The South Beach Diet: Good Fats, Good Carbs Guide

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Based on the nation's #1 bestseller. Published 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. The new edition will include:

An expanded nutritional breakdown: total carbs and net carbs, total fat and saturated fat, fiber, and sugar.

More food listings including meal replacement bars, other convenience foods, healthy fast-food menu items, and beverages.

FAQs organized by phase and designed to answer dieters' most common questions.

A foreword by Dr. Agatston detailing new research and outlining the changes to the diet.

Each food listing will now have a recommendation by phase. For example, bananas might be a food to avoid in the first 2 weeks of Phase One but will be a food to enjoy in Phase Two.

Customer Reviews:

  • Better than the last edition
    I own both the older edition and the new edition and I find that the new edition is much easier to use. Not only is there an index for most items, but there is a breakdown of the foods by phase, which was lacking in the previous version. It is very helpful, however, I still feel that it is lacking in some food choices. I hope that the next edition has more foods listed....more info
  • Very Helpful
    I did find this bok very helpful whil on the south beach diet however I found descrepencies between the south beeah book, the cook book and the carb guide. It was a bit confusing....more info
  • Updated and Quick Reference
    I'm a proponent of the South Beach Diet, having lost 9 pounds so far and knowing that the decrease in sugar is better for my hypoglycemia. This little book can fit in a purse and is a quick reference for a variety of foods and they're acceptability with the South Beach plan. It's also more updated that Dr. Agatston's original hardback South Beach book....more info
  • Very easy reference
    This is a really great book that can be carried around and referred to easily. It has almost every imaginable food in alphabetical order so it is easy to reference. Great book, I use it constantly....more info
  • An Amazing Follow up to the Book about the Diet
    For anyone who wants to keep up with a diet idea and plan, this book is a great source of information regarding what to eat and how to replace things in your family or individual meal plan.

    There is an interesting introduction to trans-fats that lists the foods that tend to have those in them. There is a list of what to eat and what not to eat, what specifically to avoid, what you can substitute and the amounts.

    I like the section telling you what to eat at various restaurants and types of eating establishments in the back of the book.

    If you are on the South Beach Diet or planning to be on it, then this book will be a great guide in getting you through it.

    Joe Slevin...more info

  • pretty good diet book.
    I like the recipes, the food, the technique. Works without having to starve and get to love what you love. But, it's difficult because I love carb stuff . Man, only if they can make carbless stuff all over, that would be fantastic!...more info
  • Handy little pocket guide
    This is a small book, and it's meant as something you can easily tote to the grocery store with you to help you buy the right things from week to week. The South Beach Diet's guidelines are simple enough that for the most part, with a little experience, you won't need a book, but for the first few weeks we found this guide invaluable. It also acts as a great quick-reference from time to time when you need info on corner-cases and little things you can't remember, and as a sort of summary of the diet.

    The beginning of this guide answers a few frequently asked questions about the diet. For instance, do sugar alcohols (mannitol, xylitol, sorbitol) make viable sugar substitutes for the diet's purposes, or are you stuck with sucralose and the like? It also includes quick lists of good and bad foods for each of the diet's three phases. It serves as a good reminder that this is not a "carbs are evil!" diet, but rather a diet that encourages you to choose, as the title says, "good fats" and "good carbs."

    The end of the book includes a quick supermarket cheat sheet about items you can easily grab that'll fit into the diet, as well as a brief guide to dining out.

