Yes, it sounds crazy, but you can eat hummus and actually get thin. Just don’t eat too much of them pita breads.
A friend of my parents (who’s a medical doctor, by the way) tried the Blood Type Diet a few years back. According to the theory, he was supposed to eat lots of proteins and very little carbohydrates if any. It didn’t go so well with meat so he tried hummus, and soon lost 16 kg (20 pounds).
It should come as no surprise to you if you know a bit about hummus. I already discussed the nutritional virtues of hummus in prior posts so I won’t go into too much details this time, but the fact is that hummus is really good for you. In every aspect.
Not only is it highly nutritional (as long as it’s made from dried chickpeas, not canned ones), but it’s also good for your metal health, and if it’s made properly (ok, recipe) than it should not make you heavy at all – just satiated for a few hours.
There have been times when I ate hummus and than couldn’t eat anything for 7 or 8 hours. That’s not bad for a 300-400 calories meal (a bowl of hummus, one pita, 2 falafel balls, lots of Arab/Israeli salad).
How does it work? Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, contain complex carbohydrates, and has an extremely low glycemic index. In plain English: your body digests it slowly, giving you all the energy you need and keeping the level of suger in your blood balanced. Also, the rich content of tryptophan postpones the feeling of hunger.
I don’t think anybody can survive a diet built upon hummus alone. Anyhow, I’m eating hummus 3-5 times a week for some years now, and I haven’t gained weight. Most people in my family are overweighted, and I myself has a tendency to fatness. In the past I used various diets, but never has my weight been so stable as in these last few years.