How many times have you said no to eating carbs just because you are trying to lose weight?
A lot, right?
I feel your pain because I have done that in the past too. Saying no to every yummy food that was passed my way for fear of sabotaging all the efforts I have exerted to lose some pounds.
But did you know that you can continue to eat carbs and still lose weight? They just have to be the right kind. Want to know what are the best carbs for weight loss? Read on to find out.
Not all carbs are bad, as a matter of fact, you need to continue consuming carbs to help sustain your energy during workout. Here are some of the “good” carbs that you can continue to eat without feeling guilty.
The 10 Best Carbs to Eat for Weight Loss
Hard boiled barley is great for weight loss because it helps boost metabolism and it make you feel full longer thus decreasing hunger pangs. Add a handful in your salad and breakfast meals for a guilt free energy boost.
Who knew that you don’t have to give up popcorn when trying to lose weight? A study shows that eating popcorn will actually make you feel fuller and satiated for a long period of time.
The longer you feel not hungry, the better because you’ll be eating less. So, go ahead and have some popcorn to tide you over. They taste good too!
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Gluten-free quinoa is a fiber powerhouse and helps balance your sugar levels. It also helps increase metabolism making it a great choice for meals while trying to lose weight.
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Legumes like beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils are great choices when you are on a diet.
Studies have shown that they can improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Not only that, they contain fiber and protein which are necessary for muscle repair after working out.
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5. Whole-Wheat Bread
Can’t give up bread? Go for whole wheat, they taste good and are filled with fiber. Just a couple of pieces will already make you feel full for a long period of time thus helping you avoid overeating.
Oats served as oatmeal or added to your smoothie is a great food to eat before or after working out because it provides great the energy needed for working out, plus it contains protein to aid in muscle recovery and growth.
Another reason why you should include oats in your diet is that it can help lower the risk of heart diseases.
Bananas can be your best weapon against bloating. They are rich in potassium which helps lessen water retention. They are rich in good carbs that is slowly released into your body, so you don’t have to worry about sugar crashes.
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Apples should be a staple in your household when you are trying to lose weight because they are filled with fiber and contain high level of antioxidant flavonoids that can help you maintain a healthy weight.
9. Sweet Potatoes
The best source of slow carbs. Sweet potatoes not only taste good, but they help keep you feel full for a long period of time. They are also filled with antioxidants and carotenoids that can help in weight loss.
10. Plain Greek Yogurt (two per cent)
If there is one thing I am not willing to give up it would be Greek Yogurt. I have always thought of them as my guilty pleasure.
Turns out, there is no need for guilt because 2% Greek Yogurt can help lower your B.M.I and body-fat percentage. That to me, is good news. It also contains a good amount of protein to prevent sugar crashes thus can help keep you from craving for food.
There you go, 10 of the best carbs that you can continue to eat while trying to lose weight. Just like with everything else, moderation is key.