There are three South Beach diet books.
The South Beach Diet, The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
It was written by Dr. Arthur Agatston, specialist in cardiology and was published in April, 2003.
It is structured in two parts:
In the first half of the book you can find explanations made on a scientific basis on the fundamentals of the main nutrients, information on blood sugar, carbohydrates and a diet plan based on high-fiber foods, proteins, healthy fats and reduced food with a high carbohydrates content: bread, pastas, rice and fruit.
The previously settled principles of a diet based on high-carbohydrate, low-fat food are shaken. The diet must not be frustrating, it must ensure the right amount of food necessary for satisfying hunger, there are three meals a day and two snacks (a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon one).
The three phases of the diet are described in the first part of the book together with explanations on how they work and information on food components, weight loss, popular diets, eating out and the advantages offered by this diet.
The innovative side of this diet is the lack of restraint on quantities and the little concern for exercise — the very short discussion on the benefits of exercise coming from a cardiologist became an arguable issue.
In the second part of the book you can find recipes together with daily meal plans for all the three stages of the diet. The recipes are varied, grouped in categories according to moments of the day, each having a calculated content of calories, protein, carbohydrates, total fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol and fiber.
South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide: The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods by Arthur Agatston
It was issued in March 2004. It contains a concise review of the main principles of the South Beach Diet called Your Road Map to South Beach Success.
The book is a guide for finding the latest information on good fats and good carbs as recommended in the program. It includes several charts and foods lists with information on carbohydrate, sugar, fat content and the amount of one serving. They are grouped under Good, Avoid, Limited, Very Limited, Allowed categories. It also contains valuable information on dining out observing the diet rules.
The South Beach Diet Cookbook: More than 200 Delicious Recipies That Fit the Nation's Top Diet by Arthur Agatston
It was issued in April, 2004 as a result of the success of the diet book. The sustainers of the South Beach diet were looking for a variety of recipes to fit the patterns of the diet.
This book contains a summary of the diet program of the The South Beach Diet, the banned foods, the allowed foods from all the food groups and lots of recipes. The recipes contain nutritional data. This book also contains a questions and answers section where information from the book The South Beach Diet is updated.