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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!.

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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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I was one of the test dieters and I really ENJOYED this diet. I'm a big advocate now and I can't say that about WW or Jenny Craig. I was on my own and did (am still doing) a great job!
I just read some of the other reviews about the diet. Hey, if you want to change the way you're eating, I suggest trying this. But if you still want to eat "DONUTS" and other crappy fatty foods, then is your head really in it? and are you ready to focus on eating healthier? I love donuts too, but I don't think I'm going to lose weight while eating them!
Losing weight is hard work, but this book makes so many unusual suggestions that I hadn't tried before. Like Black Bean Tacos and Pumpernickel bread with Peanut Butter and chocolate truffle balls, etc. I found with my lifestyle, dieting was difficult and this book definitely helped me focus and get my head in the right place.
I'm still on it (probably will be for a long time because it's not difficult) and instead of losing 14 pounds, I've now lost 20 pounds. The weight has yet to come back, but it's a slow process. I do NOT expect to lose 20 pounds in three months. It's taken me almost 7 months to lose 20 pounds. Maybe by the end of the year I'll be down a total of 30 pounds.
I do feel A LOT better, health-wise. I have more energy and I even like the gym a little more. I don't work out often either. One of the things I noticed is that I no longer get CharlieHorses in my legs. I used to get them once a week, at least.
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