Not long ago, everyone we knew was refusing the bread basket, passing up pasta, and ordering burgers without buns. Many of us did need to eat less starch and sugar. But the desire to lose weight led some people to get carried away. So make no mistake: a totally carbohydrate-free diet is not a goal you should be working toward. In fact, it could actually set you up for future weight gain.
This diet actually encourages you to have more carbs, as long as you pick the right ones. The diet claims that you will lose up to 8 pounds ( 3.6kg) in 30 days by combining everyday healthy foods with “carb stars”-foods rich in resistant starch. This starch makes you feel full, promotes fat-burning and helps keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Your first week of the diet includes 1200 calories per day. You can adhere to the diet or mix and match the meals.
After that, you’ll eat a total of 1600 calories per day divided in three meals and two snacks with a “carb star” at every meal.
Which foods are allowed and which are forbidden?
You can have any food in moderation, even potato chips. But refined starches, like white pasta, white rice, white bread and low-fiber cereals should be avoided.
You can eat:
- Beans and lentils
- Whole-wheat pasta
- Brown rice
- Rye bread
Foods that you should probably avoid but are not forbidden:
- White bread
- White rice
- Sweetened soft drinks
The main rule is to fill one-quarter of your plate with resistant starch. The rest of your plate should contain lean meats, low-fat dairy, good fats, fruits and vegetables.