Is the South Beach Diet Safe?


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The South Beach Diet emphasizes replacing bad carbs and bad fats with good carbs and good fats. According to WebMD, it is a healthy approach to losing weight and a relatively-safe dietary regimen. However, some medical and nutritional experts question its effectiveness or the validity of some of its claims.

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The South Beach Diet website explains that the diet was Initially designed by cardiologist Arthur Agatston and dietician Marie Almon as a way to prevent heart disease. The South Beach Diet continues to be popular with those who want to lose weight. The plan consists of three phases for achieving weight loss goals.

A dietitian and director of nutrition therapy at Cleveland Clinic, Cindy Moore, expresses concerns about Phase 1, which is designed to eliminate cravings and promote rapid weight loss in 14 days. She believes that it can create an imbalance of the body’s electrolyte levels. She attributes such a condition to most of the weight loss being from water weight.

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