Review: The CarbLovers Diet by Ellen Kunes & Frances Largeman-Roth

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The CarbLovers Diet

PhotobucketThe 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.

I love carbs. LOVE. CARBS.

I love breads, cakes, flaky pies, potatoes, muffins, pasta… I could go on for days. Especially pasta…and bread…and cakes. Especially those carbs.

My conundrum is that I also love to work out, lift weights and look sexy.

And just about EVERYBODY tells you that there is no way to both love (and enjoy) carbs and look sexy at the same time. No matter what diet and no matter what exercise program – just about all of them tell you to avoid carbs.

This gives me the sads. 🙁

So when I stumbled upon The CarbLovers Diet I had to check it out. The cover is a bright and happy pink with a picture of a fork full of pasta. Yum! The back cover mentions “revolutionary new science about carb-rich foods” and promises that the reader will have “pasta for dinner and chocolate torte for dessert.” Come on! Who doesn’t want that??

Sadly, the book doesn’t really live up to its own hype.

There is no revolutionary ideas here – this is just your typical, same-old portion moderation diet. Carbs are allowed BUT only in the vein of not denying yourself. Most of the things discussed can be summed up as: Don’t eat out very much. Eat anything you want in moderation. Try not to eat a lot of white starches and focus more on things like brown rice and sourdough bread. No processed foods. Exercise and eat at a calorie deficit. You know – a lot of the things we’ve heard before.

The “killer app” for this diet is something called “Resistant Starches” – the book calls it “the carb that melts fat.” Per Livestrong, resistant starch is a type of fiber — indigestible plant material that slows digestion — and may help you feel satisfied with fewer calories, promoting weight loss. It’s called resistant starch because it “resists” being digested in your small intestine. Resistant starches are carbohydrates, like fiber, starch and sugar.

The cover of The CarbLovers Diet makes three huge claims that are sure to catch the eye. One of those claims is “lose 15, 35, 100+ pounds and never feel hungry.” Sounds great, right? But when you read the book it is full of “personal success stories” that mostly show weightloss of 10 pounds or less (there are a few who lost more – the largest loss being 26lbs). Not that 10 pounds isn’t great…but when you’re promised 15 pounds plus….well, lets just say the personal success stories were a little anti-climatic.

One of the things that really irritated me about this book is the kind of writing it contains. It’s not badly written at all…but it was written by magazine writers and it reads that way. The entire book is written like one of those never-ending magazine articles. I dislike magazines (rarely read them) and so the writing turned me off. The recipes…all looked a little gross but I’m a huge cook from scratch girl.

All in all, the books is a solid article in favor of the portion and moderation idea diets. What kills the book is the tl;dr magazine style writing and the huge claims that aren’t quite up to snuff. I would not be willing to recommend this book to anyone looking to change and control their diet.

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