Net Carb Counter

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-04
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Whether you're on Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Sugar Busters!, the Zone, or ANY of today's most popular weightloss programs, the Net Carb Counter takes the guesswork out of shopping and meal planning by placing the essential net carb content information you need right at your fingertips!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Low-Carb Conceptsp. 1
Understanding Net Carbsp. 11
Low-Carb Livingp. 20
Low-Carb Diets and Your Healthp. 31
Comparing the Low-Carb Dietsp. 43
How to Use These Tablesp. 56
Net Carb Food Tables
Baked Products: Brownies, Cakes, Doughnuts, and Piesp. 58
Beans and Peasp. 62
Beef, Veal, and Lambp. 65
Beefp. 66
Vealp. 67
Lambp. 68
Beveragesp. 69
Beer and Malt Beveragesp. 70
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 73
Carbonated Drinksp. 74
Coffee and Coffee Beveragesp. 77
Distilled Spirits and Mixed Drinksp. 79
Fruit and Vegetable Juices and Beveragesp. 81
Sport and Energy Beveragesp. 84
Tea, Tea Beverages, and Herbal Teasp. 85
Wine and Wine Beveragesp. 86
Breads, Muffins, and Rollsp. 87
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 92
Reduced-Carb Bake Mixesp. 94
Breakfast Cerealsp. 96
Cold Cerealsp. 97
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 103
Hot Cerealsp. 103
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 104
Breakfast Pastries: Pancakes, Waffles, Toaster Pastriesp. 106
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 109
Candyp. 110
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 114
Canned and Packaged Entreesp. 115
Cheese and Cheese Productsp. 119
Cold Cutsp. 123
Condiments and Saucesp. 128
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 132
Cookiesp. 134
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 139
Crackersp. 140
Eggs and Egg Substitutesp. 145
Energy, Meal Replacement, and Snack Barsp. 147
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 151
Fast Foodp. 153
Arby'sp. 154
Burger Kingp. 156
Burger King Low-Carb Choicesp. 159
Dairy Queenp. 160
Domino's Pizzap. 161
KFCp. 165
McDonald'sp. 167
Pizza Hutp. 172
Subwayp. 175
Taco Bellp. 178
Wendy'sp. 183
Fats, Oils, and Spreadsp. 185
Fish and Seafoodp. 189
Flour and Baking Productsp. 195
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 197
Frozen Breakfastsp. 198
Frozen Meals and Entreesp. 201
Fruitp. 208
Ice Cream and Frozen Dessertsp. 213
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 218
Jam, Jelly, Sugar, and Syrupsp. 219
Milk and Milk Beveragesp. 222
Milk and Creamp. 223
Nondairy Milksp. 224
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 225
Nuts and Seedsp. 226
Pastap. 229
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 232
Pizzap. 233
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 235
Porkp. 237
Poultryp. 240
Pudding, Custard, and Gelatinp. 243
Salad Dressingsp. 246
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 250
Shakes and Nutritional Drinksp. 252
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 254
Snack Foodsp. 257
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 259
Soupp. 261
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 266
Soy Foodsp. 268
Vegetablesp. 275
Yogurtp. 288
Reduced-Carb Productsp. 292
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Net Carb Counter

Chapter One

Low-Carb Concepts

Everybody's talking about carbohydrates, but what arethey? And why does cutting back on them in your diet helpyou lose weight?

Let's start by understanding what carbohydrates are. Putsimply, carbohydrates are the starchy or sugary part offoods. They're made up of long chains of molecules of carbon,hydrogen, and oxygen. Shorter, simpler chains of carbohydratesare sugars such as sucrose (table sugar), fructose(the sugar found in fruit), and glucose (the sugar that yourbody uses for fuel). Longer chains of carbohydrates arestarchier and don't taste sweet -- these complex carbs arefound in plant foods such as vegetables, beans, and grains.When you eat complex carbohydrates, your body quicklybreaks them down into simpler sugars. (An easy way toprove this to yourself is to put a piece of plain white breadinto your mouth and hold it there. You'll notice a slightsweet taste as digestive enzymes in your saliva begin to convertthe bread into glucose.)

