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The South Beach Diet

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  4,215 ratings  ·  279 reviews
South Beach Diet
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 30th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2003)
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Elizabeth A
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017
First read in 2005, then again in 2012. Recently completed a full re-read.

This book changed my life, my health, my understanding of so many things. It was the first time I'd read a book that validated my sense of the notion that Big Pharma prefers us to be sick for many, many years. After all, that's where the money's at. It was the first time I understood that I knew what was better for me than my pill-pusher of a PCP, who wanted me to go on cholesterol meds. For how long? For life, she said.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My husband lost 90 pounds using this book. I bought it for him for Christmas (he wasn't happy about that one!) and started the diet on January 2nd. That was almost six years ago and he's kept the weight off. Any time his clothes start to get a little tight, we go back to Phase 2.

It was especially difficult for him as he's not fond of eggs and many vegetables. Plus, he travels a lot. Airports aren't diet friendly so living on the go was tough those first weeks. So, we pre-cooked chicken breasts,
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So, this book literally changed my life. I feel 100% better after following the general guidelines. There is no way I would want to go back. I know it's not for everyone and not everyone can benefit but I did and will never be the same after the knowledge I've gained about the glycemic index and carbs and the affect on blood sugar. All told I've lost almost 50lbs. Yeah, I know. I was out of control. I haven't weighed this little since Jr. High. And I've got about 10lbs to go! Now just to get in ...more
Sep 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
can I give a book NO stars?

several of my old-lady coworkers jumped on the South Beach Sheep-Wagon and so since this mama has another several (hundred) (thousand) pounds to go until perfection I borrowed a copy for a day. Two things: I would rather be 7800 pounds than lose a little weight by eating an entire farm's worth of animals. Plus, by being 7800 pounds I would appear on the Dr Phil Show for intervention therefore achieving my lifelong dream of meeting Dr Phil. The other thing is that there
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am a 45-year-old chubby girl and I need to lose weight. My friend Kim introduced me to South Beach, and this is a diet I am excited about. After the initial 2-week "Phase One" where carbs and sugars are off-limits (kinda torturous), the "Phase Two" weight-loss portion of the diet is an eating plan that I think I can stick to. In my opinion it mirrors the Word of Wisdom fairly well: meat in moderation, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, etc. I am about five days into Phase One currently, and ...more
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Come on chubby folks, you know what to do. Cut out all that white garbage-- the white sugar, white flour, white potatoes. Dr. Agatston's relatively gentle method, the South Beach diet, helps you wean yourself off of those blood-sugar spiking, diabetes-causing, heart disease making carbohydrates and train yourself to rely on lean proteins, plants, and whole grains.

Agatston is a cardiologist first, diet-creator second, so this diet, according to the authors, promotes heart health, with better
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Really good but made obsolete by the Supercharged edition that came out 5 years later. I bought both books at the same time b/c I didn't know the difference, which I then found out is that Supercharged is a 2nd edition of sorts. I read this one first after the diet was recommended by my doctor, and it got me started - it's an easy read that really explains how sugar can affect you, enough that it really motivated me to follow the diet and stay away from the sweets! I'm still in the process of ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: carb addicts or dieters who dont want to count calories
Recommended to Kendra by: a friend
I picked this up because it was the one fad diet that seems to actually make sense, and it sounded easy to follow. The basic idea is eating low-glycemic foods so that your blood sugar doesn't spike and so you don't get cravings to eat more food that your body need. I think if you want to lose weight and are tired of counting calories and you know you eat too many bad carbs, then this is worth trying. It is not good if you exercise a lot though. I followed the diet pretty closely for a week but ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I did the South Beach diet several years ago and was quite successful, but I didn't read the book. I just flipped through the pages to the lists of "good" and "bad" foods.

This time, I decided to actually read the book. I think it was helpful to know the theory behind the foods and food combinations that help you lose weight and be heart-healthy. Knowing which carbs are good and why "enriched" foods are bad has definitely changed the way I view food. I especially like that the book emphasizes
Marcy Heller
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm finding this doctor makes a lot of sense, and his recommendations are not difficult for me to follow. I've felt so hopeless about losing weight and have tried dieticians and Weight Watchers repeatedly. This diet has got me enthused. It is a life change, but all for the good, I really think he's right about refined and processed sugars--the bane of American food.

I started this instead of Matzoh two weeks ago--and I'm down seven pounds. I'm starting Phase !! tomorrow. Can a piece of fruit be
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It really works, the food is good but I have been unable to stick to this long enough to get to and stay on maintenance. The fault is with me and not this book.
Abby Warren
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve recently been diagnosed with insulin resistant PCOS. My doctor has said that this lifestyle will be able to help change my insulin and hemoglobin levels without feeling like I’m being deprived. The set up of this book was great, the success stories were inspiring and real, the science was explained in user friendly terms. I’m feeling confident that living South Beach will be doable.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great post-vacation read. ...more
Jul 06, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: unfinished
Recommended by my personal trainer. My goal is to finish by Friday so I can prepare a grocery shopping list for next weekend. Ironically, I have added this book to my list while eating a grilled cheese and turkey sandwich for lunch. I'm betting that's not allowed on this diet (because of the bread). Ah, well. It's what I've got in the house until Friday.

