Ask anyone which nutrient in the diet makes you fat, and you will get one of two answers. One would “fat”. The other would be carbohydrates, or carbs for short. However, neither answer would be accurate. In fact, you can eat these two and lose weight. This is the basis of the new “super carb diet”. (Continue reading below).
Now, the super carb diet doesn’t mean you can eat all the carbs you want and still have a flat tummy. It comes down to the types of carbs you eat, as we have always held on this blog. The same goes for fats.
The new diet is the opposite of the popular paleo diet. Former Biggest Loser tv show trainer, Bob Harper, swears by it. While the paleo diet encourages consumption of healthy fats as source of energy, the super carb diet emphasizes healthy carbs. More accurately, as the name suggests, super carbs.
Bob Harper started on the diet after suffering a heart attack while working out in the gym in February 2017. He has written a book about it called The Super Carb Diet: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food. “I needed a diet high in nutrients that would help me maintain my weight and give me the energy I needed to recover,” says Harper in his book.
Before suffering the heart attack, Harper had been on the paleo or caveman diet, which he says has “too much fat”, which threw his body off balance. Balance the key word here. You should take in the right amounts of all the macronutrients.
While general ratios of macronutrients are given in virtually every diet, different people have different needs depending on your body type and lifestyle.
So, What Are Super Carbs?
You may be wondering what “super carbs” are. Explained in simple terms, super carbs are slow digesting carbohydrates such as whole grains, sweet potatoes, and brown rice, consumed in certain ratios with the other nutrients.
Besides encouraging certain types of healthy carbs, the super carb diet has another critical component to it; timing.
You see, the times you consume certain types of foods are crucial to your health and fitness goals. For instance, many experts advise consuming a slow protein such as casein before going to bed at night, to keep your system nourished during the “fast”.
With the super carb diet, you eat healthy carbs at certain times such as morning at breakfast or before your workout. The diet also encourages consuming a healthy amount of fiber.