Friday, February 4, 2011

The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life, by Arthur Agatston


A good update of South Beach Diet: Original Recipe. Essentially, it's just the South Beach Diet plus interval training (to increase metabolism) and core muscle development. Agatston has added more recipes, of course, and lots of success stories, as well as a whole slew of studies supporting the science and results of the the South Beach Diet. And while of course he touts his own diet, from what I understand, this is one of the better ones. Not only does it help people lose weight, but it's supposed to do wonders for your blood chemistry. Agatston, a cardiologist, is more about being healthy than skinny. His main concerns are diabetes, prediabetes, and heart and cholesterol issues.

And the food really IS pretty good and satisfying (I've tried it on and off before). The trick is, it's mostly fresh stuff that doesn't keep well (which means lots of potentially time consuming trips to the grocery store) and stuff you make yourself (which consumes yet more time). I would like to try this, but I worry about having enough time to do it well. All too often I come home starving and create something from whatever non-perishable items I happen to have on the shelf. Successful completion of the South Beach Diet requires a less haphazard approach, and more meal planning.

Whether or not you end up trying the diet, though, Agatston does a good job of explaining why it works. The book definitely motivates you to improve your diet and exercise. And it's a fast read, since the last half of the book is mostly the step-by-step exercise plan and recipes and meal plans for the different phases.

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