Incorporating Seafood in The South Beach Diet Makes Achieving a Beach-Ready Body Easy and Delicious
Posted: Jun 20 2017
As temperatures rise, a lot of people turn to proven weight loss methods like the South Beach Diet to get their bodies “beach-ready” for summer.
The South Beach Diet
The South Beach diet consists of three phases. For the first two weeks, the emphasis is on eliminating carbs from your meals altogether, while phases two and three allow a limited amount of carbs to be reintroduced. In all three phases, seafood is a staple of the South Beach Diet, as it is nutrient-dense and delivers a high concentration of vitamins and minerals with few calories.
Most important, fish such as salmon, tuna, and scallops are packed with the protein necessary to fuel the body for active days. And since seafood is light in saturated fats, it’s good for the heart.
Seafood is also one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower cholesterol levels. Best of all, seafood can be prepared in a variety of simple ways, so it’s never boring. Whatever your seafood preferences, the benefits of seafood to a weight loss program are immeasurable.
Arthur Agatston, M.D., author of the South Beach Diet, is a cardiologist who earned a reputation internationally for his research in the field of imaging in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Agatston defined the so-called Agatston score used in CT scanning of the coronary arteries to describe the amount of calcium in the arterial wall. According to Dr. Agatston, weight loss is not the main objective of the South Beach diet, although it is certainly a huge bonus for the body-conscious. He emphasizes that South Beach is meant to improve health by changing the “chemistry” of the blood.
The South Beach area of Florida elicits images of beautiful beaches and people. Many celebrities and models have followed the South Beach diet, and enthusiastically recommend it as a “diet for life.”
The diet’s liberal allowance for seafood in all three phases makes it a consummate mainstay for summertime meal planning when grilling is a national pastime.
Tuna is a very lean fish, and the grill offers you two ways of preparing it to perfection. One method is to grill the tuna over a high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes per side until it is cooked through. The other method is to grill it over a very high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. The first method is a much more traditional way of preparing fish on the grill. The second method is to simply sear the outside of the fish and leave the middle pretty much raw, an Asian favorite that has become popular and commonplace in the U.S.
Grilling salmon is just as easy as grilling tuna. Heat your grill, either charcoal or gas, to medium-high—a properly heated grill will help keep the fish from sticking excessively while also cooking it gently and thoroughly without setting it aflame.
While the grill heats, prepare the salmon by brushing the skin with oil. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper to season. Brush the cooking grate with oil. Place the salmon, skin-side-down, on the grill and cover, cooking until the salmon just starts to release fat, and the flesh flakes easily, 10 to 15 minutes for most 1-inch-thick fillets. Allow another 10 minutes for each extra inch of thickness. Use a spatula to remove the fish from the grill and serve, with lemon wedges or any other garnish you choose (fresh herbs are nice), immediately.
If your salmon is skinless, simply use a piece of foil a few inches larger than the piece of fish. Punch a few holes in it—about one hole every inch—and oil it liberally. Cook the salmon on the foil on the grill.
Grilling scallops is another fast, simple way of including this seafood favorite in your South Beach Diet. Pat dry each scallop and lay them on a tray. Sprinkle on some olive oil, coating scallops on all sides. Season the scallops with salt, black pepper, and lemon pepper, making sure that the seasoning covers all sides. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
Grill for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.
Working Seafood into your South Beach Diet
There is a variety of recipes available for preparing tuna, salmon, and scallops that are easy-to-follow available online, that make working seafood into your South Beach Diet simple and convenient.
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