The Carb Lovers Diet

By Ted
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So long Atkins. Nice knowing you Carb Addicts. I’m leaving South Beach and moving on to a place where I can eat carbs, lose weight, and feel great!

The best selling diet plan right now on Amazon is Heath Magazine’s The Carb Lover’s Diet and it promises just that. Dieters can eat carbs, stop cravings, and have the foods they love while losing weight.

This sounds really great, but let’s explore what the new Carb Lovers Diet is all about.

Resistant Starch

The whole premise of The Carb Lovers Diet revolves around the concept of resistant starch. This is probably a new term for some, but it’s basically starch or carbs that aren’t absorbed by the body and pass on to the large intestine without raising glucose levels while at the same time causing a person to feel satisfied.

Foods such as whole grains, corn, bananas, brown rice, and legumes are high in resistant starch and have been shown to lower post meal blood sugar response by 38% when they are consumed opposed to eating other types of carbs.

4 Rules to The Carb Lover’s Diet

  1. Eat a resistance starch with every meal: The authors claim that eating a breakfast with a high amount of resistant starch in it will cause dieters to burn 25% more calories during the day.
  2. A quarter of each meal should be resistant starch: The rest should consist of lean protein, MUFA’s (good fats), fruits, and vegetables.
  3. Portion control: The Carb Lovers Diet says to eat less, but by adding resistant starch dieters will feel full while eating smaller portions.
  4. Never deprive yourself: The book contains 75 recipes that are healthy versions of the foods people crave such as desserts, pasta, bread, etc.

Carb Lovers Meal Plan

Breakfast

Banana Nut Oatmeal (310 Calories)

Lunch

Chicken Pita (400 Calories)

Snack

Garlic & Herb Garlic Dip (160 Calories)

Dinner

Barley Risotto Primavera (380 Calories)

Dessert

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Truffles (160 Calories)

Total Calories 1,410

Carb Lovers Fitness

The Carb Lovers Diet recognizes the importance of exercise to help promote weight loss and for overall good health. The book includes a fitness plan that recommends dieters spend 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week doing a combination cardio and strength training exercises.

Program Expenses

The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim for Life retails for $24.95.

Conclusions

The Carb Lover’s diet seems like an effective method for helping people to achieve their weight loss goals. The concept of resistant starch seems very similar to the concept of choosing carbs that have a high glycemic index. There are a few statements made by this book that have been refuted by peer reviewed research such as the statement “Carbs help you lose belly fat faster than other foods”. There are no foods or exercises that target fat areas, but fat usually comes off according to the order it went on.

The basic fundamentals of The Carb Lovers Diet are based on Calorie restriction and exercise which are the basis of any effective weight loss plan with the added benefit of teaching dieters to choose carbs that are a much healthier option.

9 Comments

  1. Natalie

    I’m following the carb-loversdiet for 3 weeks now, lost 5,5 kg. I also think lower calorie intake is helping…but the recepies are great and tastfull! And was not feeling week or hungry…. And I love beans! For me it’s a great diet!

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  2. zanjabil

    I agree with Penny, you have to eat foods that support your moods, keeps your blood sugar stable, and helps you to reach or maintain your healthy size. There is no “one solution” each person’s chemical makeup is different

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  3. Penny Hammond

    Ah, fashions come, fashions go. There are cycles for high/low carb, high/low protein, low fat, etc, and each time a few new terms get thrown in!

    If you’re a reader, have a look at Food and Mood by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.. She suggests that some people can improve their mood with high (unrefined) carb diets, others with higher protein. Low mood and depression is more likely to lead to comfort eating and weight gain.

    There probably isn’t a single diet that would work for everyone at all times – that’s why there are so many diets out there. I have to admit that carbs (even complex ones) send me on a high then a crash, and they tend to be rather addictive for me which leads me to eat more – so I’d be less likely to try a diet like this. However, this diet might work for some people.

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  4. Scotty123

    I agree, I see too many people go on unbalanced diets and lose all kinds of muscle to the point they look sick. The diet cannot be maintained after loosing the weight and they yo-yo back to old eating habits only to gain all the fat back with less body muscle.

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  5. SueK24

    Choosing higher glycemic index carbohydrates is the fast track to obesity and inflammation. I fail to see how this will be good for a person. I’m wondering if there’s any published science to back this theory up. While I don’t advocate a high protein diet, I’m wondering if there’s enough protein included in this plan to support the maintenance of one’s existing muscle mass. I applaud diets like the Zone for their balance of moderate amounts of protein together with plenty of veggies and fruit, and a little bit of healthy monounsaturated fat.

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  6. Pater Rolf Hermann Lingen

    It’s nice that this Atkins- / low-carb-ideology is again rejected.
    But for years it is clearly shown in all serious studies that, at the end of the day, your weight depends on your calorie intake. For your health it is also important to watch more carefully what kind of food you eat: Carbs, Fat, protein, but also vitamins etc.
    Hopefully, the Atkins-obsession will soon be history and only known as an example of resistance against scientific proof.

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  7. Spectra

    It doesn’t seem like there is a lot of new information presented here. Of course choosing carbs that are complex vs. simple is going to be a better option for weight loss; you get the fiber along with the carbs so you feel more full and you don’t get quite as many calories. I’m also not sure how I feel about the statement that “Carbs help you lose belly fat faster than other foods”…is that backed up by any sort of research or anything?

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  8. Scotty123

    The diet seems to lack protein. I eat about 16 egg whites every morning along with 2 cups milk, oatmeal and fruit. I don’t eat it all at once, I eat half then 3 hours later I eat the rest. (6 am – 9 am) I eat no breads, corn or soy. Lunch and dinner I eat chicken, turkey or pork, raw veggies, cheese and brown rice. I find I am packing on the muscle and I am maintaining a 29″ waist at 165 pounds.

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  9. Mike Howard

    “eating a breakfast with a high amount of resistant starch in it will cause dieters to burn 25% more calories during the day”.

    hmmmm…. did they provide a study to back this up? That seems far-fetched to say the least.

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