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The South Beach Diet Supercharged

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,324 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
In 2003, Dr. Arthur Agatston opened a new front in the diet wars. With its persuasive advocacy of good carbs, good fats, lean protein, and low-fat dairy, his book The South Beach Diet earned the allegiance of millions of readers who had anguished over weight loss. With this book, this veteran cardiologist seeks to help your belt tightening with a breakthrough fat-burning f ...more
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Published April 28th 2008 by Rodale Press, Incorporated
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Margaret Chind
May 08, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: own, pines
Back in 2003, when the SBD first came out, I was a freshman in college and terrified of the "freshman 15". My mom bought me the first The South Beach Diet and my freshman 15 was a negative 15. Through out college, I remember thinking that I was overweight, but looking back at those pictures, I truly miss how skinny I was! Through different doctors and vitamins and pills and such I got to a point where I gained a rapid and unexplainable amount of about 50 lbs and haven't been able to lose it. I h ...more
M.E. Kinkade
I don't read a lot of diet and fitness books, so I'm approaching this review not as an expert but as a 'regular joe' reader. I started the diet as a New Years' resolution at the recommendation of a doctor. I'm glad I had the book because I referred to it many times, but you could probably get away without buying it if you were already pretty dedicated.

It's divided into three sections: first, an explanation of why this diet is supposed to work. Second comes a breakdown of the three phases of the
Jul 01, 2008 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
This book/diet is not very helpful. The first 1/3 of the book gives a lot of background information and statistics. It is interesting and helps you to understand the obesity epidemic in America. The book then goes into explaining the daily exercises. They instruct the reader to alternate between interval walking and core strength training exercises. The author then continues to explain the three phases of the South Beach Diet. Phase I is explained fairly thoroughly. Phase II is also explained pr ...more
Jul 06, 2010 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, or loose weight
UPDATE to my review:
My cholesterol is down 40 points, my tryglycerides are down 75 points. All that after just few weeks of following Dr. Agatston recommendation. And I have cheated more than once!! Now have to keep it up. Phase 3 for life...

If you need to lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, etc, or just to loose weight this is a very smart book. Dr. Arthur Agatson, cardiologist, has developed this diet to help his patients strugling with these all these issues. He explains in details how ce
Alexis Neal
Feb 02, 2011 Alexis Neal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books
A good update of South Beach Diet: Original Recipe. Essentially, it's just the South Beach Diet plus interval training (to increase metabolism) and core muscle development. Agatston has added more recipes, of course, and lots of success stories, as well as a whole slew of studies supporting the science and results of the the South Beach Diet. And while of course he touts his own diet, from what I understand, this is one of the better ones. Not only does it help people lose weight, but it's suppo ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I couldn't fully implement the diet because I am pregnant right now. But I will probably try once the baby is born so I can get rid of the post-pregnancy flab.

The exersizes looked great and really simple and similar to what a one-on-one trainer at the gym would do with you (I know, I've used a trainer before). I liked how they had a schedule and how to switch up the excersizes from day to day. I love to excersize and find it mentally therapeutic (and a good getaway from the kids), so
Nikki Wilde
Jan 03, 2013 Nikki Wilde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not exactly a rehash of the first book. It brings in more of a complete change for life by incorporating some exercises that are easy to do and yet will help you greatly increase you're endurance and physical fitness.

The diet itself works but when you include the exercises I'm sure it's going to put this diet ahead of everyone.

I purchased this book to help keep my numbers down. I'm 32 and even though I'm not overweight my numbers are all out of whack. This helps regulate my cholesterol an
It's pretty pointless to review this book as literature but, hell, that's the way I roll.

That being the case, my main issue with this book is its extreme overlength. Never before have I seen such an egregious case of padding- even for a self-help book (moreover, even for the probably unnecessary sequel to a self-help book, as this so clearly is). All of author Dr. Agatston's "wisdom" could easily have been parlayed in a 40 page brochure with room to spare.

