The South Beach Diet: Good Fats Good Carbs Guide – The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods, Revised Edition

The South Beach Diet: Good Fats Good Carbs Guide – The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods, Revised Edition

The South Beach Diet: Good Fats Good Carbs Guide - The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods, Revised Edition

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Based on the nation’s #1 bestsellerPublished in January 2004, The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide has sold more than three million copies and has continuously topped national bestseller lists. An essential tool for success, the completely revised and updated guide will feature a new, more user-friendly format and an expanded list of foods, as well as the most up-to-the-minute new information on nutrition and healthy eating to aid the now millions of early adopters.
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  1. 319 of 335 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s working for me!, January 26, 2004
    Amazon Customer (Denver, CO USA) –

    This companion book to the original South Beach Diet book serves as an excellent resource for figuring out which foods we can have and which we must avoid. It’s a food guide, not a full-blown description of the diet. As such, it suits it’s purpose just fine.
    I’ve lost over 30 pounds on this diet in the past 3 months, without suffering and misery. The similiarities between South Beach and Atkins are clear to see. So are the differences. South beach is the product of a cardiologist, which is aimed at preventing heart disease and diabetes. It’s not just low carb, it’s correct carbs. It also emphasizes avoiding saturated fats and trans-fats. With all due respect to the late Dr. Atkins and his diet, this one presents a healthier alternative that has proven effective. This isn’t the only diet book out there but it’s a good one with good explanations for those serious about losing weight in a safe manner.


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  2. 198 of 208 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pick the right foods to get slim!, December 21, 2003
    Amazon Customer (Maryland) –
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    “The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide” is a 138 page companion book to the best selling book, “The South Beach Diet”.
    According to the author, Dr. Arthur Agatston all fats and carbs are not created equal. The good fats and carbs will nourish your body, help you stay healthy and lose weight. Eating the wrong kinds will trigger cravings, decrease your ability to burn off calories and make you hungry.
    In this book, Dr. Agatston shows you at a glance which fats and carbs are compatable with “The South Beach Diet”. Each entry lists a food item, its carbohyrate, sugar and fat grams. Foods are then ranked as limited, very limited or avoid. There are over 1,200 listings.
    The beginning of the book gives a quick overview of “The South Beach Diet”. It describes why we need to select certain foods in order to lose weight and get healthy. Though it does not go into the great detail of the original South Beach Diet book, you could purchase this mini book and learn enough to be able to follow the diet successfully.
    The book packs in a lot of information. In addition to the overview, and food ratings there are also shopping tips and meal makeovers. A handy dining out section makes it easier to stay on the South Beach track at your favorite restaurants.
    A quick guide also lists what foods to enjoy on each phase of the diet.
    The only drawback to the book is though its smaller than a normal sized book (7″ tall by 5″ wide), it’s still to large to fit in a pocketbook. It would be nice if it were smaller, making it more portable, thus I deducted one star.
    Other than that, the book is a super handy resource, excellent for those following the South Beach diet or concerned about their health.


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  3. 182 of 196 people found the following review helpful
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    It’s not a complete and easy reference as the title states, December 8, 2004
    Wayne (Silicon Valley, CA USA) –
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    This review was written originally in December, 2004 and was about the first edition. Since then, a new edition has appeared, and some of the faults I found with the original book have been addressed. Since the original edition is still available, I have left my review intact. However, I have added comments at the end to address the changes. If you are planning to buy the revised edition, see the comments at the end too.

    Original review:
    If you are looking for a diet that is easy to follow, does not leave you hungry, is effective, nutritionally balanced, and improves your overall health, the South Beach Diet may be for you. In this companion book to The South Beach Diet book, Dr. Agatston lists many common foods, as well as whether they can be enjoyed in abundance, limited, or avoided completely. While this could have been done with a simple food list, this information is presented in a table that also lists carbs, sugar, and total fat.

    The beginning of the book gives a brief overview of the diet, and a discussion of trans fats and why they should be avoided. It also has a discussion of the glycemic index. Although the recommendations in the book are based on glycemic index, glycemic load, and other factors, this information does NOT appear in the tables, purportedly because it’s not available for all foods. Leaving it out for that reason, even when known, defies credibility.

    As followers of this diet know, it’s not about following the glycemic index, or counting calories or carbs. While the GI may serve as a guideline to let you know where foods fit in, it can also be misleading since some foods with similar GI values may not be of equal value to your diet. All this is explained in the main diet book, which gives a brief list of GI values for common foods. Likewise, we are told that total fat is not the big factor, but how much is saturated or trans fat vs unsaturated fats is important. That distinction is not made in the tables, which list total fat.

    If a strict look at those factors is not a necessary part of the diet, then why are they in the table? That’s not clear. The portion that describes how to use the guide acknowledges that you need not be a slave to the numbers, but the real advice ultimately boils down to following the main diet book, in which case all but the last column (whether and how much to eat) seems irrelevant.

    The other problem is that this supposedly complete book is far from complete. It has too many entries for items that are obviously not allowed on the diet, and few entries for what might be suitable substitutes.

    If you look at breakfast foods for instance, you’ll find bacon and eggs, cereals, and pancakes. Yet you won’t find French toast. You may be able to figure it out based on the rules from the diet book, but then why do you need this book? It’s not as if processed foods or foods prepared from recipes that may vary were left out. There seems to be no rationale for what’s included.

    If you do look at cereal, you will find a couple of pages of cereals that are limited or should be avoided completely. But do I really need this book to tell me to avoid Frosted Flakes and Corn Pops if I know how the diet works? Yet if I look at the myriad “healthy” cereals in my supermarket, not one of them is listed in this book. The same is true for the ones in natural food stores, even if they are available nationwide.

    I might be able to figure out on my own that Uncle Sam cereal is a good choice, but then why buy the book? On the other hand, I might find another supposedly healthful cereal, and the label may show me that it’s whole grain and high in fiber, but has more sugar than I would want. It’s foods like these for which I would like the book to give me an idea if it’s acceptable.

    There are way too many common foods left off the list, which is surprising considering the exhaustive permutations and combinations listed for others. I don’t need five pages to tell me that all baked and broiled fish is good, but breaded fish is not. If it’s the recommendation that counts, I don’t need a separate entry for tuna, canned, light, in water, and different ones for dark tuna in all its permutations, when ultimately, they fall into the same recommendation as other fish.

    The bottom line is that if you stick to the main diet book, and manage to work around the flaws in the way it was written, you won’t need this guide. This book might be helpful if you are on Atkins or even Weight Watchers, however.


    Although the original edition listed only the total amount of fat for each entry, the new edition lists both total fat and saturated fat. It also lists recommendations based on the phase of the diet, which makes more sense than the former blanket recommendation.

    Saturated fats and trans-fats are culprits in a bad diet, so it’s good to know…

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