The South Beach Diet is a very popular diet, and is often said to be one of the best ones out there. Advocates of the diet like to say that it focuses more on overall health, rather than strictly losing weight, so it is a much safer (and overall better) choice of diet, especially when compared to ones like the Atkins Diet. However, there are some cons to the South Beach Diet as well. While the diet doesn’t seem to have too many adverse health effects on its own, it can be a very difficult diet to maintain, and can make it easier for people to return to their old (bad) eating habits. Because it is so challenging for those used to carb-heavy diets, people are more likely to struggle or return to their old eating habits. Consequently, returning to those habits can result in rapid weight gain. In addition, the diet can be very expensive to maintain, so for those of low income it is almost impossible to do. The diet also isn’t very helpful for those with allergies. For example, a large part of the diet requires one to be able to eat fish, but those with fish allergies cannot do this, and they aren’t presented with a lot of alternatives. The diet is also time-consuming, and for those who have to work a lot it can be impossible to keep track of calories and carbs the way one is supposed to on the diet.
However, there are advantages to the diet as well. For those that can do it, and afford it, the diet does offer a more balanced selection of food than most diets. Instead of erasing all use of carbs, the diet instead has one limit the amount of carbs they eat. So, one can still have certain foods, they just have to have them in smaller portions, or with slightly different ingredients. Furthermore, even if the diet doesn’t help one to loose weight, it does end up teaching people a lot of nutrition as well as their own bodies, which is good for one’s overall health, regardless of the effectiveness of the diet. Overall, like most diets, the South Beach Diet seems to be something of a mixed bag, with positive and negative aspects. It will work for some people, and not for others, so it is up to each individual to figure out if it is right for them.
- Better Health USA. “Rating the South Beach Diet: Advantages and Disadvantages”. http://www.betterhealthusa.com/public/251.cfm Web. N.d.