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The Slow-Carb Diet

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Lose weight while eating pasta, bread, and cereal? Sign us up! Following the low-glycemic index diet may be the easiest way yet to drop pounds without feeling hungry.

Cut Calories with Low-GI Foods

You've eaten your weight in grapefruit, counted your share of fat grams, and sworn off bread, pasta, and every other carbohydrate, all in an effort to squeeze into your skinny jeans. Now you can finally breathe easier: The next big thing in weight loss isn't low-fat, low-flavor, or low-carb. It's the low-glycemic index diet, and if you haven't already heard of it, you will. Research is beginning to confirm what popular diet plans like The South Beach Diet (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005) have been preaching for years: Eating a diet composed mostly of foods with a low glycemic index may help you cut calories without cravings by balancing blood-sugar levels.

"Good" vs. "Bad" Carbohydrates

In the simplest of terms, a low-glycemic diet is generally high in good carbohydrates (like vegetables and whole grains) and low in bad ones (like chocolate chip cookies). Lean proteins and healthy fats round out the rest. "It's the middle ground between diets that are packed with protein, which promise satiety, and those loaded with fiber, which are the most nutritious," explains Walter Willett, MD, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. But that's not the whole story. Glycemic-index diet plans are some of the most complicated ever to hit the bookstore shelves. Some allow carrots, some don't. Some say bananas are okay, others say they're not. What most experts do agree on, however, is that following one may not do any harm and can even confer health benefits beyond basic weight loss. Before you try one, here's what you need to know.

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tkrones90843 wrote:

I love this diet but it's a lot to keep track of. I ended up buying the Slow Carb Diet Tools & Recipes app for my iPhone. There is nothing like having the rules, foods and a bunch of recipes in your pocket. I also think there is a lot to be said for the accountability that comes with taking pictures of every thing I eat.

5/13/2013 08:19:10 PM Report Abuse
enasbadr wrote:

I want to share this to my group in facebook , how can i do it ?

9/7/2012 05:27:53 AM Report Abuse
sohosharky wrote:

Excellent article and SO VERY true! If you'd like to learn even more about complex (or slow) carbs read "Why Complex Carbs Are Your Body┐s Best Friend" ... :)

7/12/2012 12:13:03 PM Report Abuse
stella.gaylor wrote:

It would be nice if you would add a list of Low Glycemic foods that we could choose from.

4/19/2012 01:37:54 PM Report Abuse
a4295838 wrote:

Right now I am following the Diet Plan for You blog by nutrition specialist Kate Hill. Kate helped me lose weight in a healthy way in few weeks, without starving! If you want to lose weight, just visit Kate's blog at: I sincerely recommend it. Good luck to you all!

9/17/2011 05:29:34 AM Report Abuse

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