When people want to lose weight, most immediately assume to eliminate carbohydrates from their diet. This article from the Mayo Clinic shows that not all carbs are bad and how you can still eat them as a part of a healthy weight loss.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. On a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet that means that you should be taking in between 900 and 1,300 calories from carbs. Be sure to choose these carbs wisely and intake the healthy types of carbs, such as the ones below:
– Emphasize fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Aim for whole fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables without added sugar. Also, whole fruits and vegetables add fiber, water and bulk, and help you feel fuller on fewer calories.
– Choose whole grains. All types of grains are good sources of carbohydrates. They’re also rich in vitamins, fiber, and minerals and naturally low in fat. But whole grains are healthier choices than are refined grains, which are stripped of most of their nutrition and fiber.