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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Sweet Potatoes

Levinson's favorite vegetable carb pick, sweet potatoes are an excellent choice when trying to maintain a healthy diet. Many weight loss guides incorrectly suggest avoid starchy vegetables to lose weight, but the fiber content of potatoes is perfect for weight loss. Fiber slows down your digestion and enhances satiety, which means you’ll feel fuller on fewer calories, but the starch does require that you exercise more moderation than with other vegetables. Sweet potatoes and corn are the most carb-rich veggies, and therefore the best source of carbs in a plant-forward diet.

More: How to Eat Potatoes to Lose Weight

Lightened-Up Shrimp & Grits on the Grill

Head south with this creamy and savory shrimp and grits recipe from David Rose.

Head south with this creamy and savory shrimp and grits recipe from David Rose. It's all cooked on the grill for an irresistible smokey char that will have you coming back for seconds.