    The main attraction of the book, however, is its food listing. It contains extensive charts of foods, from beans and legumes to condiments, candy bars, fast food, sauces, nuts, pizza, poultry, meats, salad dressings, vegetables, and so on. Each of these comes with a handy set of check boxes for the various phases of the diet. A "G" in this box means that the food is good for you to eat during that phase. "L" is limited (once a week or so), "V" is very limited (once a month or so), and "A" is avoid. This makes it easy to tell at a glance whether it's okay to have something, and roughly how often, without having to get into all sorts of details. I found this contributed greatly over the first couple of weeks to my growing understanding of what I should and shouldn't eat....more info
  • save your money
    The book can be purchased at discount stores for under five bucks. It was a fad. It's over. They got my money, don't give them yours....more info
  • Good Information
    This book is a great reference guide, especially for beginners. It works for me....more info
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  • Not a Complete Reference to Favorite Foods
    Having purchased "The South Beach Diet", I thought that this would be a fairly comprehensive supplement of foods to avoid and foods which are acceptable. However, the book, which is only slightly over 100 pages to begin with, re-iterates much of what is in "The South Beach Diet" without the very informative sections about how our bodies process foods and without the specific details of the actual diet program. Unfortunately, the food list was far from exhaustive, failing to include even products like V-8 [even though vegetable juice cocktail is included in the suggested breakfast menus]. The jacket states that it has 1200 food listings, but that is not 1200 different foods. Many, many items have multiple listings. For instance, 4 listings for canned peaches, depending on syrup. 12 listings for different cookies, all of which are to be avoided, but none of the listings are for chocolate chip which would be a typical cookie. Bottom line: I was disappointed; this is OK book; not sure it is worth $8.00....more info
  • Handy reference for South Beach Dieters.
    This is a handy little reference for those following the South Beach Diet; particularly phase 3 of the plan. A slightly-oversized paperback (5 X 7 inches), it is not exactly pocket-sized, but still easily portable to the grocery store. The book dedicates about 20 pages to a summary of the South Beach Diet plan, and the rest of the book is made up of reference tables listing the carb, sugar, and fat contents of various foods. Each food is then categorized as "good," "limited," or "avoid." I do wish the author had included saturated fat content of the foods, which is why I award it 4 stars instead of 5. Only the total fat content is given. Overall, though, the 1200+ food listing is a good one to have at the store or a restaurant. The brief dining-out guide at the end is also handy....more info
  • Handy little guide for those familiar with SBD
    For those already familiar with the diet, this guide is a valuable reference to add to the collection. With it's small size, it is very convenient to put in a purse to carry along. I have used mine when traveling, and it's been a nice refresher for the kinds of foods to enjoy and avoid when faced with temptation....more info
  • Small & Compact Guide for a Great Diet
    The diet is great because it allows more food types than other Atkin's type diets, but still allows for bigger portions of the right foods. There is a beginning strict phase and then a more laxed phase like Atkins. This seems more sensible than Atkins though. There are less hunger pains on this diet than other types of diets and the fat comes off fast. Good small guide for a great diet. I recommend to anyone who is trying to lose weight (or make positive changes of other types) the amazing book "Effortless Wellbeing" by Evan Finer. That book will give you a simple way to feel better no matter what you weigh, will help you win the weight loss battle, and help you stay tuned to what is important-- generally make your more powerful and successful. Wonderful highly recommended books!! Good luck!

    ...more info
  • Voodoo Science
    The idea that maltose in beer is somehow guided to your belly and causes a "beer belly" is nonsense.

    Glucose is the simple sugar that is transported into our cells and then converted to energy by a series of oxidation-reduction reactions. Maltose is a disaccharide that consists of two glucose molecules linked in an alpha 1,4 glycosidic bond. Maltose is not absorbed from our intestines. It must be converted to a monosaccharide (glucose) before it can be absorbed---that's why the tips of our villi in our proximal small intestine contain enzymes that break disaccharides into monosaccharides. The enzyme maltase does it for maltose, lactase does it for lactose (glucose and galactose) and sucrase does it for sucrose (glucose and fructose.)

    Where then does the popular "beer-belly" scenario fit in? Sugars are converted to fat if there is an excess in the blood compared to current metabolic needs, but the idea that maltose, after it is split and absorbed has some sort of homing rader that leads it directly to the abdomen where it will be converted to fat is silly. As long as you are able to absorb the sugar, it will go wherever it is needed in the body. The real reason for the "beer belly" is that people who develop them are taking in way more carbohydrates than their current metabolic needs.

    Dr. Agatston appears to be a wine snob who doesn't know how to enjoy the complexity of a good tasting beer or two....more info

  • Not Enough Numbers
    As I understand it, one of the main premises of the South Beach Diet, is that its not just the amount of carbohydrates and fat that you eat that is important, but which fat (good or bad fats) and which carbohydrates (lower glycemic index).

