Doctor Arthur Agatson, creator of the Miami or South Beach Diet.
The Miami Diet, also called the South Beach Diet, was created by Arthur Agatson, a cardiologist. It places an accent on consuming proteins, good glucides, and good lipids. During the two-week long initial phase you eliminate a large number of lipids and glucides from your food intake. Projected weight loss is 9 to 13 pounds (4 to 6 kilograms). During the second phase, you reintroduce some previously banned foods. The goal is to lose 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week until you reach your ideal weight. The third phase is a stabilization phase. Here are some of the diet principles.
During the first phase you eat according to your habits. You are allowed three meals and three snacks daily. If you want a snack, hold dessert after the meal. You are the judge of the appropriate portion size. This diet comes with a long list of favored and forbidden foods during the first phase. While most vegetables are allowed, fruits are forbidden during this phase. Bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, and all alcohol are also out. In phase 2 all fruits are allowed as are bread, pasta, and rice provided that they are whole-grain. Dieters may enjoy one or two glasses of red wine daily with meals or just after the meal. Other alcoholic beverages and wine coolers are no-nos. In phase 3 you develop life-long eating habits. If you regain lost weight you may return to phase 1 for a week or two.
Tasty food and red wine in the Miami Diet.
An advantage of the Miami Diet is the reduced cholesterol and triglyceride level. It is efficient in the short term. But there are many forbidden foods. This can be a hard diet to follow.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 (Phase 1) Breakfast: 150 milliliters (about 5 ounces) of vegetable juice. A mushroom and bacon omelet. Tea or coffee. Lunch: Niçoise salad. 75 grams of skimmed curd cheese. Celery stalk with light melted cheese. Supper: Cucumber salad. Fish on a skewer. Pumpkin puree. Almond cream with ricotta cheese.
Menu 2 (Phase 2) Breakfast: 50 grams of oatmeal. 150 milliliters of skim milk. 110 grams of strawberries. Tea or coffee. Lunch: Greek salad. Skim milk yogurt. Supper: Tomato salad. Rump steak. Steamed broccoli.
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