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How to Eat Carbs and Still Lose Weight

Carbs have gotten a lot of bad press in the past but the truth is you need to eat carbs to maintain good health. The trick is eating the right carbs and avoiding the ones that add unwanted fat around your midsection and on other areas of your body.

Here’s what you need to know:

First, you must understand that carbohydrates deliver essential fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants that your body needs to thrive. In other words, you really need to have carbs in your diet to remain in good health. Plus, carbs also are responsible for providing your brain with the fuel it needs to function properly. That means drop carbs entirely from your diet and you may also find yourself having difficulty focusing mentally.

So what carbs should you eat?

The answer is you should consume complex carbs, which usually come from high fiber foods. Complex carbs break down slowly in your bloodstream, giving you a steady blood sugar level throughout the day. This in turn makes you feel less hungry and irritable during those periods of the day when you might feel hungry – like mid-morning and mid-afternoon. On the other hand, the carbs you want to stay away from are simple carbs. These carbohydrates are more easily broken down by the body which results in your blood stream being flooded with simple sugars (glucose). This in turn prompts a surge of the hormone insulin, which is needed to carry the glucose to the body’s cells. The main result of all of this activity is that your blood sugar spikes, making you feel jittery. Unfortunately, your brain gets addicted to these high glucose levels and the feelings that accompany them and sends you running back to the fridge or the pantry every few hours for your next “fix” of bad carbs.

Over time, having high blood sugar and high insulin levels can lead to several bad side effects, such as:

  • Greater fat storage
  • Much less fat burning
  • Then ultimately organ damage and even cancer

Clearly, bad carbs are nothing to mess around with. They can make you fat and they can make you ill seriously ill in some cases.

That means you should stay away from such bad carbs as:

  • Refined grains (this includes white bread, white rice and enriched pasta)
  • Processed foods (this includes cakes, candy, cookies and chips)
  • White potatoes
  • Sweetened soft drinks
  • Sugar in general

Instead, fill your diet with these good carbs: 

  • Fresh fruit
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Non-gluten grains (buckwheat, millet, quinoa and brown rice)
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Non-pasteurized dairy products (yogurt, kefer and butter)

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Great Grains for Better Health, and the Fastest Way to Lose Weight

For Better Health, Go with Unrefined Options

creative_heartshaped_05_hd_picture_165828Food made with refined white flour often contain ingredients, like sugar and fats, that can lead to inflammation. But that’s not the only reason you should be eating fewer processed grains and more whole grains.

Whole grains cause a slower rise in blood glucose than refined grains. Eating more whole grains may make you eat less because you feel more full, and that may lead to less obesity, which is linked to inflammation.

In fact, research has linked eating whole grains to a host of health improvements, including reduced levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), lower cholesterol levels, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a longer life expectancy.

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Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, believes the collective effect of  nutrients, like fiber and B vitamins, found in whole grains, and missing from refined grains, makes the difference.

You lose a lot of nutrients during the refining process. Whole grains consist of the bran, germ and endosperm, containing B vitamins (like thiamin, riboflavin and folate), iron, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients.

Refined grains are milled to achieve a finer texture, but milling strips out the fiber-rich bran and the germ, where nutrients are concentrated. They may be enriched (with stripped nutrients that are added back) and/or fortified with other nutrients.

Look for 100 percent whole grain (“pearled” grains are refined) and read ingredient lists. “The first ingredient should be 100 percent whole grains” Dietitian Romano says.

Simple Serving

Don’t be afraid to try different grains. Each grain has its own unique texture and flavor profile. Most are prepared like rice, simmer with water until it’s absorbed, although some need more water and time to cook. Make enough for several meals and refrigerate, then serve it reheated or cold with any meal.

For breakfast: Soak oats overnight in soy milk, microwave them in the morning and top with fresh fruit. Or heat a bowl of cooked amaranth and drizzle with honey, milk and walnuts.

For lunch: Cook and chill quinoa, then add black beans, chopped tomatoes, onions and celery, and toss with vinaigrette.

For supper: For a pilaf with a twist, saute onion and mushroom with faro in oil, then add water or broth and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

Great Grains to Try

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Farro
  • Freekeh
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Sorghum
  • Spelt
  • Teff