Find out which foods can help you shed pounds.
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.
Another whole grain, quinoa has one of the highest protein contents of all carbs, making it ideal for fat loss and muscle gain. It’s a big part of the Mediterranean diet, which Upton considers "the gold standard, since around 50 percent of calories come from fruits, veggies, whole grains." Quinoa pasta is a favorite of Harper's, since quinoa flour is mostly made up of protein, it's the perfect choice for a balanced meal.