The South Beach Diet is divided into the three phases that prepare you for a period of steady weight loss. The meals are lower in carbohydrates than you are likely used to, because research has shown that reducing carbs is one of the most effective strategies for losing weight quickly and safely. This particular Diet is so effective for weight loss because it trains you to live a heart-healthy, high-quality, life without deprivation or hunger. In the end you'll lose weight without sacrificing great eating. You'll learn how to be a mindful eater, by learning how to make healthy food choices.