We have all heard about a no carb, or low carb diet to lose weight. Cutting back on certain types of carbohydrates can help you lose body fat and weight on the scales because it’s these types of foods that can easily tip our balance in favour of fat storage (you know the types, donuts, muffins, fries etc.). So yes it does work, but my gosh is it a tiring and restrictive way to shape up if you try to cut them all out! Thank goodness there is another way and it involves enjoying delicious comfy carbs, although possibly not the ones you expect…
It wouldn’t make sense to cut out all carbs from your diet, they are one of your body’s main source of energy and are important for several health reasons.
Before we look at the type of carbs our body needs, let’s quickly take a look at what they actually are;
There are three different types of carbohydrates:
Many people are surprised to find out that carbs are more than just bread and pasta. Which leads me on to, what type of carbohydrates should we be filling up on if you want to lose weight healthily?
Breads – Wholegrain, bran, rye, and sourdough bread
Wholegrain rice & Risotto
Whole wheat pasta
Wholegrain cereals without sugar
Peas, lentils, red kidney beans, chickpeas
Fresh fruit such as peaches, apples, pears, cherries, coconut, plums, grapefruit, grapes, banana
Yoghurts with no added sugars or sweeteners
Dark chocolate (over 60% cocoa)
Soya products (if no allergies)
Vegetables including tomatoes (yes I know technically a fruit), mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, fresh corn and many more.
So from now on, when you think of carbs, think of these lot above! This of course is not a comprehensive list, but something to think about…
You can read about this and more in the Size HH book available here.
Have any more healthy carbs to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!