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The South Beach Diet Controversy

we have been talking about the South Beach diet a bit recently, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman has written us to strenuously object to our highlighting this diet. Here is a new blog post about his concerns and it has a link to a new article we published.


Tue. Jan 27, 11:39am

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First off, I have to say that I might be a little biased having lost more than 50 pounds healthfully on the South Beach Diet. Dr. Furhman has obviously not read Dr. Agatston's book because there are several erroneous claims in the article. For example, Dr. Furhman said that the typical SB breakfast includes two eggs and "lean bacon." Well, pork, although allowed in moderation, is not part of our daily breakfast, it is turkey bacon - and we're only allowed two slices a day. Plus there is no "typical" SB breakfast. Dr. Agatston provides many alternatives to bacon. You can even make up your own using SB principles.

Another false claim is that the diet recommends "yo-yo" dieting. In phase one, people could lose up to 10 pounds, not 13, and the average person loses about 5-8, Dr. A even says so in the book. We never gain back weight on the other phases, we plateau at the beginning of phase II but eventually we start losing again. My weight has not gone up but ONCE (one pound) the whole five months I have been on the diet.

Also, with the South Beach Diet, I cleansed my body of the desire to eat crappy food. I don't get violent cravings for junk food that lead me to Red Robin at night, and this is thanks to the South Beach Diet.

Everyone has a right to pick and choose their own diet. Some may choose the South Beach Diet and we don't need "scare tactics" and doctors telling us false things and making us believe that if we do a highly effective diet, we might die.

Dr. Furhman should promote his own diet, not portray others to be "deadly" as he did in this article.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:26 PM

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Hear hear to 12:26 who sums up both my experience with SB and opinions about the criticism (or sensationalism).

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:29 PM

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There has not been one reported death among South Beach Diet followers.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:38 PM

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Wow to think what one doc will say to get more followers on a plan of his..SB has been very good to me, I am eating many veggies and lean meats as well as healthy amounts of dairy etc..and have never been more healthy ..this is via my physical I just had a week ago. all my blood levels are the best they have been and my weight is great so I think I will just take the que's from my own personal doctor. She was so pleased with my overall health!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:50 PM

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everyone is probably a little right- does the diet work for a lot of people? Of course. is there something to what he is saying- probably. And he is not the only one. I read the article and there are a bunch of notes at the end of it. This is one:


Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 1:32 PM

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