The Rice Diet: Lose weight without giving up carbs!

As Latinos you know that one of our main food staples is rice. It almost seems like a meal isn't complete without some arroz on the side. Which is why the popular Rice Diet then is perfect for us because it allows us to eat our beloved carb and still lose weight. Sadly, the popular Rice Diet Center in North Carolina recently closed its doors for good after the owner, Dr. Robert Rosati, was unable to get buyers to restart the program. But you can still follow the Rice Diet program from the comfort of your own home. Read on to find out how!

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The low-calorie diet is intended to lower high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. The center was one of the first weight loss clinics created in the 1930s and had many celebrity followers. With so many diets out there claiming that carbs are bad for you, the Rice Diet is one of the few that supports keeping the starch in your meals. It maintains a diet high in fiber, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

If you would still like to try the old school 12-week program, then all you need to do is follow the steps below.

Calorie count: First you will need to establish a diet of 800 calories on the first day of each week by eating two carbs and two pieces of fruit for your three meals of the day. Up your intake by 200 calories the remainder of the week with the exception of the last day of the week when you can eat an extra 200 calories. 

The meals: For breakfast, have two starches such as toast and rice, plus an in-season fruit. For lunch, choose three different starches (rice, pasta, toast) and three vegetables another fruit  for your meal. Dinner consists of a similar structure as lunch except this time you are adding three pieces of protein such as beans, chicken, and pork to the dish.

Must-have foods: Make sure your diet consists of whole wheat pasta, rice, whole wheat bread, fruits, veggies, lean chicken, lean pork, black beans, non-fat yogurt.

Finishing the diet: As you keep track of your weight loss, note when the scale stops budging. That's when you should stop adding the extra 200 calories to your diet, but you can continue following the diet as you originally started. 

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