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South Beach Diet Supercharged

Take this popular low carb diet to the next level.

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The South Beach Diet has just gotten a makeover. The new and improved South Beach Diet is encapsulated in the book [The South Beach Diet Supercharged][1]: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life. South Beach Diet mastermind and leading cardiologist, Dr. Agatston, is now helping Americans make smarter changes in the way they eat and exercise so that they will lead healthier, fit and longer lives. In addition to his trademark eating plan, he and exercise physiologist, Dr. Signorile, have created a three-phased workout regimen that mirrors Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the South Beach Diet. New meal plans, expanded recipes, the latest on nutrition research and inspiring South Beach Diet success stories are also part of this Supercharged plan.

This expanded version contains a more flexible eating plan and a new exercise plan that is designed to supercharge your metabolism and shed pounds.

PRO
  • The South Beach Diet Supercharged emphasizes clean and wholesome eating
  • Encourages interval exercising, which is effective and time-efficient
  • Includes practical tips and resources for cooking and preparing meals, going out to dinner and exercising.
  • Includes more vegetarian-friendly recipes and 40 new recipes
  • Named #5 in the Best Commercial Diets by US News, 2011
CON
  • The South Beach Diet Supercharged includes some inaccurate nutrition assertions
  • Many of the South Beach Diet already-prepared foods contain artificial sugars which can have a laxative effect
DIET and NUTRITION

If you're already familiar with the South Beach Diet then you'll be delighted at the newly expanded food selections, which include 40 new recipes and two full weeks of all-new meal plans for Phase 1 and 2.

The overall plan of the South Beach Diet has not changed with this updated version. The emphasis on lean proteins, low-starch veggies, and low-fat dairy still comprises the crux of this diet.

Similar to the initial South Beach Diet, you will eat three meals a day and small snacks when needed. The plan is also split into its two trademark phases. Phase 1 is the stricter phase, allowing you to only eat low glycemic veggies, lean proteins and small amounts of fat. Phase 1, which lasts two weeks, is followed by Phase 2, which adds a bit more leniency to what you can eat. Whole grains, fruit and alcohol are allowed in addition to all of the foods in Phase 1, but only in moderation.

Phase 1 of Supercharged includes more meat, poultry, vegetables, beverages, desserts, soy foods, legumes, healthy fats, and prepared foods. Phase 2 includes everything in Phase 1, plus more fruits, starches, and a little alcohol.

Even if you're a vegetarian or a picky eater, you can customize your own meatless menu. Below is a snapshot of meals you can eat during each phase of the program:

Phase 1

  • Breakfast: 6 ounces tomato juice; 1 poached egg with smoked salmon; ½ cup of spinach cooked in olive oil
  • AM Snack: Celery with low-fat cheese spread
  • Lunch: Tossed salad with romaine lettuce, smoked chicken, 1/3 small avocado, tomatoes, onion and cooked turkey bacon; 2 tablespoons low-sugar salad dressing
  • PM Snack: ½ cup shelled edamame with sea salt
  • Dinner: Roasted rotisserie chicken; tossed salad with mixed greens, chopped cucumber and cherry tomatoes; roasted artichoke hearts cooked with olive oil and black pepper
  • Dessert: Vanilla chill, with sprinkle of cinnamon, blended until frothy (recipe included in book)

Phase 2

  • Breakfast: 6 ounces tomato juice; 4 ounces artificially sweetened fat-free or low-fat yogurt; Irish oatmeal with cinnamon and walnuts; coffee or tea with 1% or fat-free milk and sugar substitute
  • AM Snack: ¾ cup strawberries and latte with fat-free milk
  • Lunch: Thai Shrimp Soup; tossed salad with mixed greens, chopped cucumber and cherry tomatoes; 2 tablespoons Lemony Dill Dressing or low-sugar prepared dressing of choice
  • PM Snack: 1 hardboiled egg with bell pepper strips
  • Dinner: London broil with fresh mushrooms cooked in beef stock with herbs of choice; roasted asparagus with minced shallots; Cannellini Bean Mash
  • Dessert: Chocolate mousse

Phase 3

  • Breakfast: ½ grapefruit; 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa; 1 slice whole grain toast; coffee with 1% or fat-free milk and sugar substitute
  • Lunch: Roast beef wrap; 1 nectarine
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon with salsa; tossed salad with mixed greens, chopped cucumber and cherry tomatoes; 2 tablespoons Lemony Dill Dressing or low-sugar prepared dressing of choice
  • Dessert: Chocolate-dipped apricots
EXERCISE

The South Beach Diet Supercharged exercise program combines both high intensity and low intensity interval exercise focusing on a 10-week walking program. In addition, there are 27 strengthening and toning exercises that help you build muscle and develop a more defined look. The exercise section comes with photos and instructions.

