It can be difficult for many dieters and health-conscious people to figure out just exactly what to believe about carbs. There is just way too much conflicting information out there for people to be able to decipher what is fact and what is just diet-fad-fiction. First people are telling you to eat no carb and then just “good” carbs, but what should you believe. I will be giving you some straight answers about carbs and sharing some delicious and healthy food choices.
If you have been having trouble losing body fat, it is likely that processed carbohydrates are to blame. Anyone who consumes too many processed carbs will struggle with their weight loss plan. The idea is not to completely eliminate carbs, but to recognize these bad carbs and cut down as much as possible.
Main processed carb offenders
- breads (yes, even whole grain)
For dieters, eating too many carbs will certainly mean failure. It is just too difficult to lose weight when you over-consume processed carbs. Eating this type of food will result in blood sugar spikes which can cause you to accumulate more body fat. Eating processed carbs also increased cravings in many people.
Recently choosing healthy food has become even harder, because you have probably been confronted with clever labeling such as “whole grain”. Don’t be fooled by this seemingly healthy-sounding label. Just look at the ingredients. The first ingredient is probably refined flour! Not a healthy choice.
The carb controversy can be very confusing, but here is a list of simple carb guidelines that you can follow to lose weight:
Carbohydrate Guidelines to Lose Weight
1. Grain-based carbs such as pasta, cereal, rice, and crackers should be limited in your diet. Focus your diet on grass-fed meat and free range eggs. If you find this to be too difficult, then designate one day when you can “cheat”. You will still do fine with one “cheat day”
2. Try to get as many of your carbs as you can from vegetables and fruits. You can do a variety of fruits and vegetables, but do not try to substitute juices for this.
3. If you still want to have grains in your diet, you should try to focus on the more nutrient-filled parts of the grain the germ and bran. You can eat oat bran instead of oatmeal and rice bran in place of just plan rice.
4. If you find yourself really missing your carbs you can try to replace them with healthy fats like seeds, nuts, or avocados. This will satisfy your appetite without the blood sugar spikes.
If you are wondering what else you can eat, here is one idea to get you started:
Sweet potatoes are a great choice. They can take a long time to cook, so I have a strategy that doesn’t take very long at all. Slice the sweet potatoes into thin pieces. Be sure they are all about the same size so they cook at the same rate. Put the potato pieces in a pan with a tiny bit of butter, virgin coconut oil, and a few tablespoons of water. Cover the pan and cook for five minutes. Add a meat dish and a salad and you are ready to go!
It may seem difficult at first, but reducing processed carbs in your diet will pay off in the end. After a few weeks, you probably won’t even miss the pasta and bread. Your body will start to adjust to this new way of eating and you will finally start to lose that stubborn fat.