So, when your body digests carbohydrates, it converts theminto glucose, which then enters your bloodstream. To carry theglucose from your blood into your cells, your body releases the hormone insulin. So far, so good -- but if you eat a diet high incarbs, the system doesn't work all that smoothly. Digesting thecarbs puts a lot of extra glucose into your blood, which in turnmean you have to produce a lot of insulin to carry it into yourcells. But if your cells have all the fuel they need for the moment,the extra glucose can't go into them. Instead, the insulincarries it off to be stored -- mostly as body fat.

For many people, eating a lot of refined carbohydrates -- foods such as white bread, snack foods, chips, french fries,sugary soft drinks, and all the other processed foods thattake up so large a part of the typical diet -- does more thanjust make them gain weight. The simple sugars in refinedcarbs hit your bloodstream soon after you eat. Your bodyputs out a surge of insulin to deal with all that glucose, andyou get a quick surge of energy. But for a lot of people, thatinsulin surge works all too well -- it clears away so much ofthe extra sugar that the energy surge is followed by an energycrash and feelings of hunger. What happens then? Youreach for a candy bar or cookie for some more quick energy.It's a cycle of energy ebbs and flows that leads almost inevitablyto putting on weight.

Here's where the low-carb approach comes in. First, youeliminate those refined carbohydrates from your diet and replacethem with nutritionally dense whole foods. Thatmeans you're now eating a much healthier diet, becauseyou've eliminated highly processed sugary or starchy foodsthat have little or no nutritional value. These foods can behigh in salt and dangerous trans fats (you'll learn moreabout those later in this book), and they tend to crowd outmore nutritious foods from your diet. Second, your bloodsugar stays on a more even keel, giving you steady energythroughout the day. And third, you lose weight if you needto, because when you take away the carbs, your body burnsfat for fuel instead.

If you need to lose weight, cutting carbs is almost certain tohelp. The approach works because you're replacing lowquality,high-calorie refined carbs with small amounts ofhigh-quality carbs, along with plenty of fresh vegetablesand other good low-carb foods, good fats, and high-qualityprotein. But how low do you need to go?

If you follow the approach taken by two of the leadinglow-carb diet doctors -- the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins and Dr.Arthur Agatston of South Beach Diet fame -- you'll start offby cutting your net carb count down to just 20 grams a dayfor the first two or three weeks. (Net carbs are the carbohydratesin a food minus the fiber -- Chapter Two of this bookwill explain this more.) After that, you'll slowly increaseyour daily carbohydrate intake. To continue losing weight,you'll probably have to keep your net carb count to under60 grams a day. How your body responds to carbs is very individual,however. Some people will stop losing weight oreven gain at just 40 grams of net carbs a day, while others cankeep losing or stay at a steady weight at up to 100 or even 120grams a day. Generally speaking, low-carbing means you'resticking to under 120 net carb grams a day (up to 150 gramsa day for very active people), but you'll probably have to experimenta bit to find the level that's best for you.

To put all this in perspective, take a look at the typicalcarbohydrate counts for some commonly eaten foods:

1 slice white bread = 12 grams
8 ounces orange juice = 27 grams
5 Oreo® cookies = 55 grams
1 medium banana = 28 grams
1 12-ounce can cola soda = 27 grams
10 french fries = 16 grams

Is it any surprise that the average person takes in anywherefrom 200 to 300 grams of carbohydrates a day?(When looking at these numbers, it helps to remember thatthere are roughly 15 grams in a tablespoon and about 30grams in an ounce.) Unfortunately, many of those carbgrams come from sugary or salty snacks that are high incalories but low in nutrition. In fact, Americans today getabout one-third of their daily calories from snack foods. It'sno wonder over half of all Americans today are overweight.By cutting back on carbs, you're almost automatically cuttingback on the lowest-quality foods in your diet and substitutingbetter foods such as fresh vegetables and protein.

Net Carb Counter. Copyright © by Sheila Buff. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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