South Beach Diet Supercharged Review

by The Diet Critic on August 1, 2019

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The South Beach Diet Supercharged is based on the book called The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life, which is supposed to be the next level to the original South Beach Diet. 

An Updated Diet Designed for Today’s Normal Environment

South Beach Diet Supercharged was created by Dr. Agatston, a cardiologist, and Dr. Signorile, an exercise physiologist, who worked together to try to create a diet that would suit the life of a person in today’s normal environment.

A person who is considered to be living in today’s normal environment is an individual who:

  • Eats on the go
  • Eats in restaurants
  • Might not have options that would suit a highly regimented diet
  • Learns to identify the right kinds of healthy foods by using product labels

The South Beach Diet Supercharged does place a focus on eating reduced carbohydrate meals that are high in lean proteins, just as was the focus of the original diet. However, this version also goes on to describe the benefits of diets that are high in vegetables.

The book provides its readers with several menu plans, a large number of recipes that suit those plans, and nutrition tips that help the dieter to properly practice the diet with as little frustration or inconvenience as possible. 

Exercise is Now Part of the Program

Unlike the original South Beach Diet book, this updated version includes an exercise program that suggests walking and strengthening core muscles. This is what Signorile’s major contribution is to the book. As a professor of exercise physiology at the University of Miami, Signorile brings his fitness knowledge to the diet plan, presenting a three-phase workout that complements the three phases of the South Beach Diet.

This fitness program combines low- and high-intensity interval exercise, with a strong focus placed on walking, as well as functional core body-toning exercises. The objective is to improve daily calorie and fat burning results.

Overall, this is a low-carb diet that includes limitations on eating foods that are high in fats such as whole milk dairy, and combines this restrictive eating plan with a complementary exercise program.

South Beach Diet Supercharged Pros

There are different benefits of The South Beach Diet Supercharged plan. Among these include:

  • Eating more vegetables and whole foods – It encourages the dieter to eat lots of vegetables and whole foods, which should be considered an important part of any healthy daily diet no matter whether it is to lose weight or maintain lost weight.
  • Regular exercise – Engaging in exercise is a central part of this program, which should be included in any attempt to lose weight or maintain a healthy body. 
  • Helpful advice when eating out – There are many handy tips that dieters can use when they are eating out at restaurants.
  • Vegetarian options – Even the unique needs of people on vegetarian diets are considered by The South Beach Diet Supercharged program.

South Beach Diet Supercharged Cons

While there are certain benefits, there are some drawback with this plan as well. Some of the downsides of South Beach Diet Supercharged include:

  • Prepacked food recommendations – Many of the food products recommended by this diet are prepackaged foods that have been manufactured and sold by the South Beach Diet company. These foods contain a large number of artificial ingredients and are often more expensive than a person’s typical grocery shopping. These foods may also be too low in calories and carbohydrates; especially among the dieters who include a high amount of exercise into their routines.
  • The first phase is highly restrictive – The first phase of this eating plan places significant limitations on the foods you can eat. Although the phase doesn’t last long, it can still be challenging to follow.
  • Heavy carb restriction can cause unpleasant side effects – If you severely restrict your carbs, you can put your body into a state of ketosis. This is a process that results when your body uses stored fat for energy because it doesn’t have enough sugar (glucose) for energy. Side effects of ketosis can lead to nausea, headache, fatigue, dehydration, dizziness and bad breath.

The South Beach Diet Supercharged book and companion DVD were first launched in 2008. As of August 2019, both could still be purchased on Amazon. The mass market paperback was $7.99 and the DVD was $7.77.  That being said, it is also still possible to find these products from other vendors online and in some large chain bookstores. Some vendors continue to offer them at discounted prices; especially when both products are purchased together.

All that said, do remember that as is the case when starting any diet for weight loss or for any other health-related reason, it is a good idea to first run you plans by your doctor before starting South Beach Diet Supercharge to make sure that this is a smart lifestyle change for your current state of wellbeing.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken March 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

This diet is extremely hard to do and is time consuming. The shopping alone takes forever. I don’t think I’d ever get used to it.

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Janelle March 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Unfortunately all diets are hard work and take dedication to be successful. You would be hard pressed to find a diet that does not take some thought, care and planning. If there were such a thing we would all be skinny. I do like this diet for it’s encouragement of use of lots of fresh veggies and it gives you lots of tips for eating out.

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Sharon July 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You’re right about that. Every diet has its challenges. The whole reason that the weight is there in the first place is because the right habits haven’t been formed. So since you have to make new habits, you need to expect to do at least some work. The trick, I guess, is to be able to find the diet that is designed in a way that you can work it into your life and still get successful results. None of them will actually be easy, but at least some will be easier than others.

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Tracy March 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

The South Beach Diet Supercharged seems more like marketing for its own food products than actually focused on helping you lose weight.

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Janelle March 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Ya it’s kinda true, I am not one for the pre packages stuff either. Would much rather eat fresh. I found if you stick to whole, real foods, and grocery shop regularly (ya I know not convenient) but at least you are not putting as much chemicals into your body.

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Joelle October 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

It really is better if you do it all with whole foods instead of the packaged stuff

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laura April 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I found that this was a great book, but don’t get the electonic version for e-readers or kindle. I got it for the kindle and the fomat did not come out well at all. In regards to the actual diet, it did help me lose quite a bit of weight but I can’t stress enough how important the exersize component is. It was a real eye opener when I got to the section of the book that talked about how moderate amounts of walking (20 minutes every other day) with short intervals of fast movement spaced between moderate walking would do me more good for burning fat than doing all that walking that I used to do at one speed. Who would have thought I was wasting so much time before?

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Gil December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Thanks! That’s really good to know. I’ll get the print book version.

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Jason February 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

Even when you buy the book and the DVD – the entire kit of everything that is available – it’s really not all that much money. Especially if you get it for sale or if you compare it to the cost of one of the diets when you sign up and have to pay every month or whatever. I like that it’s pretty healthy, but it doesn’t starve you.

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