We’ve been programmed to think that all carbs are off limits while on a diet, with foods like pasta, bread, and other grains being labeled as bad for weight loss. However, good carbs, also known as slow-burning carbs, are rich in fiber and help provide you with long-lasting energy without causing spikes in your blood sugar or insulin levels. The fiber will also keep you feeling full and satisfied between meals so you’re less likely to snack.
Many nutritionists boast the benefits of eating healthy carbs while on a diet. By eliminating processed carbs and only eating the “good” ones, you can actually lose weight while enjoying yourself.
The Best Carbs To Eat For Weight Loss
1. Lentils & Beans
Lentils are tiny legumes that are great sources of plant-based protein and fiber. “They won't elevate your blood sugar so you'll have sustained energy without the spike and crash,” says Andrea Wise. The same goes for beans like black beans and chickpeas. Beans are protein-packed and fiber-rich which accelerate weight loss.
Dr. Josh Axe recommends eating carbs that are nutrient-rich like nuts and seeds. Snacking on these tasty bites will get your body the vitamins and minerals it needs, without any artificial ingredients.
Many people know of quinoa as a superfood, but did you know it’s a starchy carbohydrate? “It’s best to focus on fresh, minimally processed foods that have their carbohydrates encased in cellular compartments, which will not only have a lower carbohydrate density but will also likely be accompanied by lots of beneficial micronutrients," said Dr. Joseph Mercola.
4. Sweet Potatoes
“These slow carbs are versatile, naturally sweet and our bodies digest them slowly,” said Andrea Wise, a Chicago-based nutrition coach. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative for anyone who loves the starchiness of potatoes but looking to cut back on calories.