Most weight loss diets nowadays are low in carbohydrates and high in fats and protein. Many people struggle with these diets because let’s face it: Carbs are delicious. Giving up delicious carbs can feel like a hardship. So our nutritional coaches are often asked “Can I eat carbs and still lose weight?” The answer of course is yes. You just have to be smart about the way you eat carbs. Carbohydrates can actually help you lose weight if you make good choices.
Complex Carbs Versus Simple Carbs
The first thing you need to understand about eating carbohydrates for weight loss is the difference between complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are also known as polysaccharides and are comprised of three or more linked sugars. The form longer saccharides chains so it takes your body longer to break them down. This gives you a slower, more gradual release of energy. They give your body a longer time to use the carbohydrate energy. If not used, carbohydrate energy turns into fat.
Simple carbs on the other hand, are broken down into monosaccharides and disaccharides. These carbohydrates are less than three sugars linked, so your body breaks them down very quickly. If the energy gained from simple carbs isn’t used immediately, your body will store it as fat, leading to weight gain.
Examples Of Complex Carbohydrates
Eating complex carbs, not only helps you lose weight. They can also help keep you feeling fuller longer and reduce cravings that can lead to overeating and poor diet choices. Here are some examples of complex carbohydrates:
● Whole grains
● Green vegetables
● Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots
● Beans and legumes
● Low fat yogurt and skim milk
Examples Of Simple Carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates are the types of carbohydrates you should avoid when trying to lose weight. Some examples include:
● Sugars like table sugar and brown sugar
● Sugary syrups like corn syrup
● White flour
Basically, the carbohydrates you should avoid come in junk foods like candy, cookies, and sodas. If you love these foods, our nutritional coaches can help you find a healthy alternative made with complex carbohydrates you can enjoy.
Ultimately you don’t have to give up carbs to lose weight. You just need the guidance of a nutritional coach. At
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