Meet Your New Weight-Loss Plan — The Supercarb Diet

Nutritionist-tested, it’s guaranteed to help you shed the pounds.

Our dietitian, Jaclyn London, RD, created this breakthrough new eating plan with the right carbs to let you fill up, boost energy, and keep blood sugar in check without even trying.

What are Supercarbs?

They’re an A-list group of complex carbs that includes:

Super Grains: 100% whole wheat, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, brown rice, millet, and amaranth.

Super Starches: squash, sweet potato, lentils, pumpkin, parsnips, and beans (black, navy, pinto, edamame, chickpeas).

What makes them “Super?”

Unlike simple or processed carbohydrates (like sugar, white bread, and white pasta), which are low in nutrients and can lead to weight gain and bloat, these carbs are chock-full of filling fiber and immune-boosting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Why are they a genius weight-loss ally?

They’re energizing and help stabilize blood sugar so you’ll never get hit by cravings or the dreaded afternoon crash. And since they break down more slowly than simple carbs, they keep you fuller (and satisfied) longer.

How It Works

Follow these easy rules to lose up to two pounds a week:

1. Eat Super Grains at breakfast only.

Fueling up with fiber-rich grains in the morning balances blood sugar and primes you to make better food choices all day. (Breakfasts should be about 300 calories.)

2. Switch to Super Starches for lunch and dinner.

In the afternoon and evening, starchy veggies and beans replace grains. This strategy eliminates grain-based carb temptations like bread, which are easy to overeat. (Lunches are about 400 calories; dinners, roughly 500.)

3. Snack the Supercarb way.

Most midday nibbles are a combo of fruit or veggies (with at least three grams of fiber) plus filling protein or standout starches. The limit: two 150-calorie snacks per day.

4. Cook with “Super” spices and seeds.

Add these sneaky ingredients to your recipes — they can help curb appetite, boost metabolism, and more.

Cayenne Pepper: Its active ingredient, capsaicin, may stoke calorie-burning.

Garlic: A wonder plant that may help lower your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and obesity.

Chia: These seeds are winners for helping to curb cravings, thanks to soluble fiber, protein, and omega-3s.

Ginger: This root contains anti-inflammatory compounds linked to weight control.

Turmeric: The antioxidant properties of the ingredient curcumin may play a role in improving fat metabolism.

5. After your first month on the diet, non-starchy veggies are unlimited (yes, really!). Double up on veggies like leafy greens, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, asparagus, and more. Plus, you’ll choose whichever meal you like (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) to eat your super grains (think: sandwiches and spaghetti) from these servings below to keep you chowing down (and losing weight!) on your favorite foods.

A few super grain lunch and dinner ingredients we love:

•  A sandwich on 2 slices of 100% whole grain bread, English muffin, bagel thin, or whole-grain tortilla

•  2/3 cup cooked, whole-grain (or bean-based!) pasta or noodles

•  1 cup cooked quinoa, millet, sorghum, amaranth, bulgur, or farro

Try it with your SuperCarb sandwich at lunch today!

Try It: Supercarb Diet Menu Ideas

We developed a groundbreaking diet to help you manage your weight while still enjoying all the foods you love. Full of diet busters of super grains and super starches, these low-cal recipes will help you jump start your slim-down plan without sacrificing flavor.