Please indulge me a little this week. I’d like to share some of my sincere personal excitement with you over the release of our new diet book, The CarbLovers Diet.
We had been working on CarbLovers for two years…and so I was thrilled to hold a copy in my hands, finally! What’s more satisfying, though, is to have been able to watch what happened with a small group of people here in Birmingham, Ala., who agreed to try our diet for 12 weeks.
CarbLovers has had two test groups: You can read the success stories of the first group, made up of dieters in the New York City area, in the book and on CarbLovers.com.
The second group started this spring, in Birmingham. We gave them the book materials along with the menus and recipes, set up group meetings, and scheduled one-on-one consultations with Sonthe Burge, a registered dietitian. (Burge is a terrifically cool RD, who breaks the stereotype and who is now the online dietitian).
Our dieters also have a private Google group, where they share their experiences with each other and cheer one another on.
You’ll find the basic tenets of CarbLovers here. But in a nutshell, our senior food and nutrition editor, Frances Largeman-Roth, and I both came across research about Resistant Starch a few years ago.
I kept researching, and what I found not only impacted our work at Health, it also changed the way I eat. I started incorporating Resistant Starch into my own diet. Now, I pretty much eat the way we prescribe in CarbLovers, except that I eat the bulk of my calories at breakfast, and I’ve also changed my daily calories according to recommendations from my own RD and physician.
About the dieters: Even with all of our understanding of the science behind weight loss, actually doing the diet can feel like a leap of faith, or a journey into the unknown. It’s a good change, but it’s a change that’s very personal and a bit unraveling. And you don’t know for sure what’s going to happen…whether it’ll work.
For the last three months I’ve had a chance to be on that journey with a group of 14 people: 13 women and one man. I want to share one story with you here.