South Beach Diet

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The South Beach Diet helps customers to burn fat, transform their metabolisms and increase energy through a high-protein, low-carb diet. 

The South Beach Diet has been described as a safe, effective plan to help you lose weight with no hunger or deprivation. To simplify the process, fully prepared meals designed to help you lose weight are delivered to your home each month. The premise of this diet is to consume fewer carbohydrates and more protein and healthy fats. The diet plan is structured into three phases. 
The first phase consists of a “Seven-Day Body Reboot,” during which only certain foods are selected and introduced into your diet. This phase lasts two weeks, and is designed to remove all cravings and launch your weight loss journey. The second phase is the “Steady Phase,” during which there are more food options to choose from. During this phase, you should expect to lose an average of two pounds per week. You should remain in the second phase until you reach your desired healthy weight. 
The final stage of this diet focuses on maintaining your weight loss by prompting you to make healthier choices long-term.

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Online tracking 10/10
Shipping costs 10/10
Customizable options 7/10
Ease 10/10
Cancellation 9/10
Gluten-free options 6/10
Auto delivery 10/10
Cost 8/10
Warranty 5/10
Customer support 9/10
Online tracking
Can customers track their progress online?
Yes, customers have full access to a free tracker app
Shipping costs
What are the shipping costs?
All fully prepared meals are shipped via FedEx free of charge
Customizable options
Can customers customize their food choices?
Pre-packaged meals can’t be customized, but you can add optional items
How easy to use?
Very easy; order online or by phone
Does the company offer a cancellation option?
A monthly subscription can be canceled by contacting a representative
Gluten-free options
Does the company offer a gluten-free option?
No, but a wheat-free menu is available
Auto delivery
Does the company offer an auto delivery option?
Yes, a 35% discount is provided with this option
Fee for service
$10-$15/day, depending on your food choices and add- ons
How easy to return or replace?
Returns and exchanges are not available
Customer support
Ease of access
Call or email customer support for assistance
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The South Beach Diet offers a subscription option. If you choose this option, meals will be delivered to your home monthly. As a senior, you may find the meal delivery option to be convenient. However, the average cost can range from $10-$15 per day. The daily/monthly costs of this diet can add up quickly and possibly create a financial burden. Nevertheless, a monthly subscription is not required to be successful on this diet. A more economical option is to utilize the South Beach Diet’s free online food tracker. 

The tracker provides several useful eating guides that outline what you should eat each day. Furthermore, the tracker also gives access to a weekly meal planner that includes a variety of healthy recipes and meal suggestions. Rather than purchase a monthly meal subscription, you can utilize the tracker to help guide you in making healthier food choices each week. 

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According to many nutritional experts, the South Beach Diet does not suggest sufficient calcium intake, which is an important component of your diet as you age. An adequate consumption of calcium can help to maintain bone strength. The diet’s guidelines do include small amounts of low-fat dairy during Phase 1, however, the dairy recommendation does not meet healthy dietary standards. 

An added concern is the strict limitation of whole grains, which may subsequently lead to deficiencies in dietary fiber. Dietary fiber should be an essential part of your diet due to its ability to aid in combating diabetes, heart disease, unhealthy weight gain and various cancers. Sufficient amounts of dietary fiber are also necessary to maintain proper digestive health. 


  • The South Beach Diet is relatively easy to follow. Meal options are prepackaged and do not require calorie or point counting. 
  • Weight loss of one to two pounds per week is typical on this diet. A steady weight loss increases the likelihood of maintaining your weight loss permanently.
  • Although the South Beach Diet focuses on weight loss, its dietary recommendations may promote healthy, long term, independent changes in your diet. 
  • The South Beach Diet educates its members on the differences between good and bad fats. The diet also teaches the importance of identifying good carbs while restricting bad carbs.
  • To follow this diet, you will not be required to eliminate meals. You will be encouraged to eat normal portions at mealtime, in addition to snacks throughout the day.


  • Many dieters are discouraged from continuing the plan due to the extreme carbohydrate restriction during the first two weeks.
  • The recommended diet restrictions in Phase 1 may lead to deficiencies in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Due to the strict diet recommendations in Phase 1, ketosis (when the body burns stored fat) may occur. The side effects of ketosis can include extreme dehydration, muscle weakness, gastrointestinal discomfort, extreme fatigue and dizziness.
  • Once the diet restrictions are phased out of the plan, dieters are likely to gain back those lost pounds if they are not vigilant. 
  • The South Beach Diet seeks to decrease blood sugar levels in the body. If you have a blood sugar-related medical condition such as diabetes, extra caution should be taken before choosing this diet.

Bottom Line:

The South Beach Diet was created on the basis of replacing refined carbohydrates with lean proteins, low-fat dairy and healthy carbs. By implementing the changes recommended by this diet, healthier eating and reduced cravings are designed to follow. The cost of a monthly subscription can range from $300-$500 per month. 

The South Beach Diet was introduced by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, in 2003. Its popularity grew when Dr. Agatson released a book describing the diet in detail the same year. By 2004, over 8 million copies of the book had been sold. 

The South Beach Diet has become quite popular in recent years. Though it may be the ultimate diet plan for some, it may not be right choice for everyone due to its restrictions. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I required to visit a center to participate in this program?

No, you are not required to visit a center to participate in this diet. The South Beach Diet provides an outline that can be followed independently. The diet is introduced in phases and promotes optimal long term health by suggesting healthier food choices. 

Can I customize meal orders?

For your first order, it is recommended that you allow South Beach Diet to send you preselected meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners). However, if you wish to choose your meals, you can do so. The plan also provides optional snacks that you can add to your meals. 

What is the cancellation policy? 

If you wish to cancel your subscription, customer service representatives are available to help you complete the cancellation process. Additionally, you may pause, update or cancel your order at any time.

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Product Details 

Overview: The South Beach Diet promotes healthy eating by eliminating refined carbs and white sugars. The plan focuses on a diet of high-quality lean protein, heart-healthy fats and good carbs from fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Package Details:  

The South Beach Diet is organized into three phases. The price ranges from $10-$15/day, depending on your food choices and add-ons. 
Phase 1 - Body Reboot: The focus of this phase is to replace sugars and refined carbohydrates with lean protein, vegetables and healthy fats. 
Phase 2 -Steady Weight Loss: After completing Phase 1, your body will be conditioned to achieve steady weight loss. Lean protein, healthy fats and vegetables are still your primary foods, however, additional carbohydrates can now be introduced to your diet in the form of whole grains, fruits and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes. 
Phase 3 – Maintenance: Once your weight loss goals are met in Phase 2, you can transition into the maintenance phase by eating nutritious foods to maintain your weight.

Optional Accessories or Add-on Services: N/A

Additional Company Details 

Contract Details: A contract is not required.  

Warranty: Returns and refunds cannot be issued once an order has been processed or shipped. 

Accreditations: The South Beach Diet does not have a rating or an accredited profile with the Better Business Bureau. 

Company Details: The South Beach Diet, created by Arthur Agatston, M.D., a cardiologist from southern Florida, is meant to help overweight patients improve their health through nutritious eating. In December 2015, Nutrisystem purchased the South Beach Diet for $15 million.


South Beach Diet
301 High Grove Rd., Ste. C
Grandview, MO 64030-3269
Tel: 888-625-8707

T. Mashae Pearson - Senior Advisor

Shae is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.