If you are like me you love carbs, but I am never sure if they love me. Generally I try to eat a healthy and balance diet but have wondered if carbs are as bad for you as many diets seem to imply.
So along comes "The CarbLovers Diet" - which sets out to prove that carbohydrates are not the enemy when it comes to losing weight. In fact, eating the right types of carbohydrates is exactly what you should do when trying to drop pounds, since they can help curb your cravings, preserve lean muscle tissue (which can keep your metabolism from dropping) and control your blood sugar levels (so your body stores fewer excess calories as unwanted body fat.)
What you can have: bananas, oatmeal, potatoes, beans, peas, fruit, broccoli, cucumbers, cold-water fish, pork tenderloin, Brie and apple slices, Greek yogurt, peanuts, steak, macaroni and cheese, penne pasta and Hershey's Kisses.
Sounds great, right!!
The premise hinges on resistant starches. According to research, different types of starches digest at different speeds. Resistant starches, found in the kind of foods recommended in this diet (including raw potatoes and firm raw bananas), pass through the body without being digested, similar to fiber. According to the book, the average person eats roughly 4.8 grams of resistant starches daily. The CarbLovers Diet increases that amount to 10 to 15 grams through various carb-based recipes.
The diet really has only five ground rules: 1) Eat at least one resistant starch-rich food (they call these foods CarbStars) at every meal, 2) CarbStars should make up about 25 percent of every meal (with the rest of your calories coming from lean meats, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables), 3) be smart with your portion sizes, 4) never deprive yourself (meaning you can indulge but in moderation), and 5) build a power pantry (which means stocking your home with plenty of CarbStar foods).
Sounds like an interesting read.