Oh well...why bother complaining.

Katarina Nolte
Aug 10, 2013 Katarina Nolte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is ideal for those looking to normalize their weight, speed up their metabolism, reduce or eliminate junk food cravings, and rebalance their blood sugar levels. The diet consists of multiple stages so as to allow the body to gradually adapt to the dietary changes and resulting improvements in overall functioning. The diet is based on fresh foods leading to an increase in nutrient intake and improvements in mood, energy, and fat burn. The author presents the diet more as a lifestyle tha ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immediately after I bought the South Beach Diet book at a thrift store I found this updated edition. Thought this newer SBD book repeats information from the first book it also includes research that has been done in the last 5 years since the diet has been out on the market. It also includes an extended food list and new recipes. If you're interested in the SBD I would suggest reading both of these books in the order of which they were written. Even if you don't need to lose weight you'll learn ...more
Five years after publication of the #1 international blockbuster bestseller, The South Beach Diet, renowned cardiologist, Arthur Agatston, M.D. releases The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life.

In the original South Beach Diet book, Dr. Agatston changed the way America eats, with his right carbs, right fats approach. Now his mission is to change the way America lives, not only by helping people lose weight and eat healthfully but also by becoming more fit.
Aug 27, 2011 Tita rated it liked it
Great for anyone interested in trying the diet. The first half is a lot of science talk and testimonial. But if you're a believer and just want some guidance, skip to the Diet section in the second half. There are exercises in the book, but kind of sissy la la moves that are a little too basic for me. There are lot of recipes and a sample meal plan. For anyone who wants to try the South Beach Diet, I recommend they BUY the book, and take it with you as much as possible until you have a full unde ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My doctor instructed me to pick up this book and follow a low-fat, low-glycemic index diet to improve some pretty negative looking cholesterol numbers. I like the philosophy of there being good and bad carbs, good and bad fats, etc. Seems intuitive that the quality of the food you put in your body would affect your health, not just macro nutrients. I had this in audiobook form and have to say the narration was a bit lacking, especially when they read out loud exercise descriptions and food lists ...more
Oct 18, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been using the first book, The South Beach Diet, and loved it. This is even better. The recipes are really good, and my husband and I love to try them out. Phase 2 has been changed a little, which is better and makes more sense. Phase 3 is basically gone: you just keep eating sensibly. So I do go back the original book for more Phase 3 ideas. The exercises--well I tried them. I prefer to use the ones from You On a Diet and incorporate some of the ones in this book along with those.
Oct 11, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. More recipes and an extended food list is well worth having the book. But also Dr. Agatston addresses the issue of exercise and how we've been doing it wrong. What?
He Introduces High Intensity Interval Training! (Which will greatly increase your metabolism.) Done in 20 minutes, you'll be exhausted...both my hubby and I got over our weight loss plateau and have begun to REALLY drop the pounds. So far we've both lost around 15 lbs each and still counting. (And we're eating tons.)
I highly
Dec 02, 2008 Marnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, audiobooks
I really think that, if you have that standard eat-everything American eating habits, the South Beach diet is the healthiest way of living. Besides Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 incorporate all the best , most healthy food in a way to optimize wellness in your physical being.

