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.
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
- 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.
- A quarter of each meal should be resistant starch: The rest should consist of lean protein, MUFA’s (good fats), fruits, and vegetables.
- Portion control: The Carb Lovers Diet says to eat less, but by adding resistant starch dieters will feel full while eating smaller portions.
- 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
Banana Nut Oatmeal (310 Calories)
Chicken Pita (400 Calories)
Garlic & Herb Garlic Dip (160 Calories)
Barley Risotto Primavera (380 Calories)
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.
The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim for Life retails for $24.95.
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.