The all-science, deliciously heart-healthy diet that quickly sheds inches from your waistline. When Dr. Agatston set out to develop a palatable, safe diet to insure the long-term health of his chronically overweight heart patients, he also caused an overnight sensation among South Beach's body conscious beachgoers. Why? With Dr. Agatston's plan, you shed pounds fast-right from the waistline and belly. His scientifically proven program offers immediate results, helping dieters shed 10, 20, 30 pounds, while radically changing their blood chemistry, reversing diabetes and lowering high cholesterol. The diet works in 3 stages to change your metabolism with a healthy assortment of meat, fish, cheese, healthy oils and nuts, vegetables, and even small amounts of carbohydrates and sweets. All this without the dangerous long-term effects of other severely restrictive diets, which helped earn The South Beach Diet the support of the American Heart Association, which has warned against other popular diets.