The South Beach diet got its name from its originator Arthur Agatston. South Beach, Miami is full of “beautiful people” with slim, sexy bodies. The idea is that followers of the South Beach diet plan can burn fat, drop weight and achieve that same physical “beach body” look by adhering to this low-carb way of eating.
In many regards it is the same as other carbohydrate restriction diets. Your total number of carbohydrates are drastically reduced. This causes your body to burn fat instead of carbs for energy. So not only do you lose excess body weight, a lot of it is unattractive and unwanted fat.
South Beach runs in 3 stages. Your first stage promises weight loss of up to 13 pounds in two weeks. Here your carbs are drastically reduced.
In the second and third phases your carbohydrate intake is slowly increased. This is one main difference between the South Beach nutritional outlook and other popular low-carb diets.
However, even in the final stages of South Beach, you will eat less carbohydrates than the Standard American Diet (SAD). SAD also mirrors the same basic nutritional approach of most other modern countries. Processed and fatty foods, sugar, salt and white flour are abundant in the nutritionally poor SAD diet.
The South Beach plan appeals to those that don’t entirely agree with long-term carbohydrate restriction. You definitely need some amount of carbohydrates, fat and protein in your body. The South Beach diet restricts your carb intake drastically the first couple of weeks, then introduces “good” carbohydrates as a way to regulate a healthy body weight