar, and boost your appetite, which results in over eating.

There are three different phases to the South Beach Diet:

  • Phase 1: This is a two-week phase that aims to completely cut out all refined sugars and starches from your diet. You are not allowed to drink any fruit juice or alcohol during this period either, as it is truly meant to be a detox phase. The focus is placed on consuming healthy fats, oils, and proteins.While no grains, fruits, or refined sugars are eaten, there are carbs in vegetables, which you can eat plentifully, and in dairy products which also are encouraged during phase 1.
  • Phase 2: This is a long-term weight loss phase that is meant to get you to reach your weight loss goal. You are allowed to slowly add in foods that were prohibited in phase 1 like starches and pastas (in moderation). You can stay in this phase until you reach your weight loss goals.
  • Phase 3: Once you have reached your weight loss goals, you can eat most foods in moderation. There are no restrictions in this final phase, because it is meant to be implemented for a lifetime. The idea is that in this phase you will have learned to eat healthier foods, and indulge in other foods only in moderation.

Do Dieters Lose Weight?

The book states that when following the South Beach Diet you can lose 8-13 pounds in two weeks! Holy cow, this is a bold statement, and I do not know if I can believe them whole-heartedly or not. Normally, when this much weight is lost so rapidly, it can mean you are losing large amounts of water weight or lean tissue that is vital to your health. Many times when large amounts of weight come off, it is not from fat but rather from water and muscle mass. Overall there was a mix of reviews saying the program worked for them, and then some that did not notice any changes in their weight at all.

Is It Easy To Follow?

Overall this diet demands a lifestyle change, and a complete diet change in the first few weeks. With the total elimination of carbohydrates you can leave your body feeling drained from ketosis. Ketosis occurs when your body does not have enough energy coming in from sugar and glucose storage, so it starts to take from your fat storage. The side effects from this are nausea, dizziness, headaches, mental fog, and irritability.

Like any other diet book, it will not guarantee a magical weight loss reaction the minute you start reading, rather it is a guide to help educate you. Many people said in their reviews that the book was okay, and the implementation overall was harder than it seems. There are recipes that are given in the book, which many people found helpful and used it long term. Other people said that the book was okay, but the recipes were hard to stomach initially. It is all about finding the right balance that works for you, as one book or program may not be the end to all your diet and weight loss needs.

Conclusion

South Beach Diet social media platforms have been well established by their followers, and the interface to their website is user friendly. When calling into their support line I was routed all around, as this company is rather large and corporate. Once getting on the line with a support agent, I asked simple questions which were answered. The diet does not make you count calories, or join counseling sessions, and it educates you on healthy eating choices for life. They also offer you their South Beach brand snacks, which I do not personally care for and only see it as a marketing strategy for them. Overall, it does not seem like a complete waste of time investment, but there will be a lot of discipline and commitment involved when taking the time to change your diet all together.

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  • Agnes Smith

    Let’s face it, folks. They just want our money. They don’t give a whit about whether their food tastes good. They can make quite a lot of money by unsuspecting souls such as us. WE learned our lesson…but what about all the other poor ‘suckers’ out there believing their TV commercials???? Once they see their profit margin start to shrink, they’ll fire everyone and make a run for it.

  • Agnes Smith

    You lasted 2 weeks? I lasted THREE DAYS! LOL! What a racket this is. I wouldn’t feed this stuff to my dog 🙁

  • 3/1 Marine

    Nothing wrong with the book “The South Beach Diet.” However the marketing organization using the name is a ripoff. Somewhere (they say) in their fine print I signed up for a 2nd unasked for order. So now I am charged a $ 125 penalty. Then I will be finished with them forever. Their foods are not that low calorie, just small servings. You can go to the grocery store and buy Lean Cuisine or Dr. Stillman prepackaged food and do the same thing and save $$$.

  • Agnes Smith

    Really, what these people are doing is stealing our money based on false advertising (delicious food) and making it difficult to cancel. What kind of outfit IS THIS???? NO one, but a sadist, would describe this food as ‘delicious’. Thank God I have a job and can afford to make such a blunder….Some people I’m sure are on a fixed income and this is something they thought long and hard about before spending the money…THEY deserve better!!!

    • 3/1 Marine

      If you or anyone knows what state they are based in I’ll complain to their attorney general. This is a bush league ripoff. Hard to believe in 2017 companies like this still are operating.

  • Agnes Smith

    Wow…this stuff is bad news! I’ve been on the diet just 3 days and I can no longer stomach this mush. Tonight I finally threw all the food out…$300 wasted! The pictures look so appetizing but this stuff is disgusting. I called to cancel this morning but she said I have to take one more order in order to do so or I’d have to pay a FINE. Can you all believe that? Like I’ve broken a law? My experience is exactly the same as Reeser and others below. I think with all of us saying the same thing, you can trust that this stuff is GARBAGE! SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!!

    • Agnes Smith

      I didn’t mean a fine…I meant a FEE…but same result!

  • ROBERT STEVEN REESER

    03/15/2017 $425 wasted. Food looks nothing like the box photos. Turns to mush when its cooked. Flavors all blend. Called today to cancel was charged $125 to do so. Online chat customer service said I could get a refund then said ignore what I said and I would have to pay full price, she had made a mistake with providing false info. I have been on Nutri-system and loved it but thought id give South Beach a chance. BIG MISTAKE.. a company that doesnt back thier product YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY FROM………… Going to throw out the remaining food. Only 3 days in and cant stomach it. South Beach you should be ashamed of your products and lack of customer service.. OH and the APP never works and trying to get someone online took 8 attempts and over 1 hour………. VERY DISAPPOINTED…

    • 3/1 Marine

      You are right. I can starve myself for free! Sad I payed South Beach for the opportunity. But I learned my lesson. I’ll never fall for any online scam like this again.

