I have read through this book, started on the exercises, and have made my grocery list for the first week. Next week I officially start the first 2 week diet. I was looking for something that would guide me to eat to be fit for life. I want to eat to live, not live to eat.
Information is good, albeit now dated, they need to update it again, but the diet does work. Recipes in this book and the "South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook" are just so-so but it's a launching point. If you know how to cook you'll be able to see what recipes need tweaking (without jeopardizing your diet) and how to use your own recipes to correspond with the diet. Not all nutritionists are chefs and if you know anything about cooking you'll see where the recipe instructions are lacking.
My husband and I love this book. We both lost weight on it and learned a lot about health and nutrition. Highly recommend it, especially for people who want to lose weight AND want to learn about what affect foods have on the body.
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When I started South Beach Diet I had 15 pounds to lose. I've only lost 4, but I've learned new tricks of the diet trade. I've never eaten so many veggies in all my life, but I'm enjoying it. There are some delicious recipes in this and other South Beach Diet books that even my tall, slender husband loves. The exercise plan is simple and much less rigorous than I had been doing. It is geared toward the sedentary, so I doubled the cardio and increased the "optional" walk on the strength days. It's a welcomed change.