Are carbs bad for weight loss?

There are so many diets out there it’s no wonder everyone is confused. Carbohydrates from fruit, vegetables, whole grains, peas, nuts and beans are good for you. They have fiber, nutrients and fill you up. Carbohydrates give you energy. If you don’t eat carbs you will be lethargic and constipated. You’ll also be nutrient deficient. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies lead to disease. No matter how thin you are, you won’t look cute in a hospital bed.

The carbohydrates you want to avoid are those that are processed and have added sugar, flour and fat. The bad carbohydrates are chips, soda, bread and pasta that doesn’t contain whole grains as the first ingredient, cookies, cakes, candy, crackers, muffins, pancakes, waffles, mashed potatoes (due to the butter), fried potatoes, fried foods (Anything fried is bad for your heart and your waistline. Restaurants add white flour to get the crunchy outer layer.), and white rice. Ideally, you would stay away from these items with a ten foot pole. Just try to eat these bad carbs once in a while instead of every day.

If you want to lose weight and be healthier, you will need to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, which have very few calories. Enjoy the whole grains and peas as a small side, and snack on a small handful of unsalted nuts every day. The fewer processed carbs you trade in for healthy carbohydrates will surely get you to your weight-loss goals quicker. Another bonus you’ll get is clear and healthy skin.

I love fruit and vegetables and can never seem to keep enough in the house. Those refrigerator bins need to be bigger! My favorite vegetable is roasted asparagus with fresh garlic and balsamic vinegar. Another beloved vegetable side is green beans tossed in honey with chopped walnuts. Adults need about 55% of their caloric intake from carbohydrates so stop starving yourself of nutrition and enjoy what is good for you.

4 Comments on “Are carbs bad for weight loss?

  1. Roasting the asparagus is definitely the way to go. And, balsamic vinaigrette is wonderful on vegetables and salad greens – and you don’t need a lot of it to get that fabulous taste. I have found over the years that roasting all kinds of vegetables brings out their flavor so much better than boiling them. Our families used to boil all vegetables to death and they lost all their flavor. I wonder if that’s why so many people do not like vegetables. I now roast beets, potatoes, rutabaga, asparagus, sweet potatoes. And now I discovered that you can throw in green and red grapes into the mix and they taste as sweet as wine with a tremendous burst of flavor.

    • I agree that most people think they don’t like vegetables because the vegetables were undercooked, overcooked, or not seasoned enough. I don’t like mushy or partially cooked veggies either. I also roast broccoli in the oven which makes the tops crunchy. It’s fabulous!

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