    Thus, I was sutprised to find that the book did not break down the fat in each food by type of fat (saturated, trans, mono-unsat...), and simply listed the aggregate amount. Similarly, it lists the carbohydrates (separating out sugars), but not the glycemic index.

    I'm a scientific person and was hoping to find more useful numbers in a book that almost entirely consists of numbers....more info

  • great info...right to the point!
    I liked the fact that this book is small and a quick read. My favorite part is the tables in the back that show a listing of all foods and whether or not they are okay to eat in phase 1, 2 or 3. It's sort of an "in a nut shell" perspective and makes it really easy. I love the book and love the diet!...more info
  • Great Companion Reference
    The "Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide" is a great little companion to "The South Beach Diet." It's helpful for quick food references when making food selections. It's geared toward the lifestyle approach of the South Beach plan, listing foods as "allowed, good, limited" etc. It has helpful suggestions when fast food is your only option and other difficult situations to maintain your healthy eating style....more info
  • Great resource
    If you are on or want to be on the Southbeach diet, this small book will be a great help! Small enough to tuck in your purse, it has just about every food you can think of and which level of the diet you would be allowed that food, or not!...more info
  • Great reference book!!
    I contribute this book to my success to changing my diet and a healthier lifestyle. I found the food listings to be comprehensive and especially liked the quick references by phases.
    I found a few contradictions to the main South Beach diet book; however, overall it's a great reference guide. Anyone doing this diet should invest in this book....more info
  • I can eat again!!!!!!
    Finally I can eat again.I had my daughter two years ago and before her I was on Weight Watchers.I lost about 30 pounds and I was at my thinnest ever, 119pds.With pregnancy I gained 62 pounds and I still have to lose about 20 more pounds.I tried WW again and it just didn't work for me anymore.I was always hungry even when I stayed within my points.My friends and I calculated our caloric intake on WW and it was about 1100-1200 calories.Starvation!!!It wasn't enough.With South Beach I am not hungry and I watch what I eat I'm not panicking about how many points I have left for dinner.It's great and it does incorporate healthy eating like WW (low fat ).I own all 3 books and their great....more info
  • Helpful but there's better out there...
    This guide seemed like the answer to my needs. I wanted something I could keep in the car as a guide for when I go shopping or to restaurants. However, it's failing in many respects.

    The guide doesn't give you actual net carb counts for items. Instead, it just rates them on good/average/poor, etc. There's no glycemic index indication or rating. The information for restaurants is very general. I would have liked to have seen charts for popular fast food chains, for example. And given that this is a South Beach branded guide, why oh why doesn't it mark each item with what phase it's acceptable for?

    There are plenty of better pocket guides out there. I'd recommend getting an up-to-date version of another guide instead. This one just seems to be capitalizing on a trend without actually providing useful information....more info
  • very very handy
    even if you r not doing the's just about eating healthy. Good shopping guide....more info
  • Easier to follow than Atkins, cholesterol dropped.
    Like some other reviewers who have posted here, I have been on a lot of different diets including Atkins but like The Southbeach Diet the best.When I started on the South Beach Diet, I weighed 198 lbs. and my cholesterol level was 350. M doctor told me that was abt double the normal range and I needed to do something quick. In 10 weeks, I lost 25 lbs, 6 inches from my waist and my cholesterol dropped over 100 points.I told my sister about this program and she lost 12 lbs. during the same 10 week period.We love the South Beach Diet. This guidebook helps make the right food choices and makes the diet program even easier....more info
  • the South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide
    I can not review this guide because it was not what I was looking for so I returned the book....more info
  • Good Fats/Good Carbs
    This is a great book to carry with you all the time. It summarizes the diet and gives a handy reference to what foods you can eat for each phase of the diet. I keep this in my purse all the time. I'm now in the 4th week of the diet and have lost 12 pounds. I'm never hungry and feel better than I have for years. The book and diet are easy to follow....more info
  • Very Helpful
    I had this book before and lost it. Glad to have it again. Great reference source when not sure if something is worth wasting carbs on.
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  • Great companion to the South beach Diet Book
    I just picked this up at our local Wal Mart. As the title indicates, this offers you a guide to the best foods that are low carb in nature and good fats which are typically so lacking in most diet programs.

