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.

More: The Truth About Carbs (And Why You Need Them)


Tips to Keep in Mind

When you’re trying to lose weight, portion size is the most important thing to watch, particularly when it comes to carbs. For example, Upton reminds us, "a serving of cooked grains is only half a cup, not a whole one. The other vital thing is avoiding processed carbs in favor of any of these options – all the refined sugars they carry is the reason carbs have gotten a bad name in weight loss. Finally, you can use your carbs in a smart way: if you eat dessert after starchy carbs, veggies, and protein, the sugar won’t impact your blood sugar as much as if you eat something sweet on an empty stomach." Another reason why dessert should come last!

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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.