Do carbs make you fat? That is the age-old question. Diets like Atkins, Paleo, or other low-carb trends make us so afraid to eat carbohydrates, scaring us into believing we will put on pounds right away. But a new book called "The Nordic Way" explains how certain carbohydrates actually do the opposite: they will not only make you feel fulfilled, they will cause your body to lose weight.
The Nordic Way Diet harkens back to the traditional Nordic way of eating, full of whole-grain rye breads, oats, barley, and potatoes--along with an emphasis on fish, greens, and berries. Featured in Women's World magazine this month, the diet was shown to help women have incredible success in losing weight. "A University of Copenhagen study found that switching to these foods floods us with so many fat-fighting nutrients, we can eat unlimited amounts and still melt 230% more fat than we would on a traditional diet."
Tammy Reed tested the diet for Women's World magazine, even though she had a slow thyroid and was very skeptical the diet would work on her. But in just one week, Tammy lost 11 inches! "I was always very full at the end of each meal," she shared. "It was such a pleasant way to lose weight!"
Here's how to do the diet and experience the same incredible weight loss (and satisfaction!) that Tammy did: Focus your meals around nutrient-dense carbs like whole grain rye bread, oats, potatoes, corn, and muesli cereal. Add a portion of lean protein (like chicken or fish) to your plate and fill the rest with leafy greens, cruciferous veggies like cabbage and broccoli, and low-sugar fruits like berries.
A tip to help you lose even faster: Creator of The Nordic Way, Dr. Arne Astrup says to eat a "golden ratio" of 2 grams of fat-burning carbs for every 1 gram of protein. So, for example, your plate would have two pieces of dark rye bread and one piece of fish or chicken breast. "Once you learn to compose meals this way, getting and staying lean is automatic."
What do you think about a diet like this? Would you try it? What tips do you use to keep at a healthy weight? Share in the Comments so other readers can benefit! Thank you!