    I love the South Beach Diet. Having been on and off Atkins too, the benefit of South Beach is more carbs and less fat. Protein is about the same. I have more energy with South Beach than with Atkins although sometimes to break a plateu, I will go back on Atkins.

    I highly recommend this books along with the South Beach Diet book to help you reach your weight loss goals....more info

  • Pretty helpful
    a pretty good reference for most foods. New kinds of foods are coming out all the time so it is a little behind on some things but up to date for the most part. I found it helpful....more info
  • Wonderful Help
    I use this book constantly to make decisions on what I should and should not eat. I am not following the "diet", but a low carb, low fat life style, and this book has it all. I would not be without it. I also have the book covering restaurant foods. Easy to follow and interesting....more info
  • It works!
    So far i've lost 15 pounds on this diet, and only 5 more to go. My husband's lost 30 so far, but he has a lot more to go.

    The best thing about it is because after awhile you figure out what foods work best for you and what treats you can afford to have without gaining weight. It's also good for rebalancing sugar and cholesterol, and easier than atkins and more cholesterol conscious.

    Definately recommended.

    D...more info

  • Just Great!
    This Guide is a great little companion to "The South Beach Diet," with quick references for selecting foods, it helps you craft a lifestyle approach to the South Beach plan with helpful suggestions for healthy eating styles. It is every bit as powerful and empowering as Tom Leonardi's "Secrets of Sensual Lovemaking," or Alison's "Rawfully Good!" video or the dvd "New Sex Now."...more info
  • Better to hit the gym and not this book
    If people would just eat right and hit the gym four times a week, they would lose weight.

    Instead, people are bypassing normal common sense and going for these fad diets.

    It makes the authors rich, and the readers fatter....more info

  • Very Good Book!!
    This book helped me with my weight loss. I recommend it highly!...more info
    THis is the ONLY book you need to start losing weight!! I LOVE it. It is very simple to follow and if you don't care how or why South Beach works- you just want to lose weight- this is the book for you!!! The diet really does work and it's so easy - after the first week! Plus the South Beach foods are real KRAFT products! I've continued to lose on phases 2 and 3!!!!!!...more info
  • Good Fats and Good Carbs - great book
    You need this book as a guide to take to the grocery story to make sure you are getting the right foods as well as the foods that the recipes in the companion diet books call for. We have referred to it every time we shop to be sure we're doing it right. Today's food labeling makes it a challenge. The best advice in the book is to check the ingredients to see where the fats and carbs are really coming from - don't just rely on the numbers on the Nutrition Facts on the package label. ...more info
  • Good, but not flawless
    This book is a good, basic guide to South Beach Diet-friendly foods. It would be perfect if it had fiber counts included, to help the reader have a better idea of net carbs consumed....more info
  • Good Companinon Guide to South Beach Diet
    I rate the original South Beach Diet Book 5+ stars. I lost 10lbs in five weeks and eventually a total of 14lbs. More importantly I have kept it off. At first glance I was disappointed with the Good Fats Good Carbs guide as it seemed to review much of the original book. However, I'm now quite happy with the guide. Before buying the guide I often wondered about certain foods. Now I can eat a wider variety of foods with confidence....more info
  • It's not a complete and easy reference as the title states
    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 the balance of "good fats" to "bad fats." Since trans fats are not listed, a reader cannot assume that whatever is not saturated is a "good fat." But since trans-fat levels will not be listed on nutrition labels until 2006, the advice given to read the ingredient list is the most sensible solution for now. This new way of listing fats is a welcome improvement, and the remaining issue with trans-fat listing is the fault of the food manufacturers, not the book.

    The new edition covers many more foods, but still lacks much of what was missing in the first edition. I had mentioned that Uncle Sam cereal was inexplicably missing from the tables, and now it is there. So are many others, especially ones that are co-branded Kraft/South Beach Diet foods. This latter point seems a bit self serving. I doubt that anybody would reasonably expect that South Beach Diet foods would not be compatible with the diet, so it really adds little practical value. Other commonly available cereals that may border on acceptability are still missing, and those are the ones I would use a guide for.

