Comedian and Price is Right host Drew Carey has shed 80 pounds over the past six months, and the folks at People are on the case.
In an article titled “How I Lost 80 Lbs.”, Mr. Carey shares his tip for success:
“No carbs,” Carey says. “I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit.”
Alas, Mr. Carey has fallen prey to the same type of erroneous thinking that many other dieters do — the idea that “carbs” and “starch” are the same thing. They are not.
Remember, carbohydrates are in every food (except for oils, solid fats, and animal protein). Yes, everything else — from almonds to yogurt to fruit to sweet potatoes to broccoli — contains carbohydrates.
The notion that Drew Carey lost weight while “shunning carbohydrates” is wrong since he then states that he would sometimes start his mornings with yogurt and fruit.
Besides, it is absolutely possible to lose weight while eating carbohydrate-rich foods like oatmeal, quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas.
I also have no doubt that a quick comparison of Mr. Carey’s caloric consumption before and during this diet would also show a decrease in total calories. Of course, the key to successful weight loss is to cut calories without sacrificing satiety and nutrient intake.