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South Beach Diet

How this diet works:  

The plan consists of three phases. In the first, carbs are curtailed dramatically in order to stop cravings. Next, dieters keep blood sugar on an even keel by adding back small amounts of slow-to-digest “good” carbs like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Without getting too complicated, foods are categorized based on a ranking system called the glycemic index (GI), which measures their ability to raise blood sugar.

Good Points   

There is no calorie counting.  It’s low-carb dieting. But there is lots of useful advice on how to choose the most healthful proteins and fats, too.  

Bad Points  

Dairy, except for low-fat cheese, is taboo in phase one. There are just  two pages out of 310 which talk about exercise. And the recommendations are too general to help you figure out an exercise program.   Very tricky for Vegetarians.

Duration

Several phases... a restrictive two-week phase is followed by a more moderate low-carb approach to weight loss and then a maintenance plan.
More information about this diet:  

Book:   The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life

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