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If you have never read The South Beach Diet, buy this book instead: It's much more helpful due to the exercise section and latest research on healthy eating and physical activity. If you already have a copy of The South Beach Diet, you need to buy this one as well so you can do the exercises.I'm a big fan of The South Beach Diet. It helped me lose a lot of weight when nothing else worked. I felt comfortable losing the weight and looked great when I was done, rather than like a survivor of starvation. Whenever I gained a bit of weight since then, returning to Phase 1 quickly took it off.But there was a problem: I clearly wasn't exercising enough. In the past, I've done a lot of walking and weight lifting . . . but I didn't get much benefit in terms of medical measures like reduced triglycerides. In fact, eating oatmeal and taking omega-3 supplements does more for my cholesterol level than exercise. I know that I need something different.My eyes opened wide when I got to the section of this book that talked about how moderate amounts of walking (20 minutes every other day) with short intervals of fast movement spaced between moderate walking would do me more good for burning fat than doing all that walking that I used to do at one speed. Now, that sounded great!Between walking days, you do some moderate body toning. Here is where I had some concerns about the book: The photographs show a lot of stress being put on the back. That's not a good idea for me: I have back problems. I'm not quite sure what to do, but I've ordered the DVD to see how these exercises are to be done and hope there will be detailed instructions there for people with bad backs.In this book, Dr.
While this book is an improvement over the original, it isn't really a new book and should have been sold as a revised edition of the original. The exercise section is decent but unremarkable. Interval walking (basically alternating between harder and easier effort while walking) is hardly a new idea, but it's a very good exercise to promote. The strength-training exercises are also decent, but again, nothing new.I found the interval walking routines to be far too easy, and I'm overweight by 50 pounds. To be fair, I walk quite a lot (1-4 miles a day)just to get to the library, grocery store, swimming pool, etc, so I might be in better physical shape than others who are similarly overweight. The strength training exercises were a good fit for me, but I suspect that for many folks they will be too easy. If you care to modify the workouts to be more challenging, do follow the basic 'effort' curve that Agatston recommends, or, better still, get a sports-fitness book and learn from that. Ideally, you want to build the intensity of your workouts, and then back off, in cycles; any basic sports training book can give you more information, but you could cobble together a reasonable workout following this book as a loose guide.The diet is more or less the same as in the previous book, with some new recipes and new foods added. I am following phase 1 right now, with some modifications. First, I don't consume sugar substitutes, and I don't think they're a good idea for anyone. I'm surprised any doctor would recommend them, but I'm prejudiced in favor of a natural, whole-foods diet. Agatston seems a little too keen on artificial sugars, and even lists 'light whipped topping' as an option -- yuck!
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