This book talks about exercise, which must be incorporated in your life to keep your body feeling good. What I liked was that the interval training techniques allow you to ramp up your exercise results, keeping within a shor
Jan 30, 2011 Lolene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only difference I could see in this book and the original South Beach Diet book was that this one added some specific exercises and more recipes. I tried Phase One for about 4 days...then my carb cravings overcame my good sense, and I thought, "I really HATE diets." So I quit. But it is a sensible diet with some great recipes that I will still make. I'm waiting for that diet where you can truly eat anything and everything and still lose weight. Down with deprivation!!!!
Jul 18, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a few weeks, I dropped off this diet but still managed to lose 8 pounds and keep it off. The principles are sound and it made me a lot more aware of what foods to go to. It also helped curb my sweet tooth, so for that reason alone it was worth it.
In the end, however, I just found it so restrictive that I couldn't stick to it. I just switched to Weight Watchers instead which has a lot of the same principles but gives you a little leeway.
Leah Wescott
Jul 25, 2012 Leah Wescott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wellness
In just a couple weeks I've been able to regulate my blood sugar so I don't have hypoglycemia spikes. For that, I thank my doctor for recommending South Beach. It's accessible to the average reader and I don't feel like I'm on a diet. I just need lots of protein, fiber and whole grains. If anything, I chastise myself when I don't eat enough, which is kind of cool. Now that my body is working again, my brain can get back to my usual reading diet.
Aug 27, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The morning after I finished the original South Beach book, I checked this out of the library so I would have as much information as possible. Pretty much all of the diet information remains the same (with a few minor changes), but I'm really glad he added a section talking about the importance of excersise and offering some workout suggestions.
Jan 10, 2009 Maree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's alright. Very close to the first books with a few updated studies. Agatston added a workout which I would like to try, but it seems a little too easy. I'll probably try it anyway and see if it makes a difference. Also, the recipies he's added seem like they may be pretty good. Someday I might try some of those also.
Sep 23, 2008 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a diet nut and I am particularly in love with the South Beach Diet because it worked for me a few times - when I stick to it. This book is great for the next step as it tells you how to bump things to the next level with regard to diet and especially exercise. I think he sometimes goes into too much detail but that's just me and my A.D.D. :) A great book to add to the series.
Rachel Bishop
Nov 18, 2012 Rachel Bishop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If I had known about this "updated" version of the south beach diet book, I probably wouldn't have read the first book! This book is more complete, precise, and even easier to read. Obviously reflects new information and incorporates exercise.
Still, I'm glad I read both to "get the diet into my brain"
Lots of good meal suggestions and recipes, but I want to purchase the cookbooks.
May 11, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly believe that the SB way of eating is the healthiest lifestyle that you can possibly obtain. This book was well written and informative. I appreciate the simple exercise plan that is included as well of the list of acceptable foods and not acceptable foods. It is a great reference point to start making that healthy change!
Feb 18, 2009 Megg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the only "diet" that has ever worked for me. It's really more of a lifestyle than a diet, and it has completely changed my life for the better. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to understand how food works with their body, and anyone who is looking to get healthier.
Sep 09, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read it; greatly appreciate its principles; gonna set my feet (and my grocery list) and see what happens over the next six months. strength to me; but i sense i'm ready to drop that excess weight; benefits to my health to follow ... that's the plan anyway and this plan seems a sturdy one
Jan 28, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All you have to do is eat the foods as outlined in this book and consume the correct number of calories each day based on your target weight and level of activity. There, I just reduced the entire diet industry to a single sentence.
Mar 01, 2013 Bruceschneider21 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book telling the reader alot about diet and lifestyle change instead of dieting. Very much the same as a Mediteranian diet of lots of fresh fruits and vegatables and vegie protien. Fish and other white meat instead of red meat.
Jul 18, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate the name South Beach Diet - it sounds like such a fad diet. People continue to confuse this diet as a "low carb" diet when it fact it is just healthy eating, plain and simple. The new information in the book is worth reading, and the recipes are delicious!
Jordan Deen
Aug 11, 2012 Jordan Deen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got it on Kindle and wish I had bought the regular book so I could make copies of the allowed foods pages and exercises. Otherwise, it's a great diet and I plan to start Monday! May the force be with me!
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Arthur Agatston, M.D., is a preventive cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In 1995, Dr. Agatston developed the South Beach Diet to help his cardiac and diabetes patients improve their blood chemistries and lose weight. Since then, his book The South Beach Diet and its companion titles have sold more than 22 million copies. Dr. Agat ...more
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