Okay. I sat down with this book for all of 30 seconds and find that I really don't want to read it. I will, but I'm frankly sick of the whole
Lee (of Shalott)
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition-diets
I actually lost a pile of weight on this diet in 2005, & what I like about it to this day is the 'vegetarian' recipes are so delicious I continue to make them now being a vegetarian. Admittedly, there were way too many eggs & way too much cheese after a while, & too many bell peppers (which are very expensive around these parts); ultimately I found that the diet was too expensive & too labour intensive to continue on. But for the first time in my life I felt so much better - ...more
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book since it was a fad in the company I joined (Ariba) in 2002. Also, since my picture posted on the company website after winning the annual remote control boat regatta showed me I had put on some serious weight. This book teaches you about blood sugar and how the food you eat effects it and why. The diet is easy, your never hungry, and I lost 15 pounds in 15 days. Exercising too, of course, but not any big deal. Bottom line: Eat all the meat, fish, veggies, nuts, eggs, cheese and ...more
Mandi Murphy
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I come from a family with a high risk of practically every chronic/potentially deadly disease known to man. Diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart name it. Watching my parents deal with these illnesses has really made me want to take my own health another direction. I picked up this book because I want to lose some weight and I have a friend who uses it successfully. But the things I learned about the way our bodies react to sugars, etc is invaluable to me. Dr Agatston ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book makes so much sense. It's not a "diet" that you go on and then gain all the weight back when you go off. It's a way of changing your eating habits for the rest of your life. My incentive to go on this diet was spurred by the promise that I would lose 15 pounds (belly fat) in the first 3 weeks. Reading and studying this book makes me want to make healthier choices for a healthier life. The first 2 weeks it limits you to certain foods to get rid of your sugar addiction. After that you ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
It works. I had gained some weight, bought the book, made the recipes, and the pounds slowly started to go. This was in 2003-2004. The recipes are simple and delicious. Some recipes that I liked were the Oatmeal pancakes, cheesy frittata and sunrise parfait for breakfasts. The Poached salmon spinach salad, the Greek salad and South Beach chopped salad with tuna for lunch. Dinner recipes included savory chicken saute (a fav) and grilled steak with tomato relish. I also made the recipes for my ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This diet WORKS. I lost 6 pounds in two weeks and did not exercise.
At the time I did this diet, I was vegetarian. I ate a lot of eggs and substituted meat with meat-free boca/morningstar products. The hardest part was making it through the sugar cravings in the first 2 week period. It is extremely difficult to find time to eat all the meals and snacks when you have a full time job, and I did not like spending all my time thinking about and planning out meals.
Thus, I stopped and gave into my
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those wishing to ocntrol their weight, carbs, sugar, cholesterol etc.
Shelves: self-help
A friend reccomended this book (and diet ) to me.
She was diagnosed with diabetes and after a time on this diet, her body straighted itself up and the doctor said she was no longer diabetic.
My wife and I tried the diet - struggling terribly through Phase 1.. but delighted by the time we got to phase three.
I lost over 25 lbs, and then subsequently went off the diet and gained it back (notthe diet's fault).
I am presently trying to use a modified version of the diet and have lost some weight. I
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this book literally changed my life. I picked it up because I wanted to be happier with myself and a blogger mentioned that it had worked for her. I read it in one night, had to wait until payday to start the diet (a week after I read the book) and have now lost 20 pounds- it's been a month! I'm on my way to a happier, healthier me and I'm really enjoying it. Although- mashed cauliflower (while delicious) does not in any way remind me of mashed potatoes. That is a lie.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this in an afternoon - the majority of it is meal plans, but it's preceded by some explanation about the science behind the diet. It's less of a diet and more of a life change. My fiance and I are both on the second week of it as a pre-wedding slim down/health kick. It's been surprisingly easy to follow, and I can tell a difference in the way I feel. It's clear this isn't a fad, but really about a way to get healthier for a lifetime.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Just finished up reading this book for a second time as I needed to relearn how to eat healthy! This book is actually very interesting and really explains why Americans are so unhealthy, overweight, and why so many are experiencing heart problems and type 2 diabetes. This book does a very good job of explaining how food effects our bodies and how to eat right so as to escape type 2 diabetes and certain heart related illness. It also offers a healthy, effective and do-able weight loss plan.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading some books in my quest to find a better way of eating. This one works for me. There is enough science to make me feel this is well thought out, plus it was developed by a cardiologist, which gives me a little more comfort that it isn't just some made-up stuff. I'm going to start this weekend (to give myself time to get to the store and make some better choices). I'll come back in a couple weeks and update on how it's working for me.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who want to lose weight and still eat great food
Shelves: non-fiction
Wife started the diet and I like to cook. I prepare everything and help her stay with the program. Very healthy and tasty food, surprisingly abundant variety of excellent recipes, which even I can prepare w/o problems. I joined her on the diet. Even the most restrictive Phase I was not tough. This is a great way to lose weight, eat healthy and easily stay on a plan. So far, so good.
Dec 13, 2012 added it
Shelves: 2012
My doctor and I were talking about diets at my physical and she has suggested that I give South Beach a try. I read through the book to get ready for trying it in the New Year. I think it is something that will work well for me and help me break my carb addiction…hahah
Mikha ϟ
Jun 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
My sister's LOL. :))))
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the best diet I have encountered. I refer back to it often and should probably read it again. Excellent book.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is a very basic introduction with a review of other diet books and a history of dietary thinking -- high protein vs high carbohydrate vs high fat. It was adequate and not too overwhelming.
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Arthur Agatston (born January 22, 1947) is an American cardiologist and celebrity doctor best known as the developer of the South Beach Diet, but also the author of many published scholarly papers in the field of noninvasive cardiac diagnostics. His scientific research led to the Agatston Score for measuring coronary artery calcium.

Agatston earned an MD at New York University School of Medicine in
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