How Carbs Make You Thin... for Life

Learn how your favorite pasta, pizza, and potato dishes will actually help you lose weight.

Research behind The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook shows strong evidence that a diet rich in carbs is the healthiest and most effective way to get and stay slim for life. But here's something to keep in mind: These carbs aren't the refined kind, packed with tons of additives and preservatives that come in crinkly packages from a vending machine. The CarbLovers Diet isn't about junk food (though you are allowed daily indulgences, including chocolate). The carb-rich foods that make you slender are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and Resistant Starch, the star ingredient that has helped so many feel full and lose weight on The CarbLovers Diet.

The CarbLovers Diet's secret weapon
What exactly is Resistant Starch? Carbohydrate-rich foods contain two types of starch. One is high-glycemic starch; like sugar, it gets absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and gives you a fast hit of energy. Another is called Resistant Starch, so named because it "resists" digestion. Hundreds of studies have shown Resistant Starch to be a natural appetite suppressant, metabolism booster, and overall health promoter. It produces fatty acids that trigger weight loss by turning on enzymes that melt fat, especially in the abdominal area; encouraging your liver to switch to a fat-burning state; and boosting satiety hormones that make you get and stay full longer. Resistant Starch is more than safe; you really can't eat too much of it. In fact, most people consume too little—about 5 grams a day. Researchers believe we need at least twice that amount for optimal health and weight loss. That's why the CarbLovers menus include 10 to 15 grams daily of this important fat-burning nutrient, served up in delicious recipes like our Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Tenders and Triple-Cheese Mac.

The science of carbs and health
The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook doesn't hinge solely on the health and weight-loss benefits of Resistant Starch, though. All of our recipes have been created to pack the best possible ratio of the nutrients that research shows help to melt fat, boost satiety, and promote good health—and get you a much flatter belly. Belly bloat is one of the key symptoms of constipation, a common side effect of not eating enough healthy carbs.

The amazing carb-filled recipes in this book, including Chicken Cacciatore with Rigatoni and Grilled Flank Steak Fajitas, taste just as delicious as they sound. But they also contain a mix of carbohydrates that make them healthier and much more filling than most protein- or fat-loaded foods. The Resistant Starch and fiber in our recipes act as powerful appetite suppressants. They fill you up because they are digested more slowly than other types of foods and trigger a greater sensation of fullness in both your brain and your belly. Eating The CarbLovers Diet way, according to research, can help you consume 10% fewer calories a day—without ever feeling hungry!

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Last Updated: December 15, 2011

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