South Beach Diet Supercharged

Just when we thought the South Beach Diet is good enough, now comes a new and improved makeover of the diet plan encapsulated in the book “The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life.” The book is created and developed by Dr. Agatston together with exercise psychologist Joseph Signoril, PhD introduces a fitness program to let you work out not longer, but smarter.

It is an expanded version of the plan which offers more ways to eat right, list of supercharge foods, 40 additional nutrient-rich recipes, tips to make healthier choices when eating at a restaurant and a fitness exercise. Together with the original diet plan’s three Phases, the eating plan now included a two part fitness program: Interval Walking and the Total Body Workout.

According to Dr. Agatston, the program is designed to “supercharged” metabolism to burn more calories and lose weight fast by a 20 minute-a-day walking.  The authors said, “With interval training, the higher the intensity of the exercise, the longer the afterburn; that is, you will continue to burn more fat and calories after you’ve completed your exercise session,” “This means you’ll burn more fat and calories while you’re going through your daily activities, and even when you’re resting.”

Though the supercharged is well received by the masses, Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, criticize Agatston claims. According to Church that people really do burn a few more calories when they exercise at a steady pace, but won’t burn “far more calories afterward.” In addition, the afterburn idea is not really suggested according to recent research and will only last for 15 to 30 minutes. John Jakicic, director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, somewhat supported Chruch’s criticism by testing a portion of Agatston’s theory. He concludes that what Agatston’s saying isn’t wrong, but he’s just inflating the impact. He added, “the majorities of are burned when you are doing the exercise.”

Dr. Agastton defended his theory and said, they “didn’t overstate afterburn. At most, you can nitpick some of what we say.” “You are going to be able to get greater caloric output per unit of time with this workout.” “Interval training is more efficient, and over time you will burn more calories. That’s my point, and I absolutely stick with it.”

Here is an overview of the two components of this program.

Interval Walking

Alternating periods of fast and or very fast walking with periods of slower recover walking

Boost metabolism, burn more calories and lose more weight fast

A great workout for the heart and lungs for cardiovascular health

Total Body Workout

A workout designed to target and work on several muscle groups simultaneously

Increases flexibility while toning your muscles and legs

Promotes stability, good posture and coordination.

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