The high carb diet: Everything you need to know AND recipes

Did you know you can eat weight by eating MORE carbs? Read on to find out…


by Fiona Day |
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Over the past few years many of us have strived to eat LESS carbs in an attempt to lose weight or achieve a slimmer figure.

But a new diet movement claims that swapping low carb diets such as Atkins for a high carb diet can actually help you lose more body fat.

A study by Harvard School of Medicine professor Kevin Hall revealed that those on a high carb/low fat diet lost 36g more fat over a set period of time than those on a high fat/ low carb diet.

How does it work?

Eating a high carb diet reportedly triggers ‘dietary thermogenesis’. This is when your body body produces energy from your food, but in the high carb/low fat diet’s case it allows your body to burn more energy than your calorie intake. This results in your body achieving a leaner shape.

What sort of carbohydrates should I eat?

Stay away from sugary and processed carbohydrates. Also pay attention to the fat content in your food and do your best to opt for ‘good’ fats (avocados, nuts) rather than saturated fats (burgers, crisps etc).

Eat plenty of fruit along with brown rice, potatoes, quinoa (rich in protein), beans and oats.

Will I lose weight fast?

You will lose weight, but the speed will depend on your starting weight and how much you adhere to the ‘low fat’ element of the diet. Stay away from alcohol and foods high in sugar and fats to help stave off cravings.

How does it improve health?

According to those who follow the diet, high carb and low fat diets encourage positive sleeping patterns as it helps your body achieve healthy levels or serotonin and melatonin, both crucial when it comes to getting shut eye.

Along with losing weight and regulating your sleep pattern, some followers of the high carb diet claim that the plan has helped with symptoms of depression. You are also less likely to find yourself feeling hungry and experiencing energy slumps as with other low carb diets.

If you wish to switch to a high carb diet cpm tact your GP for guidance on how to make changes to your diet healthily.

Check out these high carb/ low fat recipes below

Quinoa with chickpeas, celery and avocado

Vegan falafel

Nearly fat free brownies

Bean and oats burgers

Healthy stuffed French toast

Vegan gumbo

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