LA Times I August 30th, 2018 I MELINDA FULMER
6 easy ways to lose weight — when you love carbs
If you’ve hit a wall with restrictive diets such as paleo, Whole30 and keto and can’t stop dreaming of croissants and burritos, it may be time for something different.
Noted New York-based dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot tells her 66K fans on Instagram (and her many L.A. clients) that you can eat grains, beans and dairy and still lose weight.
“I see a lot of people plateau on paleo” as their metabolism slows from not getting enough fiber from vegetables alone, says Zuckerbrot, author of the popular F-Factor Diet book.
Fiber, she says, is the ultimate weight-loss tool. It has no calories, and has a thermogenic effect, boosting metabolism as the body works to digest it. It also sends a satiety hormone to the brain to tell you that you’re full, and acts like a sponge to absorb cholesterol and flush it from the body, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
When we eliminate whole categories of foods from our diet we may lose weight in the short run, but risk deficiencies in calcium and fiber, which are both hard to get from vegetables alone, she says.
On average, Americans take in just half of the minimum recommended daily allowance for fiber of 25 grams for women and 38 for men, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Besides, do you really want to live without eating pasta or fresh bread ever again?
Here are her common-sense tips for losing weight without feeling deprived.