By 2000 the diet had achieved mainstream popularity as a weight loss protocol.
The South Beach Diet is a GI slow-carb variation on the Atkins low carb principle with a little bit of Body for Life snacking to prevent hunger and includes a workout regimen which combines high and low intensity exercises on alternate days.
It is a three-phase diet starting with a two-week or more prohibition of sugar and starches. The no-nos include alcohol, potatoes, fruit, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, beetroot, carrots and corn and only low-fat or no-fat dairy is permitted during these 14 days. This is followed by phase 2 which is a further two weeks where most fruits and whole grains are permitted, and finally phase 3 sees a reintroduction of forbidden foods with the proviso that you choose wisely, control portions and avoid foods that trigger cravings. In other words, it is a diet for life.
Following dieter feedback of boredom and yo-yoing, the popular 10 week diet got supercharged with a few additional foods and a daily 20 minute walk to boost metabolism.