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The South Beach Diet and Heart Health: 5 Things You Should Know

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016 01:23 AM

The South Beach Diet has been a major phenomenon since the first book was published by Dr. Arthur Agatston in 2003.

Here are some things you should know about the South Beach Diet and heart health.

1. The diet’s beginning phase is similar to Atkins in that it limits carbohydrates from all sources including grains and sugars.

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The main phase of the diet advises eating lean proteins like fish, turkey, chicken, and soy; vegetables, salads, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy; along with good carbs like whole-grain bread, whole wheat pasta, and fruit, according to U.S. News and World Report.

3. South Beach Diet creators used the glycemic index to help them decide which carb sources should be eaten. The glycemic index measures the impact of foods on blood sugar.

Although glycemic index can be helpful in some cases, studies have shown that people’s bodies react differently to the same foods, according to The Huffington Post.

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According to a 2014 study cited in U.S. News and World Report, the South Beach Diet led to moderate weight loss at first (an average of 10 pounds), but then tapered off.

The study, which compared several major diet plans, seemed to indicate that none of them was particularly effective with long term weight loss or with helping people keep weight off.

5. The Mayo Clinic reports that there have been no long-term, randomized controlled clinical trials to measure the impact of the South Beach Diet on heart health or cholesterol levels.

Anecdotal evidence as well as evidence of diets with similar advice (avoiding sugar and refined carbs, eating lean meats and dairy, etc.) suggest that some improvement in triglycerides and/or LDL cholesterol could be expected.

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