The Carb Lover’s Diet

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    Eat carbs and lose weight? Yes you can with this fab new diet from Woman’s Own diet expert Monica Grenfell. Get ready to lose 6lb this week!

    This eating plan turns the rules on their head and says a big yes to eating carbs – pasta, potatoes and bread. The secret is something called Resistant Starch – the carb that melts fat away! A slightly green banana has 12.5g of resistant starch, 1 small cold salad potato has 3.2g and a slice of pumpernickel bread has 1.3g.

    The diet

    There’s no label checking with this eating plan and upping your resistant starch intake to 10-15g a day easy and it’s the perfect diet for anyone who wants to still eat carbs and lose weight.

    Day 1

    Breakfast
    Banana Shake: Blend 1 banana, 350 ml 1% semi-skimmed milk, 2tps honey and some ice.

    Lunch
    Chicken Pitta Sandwich: 40 g baby spinach, 1⁄2 sliced red pepper and 125g cooked skinless, chicken strips, tossed with 2 tbsp low-fat vinaigrette all stuffed into 1 wholemeal pitta.

    Snack
    Small pot Greek yogurt plus 2tps honey and 2tbsp rolled oats

    Dinner
    Grilled Salmon with boiled new potatoes and green salad

    Day 2

    Breakfast
    1 banana plus 1tsp peanut butter

    Lunch
    Express Lunch Plate: 1 large hard-boiled egg, 25g cheddar cheese and 1 sliced apple, served with 3 rye crackers.

    Snack
    Cannellini & Herb Hummus with Crudités: 65g canned white beans (rinsed and drained) mashed with 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1tbsp chopped chives and 1tbsp lemon juice. Serve dip with 75g sliced raw vegetables.

    Dinner
    Chicken Primavera with wholewheat pasta

    Day 3

    Breakfast
    Banana Shake Plus: Blend 1 banana, 350ml 1% fat milk, 2tps honey, 120ml ice, and 2tps ground flaxseed.

    Lunch
    Big Chopped Salad: Combine 125g mixed salad leaves, 125g canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained, 100g grated carrots, 50g shredded red cabbage, 1tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 2tbsp chopped walnuts, 2tbsp dried cranberries. Then toss with 2tbsp low-fat balsamic vinaigrette

    Snack
    2tbsp Salsa plus 2tbsp canned black beans, served with 8 corn tortilla chips

    Dinner
    Prawn and vegetable stir-fry with brown rice

    Day 4

    Breakfast
    Banana-Berry Shake: Blend 1 banana, 350 ml 1% fat milk, 2tsp honey, 120ml ice and 40g berries.

    Lunch
    Chicken or Tuna pitta sandwich (see day one)

    Snack
    2tsp Peanut butter with 2 rye crackers

    Dinner
    Black Bean Tacos

    Day 5

    Breakfast
    Banana & Almond Butter Toast: 1 toasted slice of rye bread topped with 1tsp almond or peanut butter and 1 sliced banana.

    Lunch
    Express Lunch Plate: as Day 2

    Snack
    Mix 15g cornflakes, 2tbsp flaked almonds plus 2tbsp dried cherries

    Dinner
    Grilled Burger in a bun with a 3 bean salad and 1tbsp dressing

    Day 6

    Breakfast
    Banana-Cocoa Shake: Blend 1 banana, 350 ml 1% fat milk, 2tsp honey, ice and 1tbsp unsweetened cocoa.

    Lunch
    Big Chopped Salad: as Day 3

    Snack
    Greek yoghurt: As day 1

    Dinner
    Turkey Bolognese with wholewheat pasta

    Day 7

    Breakfast
    Banana & Almond Butter Toast: as Day 5

    Lunch

    Express Lunch Plate: as Day 2

    Snack
    25g pack baked potato crisps

    Dinner
    Hot chicken and pepper rice

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