A healthy diet is your best solution for weight loss. That’s why fitness experts recommend filling your plates with nutritious, metabolism-boosting foods to ensure your body is getting everything it needs to burn calories sufficiently. In fact, they say that this is the time to pile up on the carbs instead of ditching them–the healthy carbs, that is!
Not sure which ones are good and which ones are bad? Here are four that nutritionists swear by to help burn fat and help you get a flat stomach fast:
“Quinoa is one of the healthiest carbs,” says Jessica Rosen, a holistic health coach and founder of Raw Generation. "Unlike most high-carbohydrate grains, quinoa sustains the appetite without skyrocketing blood glucose levels. It actually lowers blood glucose levels which is significant for healthy weight loss because excess glucose gets stored as fat in the body.”
If you need to kick the bad habit of bread, cereal, and other unhealthy refined carbs for breakfast, oatmeal is here to take their places. Not only does it have protein, but also the soluble fiber keeps you feeling full for longer.
“These slow carbs are versatile, naturally sweet and our bodies digest them slowly,” says Andrea Wise, a Chicago-based nutrition coach.
"Although they may not be the foods that immediately come to mind when planning a low-carb diet, fruits fit in,” says Rebecca Lewis, a dietician at HelloFresh. If you want to modify your diet and scale back on carbs, it’s important that the carbs you do keep eating are nutrient dense. Experts recommend opting for antioxidant-rich berries like blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, which are also low in sugar. Melons like watermelon and honeydew, rank as some of the lowest carbs per serving, says Lewis. Plus they have the highest water content of all melons to keep your body hydrated and feeling satisfied.