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The Promise

If the thought of giving up pasta and bread in the name of losing weight makes your blood run cold, this diet was designed for you.

The CarbLovers Diet actually encourages you to have more carbs, as long as you pick the right ones.

The diet claims you’ll drop up to 8 pounds in 30 days by combining everyday healthy foods with "carb stars" -- foods rich in resistant starch.

Found in lentils, garbanzo beans, brown rice, and certain other carbs, this type of starch resists digestion in the small intestine. It passes through your body without entering your bloodstream and breaking down into glucose (blood sugar) like other foods.

This starch works, in part, by making you feel full. The authors claim it also promotes fat-burning, and helps keep your blood sugar levels in check.

You eat a lot of resistant starch on this plan: two to three times as much as most people eat.

In your first week on the diet, you get only 1,200 calories per day -- and you’ll lose up to 6 pounds, say authors Ellen Kunes (editor-in-chief of Health magazine) and Frances Largeman-Roth, RD.

After that, you’ll eat 1,600 calories in three meals and two snacks per day, with a "carb star" at every meal.

What You Can Eat and What You Can't

You can have any food in moderation, even potato chips. But refined starches, like white pasta, white rice, white bread, and low-fiber cereals, are discouraged.

The main rule is to fill one-quarter of your plate with a resistant starch. Sources include green bananas, uncooked toasted oatmeal, legumes, whole wheat pasta (preferably cooked al dente), and potatoes that have been cooked and cooled.

The rest of your plate should contain lean meats, low-fat dairy, good fats, fruits, and vegetables.

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