Steven Deutsch & Andrea Seebaum
584 Castro Street #824
San Francisco, CA 94114
What Is Drink Your Carbs?
Drink Your Carbs is a complete diet and lifestyle guide based on the premise that drinking alcohol is fully compatible with healthy weight loss.
Drink Your Carbs contains no gimmicks. There are no pills to take. No proprietary shakes to blend. There is no need to embarrass yourself at weekly meetings or purchase Drink Your Carbs branded frozen dinners. Drink Your Carbs works on the same principal that all diets work: when it comes to weight loss, it is all about calories in vs. calories out. If you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight.
Drink Your Carbs is a simple exchange. By limiting sugars, starches and other unhealthy foods that add loads of calories but few useful nutrients, you can easily make room in your diet for both alcohol and weight loss. You will have to make sacrifices, but giving up alcohol is not one of them.
What Makes Drink Your Carbs Different From Other Low-Carb Diets?
Drink Your Carbs is not a traditional low-carb diet. Although Drink Your Carbs is far lower in carbohydrates than the standard American diet, we focus less on restricting carbohydrates than on replacing high calories foods with healthier, lower-calorie options. Because high-carb foods also tend to be highest in calories, many of them are either severely limited or eliminated altogether.
Basic Drink Your Carbs is designed as a whole-life diet. Basic is all about making simple choices to limit or avoid certain foods in order to make room in our diets for the alcohol we have chosen not to go without.
Austerity Mode is a stricter, more limited version of Basic Drink Your Carbs. Austerity Mode further restricts both fats and carbohydrates, which in turn further restrict calories. Austerity Mode is for those times when you want faster weight loss or to prepare in advance for a vacation, holiday, etc.
Nightmare Mode is Austerity Mode without booze. Nightmare Mode is the only time on Drink Your Carbs when you are not allowed to drink alcohol. There is a reason it’s called Nightmare Mode.
Who are Steven and Andrea?
Steven Deutsch has been an executive at several high tech companies. He did a stint in real estate development before the crash of 2008. Writing fulltime has been his dream since he first arrived at Hampshire College some 20 years ago with little more than optimism, a bad 80s haircut and a cheap-ass guitar. With the collapse of real estate, he began to pursue his dream.
It is worth mentioning that during the tech boom Steven put on 20 pounds and none of it was muscle mass. He went out to lunch at least five days a week and never once skipped the fries and ordered a salad. He also refused to work out on the grounds that he was asthmatic and exercise tightened his lungs. Drink Your Carbs was discovered while looking for a way to reverse this trend.
Today, Steven is leaner than he was at age 18. He works out at a Crossfit gym and runs half marathons. His times are not impressive, but as he likes to point out: “For geeky, asthmatic Jewish boys, I’m the fastest one there is.”
Andrea Seebaum is the owner of a software company. Over the years, she has spent a lot of time travelling for business. Like most business travellers, client lunches, team dinners and too many meals cobbled together from the unhealthy options available in airports eventually caused her to gain weight. It was Andrea who figured out that drinking alcohol was not the source of her weight gain, but rather it was the high-calorie, simple carbohydrates. Before Drink Your Carbs, Andrea’s favorite lunch was a big salad with french fries and bread.
The term “Drink Your Carbs” was coined by Andrea in 2008. She and Steven were already living an approximation of Drink Your Carbs, but the diet had no formal name. On an otherwise uneventful evening, Steven and Andrea were eating one of their more common meals of steak, broccoli and Mexican-style black beans. There were no simple starches on the table. Drink options were bubbly water and a bottle of cabernet. Towards the end of the meal, Andrea raised her glass to “drinking your carbs.” Steven bought the domain name that same evening.
Today, Andrea does Crossfit and runs half marathons. Like Steven, she is not going to win any age group records. But she can do unassisted pull ups and generally finishes a workout or race with a respectable time.