Eggs are bad for you; eggs are good for you. Drink lots of milk; avoid dairy. Who can keep up with diet recommendations these days? Case in point: Carbohydrates, which became quite unpopular thanks to the Atkins diet, are making a comeback. New weight loss plans focus on enjoying what you eat—including carbs—rather than restricting yourself, Reuters reports.
The CarbLovers Diet, coauthored by a dietician/nutritionist and the editor-in-chief of Health magazine, uses carbohydrates—at least good carbohydrates, like bananas, oatmeal, brown rice, and beans—as the core of the plan. These resistant starches, or “carbstars,” trigger fat-burning enzymes while helping you feel more full, says one author. Similarly, The Lean Belly Prescription focuses on good carbs, replacing nutritionally empty foods with healthier versions. (Still not convinced? Click for another reason you should probably skip the Atkins diet.)