Wednesday, May 9 - All New: CARB LOVER'S DIET
Weight Loss for Carb Lovers
The biggest diet demons, from chips to chow mein, are carbs. Use our tricks to lose weightwithcarbs -- and join REDBOOK's Wedding Dress Challenge now to get your bride body back.
Calories matter most when you're trying to shed pounds, but carbs are a close second. Still, there's no need to go all Atkins, toting around a wheel of cheese and a slab of sirloin, says registered dietitian Stephanie Middleberg. Carbs are essential for energy--plus, what's life if you can never eat pasta again? Different strategies work for different people, so pick the mini plan here that you're most likely to stick with.
What do orange juice, a vodka tonic, and root beer have in common? They're all pure carbs, and they each have 100 calories or more. One of the simplest ways to lose weight is to swap sugary beverages for water or other carb-free drinks, like plain coffee.
Eat only therightcarbs. Foods made with white flour--like muffins, white pasta, and doughnuts--are digested quickly, which can lead to a spike in blood sugar and make you hungrier. Plus, "you hold more water if you eat a lot of simple carbs, and get that puffy look," Middleberg says. Choose complex carbs instead, like brown rice, beans, and whole grains. They contain much more fiber, the magic ingredient that foils overeating by making you feel full.
People tend to overeat carbs more than anything else, so counting servings will naturally keep calories under control, Middleberg says. Aim for no more than two servings a day of grains (a serving is ½ cup of rice or noodles, or two slices of bread), up to three servings of fruit, and no more than three 8-ounce servings of dairy. You'll get faster results if you go for healthier grains, as in Option 2, but even if you don't, this plan will help you slim down. As for desserts? Something small, once a week!
Our ancestors survived without dinner rolls, and they were a lot slimmer. Adherents to the Paleolithic-type diet eschew anything that wouldn't have been on a caveman's table, including bread and pasta. You eat lots of veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and fish. Experts tell us that a "paleo" plan--which you can find in books or on thepaleodiet.com--can be healthy if done right, but it's extreme for most. If you're thinking about this or any other drastic diet changes, check with a pro first.
She's lost 12 pounds!
Heather Bennett, 38, weighed 138 pounds when she got married. But thanks to a love of pasta and some leftover baby weight, she hit 168 in 2011. Now she's slimming down (fast!) with REDBOOK: "I've lost 12 pounds--no doubt because I'm curbing my carbs," she says. "I come from a big Italian family.
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