    As supermarkets add more and more whole grain foods, it would be helpful if they appeared in a guide such as this. For example, whole grain waffles that are as low in sugar and higher in fiber than SBD branded foods are now easy to find in the market, but are still not in this guide. Many common breakfast cereals are now marketed as whole grain and it's not necessarily clear why they are listed the way they are.

    I wondered why something like SBD Whole Grain Crunch was listed as "good" for phase two and three, but Cheerios is listed as "limited," meaning once a week at most. They are identical in calories and almost identical in carbohydrates. But the SBD cereal has four times the sugar and only a gram more fiber. Then I noticed that both this edition and the previous one list six grams of sugar for Cheerios, while the cereal package lists only one gram per serving. A taste test makes it clear that it's the book that's wrong here. While I doubt that it's a deliberate effort to promote his own foods over competing products, having a guide book with such gross errors raises questions. I don't need a book to tell me to avoid virtually all commercial cereals except for the South Beach Diet branded ones.

    The book continues to list total carbohydrates, while at the same time, telling the reader that total carbohydrates are irrelevant. Perhaps this column listing would help somebody who is on the Atkins diet, but the author is not recommending the Atkins diet.

    The second edition is an improvement over the first edition. If a food is listed as good for a given phase, it's probably a good food to eat. But if it's not listed, reading the ingredients and the nutrition label for the food is still the best bet. Skimming through the book may help to give an idea of what foods are good or bad, but if you are in a supermarket, the package in front of you may be a better indicator than the book.

    If you feel that it's more important to gain a strong understanding of how the diet works and to be able to figure out on your own what foods will work, then the main diet book is much more helful for that. If you are more interested in picking foods and using recipes because somebody gives it a stamp of approval, and you don't want to risk making a bad choice, then using this guide in conjunction with the South Beach Diet cook books will provide you with tools you need....more info
  • A good companion
    I purchased this guide so that I could carry it in my glove compartment or my wife could put it in her purse. It list the foods to avoid, the foods to eat in moderation, and the foods that are recommended. You don't have to have this guide to succeed but it is a handy tool when you are shopping or dining out....more info
  • Not as Useful as I thought
    I have the original South Beach Diet Book and thought this would be a more comprehensive list of what I could eat. There are 1200 foods listed in this book but close to half of them say to avoid them on all phases. I found a few foods to eat that I would not have known before buying the book but was disappointed that items such as pie, ice cream, french fries and other obviously off-limits foods were listed and like I said before, they took up a lot of the book....more info
  • The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide (Revised):The Complete and Easy Reference for all Your Favorite Foods
    The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide (Revised): The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods
    This is one of the best books I have ever bought. It is easy to use. There is so much information in it. I just love it. It is a five star product. I have gotten 4 of them to give to others. It is G-R-E-A-T. It is an easy read, no crazy words or hard to follow chapters. It is simple and straight to the point. You can eat everything but junk food.
    Features it contains:
    1. Food lists that are easily read with detailed info. such as portions, fats, carbs, etc so you can plan meals accordingly.
    2. Explanations in a few short pages that are clear.
    3. Restaurant guidelines so you can eat out.
    4. An index to help you find everything in the book
    5. Designed small so you can carry it with you-best feature of all!!! No more guessing....more info
  • Portable Guide to What to Choose and What to Avoid on South Beach
    The South Beach diet was like a miracle for me. After several years of unsuccessful weight loss attempts on tiny caloric diets, the weight just dropped off me with the South Beach diet.

    I originally memorized some foods that I could always count on to be low fat and low glycemic. Over time, my wife would ask me if I could have food X or Y. Since this question always came up at the grocery store or in a restaurant, I couldn't answer her . . . because my copy of the South Beach diet was at home.

    I also found that I couldn't remember very well what a portion was without constantly referring to the original book. That was frustrating too.

    The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide proved to be a solution to all of these problems. It has all the information I want about what foods to eat and which to avoid . . . and what a portion size is. Whew! With this guide, the South Beach Diet becomes even easier . . . and tastier too. A lot of foods that I had been avoiding are actually all right on the diet.

    The size of this book will fit into almost any purse and jacket pocket. It will even fit into a hip pocket (but it won't be very comfortable to sit on).

