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Lose eight to 13 pounds in the first two weeks of low-carb South Beach Diet

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One of the highest rated weight loss plans in U.S. News & World Report's recent rankings of diets, the South Beach diet has been used by celebrities like Bette Davis because of its safe, fast results. The company reports that you can lose eight to 13 pounds in the first two weeks. Get the skinny here.

Created by cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D., the South Beach Diet emphasizes learning to lose weight and keep it off with healthy carbohydrates and fats. It's a phased plan to jump-start weight loss, curb cravings and boost your health.

Approved by WebMD as a healthy way to lose weight, the plan, which we tried, is also surprisingly tasty. You go through three phases, from one that emphasizes protein and healthy fats through a second that adds in such healthy carbs as fruit to a third phase to maintain.

To follow the low carb diet plan:

Get variety in your meals with the cookbooks that complement the diet:

Are you on a gluten-free diet? There's a special version of the South Beach diet for you: "The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Gluten-Aware Plan for Losing Weight and Feeling Great--Fast!" (click for details).

Plus: There are a variety of South Beach Diet-approved products. We tried some. And after tasting a wide range of different diet snack bars, we vote the South Beach Diet 100-calorie snack bars as the best. They come in a wide range of fabulous flavors, such as South Beach Diet Snack Bar, Fudgy Chocolate Mint - click for details. Our favorite: South Beach Diet Snack Bars Whipped Chocolate Almond (click for more information).

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