  • Guest07

    My wife and I ordered the South Beach 4 week delivery plan for around $675. By far the worst food we have eaten and they should be charged with false advertising after seeing what is on the box vs. reality (SB will blame the microwave settings which isn’t the case).
    My opinion is to stay well away from South Beach delivery option. We even threw away much of what was delivered as we couldn’t even give it away.

    • Agnes Smith

      I had the same experience. I threw mine all away tonight. Close to $300 down the drain. This false advertising and bilking the public should not be allowed.

  • Tammy

    Started the diet with high expectations, the food was not good at all. decided to try another way. Anyway, I got on the website and tried to cancel, this is another business that makes it very difficult to stop their program. There was no way to cancel online, so I got on chat and they could not help, he gave me a number to call. I called the number and a lady would not accept my decision to just quit, she had a million questions about why and how I could do the program another way, I pleaded that “I JUST WANT TO STOP THE PROGRAM” Anyway, it ended with me having to pay another 135.00 dollars and another shipment of crap food, because of the “discount” on my first shipment that I had to go at least two months into the program. I will never deal with online diets again!! So disappointed with Southbeach.

  • Jeff Stahl

    I would not recommend Southbeach because of their deceptive business practice. The food is nasty and they don’t guarantee their product. If you try to cancel before next shipment, you forced pay $99 cancellation which is not shown on their webpage.

    • 3/1 Marine

      They have gone up on the cancellation fee! It is now $ 125. Buyer Beware.
      This company is probably run by old aluminum siding salesmen.

  • Faith

    10 yrs. ago I lost 65 pnds. on South Beach in 1 yr. I now need to loose about 35 pnds that have jumped back on within the past 2 yrs. In that 2 yr. period I moved to Tx. from Ca. and started eating very differently. From Cal. fresh veggies and fruit of all kinds to Tx. biscuits and gravy and a heavy dose of carbs at every meal. Plus, just as much a factor if not more so I now use a wheel chair nearly always. Ten years ago when I went on South Beach I talked to my Neurologist about it. He said having the extra weight isn’t good for me so get the weight off then go back to eating a healthy balanced diet. South Beach is very difficult to stick to especially in the beginning. Carbs are equal to sugar and cutting ALL sugar can cause withdrawal symptoms. I’ll need to clean out my pantry so there are no temptations. I equate it to stopping smoking, well maybe not that tough but it’s hard and will consume my every thought for the 1st 2 wks. I’ll stay in the induction phase longer than 2 wks. as South Beach says, or used to say that’s safe. What makes the diet a little easier to stay on is I’ll see the weight drop rapidly and that motivates me in a big way. It seems I remember it was more like 5 pnds off per wk. for the 1st 2-3 wks at least for me. Good luck with whatever you decide.

    • consumerscompare

      Great job Faith! Learning how to eat right and finding something that will work long term is difficult but it sound like you have it figured out. Good luck on your journey and please come back to share your experience.

      • Faith Joy

        Thank you and I will come back to share.

      • Faith Joy

        I did not use your program! I used the official South Beach diet plan which charges NOTHING!! It sounds like you’re ripping people off. SHAME ON YOU!!

    • Agnes Smith

      Are you sure you bought the current SBD that is advertised on TV NOW?? It is so disgusting and if YOU can actually get it down, you ARE my hero!!

      • Faith Joy

        Agnes, I didn’t “buy” anything. It was just a matter of not eating carbs. A couple of times I ordered a pizza and ate the topping only. It didn’t taste bad at all.

        • Agnes Smith

          Oh…I’m happy to hear that you didn’t spend money on the current diet advertised on TV. Did you ever allow yourself sweets? If so, what kind?

          • Faith Joy

            If you goggle search the South Beach diet. There’s the “Induction Phase”, that lasts at least 2 wks. maybe 3. In that phase there are no sweets except artificial sweetener. This phase is to get you past craving sugar and it’s the hardest phase. No sugar, not even fruit. Sugar equals carbs. Phase 2 starts allowing certain fruit and veggies that contain “healthy carbs”. Find their official site. There’s lots of info, “Foods Allowed in Phase 1, 2 and 3. Chat with others on the diet. Recipes for each phase. I see people are NOT happy with this stuff that’s being sold here or how they’re running their “business”. Blow this off, you don’t need to pay anything at the official South Beach Diet site.

        • 3/1 Marine

          It is just tiny portions. I was amazed when I read the calories for such a miniscule amount of food on their packages. I now have a great high protein breakfast, 3 scrambled eggs with a smattering of feta cheese = 210 calories. Better than any breakfast of microwaved food.

          • Faith Joy

            If you go to the official South Beach diet site you’ll find LOTS of info and won’t have to pay a penny. Everybody has the easiest way for them to do it, mine was South Beach. Weight Watchers watches portions but I was always hungry on that but you’re right portions is one way to do it and some like that best.

          • 3/1 Marine

            I liked the diet, I was losing weight. But their sales tactics turned me off.
            Do you know the address of their home office?

  • maddy

    is it true that the south beach diet can help migraine suffers

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