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A Message From Dr. Agatston

Welcome to, where you’ll find the tools and support you need to lose weight, feel better, and live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

If you love food as much as I do, you know that losing weight—and keeping it off—isn’t always easy. But the good news is, you don’t have to starve yourself to achieve permanent weight loss and gain better health. On the South Beach Diet you will enjoy three nutritious and delicious meals a day, at least two satisfying snacks, and even dessert.

But more important, you’ll learn that the South Beach Diet goes well beyond the dining table and a number on your scale.

Your Total Solution for Healthy Living
Today we know that maintaining a healthy weight is just part of the equation when it comes to optimal health. In addition to feeding your body what it needs to feel good day in and day out—nutrient-dense, fiber-rich carbohydrates (from vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains), healthy unsaturated fats (like olive oil and canola oil), and plenty of lean protein—you also need to exercise regularly and get adequate, quality sleep. Every day new studies show that this combination is critical, not just for permanent weight loss, but for preventing a host of acute and chronic diseases.

On the South Beach Diet we embrace all of these healthy lifestyle habits as part of our total solution for healthy living. If you pay attention to all three, you’ll not only lose weight, you will also lower your risk for heart disease, prediabetes, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration, and even some types of cancer. You can also improve your blood pressure and stabilize your blood sugar, lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides (fats that circulate in the blood), and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol.

The Gold Standard
Today the South Beach Diet is the brand more people turn to for the good health and trimmer shape they crave. And as new research comes to light, we continue to evolve. For example, I have found that so many of my patients feel better when they become gluten aware (and stop devouring the entire bread basket!) or when they try a vegetarian way of eating, that I am encouraging them to keep it up. In other words, our South Beach Diet principles can easily encompass the way you prefer to eat.

Let's Start Together
I wish I could see all of you in my office to give you a personal pep talk, but that’s just not possible. Thanks to, however, I am connected to you. Take some time to check out our website and please take advantage of the weight loss tools, great recipes, customized meal plans, exercise program, and support from registered dietitians and a vibrant community of South Beach Diet followers available to you.

And remember, the journey to permanent weight loss and better health begins with a simple first step. I wish you success.


Preventive cardiologist, creator of the South Beach Diet, and author of The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Supercharged, The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook, The South Beach Wake-Up Call, and numerous other books.

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