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The editors of Health Magazine (and top nutrition scientists) have big news: Eating carbs is the best way to get and stay slim. Breakthrough research revealed in this book shows how certain carb-rich foods--especially those with the amazing natural ingredient called Resistant Starch--act as powerful metabolism boosters and appetite suppressants. Rather than making you fat and bloated, as decades of low-carb diet gurus claimed, CARBS make you thin. They shrink fat cells, especially in your belly; boost fat burning; increase muscle mass; curb cravings; keep you feeling full longer than other foods; control blood sugar, and lower cholesterol and triglycerides!

Health Magazine, the expert when it comes to healthy living, takes this revolutionary new science and turns it into an easy-to-follow, real women-tested, dietitian-approved road map proven to melt off 10, 35, even 100 plus pounds forever. Our test kitchen chefs and registered dietitians also developed 85 delicious, simple recipes and foolproof meal plans that help you lose weight while you enjoy the foods you've craved for years.

Phase 1 of The CarbLovers Diet eases you back into a world of yummy, satisfying meals and snacks, while dropping weight-especially belly fat-fast and permanently. Phase 2 is nothing short of life-changing: Dieters savor generous portions of their favorite foods (think steak and potato dinners, French toast for breakfast, sandwiches dripping with cheese, chocolate torte for dessert)-while their clothes get loose, their skin glows, their energy soars!

Bottom line: The Carb Lovers Diet shows you how to eat your favorite carb-filled foods-and helps you get thinner and happier than you ever imagined. We've included fun-to-follow eating rules, tricks and tips, grocery lists, and amazing recipes anyone can make, enjoy, and share with others. Don't feel like cooking? No problem. We've got hundreds of quick bites, frozen foods and restaurant menu items too. Get ready to feel satisfied, happy, and oh-so-slim. Get ready for your fabulous new life as a CarbLover!.

Recipe Excerpts from The Carb Lovers Diet


Raspberries with Chocolate Yogurt Mousse

Thai Peanut Noodles

Pan-Seared Scallops with Southwestern Rice Salad


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Ellen Kunes, the Editor-in-Chief for Health Magazine since 2007, was the founding editor of O, The Oprah Magazine and former editor-in-chief of Redbook. Her editorial career also includes working with prestigious women's magazines including Mademoiselle and Cosmopolitan.

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, is the Senior Food & Nutrition Editor at Health magazine and the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide. She was the former managing editor at FoodFit.com and part of the editorial team at the Discovery Health Channel.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848733703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848733704
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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390 of 402 people found the following review helpful By NoeCO on August 11, 2010
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After months of struggling to stay within points on Weight Watchers and making just too many concessions I bought this book. I think if I was to ever meet up with these authors I would probably burst into tears and thank them. Not only are most of these meals inexpensive and easy to prepare, but each meal ranges about the same calorie intake so you can have whatever recipe strikes your fancy for that meal. Another reason I would start crying: I have yet to be hungry. I have managed to stay within the portion sizes and not once did I get hungry enough to jump off the menu. Most days I don't even eat the snack that is allowed. I would never, ever have thought that a piece of rye toast, almond butter and a banana would keep me satisfied for up to 6 hours. I don't get weak or shaky from getting too hungry too fast. Within 2 days of starting the program every craving I had vanished. For the first time in a long time I feel like I am controlling the food versus the food controlling me. I also noticed a wave of energy without that afternoon/evening drop. I am staying up an extra hour and half without impact. Sometimes I have so much energy I can't be still. Another plus for those who are on a budget and short on time, most of these recipes are fast and quite of few of them use the same ingredients or an ingredient can be substituted easily for one that you have already bought. The best part of this whole thing is I can have my morning egg sandwich and cheese. The only thing I had to change was from a bagel to rye bread. Losing my egg sandwich was a deal breaker for me and why I left WW. Seriously, I am so happy to be losing weight and feeling full after every meal, I could cry.
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274 of 283 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cashell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
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We can probably thank Dr. Atkins for creating the belief that "carbs" and not money is the root of all evil. There is just one problem that comes up. I have never known anyone that has been able to stay away from cars long term.

The Carb Lovers Diet tells us that carbohydrates are not the enemy when it comes to losing weight. In fact, eating the right types of carbohydrates can help you 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.)

The real hero in this book is called "resistant starches". It seems that different types of starches digest at different speeds. Resistant starches will pass through the body without being digested, similar to fiber. This does sound like a dream come true, doesn't it? The book suggests raising the average of 4.8 grams of daily resistant starches to 10 to 15 grams through various carb-based recipes.

Here are the 5 rules for winning the carb game:

1. Eat at least one resistant starch-rich food (called CarbStars) at every meal

2. CarbStars should make up about 25 percent of every meal. The rest of your calories coming from lean meats, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables (in other words, cut out the junk food.)

3. Watch your portion sizes (brilliant!).

4) Don't deprive yourself, but use moderation for the bad foods.

5) Create a power pantry (stock up on CarbStar foods).

The first 7 days allows only 1,200 calories a day divided among four small meals. The second portion of the program (21 days) allows for to 1,600 calories divided among five small meals.
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155 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Nadine C. on July 28, 2010
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I am a vegetarian and find the diet easy to follow and vegeatarian-friendly. I never feel hungry on the meal plans and love how the recipes incorporate some of my favorite foods --- sweet potatoes, beans, almond butter, strawberries, raspberries, coconut, and other fruits and veggies. Chapter 11 is especially helpful with the charts listing correct serving sizes so I don't overeat. I also like knowing the number of calories and resistant starch values so I can make the healthiest food choices.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Reader on July 30, 2010
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I was a tester for this diet and started on it in January. I've stayed on the diet since the test officially concluded in March, and it's been easy. It's full of actual food that I want to eat - like Italian sausage with roast vegtables and polenta - not faddy things that I'll get sick of. Even my kids like the food.

I also found this take on managing my diet to be easier than anything else I've tried when I'm out for a meal. Since the focus is on getting enough of the right things and not on avoiding tabu things I'm not the party pooper when I'm trying to order off a menu.

I'm down by two dress sizes and most of the weight came off my hips and belly, so I'm thrilled with it!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ann C. Sheffield on July 28, 2010
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This book is a joy to read: remarkably straightforward, clear and easy to read, filled with fascinating nutritional information, and with 85 splendid recipes. The simple recipes accompanied by truly gorgeous full color photos of the food produced are reason enough to buy this book. I am not a good cook, but I found the recipes easy-to-follow and well worth the minor effort involved. And the amazing photos of the end results gave me encouragement. Every recipe looks delicious and presents both an idea of what you're striving for and useful and interesting nutritional information.
I have always loved carbs and incorporated them into my dieting. But after reading this book I feel I can make more knowledgeable and healthy choices. I prefer non-ripe bannanas and now realize they are better for me.
The actual success stories occur throughout the book and include encouraging statements and realistic results. A number of the people featured lost 10 pounds or less in a slow but steady manner -- I found this particularly refreshing and a good reminder of what a difference 5-10 pounds can make.
I consider this a most appealing and informative book and give it 5 stars without hesitation.
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