2019 is officially here, and that means it’s time to get serious about your fitness goals. Most people vow to cut out carbs from their diets in order to lose weight, but experts say this will only be successful if you’re ditching the right carbs. In fact, it’s the bad carbs that you need to steer clear of–which are formally referred to as refined carbs.
Refined carbs are carbohydrates that have been processed and bleached, which means they have been stripped of their nutritional value and no longer contain any of the metabolism-boosting nutrients needed for weight loss. That’s why it’s best to stay away from white bread in the morning as it can seriously slow down your metabolism and hinder weight loss.
"Refined wheat, AKA white flour, contains no nutrients and leaves your body hungrier than when you sat down to eat,” says Dr. Marizelle Arce.
White bread isn't the only unhealthy breakfast food you need to be wary of. White flour in the form of popular foods like pastries and bagels are also on Dr. Arce's no-no list for weight loss.
“These empty calorie carbs will cause the next meal you have to be stored and turn into fat,” Dr. Arce continues. "Then comes the sugar imbalance that leads to cravings (mostly of more sugar!), extreme thirst and water retention."
Good to know! Worried your breakfasts won't be the same without a piece of white toast? Nutritionists say it's best to switch over to whole grains and sprouted grains as they're loaded with fiber and still contain their nutrients.
But, not every whole grain bread is made equally and dieters should read the ingredients list very carefully. "'Whole grain' breads aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Look closely at the label. Anything with high fructose corn syrup belongs back on the shelf," according to the editors of Eat This, Not That!
It's also a good idea to incorporate fiber-rich carbs into your new 2019 diet. Eating meals that are high in fiber will give your metabolism the steady boost it needs to burn calories efficiently while keeping you energized and satiated.
We recommend starting the day with a bowl of steel-cut oats! Make your oatmeal even healthier by topping it off with fresh fruits, nuts, and seed for added protein and nutrients.