On a Diet and Dining Out? Stay on Course With The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand

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It’s one thing to resolve to lose weight and adopt a healthier diet. The real challenge is staying the course when dining out. Now you can start and stick to a healthy eating and weight loss plan – where ever you might be dining – with help from The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand (http://www.skyscapeonhand.com), a simple to use mobile solution that provides instant, anywhere access to restaurant menu suggestions, recipes, meal plans, and lifestyle tips on Palm and Windows Pocket PC-powered PDA handheld computers and smartphones. It’s based on the best-selling South Beach Diet™ book by prominent preventive cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D.

It’s one thing to resolve to lose weight and adopt a healthier diet. The real challenge is staying the course when dining out.

Now you can start and stick to a healthy eating and weight loss plan – where ever you might be dining – with help from The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand (http://www.skyscapeonhand.com), a simple-to-use mobile solution that provides instant, anywhere access to restaurant menu suggestions, recipes, meal plans, and lifestyle tips on Palm and Windows Pocket PC-powered PDA handheld computers and smartphones. It’s based on the best-selling South Beach Diet™ book by prominent preventive cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D.

With The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand on a PDA or smartphone, dieters are finding that staying on plan is smart, easy, and discrete – by simply tapping a stylus to access a variety of suggested restaurant menu items and information for the most popular cuisines, including Italian, Chinese, Greek and Mexican. There’s even guidance on the best food choices at the most popular fast food chains.

Sandy, a busy principal of a 500-student elementary school in Joliet, Ill., was warned by his doctor that he would knock 10 years off his life if he didn’t lose weight. Using The South Beach Diet(TM), he did, slimming down from a size 56 waist to a 42. Now, The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand is the perfect solution for keeping him on track and informed about eating the right carbs and the right fats. “I have the PDA with me all the time. My wife and I eat out frequently and with a tap of the stylus, I can find the foods I can enjoy and the foods to stay away from. I can check my handheld right at the table. Having the information right at your fingertips is great,” he says.

For Diana of Merrimack, NH, “My PDA… is my brain. If I don’t have my PDA, I don’t have everything I need to function.” And that includes her diet. “With Skyscape’s South Beach Diet OnHand, the basics are there in my handheld. I can carry it my purse into the restaurant and not be so obvious looking up what I can eat. On a PDA, it is relatively discrete, and I really like that,” she says. To date, Diana has lost 30 pounds on The South Beach Diet(TM).

Frequent traveler Ivan of Santiago, Chile, jets between Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Miami. Because of his busy travel schedule, dieting and exercising are not always convenient. For him, The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand is “the practical solution. A PDA is much easier to carry with all of the things I have to pack in my suitcase. It helps me in finding the right foods for my diet when I am eating out on business,” he says. It helps at home while shopping with his wife for groceries as well. “She chooses the recipe and I grab my PDA to make sure we are selecting the ingredients we need,” he explains.

Convenience and portability make The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand ideal for people who travel or dine out frequently – as well as anyone who simply want more control over the quality of their diet and lifestyle.

In addition to recommending the best restaurant menu items, The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand offers:

  • The Daily Dish – A daily e-mail newsletter offering recipes, the latest research, success stories, diet news, and sample meal plans for all three phases of the diet.
  • Motivational Tips – Eating and lifestyle tips are updated daily.
  • Q&A with Dr. Agatston. Three times each week Dr. Agatston provides answers to common questions and perspective on important news in nutrition and medicine.

Developed by Skyscape, Inc., the leading provider of interactive mobile healthcare solutions, The South Beach Diet(TM) OnHand is available by subscription for $19.95 per-year. This solution is designed to work on a variety of handheld mobile devices and it can be can downloaded from http://www.skyscapeonhand.com and activated in minutes.

About Skyscape, Inc.

Skyscape, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated handheld decision support tools for more than 475,000 physicians and other medical professionals. Using the same sophisticated smARTlink™ technology found in the company’s medical products, Skyscape also offers a consumer-oriented series - Skyscape OnHand - of mobile health and wellness products specifically designed to assist consumers with diverse needs from good nutrition to disaster recovery. South Beach Diet™ OnHand is the only mobile version of the successful nutrition program. Skyscape OnHand products are available for Palm OS®, Windows® Mobile Pocket PCs and smartphones, and Windows® powered desktop, laptops, and Tablet PCs. Skyscape is based in Marlborough, MA and is available on the web at http://www.skyscape.com.

About Dr. Agatston and The South Beach Diet(TM)

Arthur Agatston, M.D., is a practicing cardiologist, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Medical School, and the author of the best-selling books The South Beach Diet(TM), The South Beach Diet(TM) Cookbook, The South Beach Diet(TM) Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide, The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook(TM), and The South Beach Diet(TM) Dining Out Guide – all published by Rodale.

The South Beach Diet Online (http://www.southbeachdiet.com) is a leading subscription service for people committed to a weight-healthy lifestyle. The South Beach Diet Online was launched in June 2003, by Waterfront Media, a leading subscription-based online publishing company (http://www.Waterfrontmedia.com)

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