The Carb Lover’s Diet
In the diet universe, carbs have been a no-no for some time now. But not all carbs are bad, and the Carb Lover’s Diet will help you separate the fat-builders from the fat-burners.
AOL reports that the diet emphasizes “resistant starches”—carbs that, like fiber, pass through the body without being digested. The benefits: you’ll have fewer cravings, keep more lean muscle tissues (which stops your metabolism from slowing down) and control your blood sugar levels. Resistant starches, according to AOL include raw bananas, raw potatoes, black beans, brown rice, salmon and Greek yogurt.
Some of the diet’s basic rules : Eat one resistant starch (called a CarbStar in the book) at every meal; make a CarbStar food at least 25 percent of every meal; watch your portion sizes; and assemble a “power pantry” – a supply of CarbStar foods in your home.
One expert consulted by AOL said the diet is generally good, but she did have a few words of caution. According to Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said that resistant starches “aren’t magic” and that there wasn’t enough of a “push” for followers of the diet to exercise.
She also said, however, that exercise might have been de-emphasized because of the severity of the 1,200-calorie-per-day, weeklong Kickstart plan at the beginning of the diet. That low a calorie intake , Giancoli explained, could leave dieters with low energy levels.
For more information about the diet, including recipes for the Kickstart plan, click here.
Always check with your doctor before beginning a diet or exercise program. (AOL)
Jane Farell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.