Healthy Carbs to Eat for Weight Loss

Find out which foods can help you shed pounds.

Healthy Carbs to Eat for Weight Loss

One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that you have to cut out carbs – it’s just not true! Many studies have shown that you can lose weight on a high-carb diet. For one, it makes a diet a lot easier to stick to. Secondly, you need the carbohydrates to store energy so you can have effective workouts in the gym and burn fat. Carbs take a lot longer to break down than any other food group, so they keep you full and prevent blood sugar spikes. We spoke to registered dietitians Jessica Levinson and Julie Upton to find out more about which carbs to choose and how to enjoy them.

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Whole Grain Bread and Pasta

First and foremost, choose whole grain options over any refined grains like bagels, white bread, or any other processed carbs. These are perfect options when you’re just getting used to cutting out the processed stuff. Whole grains are the carbs that are associated with a lower chance of being overweight, having type 2 diabetes, and having heart disease. Fitness trainer Bob Harper also enjoys spelt pasta, one serving of which provides eight grams of fiber.

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