Are the South Beach and Meditteranean Diets basically the same?

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Are the South Beach and Meditteranean Diets basically the same?
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 12:29pm

And if not, what are the major differences?

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Registered: 01-31-2001
Hi and welcome!

The major difference between the South Beach Diet and the Mediterranean Diet is carbohydrate composition. The South Beach Diet is considered a low-carbohydrate diet, limiting total carbohydrate intake to 28 percent of calories in the maintenance phase of the program. As a moderate-carbohydrate restricted diet, the Mediterranean Diet limits total carbohydrate intake to 40 percent to 45 percent of total calories.
Similarities:
The South Beach and Mediterranean plans are heart-healthy diets, according to the Mayo Clinic. They both encourage the intake of fiber, emphasizing foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. They also both recommend heart-healthy proteins such as fish and poultry while limiting the intake of red meat. And both diets encourage the use of heart-healthy oils as the source of fat.

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Registered: 06-25-2008

How do you calculate carbohydrate percentages?

Brenda

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Registered: 01-31-2001

I really didn't figure out the percentage. That's how it's compared in the diet world. On South Beach you are permitted only 2 to 3 grain servings per day and those servings can not be more than 30 gram portions (or approximately 1 ounce). Hope that helps.

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