Carbohydrate Foods for Fat Loss

The correct amount of carbohydrates that should be eaten during dieting is one the the most controversial subjects in the dieting industry.

Some preach low carbs, others say only calories matter, and yet others say to eat only slow carbs. What is the truth?

People have been successful, at least short-term, using all three. BUT, what really matters is long-term.

Diets that are restrictive, such as a low carb diet, may have faster short-term results, however, eating that way for life is a bit unrealistic.

We think a diet that utilizes a more balanced approach is better in the long run. This type of diet fits into life more realistically and is more likely to become a lifestyle.

Choosing the Right Carbs

When eating carbs always try to choose foods as close to their natural state as possible. For example:

  • A piece of fruit is better than fruit juice.
  • A whole potato is better than pasta.
  • Steel cut oats are better than oat flake cereal.
  • Brown rice is better than white rice.

Also, choose nutrient dense carbs before anything else.

Carbs within colorful vegetables and fruits are always better for your body than carb-rich foods like breads, pastas, rice, and potatoes. Here's a great graphic that illustrates how to incorporate carbs into your diet.

Good Carb Pyramid

Good Sources of Carbohydrate

Carbohydrates to Avoid or Limit

The Simple Rule

If in doubt choose carbohydrate foods that are the most unprocessed or minimally processed.

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