Some of you may have seen the recent Rachel Ray show when she had on the authors of a book entitled The Carb Lover’s Diet. This diet claims that you can lose weight and get healthy while eating things like pasta and bread!! It seems to good to be true, but there is some merit to their claims. The type of carbs that the authors are referring to are called resistant carbs. These carbs are not digested in the small instestine. This means that you do not gain any calories from these them, they make you feel fuller longer, and boosts fat metabolism. The authors suggest that 15 grams of resistant carbs are needed per day and that can be reached by eating 1 banana as well as other carb rich foods.
Now for a reality check. Although these resistant carbs can help you lose weight they do not provide any nutrition for the body. I would be careful with this diet and make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as protein, and always remember that there are no “quick fixes” when it comes to losing weight. It takes a lifestyle change not a diet to lose weight and keep it off for good.
Balanced eating is the key to balanced living.