South Beach Diet


My Qualifications

First let me tell you I'm somewhat of an authority on diets and dieting. Well, the qualifier here being, I've BEEN on just about every type of diet you've ever heard of. To name a few...

  • Stillman
  • Atkins
  • Weight Watchers
  • Animal urine shots (not kidding)
  • Starvation (6 weeks total fast)
  • Beverly Hills Diet (I and II) and more..........

I also happen to have a university degree in Food Sciences and Nutrition but my valuable experience comes from having tried all these crazy diets. I tried them all, I lost weight on every single one of them (up to 40 lbs. at a time) and I've gained the weight back, every time.<

Wonder Why Americans Are Overweight?

The real reason? Because we don't eat "because we are hungry". But if that's getting too Dr. Phil for you, then here are three more tangible reasons: Meal portion size, food quality (or lack thereof) and insufficient exercise. Put another way:

  • Most of us eat 2 to 3 times what we need in any given meal 
  • Too many of us eat pre-prepared, highly processed, fat, sodium, and chemical laden foods
  • We don't "move" unless we have to

The Secret to Losing Weight

Well, it's not really a secret and it is not in the least complex. It is the most basic mathematics equation:

What I eat
(subtract) What I burn (sitting, eating, sleeping, exercising)
= Weight loss (or gain)

The Magic

There is none. There are no magic food combinations or formulas. If you intake more than you output you will gain weight. Now if you want to believe that eating certain foods in a certain order is going to help you trim down.. well whatever works. But at the end of the day, if you are eating more than you burn, of anything, in any combination, in any order, of any type of food, you WILL not lose weight.

Weight Loss Rules

Rule #1: If you eat more than you burn of ANYTHING including "all the right South Beach Diet Foods" you will not lose weight.

Rule #2: If you see a "diet" as something you do "temporarily" then your success will be equally as temporary. If you are overweight now, follow the South Beach Diet 6 weeks, lose weight, then return to how you used to eat (and exercise), you will return to your overweight condition (and most likely gain even more).

About The Book

Dr. Agatston's diet has produced consistently dramatic results (8 to 13 pounds lost in the first 2 weeks!) and has become a media sensation in South Florida. Now you, too, can join the ranks of the fit and fabulous with The South Beach Diet.

Dieting Tricks

Select a plan that includes foods you like. - The Beverly Hills Diet worked great for me, I hate most fruit so I ended up eating next to nothing and lost lots of weight. And, DUH, gained it all back too. Seriously, I'm a carnivore, protein diets work better for me than fruit.

South Beach Diet Recipes

View our collection of Low Carb and South Beach Diet recipes.


Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.