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Low Carb Dieting for the Vegetarian

July 13th, 2005

Pinto Beans

The South Beach Diet by Dr Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist located in the Miami Beach Florida area, added approximately 4,000 vegetarians to his diet website with meatless meal plans and recipes. Low carb has been traditionally high in protein from meat sources exclusively; however there are vegetarian alternatives for the protein. 

Which do you think has the largest percentage of protein 1 large egg, 1 cup serving of pinto beans, or 1 cup of alfalfa sprouts?  The serving of Alfalfa sprouts contain 5.1 grams (with 35% protein of composition being protein), the pinto beans 14 grams, while the egg contains just 6 grams of protein.

The South Beach Dietís Dr. Agatston developed a vegetarian plan long before his original South Beach diet book was released.  Following the popularity of the book, his website followed up with online diet help.  Now the vegetarians can join online too, with appropriate vegetarian diet plans.


The vegetarian side of the South Beach Diet includes bean, soy products, legumes, and plenty of Vegetables.  They are allowed a limited amount of fruits and grains in the later phases of the diet. Dieters are allowed to eat dairy and eggs, so long as they follow the low-fat rule.  

The first 2 weeks of The South Beach Diet has restrictions in the amount of carbohydrates eaten.  It is very similarly structured to the Atkins dietís induction phase, but The South Beach Diet choices are low-fat protein servings with a few more selections of vegetables.  The greatest amount of weight is lost in the first 2 weeks.  In the second phase you slowly add back some of the carbohydrates, although you can stay on this phase for as long as you need to lose weight.  The third phase is the maintenance phase where you transition from a diet phase to a life long diet phase.  You are allowed to eat more carbohydrates again.


Vegetarians are as likely to be overweight today, because of processed foods.  Just because it is vegetarian does not mean it is good for you, and many have gained extra weight from eating the same processed foods like non-vegetarians.  The South Beach Diet, whether in the regular or unleaded version, is intended as a life long commitment.

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