On the heels of the South Beach Diet success story comes a new diet book called the Reality Diet. The author, Dr. Steven Schnur, used to be in practice with the creator of the South Beach Diet but says he didn't like the long term results.
"What prompted me to write this book is that I was seeing patients several years ago with a lot of side effects from the low carb diets. Patients were coming in with headaches, constipation, they were very weak, very tired," said Dr. Schnur, a Miami Beach Cardiologist.
So, now the reality diet focuses more on fiber with a formula to follow. The 2:90 rule. Dr. Schnur says you should have at least two grams of fiber per 90 calorie serving. Virtually all fruits and vegetables meet that requirement. The reality diet calls for exercise, burning 300 calories a day.