The newly-devised exercises are intended to be done on most days of the week. They are a 20-minute daily investment on your part. Accompanying the book, the South Beach DVD, can also be purchased.

CONCLUSION

Maybe it's part genius marketing and part sound nutrition, but many people have had luck losing weight with the South Beach Diet. Its new supercharged version is updated with new meals, information and an exercise plan, a key component of any weight loss regimen that was missing in the previous South Beach Diet editions. Its emphasis on arming you with information on how to make longstanding behavioral changes when it comes to eating and exercise is the mark of any successful healthy lifestyle plan that keeps you fit for the long run.

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Irene B

Hi,
Just bought 4 book bundle through ebay for SBD. I was on Atkins about 6 years ago and lost 30 lbs. I know it works. SB is somewhat the same, only healthier for you. I am a big carbaholic, and I know the carbs are what keeps me from losing weight. Anyone can do this if they can have some will power in the beginning.

posted Jul 13th, 2010 7:32 pm


Zebra

I have just celebrated my 3rd year on South Beach and it has helped me change my lifestyle into choosing foods that are better for me. I was suffering angina, high blood pressure and low energy. All this things have disappeared due to my new lifestyle.

The South Beach Supercharged book has a huge exercise componant in it and acknowledges that exercise as a daily lifestyle is equally beneficial, not only in burning calories but in toning core muscles.

The Phased approach also helps one understand that falling off the wagon one meal or one day is not failure and lack of willpower. It is life. Things happen. What is important is to have a plan that will work during all those unexpected stressors.

There are always those looking for a quick fix but if you seek support on any of the South Beach website forums they will tell you to expect 1-2 Lbs loss per week. The first phase may be the largest loss in a week l, but much of that is usually water loss.

What I have also found interesting is that the principals of the South Beach Diet are basic principals that folks now from Dr. Oz to Bob Green are expousing. It is becomming the new language of healthful dieting designed for long term results.

The diet is also supported by wonderful cookbooks that allow food lovers like myself the ability to continue cooking and entertaining.

The new South Beach Super Quick Cookbook just released this month, is a wealth of information and tips. There is Grab and Go, Budget Shopping Tips; Reworking of Old favorites and Cook Once, Eat Twice. Each topic enhances the concept of saving time. In addition, all the recipes can be made within 30 minutes.

I never would have stayed on a traditional diet for more than a couple weeks, so I don't even think of South Beach as a diet. It is Lifestyle and one that undoubtedly saved my life !

Z

posted May 18th, 2010 12:33 pm


Brandy

i did the first south beach diet about 3 years ago for a week and a half and lost about 14lbs. now i didnt stick to it because i got pregnant, but am ready to lose the weight. i joined curves which i love, but i havent been eating right so am not see the results i want. so here goes nothing!! good luck to everyone else!!!

posted May 5th, 2010 10:08 pm


rb

After the classic phase 1, been doing phase 2 for about 7-8 weeks now and have lost about 22 pounds. I am also exercising about 5-6 days a week (20 minutes on the eliptical and 20 minutes cardio/strength) each time.

I really am excitied about learning to eat differently and discovering recipes to eat foods I have mostly ignored. I find the balance of foods allowed on phase 2 very good. Have also had several events inbetween that I have ate what was served, in moderation of course. I also enjoy red wine and lite beer on the weekends. At his point, I have no desires for white rice, bread and/or other sugary products.

posted Apr 7th, 2010 1:57 pm


Heather

the first week was torcher but after that it got easier. I have been on this diet for 1.5 months and have lost 13 lbs. and 6 inches in total. I no longer crave McDonalds etc... Great if you are determined enough to stick it out and stick with it. It is not a diet but a life change.

posted Mar 30th, 2010 9:12 pm


Tati

I lost over 40lbs 3 years ago with the regular SBD and rigurous exercise. I just ordered the super charged book to start again bc i got married and confortable and gained a lot of weight plus had a baby. Now Hubby and I want to loose weight and eat healthy to have the basics to teach our little one to eat healthy too. I cant wait to see the results.

posted Feb 22nd, 2010 11:13 am


MB

Im really excited to see all your positive feedback on this diet - like many I am sure it's a positive full sprint race out the door but lose steam as the weeks go on! Any suggestions you all may have would be greatly appreciated to sustain the "detox" in the 1st two week?! I had the older SB book and again, failed to continue with the diet because I'm a social butterfly and seem to just say the heck with it. But at 32 I've decided I've got to do something here... The book is in the mail, being delivered tomorrow (great deal on barnes and noble - $6 bucks for a editors edition or something like that) then off to clean the cabinets and stock up on the food list for phase one. wishing you all the best in your continued success!

posted Feb 18th, 2010 12:57 pm



heather

Hi Barbara. That is a great question. Although I personally have not tried the South Beach Supercharged diet, as the Health and Wellness Editor of DietsInReview.com, I can help guide you along with some suggestions for how to avoid constipation while following the diet.

