Originally Posted by Lagrangian
inb4 low carb shitstorm
South Beach isn't really worthy of attacking for being "low carb." It's only the first couple weeks that are carbless to wean yourself off the high-carb diet most people end up with. It also jump-starts the weight loss.
I started SBD in late summer weighing 216 and got down to 198 by the holidays. Shifted to a vegan diet and dropped another 6 lbs. My goal weight is 170.
SBD is very effective and much easier to stick to than most other "commercial" diets. At Phase II the list of restricted foods is small, you can easily find something to eat at restaurants or quickly prepare at home, and there's no real sacrifice to be made unless you have a penchant for white flour and soda.