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What are the new dietary guidelines?

The new South Beach Diet® follows most of the core principals of the original South Beach Diet, with a few minor updates, based on the latest research in weight management. Updated South Beach Diet® principles include:

Encouraging full-fat dairy (milk, yogurt). The new South Beach Diet continues to focus on including the majority of dietary fats in the diet from heart-healthy unsaturated fats, found in foods like avocados, nuts, and olives. However, when it comes to fats found in dairy foods, like milk and Greek yogurt, full-fat versions are now encouraged over lower fat varieties. A growing body of scientific research suggests that dairy fat may have protective effects, both in cutting risks for diabetes and helping people control their weight.

Exclude beans and legumes from South Beach Diet Phase 1. While beans and legumes provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they are also higher in carbohydrates. The new South Beach Diet is designed to deliver fast weight loss in South Beach Diet Phase 1. Lower carbohydrate diets have been associated with faster weight loss. In order to reduce the carbohydrate content of South Beach Diet Phase 1, higher carbohydrate foods once allowed, like beans and legumes, have been eliminated. But don’t worry! Phase 1 has been shortened from two weeks to one week in order to avoid a lengthy period of time without consuming high-quality carbs like whole grains, fruits, starchy vegetables and beans, which are added back into the diet plan in Phase 2.

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