The Supercharged Diet encourages regular consumption of low-starch and low glycemic vegetables and certain fruits. Fortunately, many of the approved vegetables and fruit for this diet are very fiber-rich. Try a variety of lettuces like romaine, green lettuce, mixed greens and arugula. Cucumbers, tomatoes and red, orange and yellow bell peppers all have ample amounts of fiber in them as does asparagus, mushrooms and celery. When fruits are allowed, they are most likely to be low glycemic ones like berries, which once again have tons of fiber. Just make sure that you pair a fiber-rich and low glycemic veggie food with each protein snack: Turkey breast rolled in leaf lettuce, cottage cheese with raspberries or chopped bell peppers with chopped chicken breast.

Good luck!
Heather Darling, MPH
Health and Wellness Editor
DietsInReview.com

posted Feb 14th, 2010 10:19 am


Barbara

I am interested in trying the SB diet, but I am concerned that my constipation problem will be worse then it is with all the protein and so little fiber. Any suggestions?

posted Feb 14th, 2010 12:57 am


C. Plicka

This works, but you have to stick to the diet.
I lost over 40 pounds on this diet. I started it again I would like to lose another 20 pounds.

posted Feb 4th, 2010 8:53 pm



Catherine Purcell

I originally did Atkins which did work - I lost 8 lbs in the first week, it was very high in fat and I found it embarssing to be adding cream to my coffee in front of people while I was sitting there saying Im on a diet and quite overweight. So I started South Beach as I find the low carb really worked for me. I love the lots of veges and cheese. I lost about 50 lbs on South Beach over a year. I have been off the diet for about a month and been really bad eating sandwiches and cereal for every meal. I think I hadnt had it for so long its like I was trying to make up for it! So I have gained about 6 lb in a month and have started back on South Beach just this morning and am just finishing my ham and cheese omlette. Best diet ever I think, very healthy too.

posted Jan 25th, 2010 3:30 pm


Beverly

This is the best diet in the world. I did the South Beach Diet and changed my eating habits for 5 years. I lost 80 pounds and kept if off for 5 years. I went back to my old eating habits and have gained a lot of the weight back. I am not starting the South Beach Diet again and hope to not go back to my old eating habits again. This is a GREAT plan and it works.

posted Jan 5th, 2010 9:05 am


Lisa

Great diet. Went on this with hubby a few years ago...we both lost around 25 lbs in about a 3-4 month time frame. However, we slowly went back to our old, baaad ways and those pounds slowly crept back on...BUT, we've got each other pumped and getting ready to try the Super Charged SBD this week!

posted Oct 6th, 2009 12:59 pm


Leah

Have been on the diet before and lost 30 lbs. I kept it off for a long time but got back into my old habits. I am a carbahollic. We are a family of 4 and ALL need to lose or get our matab back insink.
So... I am not only teaching myself and going through with-drawal crazy, I am getting it from everyone and having to teach them as well. We have been on the program for 3 days and things are getting better here. I can tell the differance already and they are saying the same thing. wml

posted Sep 23rd, 2009 10:44 am


graygoosie

Do the new SuperCharged South Beach still call for Splenda?

posted Aug 31st, 2009 3:48 pm


K Lee

Two weeks on the South Beach Diet and I have already lost 10 lbs!! So far I love it..

posted Aug 26th, 2009 9:00 am


newday11

I have been on the SBD for 2 weeks now. I lost 4lbs the first week, and haven't been on the scale since. I have noticed that my clothes are a lot looser though. I do really well during the week, then fall off on the weekends! So I am going to stay on phase 1 for another 2 weeks and weigh myself at the end. The diet works great, I just need to work on my mental strength.

posted Aug 10th, 2009 10:09 am


NewDay11

I have been on the SBD for about 2 weeks now. The first 4 days I lost 4lbs. Haven't been on the scale since, but my clothes are definetly looser. My problem is I do well all week, exercise like crazy, then slip up on the week phase 1 another 2 weeks without cheating, so I can finally move to phase 2. My goal is to lose 15lbs

posted Aug 10th, 2009 10:04 am


sbgirl

I tried this diet and didn't loose anything. would really like to know what I did wrong.

posted Jul 23rd, 2009 5:18 pm


Sandra

I was all excited to start this diet bc so many people have said that it works. After the 2 weeks all I lost was 6 lbs. I was very disappointed in myself since my body can loose weight fairly quickly. I'm 29 years old and work out so it's not like I dont' do any activity. Could it be that I was eating too much peanut butter? Any tips on what to avoid? The good thing is that I kept on going and didn't sabotage the hard work of Phase 1. :)

posted Jul 20th, 2009 9:22 am



 

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