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The South Beach Diet Dining Guide
Your Reference Guide to Restaurants Across America
By Arthur Agatston, M.D.
Published by Rodale
December 2005;$7.99US/$10.99CAN; 1-59486-360-1

Dine Out Anywhere, but Stay on South Beach

If you're like most Americans, chances are that work and family keep you busy and on the go. Probably you purchase at least one meal a day in some sort of restaurant. But can you dine out regularly and still stick to the South Beach Diet? The answer is a definite "Yes." In The South Beach Diet Dining Guide, leading cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston makes it easy to eat healthy in more than a hundred restaurants across America. From fast food to fine dining, learn what you can eat in more than 75 of the most popular chain and family establishments and in the best business-class restaurants in 15 of the most traveled cities from coast to coast.

Just Because You Want to Be Healthy
Doesn't Mean You Have to Go Hungry

In The South Beach Diet Dining Guide, you'll discover that you don't have to give up fats or carbs -- you just need to choose the right ones. You'll learn strategies for making healthy choices no matter where you're eating or what phase of the diet you are on. Whether at the mall, on the road, at the airport, or out with family and friends, this book helps you follow the nutritional principles of the South Beach Diet every time. And to make your ordering decisions even simpler, the fast-food and chain entries list the calorie, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, and fiber content of a dish, along with the appropriate South Beach Diet phase. Remember, you can eat anywhere and stay on South Beach! This indispensable guide shows you how.

Arthur Agatston, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has authored groundbreaking studies, as well as reviewed manuscripts for major medical and cardiology journals. He is the author of the best-selling books The South Beach Diet and The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide and has appeared on national television shows including Today, Dateline, Good Morning America, and 20/20. In addition, Dr. Agatston is frequently quoted as an expert in cardiac health and diet in the media. He maintains a private cardiology practice, focusing on prevention, in Miami Beach, where he lives with his wife, Sari, and their two children.

The following is an excerpt from the book The South Beach Diet Dining Guide
by Arthur Agatston
Published by Rodale; December 2005;$7.99US/$10.99CAN; 1-59486-360-1
Copyright © 2006 Arthur Agatston


You have a busy life. Chances are that work and family keep you the go, and preparing home-cooked meals may be difficult because of time constraints. Finding a healthy lunch in the middle of a hectic day is often just as hard, and eating a good breakfast at home may be a rare event. In fact, if you're like most Americans, you purchase at least one meal a day at some sort of restaurant.

And that's just on an ordinary day. What about weekends, holidays, special occasions, travel days, business dinners, and all the other times you're away from your own kitchen? Does this mean putting your South Beach Diet on hold?

Not at all.

One of the best things about the South Beach Diet is that it's easy to dine out-and still eat well -- while following the principles of the program. No matter what phase you're on, you can continue to lose weight and improve your health, whether you're grabbing a take-out order or enjoying dinner with family, friends, or business associates at a fine restaurant.

The first, and most important, step in sticking to the South Beach Diet when eating out is to keep the following ground rules in mind:

Once you have the ground rules down, you'll also need to master some proven strategies that will help you enjoy your restaurant meals even more.

Key Strategies
for Restaurant Dining

Dining out is one of life's pleasures, but it's also a challenge when you're trying to maintain a healthy diet. At home you can control what you put on your plate, but when you eat out, you're bound to come up against some common pitfalls: oversized portions, tempting refined carbs, extra ingredients that add bad fat and bad carbs, and of course menus that don't offer many South Beach Diet-friendly options. The following tips will help you stick to your healthy eating plan.

Copyright © 2006 Arthur Agatston