Basic Drink Your Carbs is our plan in its most simple form. Basic is all most people will ever need. This is where everyone begins - making the simple, sensible dietary changes that produce a huge impact. To offer a particularly extreme example, according to the American Heart Association the average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. This represents 355 completely empty calories. There is no denying that Americans mainline sugar with the same unbridled lust that Amy Winehouse brought to a brand new dime bag. Even those of us who don’t drink sodas or eat candy bars still consume way too many high-calorie, low-nutrition foods. Basic is designed to help you identify these calories and eliminate them. With the Food List as your guide, it’s easy to make room in your diet for both alcohol and weight loss.
Fact: One small but remarkable example of truth behind Drink Your Carbs as a weight-loss strategy: There are 380 calories in a plain Einstein’s Bagel with plain cream cheese. There are 126 calories in a bottle of Guinness Draft. If you dump the bagel in the morning and add two bottles of Guinness after work, you’ve cut 128 calories from your day.
Overhauling your diet on Basic is easy. We have done all of the work, short of chewing your food. The Food List is the key. The Food List includes those foods that should be eaten all the time, those that should be eaten on a limited basis and the items that should be avoided altogether. The list is further broken into categories to make shopping easy. Some of your favorite foods are invariably in the “Avoid” category. This is the price you have to pay if you want to lose weight while continuing to drink alcohol. There are plenty of options to keep your diet both diverse and interesting. Even though you may have to give up a favorite, in time you may find a new favorite among the alternatives you have available. All we ask is that you stick to the Food List and stop eating when you feel full.
Fact: Finishing your plate does nothing to help starving children in Africa. Stop eating when you feel full and make a donation to the aid organization of your choice.
Once you decide to embrace the Drink Your Carbs lifestyle, the first thing you should do is eliminate all non-Drink Your Carbs foods your home. Everything that labeled “Avoid” on the Food List has to go. This should be done even before you take the Food List to the grocery store for the first time. Donate your unopened cans to a local homeless shelter. Throw a party and serve the remainder to your friends and family. Do whatever it takes to get these foods out of your life before you start. Do the same if you have a stocked bar at home. Send the mixers and sugar-soaked liquors packing. The goal of this process is to make it more difficult to backtrack than to move forward.
Fact: We apply the same thinking to purging your home of unhealthy foods as Betty Ford employed with drugs and alcohol. Mrs. Ford insisted that, in order to start the healing process, her clients needed to distance themselves physically from the substances to which they were addicted. Without irony, we apply this same common sense notion to the junk food in your kitchen.
Once you have completed the Drink Your Carbs equivalent of spring cleaning, you are ready to start. The Food List contains everything you need to put Drink Your Carbs to work in your life. Take it with you shopping. Use it as you peruse the entrees in your favorite restaurant. Let the Food List be your guide and you will always find plenty of great options regardless of whether you’re eating at home or eating out. Everything you need to embrace Basic Drink Your Carbs and all of benefits that accompany the lifestyle can be found in the Food List and its three simple categories: Unlimited, Limited and Avoid. Drink Your Carbs is so simple that it is nearly impossible not to succeed.