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Why Do You Lose Belly Fat First?
South Beach Diet 101

Losing belly fat first is a definite plus for those who follow the South Beach Diet. After Phase 1, you will find your pants are quite a bit looser ... you may even have to go shopping for new ones! So, how can a diet cause you to lose weight in a certain area?

Well, technically, it's your body's response to the diet -- not the diet itself -- that leads to the reduction of stomach fat (aka "central adiposity").

Not only does this give your motivation a boost early in the diet, it also provides health benefits: Belly fat has been proven to cause an increased heart disease risk in both women and men.

Dr. Agatston explains the diet's belly-fat-reducing mechanism in the book: Eating diets high in refined sugar and other "bad" carbohydrates spikes your blood sugar, leading to higher insulin levels in your body. The increased insulin levels cause fat to be deposited more prevalently in your belly, rather than other areas of the body.

Since the South Beach Diet is all about controlling insulin levels by focusing on "good" carbs and banishing bad ones, making the changes set forth in Phase 1 will lead to a shrinking waistline!

South Beach Diet 101

(Please note: In order to correctly follow The South Beach Diet, you will need to read The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss, which is also available on CD.

You may also find the companion food guide helpful.)

Related Resources:
 South Beach Diet 101: Phase 1
 South Beach Diet 101: Forbidden Foods on Phase 1
 South Beach Diet Main

Suggested Reading:
 The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, MD
 The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Fats Guide
 The South Beach Diet Cookbook
 The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook

The South Beach Diet : The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss, Arthur Agatston, MD, St. Martin's Griffin (April 19, 2005 edition).

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