The South Beach Diet is the delicious, doctor-designed, foolproof plan for fast and healthy weight loss. Originally created by world-renowned cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston (who practices, teaches, and conducts research in Miami) to combat heart disease, Dr. Agatston observed that following the principles of the South Beach Diet allowed his patients to safely—and easily—lose weight. Pounds didn't just come off—they stayed off, and led to a healthier, more active lifestyle. Word of his patients' dramatic successes quickly spread, and soon, the South Beach Diet was on fire across Miami. In 2003, Dr. Agatston published the first of his 12 best-selling books. These books became some of the biggest blockbusters in the weight loss world. To date, more than 11 million people have chosen the South Beach Diet! The nutritional foundation of the South Beach Diet is now recognized as one of the healthiest ways of eating: Enjoy normal-sized portions of lean proteins from beef, chicken, turkey, fish, even shellfish. Include good fats, from avocado, nuts, and olive oil. And have plenty of vegetables and other sources of healthy carbs. Eat so that your hunger is satisfied and your body is fueled.