Good Carbs&Bad Carbs---How to Eat Carbs and Lose Weight
A new diet plan shows you how you can enjoy eating carbs while getting slim and fit - for life.
Carbohydrates have had a bad rap over the past couple of decades, with women around the world shunning the bread basket and even avoiding fruit and vegies in the belief that these foods will make them fat, bloated and sluggish. But a new diet plan from the US reveals that carbs don't have to be the enemy.
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Author Frances Largeman-Roth is the senior food and nutrition editor at Health magazine, and co-wrote The Carb Lover's Diet (Hamlyn, $24.99) with her editor-in-chief, Ellen Kunes. Like many women, Largeman-Roth is no stranger to dieting.
"I've been on some type of diet since I was 15 years old," she explains. Largeman-Roth estimates that she has spent around 36 years counting calories and generally obsessing about her weight.
A self-confessed carb-lover, Longman-Roth says she was tired of feeling guilty about every slice of bread or mouthful of pasta she ate.
"We've learned to fear carbs because we've been told that they make us gain weight," Longman-Roth says. She believes this fear is unfounded, and says eating the right kind of carbs - in the form of wholegrains, fruit and vegetables - can actually help us lose weight, and keep it off.
Her belief is backed up by scientific research, with a study from the University of Colorado revealing that far from being the enemy, eating the right kind of carbohydrates is the best way to get and stay slim.
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The beauty of the carb-lovers diet is that it embraces a wide range of foods designed to make you feel your best. Here are the five rules to follow: