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Carb Lover's Diet Review

written by: Laura Jean Karr • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 3/30/2010

Learn more about protective carbs from whole grains and how they can help you create a healthier body in this review of the Carb Lover's Diet.

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    What is the Carb Lover's Diet?

    This diet came about through a combination of two magazine articles from Shape and Good Housekeeping based on the findings of Pauline Koh-Banerjee, Sc.D., adjunct professor in the department of preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee. The professor studied the effects of protective carbs, which are carbohydrates the body needs to function and that can help to prevent obesity.

    Both the Shape and Good Housekeeping articles entitled The Carb Lover's Diet, suggest eating carbohydrates from whole grain sources that include fiber. The basis of eating whole grain protective carbs is in the higher fiber content which allows the body's digestive system to work properly.

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    What are the Protective Carbs?

    Allowable, protective carbs that include fiber in their make up come from the following sources:

    • Whole grain baked goods
    • Whole grain pastas
    • Whole grain cereals
    • Whole grain rice
    • Organic oatmeal
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    Putting it into Practice

    In order to start a Carb Lover's diet, all you have to do is begin adding whole grain sources of protective carbs into your daily diet while still avoiding the bad carbs like white bread and flour. Try to trade at least three or more of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's six daily recommended servings of grains for whole grains only. For example, instead of having a bagel for breakfast have one serving of oatmeal instead.

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    Chances of Success with this Diet

    Overall, as a simple change to your eating habits, the diet is a fairly easy one to plan out for yourself and to stick to. This diet is not a direct plan to help you lose weight if you need to lose more than five to ten pounds. And adding protective carbs into your diet is mainly geared toward preventing more weight gain not as a substantial way to lose fat.

    So, if you have only a few pounds to lose it is a simple way to do so. If you have more than a few pounds to lose it is still a good idea to put these changes into practice in order to prevent further weight gain and to help your digestive system work more smoothly.