Cardiologist; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
The 700 Club
With more than 22 million copies of The South Beach Diet and companion books in print worldwide, Dr. Agatston’s strategies for promoting healthy weight loss and fighting heart disease have helped millions of people lose weight and reduce cholesterol. Since the book was published in 2003, Dr. Agatston’s approach to healthy living changed the way America was eating.
Originally Dr. Agatston developed this diet plan for his chronically overweight heart patients. Before he introduced the program to his patients, Dr. Agatston became the first candidate for his new diet.
“I was amazed to observe my belly fat start to disappear in two weeks, and I quickly felt energized,” says Dr. Agatston.
Excited about his personal experience, Dr. Agatston developed meal plans for each phase of the diet and soon began counseling patients, handing out photocopies of foods to enjoy and foods to avoid. News of his patients’ dramatic successes spread far beyond the confines of his practice. Strangers started calling to ask for a copy of the diet and local news featured stories of its popularity. Soon, with his “right carbs/right fats” approach Dr. Agatston’s diet was a bona fide craze in Miami .
The South Beach Diet (SBD) isn’t complicated, consists of three phases, and doesn’t require you to go hungry. The diet includes normal-size helpings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, nuts and vegetables. Snacks are required but Dr. Agatston avoids bad carbs, like white flour, white sugar, and baked potatoes. It’s no wonder the SBD is such a hit: dieters consistently lose 8 to 13 pounds the first month!
Phase 1: shortest and strictest phase of the program lasting two weeks and includes no bread, pasta, rice, sugar (including juices and fruits).
Phase 2: gradually reintroduces Phase 1 off-limit foods, including good carbs, like whole fruits, whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, and brown rice.
Phase 3: begins when you reach your healthy weight with no food being completely off limits.
SOUTH BEACH DIET SUPERCHARGED
For the last five years, Dr. Agatston has received thousands of testimonials documenting dieters’ results from the SBD. Numerous scientific studies affirmed Dr. Agatston’s healthy eating principles.
“In fact, the latest USDA Food Pyramid released in January 2005, reflects these same principles,” says Dr. Agatston.
In The South Beach Diet Supercharged, the principles of the diet have not changed. Dr. Agatston collaborated with University of Miami exercise physiologist Jospeh Signorile, Ph.D., to create an up-to-date, science-based metabolism-revving exercise program.
Through this joint effort, Dr. Agatston learned about the benefits of interval training, which involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by an easier recovery period. The SBD Supercharged Fitness Program allows you to work out smarter, not longer and consists of two parts: Interval Walking and the Total Body Workout. Like the SBD, it is divided into three phases.
Phase 1: helps you get started.
Phase 2: steps up the intensity for faster weight loss.
Phase 3: keeps you on track and trim for life.
“You will not only supercharge your diet and lose weight faster, you’ll tone your body, take inches off your waistline, rev up your metabolism and get off those frustrating weight-loss plateaus,” says Dr. Agatston.
The Interval Walking program is vital for a healthy cardiovascular system. The Total Body Workout focuses on strengthening the core muscles which are the vital muscles located in the abdomen, back, pelvis and hips. The Total Body Workout does not require the use of any equipment.
The SBD Supercharged food lists expanded to include 100 additional foods on the Foods to Enjoy list. Dr. Agatston also provides a dining out guide offering hundreds of healthy choices and strategies when eating out. He also includes inspiration from real life SBD success stories who have kept the weight off, some for five years!
Recipe from SBD Supercharged:
Tex-Mex Smoked Turkey Roll-Up:
Combine 8 slices chopped smoked turkey breast,
1 diced avocado, 1⁄4 cup diced reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, 3 tablespoons
store-bought salsa, and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice.
Divide filling among 4 large
red- or green-leaf lettuce leaves. Roll up leaves, secure with toothpicks, and serve.
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