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THE SOUTH BEACH DIET AND ITS OUTCOMES Chrissy Berdelle KNH 120 Final Paper December 8, 2011 After reading an article in my last Kinesiology & Health course, I learned that fad diets are not the healthiest decision one can make, as they generally are absent of a type of food that humans need to consume in order to remain healthy. For instance, if a fad diet does not allow much protein or fat, one can suffer a loss of muscle tissue and become very weak. If one has too much protein or fat, this can produce kidney problems, dizziness, weakness, dehydration, or many other health problems. This is why many fad diets are not encouraged by physicians. However, the South Beach Diet was not only very popular for many years, but as researchers have shown, it is a healthy way to lose weight. The South Beach Diet was created by Dr. Arthur Agatston, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Many people to this day are taken aback at the fact that he is not a nutritionist, but a cardiologist dedicated to preventing heart
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disease. He created the South Beach Diet when new scientific information that showed that not ALL fats and carbohydrates are bad or unhealthy for you. This information was not established before other famous diets, such as the Atkins diet, appeared. The South Beach Diet has three phases. The first phase occurs for 2 weeks, where one eats no bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, sugar, baked goods, fruit or alcohol. For vegetarians, the rules vary. The plan includes three meals each day with mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. If all goes well for those 2 weeks, one’s cravings for starches and sugars should either die down
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