Originally created by the editors of Health Magazine, Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth, the Carb Lovers Diet proclaims that carbohydrates can actually help you shed the extra weight provided you choose them wisely.
Basics of the Carb Lovers Diet
According to Kunes and Largeman-Roth, carbs are not your enemy and the right ones can be a part of a healthy diet. Ask any amateur or professional athlete and they will tell you that carbohydrates are fuel for the body. For all practical purposes, this is one of the healthier diets out there.
Despite the fact that the Carb Lovers Diet features controlling calories and eating healthy carbs, convincing most of us that carbs are good for you is quite a challenge. The majority of the American public has been brainwashed into believing that carbs are no good for you.
This is just a myth and this diet dispels that myth. If you select the right ones, namely the ones that are rich in “resistant” starches, oftentimes referred to as Carb Stars, and then control the portions that you eat, carbs can play a significant role in losing weight.
What do we mean by resistant starch? Resistant starch is a particular type of carbohydrate that helps you burn off body fat by resisting the digestive process of the small intestine and makes you feel full.
Studies have also proven that resistant starch boosts your metabolism rate, controls your blood sugar level, and curbs your appetite. Because this type of carb is a key component of the Carb Lovers Diet, you can lose up to 8 pounds in a month following it and by eating other healthy foods in conjunction with those carbs.
How The Carb Lovers Diet Works
The foundation of the Carb Lovers Diet emphasizes eating resistant starches which are similar to fiber in that they avoid being digested and just pass through the body. In addition to this, there are 5 rules of the diet which include:
- avoiding deprivation (you can include your favorite foods provided it’s in moderation)
- creating a pantry filled with starch resistant foods (referred to as a “Power Pantry”)
- eating at least one “Carb Star” with every meal
- paying attention to the size of your portions
- resistant starches should comprise 25% of your meals with the remainder coming from fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, and vegetables
Additionally, the book “Carb Lovers Diet” contains 85 healthy recipes that you can easily prepare and colorful photos included with each meal.
The following foods are the recommended resistant starches that you should include in the Carb Lovers Diet:
- brown rice
- granola bars
- Greek yogurt
- green tea
- whole grain bread
- whole grain cereals
- whole grain pasta
If you’re like me and you just can’t stick to those low carb or no carb diets, then the Carb Lovers Diet would be a great fit for you. The important thing is to emphasize eating the “right” carbohydrates and not going out of control on breads and sugars or else you will likely find yourself back at square one.
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