South Beach Diet

Goal: to achieve your ideal weight

Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.

The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet was created by Dr. Agatston and consists of three different phases. The diet comes down to less carbohydrates and fats, or rather less 'bad' carbohydrates and 'bad' fats.

On the homepage you can compare this diet with other diets.

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Phase 1

This phase lasts 2 weeks. You eat 3 meals (normal portions) and 2 snacks a day. You will consume almost no carbohydrates. For example, you are not allowed to eat rice, bread or potatoes. Sweets, such as candy and biscuits, are also not allowed. In the 2nd and 3rd stage these products are slowly brought back into the diet.

In this phase you eat lean meat (chicken, turkey, fish and shellfish), nuts and green salads. 

Phase 2

In the second phase, products that were banned in the first phase return bit by bit. You will stay in phase 2 until you reach your ideal weight. 

Phase 3

This phase is meant to last for the rest of your life. Your diet is the same as in phase 2, only now you try to keep yourself at your ideal weight by occasionally eating things you were not allowed to eat in phase 1 and 2 (for instance sweets). If you do gain weight, start again at phase 1.

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Be aware

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet, especially if you have diabetes.

Books about the South Beach diet

Many diets have been written about the South Beach Diet. We've listed a selection of ad links from Amazon, Apple and Ebooks of such books for you:

The last (audio)book also has a preview available. You can listen to it here:

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  • Chicken
  • Candy (up to 75 cal. per day)
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Lean meat
  • Low-carb vegetables
  • Salads
  • Olive oil
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Turkey
  • Tofu

Not allowed

  • Alcohol
  • Rice
  • Ice cream
  • Matzo
  • Yoghurt
  • Poultry (except chicken)
  • High carbohydrate vegetables
  • Soy
  • Pasta
  • Milk
  • Fruit (juice)
  • Crackers
  • Cereals
  • Beef
  • Bread
  • Regular cheese
  • Potatoes


  • Lose weight
  • Less carbohydrates
  • Less fat


As you see fit

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With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.

General warnings

Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.

Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.

Eating disorders

If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.