    If you've liked the South Beach diet, I suggest that you give yourself the gift of this book as well.

    If you haven't tried the South Beach diet yet, I suggest that you buy both The South Beach Diet book and this one. You'll do even better, I think, if you do.

    Nice job, Dr. Agatston!...more info
  • Very Helpful
    This little book is very helpful for a quick reference guide. Highly recommend to anyone on the South Beach Diet....more info
  • It's working for me!
    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....more info
  • Bait and switch, but works
    If you actually READ "South Beach Diet" as a book, from start to finish, the actual diet plan comes as quite a shock. Agatson goes on and on about the magic of carb-cutting as if it's a great trick that will have minimal impact on your eating habits--then lays out a diet that is classic calorie cutting and portion-size restriction. But I give him lots of credit for the recipes, which have become part of my repertoire regardless of dieting. Great salads and dressings, especially. Recommended if you can let go of the hype and accept that to lose weight, you need to better and eat less....more info
  • It really works!
    I purchased this book right before the new year. I had just seen the picture of the bride's maid's dress I was going to have to wear in front of 400 people in a matter of months. It took only a few minutes to read the narrative portion. I then took the thorough listing of foods that were good carbs/good fats and made a grocery list. Between December 27th and May 8th (the wedding day), I lost 30 pounds, dropped 4 pants sizes, and feel healthier than ever! I did not follow a meal plan and rarely used recipes. I just ate the foods that were allowed and didn't eat the ones that weren't. I highly reccommend this book!...more info
  • Small & Compact Guide for a Great Diet
    The diet is great because it allows more food types than other Atkin's type diets, but still allows for bigger portions of the right foods. There is a beginning strict phase and then a more laxed phase like Atkins. This seems more sensible than Atkins though. There are less hunger pains on this diet than other types of diets and the fat comes off fast. Good small guide for a great diet. I recommend to anyone who is trying to lose weight (or make positive changes of other types) the amazing book "Effortless Wellbeing" by Evan Finer. That book will give you a simple way to feel better no matter what you weigh, will help you win the weight loss battle, and help you stay tuned to what is important-- generally make your more powerful and successful. Wonderful highly recommended books!! Good luck!...more info
  • great book!
    I am a big fan of the South Beach Diet. This book has much more information on foods to eat and which foods to avoid than the original SBD book. It's also a great size and can easily be carried in a purse for grocery shopping or dinig out....more info
  • Great Companion!!
    THE SOUTH BEACH DIET GOOD FATS, GOOD CARBS GUIDE is a well-organized and easy-to-use companion to THE SOUTH BEACH DIET. I've been on Dr. Agatston's plan since August and have lost 32 pounds. The Guide is an ideal quick reference -- especially for shopping and eating out -- for Phase 3 dieters.

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  • This is a good buy but a bit pricey
    This is a great buy if you can buy it used. I think it is helpful with the diet and also just basic information. I started looking into this diet because of the effect it has on blood sugar. I find this diet a bit easier to do than Atkins. This book is a good resource to have when on this diet....more info
  • They is a Better book than that.
    This book is ok but far away to reveal the truth about the Diet and the bad impac on the body. I really like the new book by Jean Carrillo title "What's NEXT?" I learn so much with this book, and stop to lose my money on Diets, Miracles Products etc... A must to Have for the one who really want Burn Fat, Lose Weight and change the life style....more info
  • South Beach Supplement
    Not exactly what I expected. Pretty small book, but good reference charts in there for lots of kinds of foods. A good guide for those committed to the diet for the long run....more info
  • good "cheat sheet" on carbs
    This info can be found in the South Beach book and cookbooks but it is a quick and fairly complete guide of what carbs are best to eat with an easy to read guide of total carbs, sugar, fat, fiber and which phase certain foods can/should be eaten in. Also, it's smaller so fits in the car or purse to carry with you when out or grocery shopping so you can quickly check a certain food or catagory. Not necessary but a good resource if you don't have the cookbooks....more info
  • South Beach Guide Review
    The guide was very good. I was not sure I wanted to start the diet full blown so I got the guide and read over it. Even if you do not want to start the diet it is a good guide to foods that you should avoid or eat occasionally....more info


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