What's my verdict on the South Beach Diet? You eat a lot of vegetables and you're never hungry. Maybe you're not all that psyched about that next baked chicken breast dinner or egg white omelette, but psyching you up for meals is not what diets are for. As a short-term diet, South Beach is okay with me. As a way of life, it's barbaric. The thought of trying to resist a ripe nectarine, a bowl of blueberries, a spoonful of honey, a roasted sweet potato, month after month, year after year, appalls me. Eating artificially sweetened strawberry Jell-O instead of a strawberry? So clearly wrong.