If you’ve been paying attention to almost all of the diet trends over the last few years, in your mind the word “carbohydrate” might as well mean “gain weight”. The thing is, though, not all carbohydrates affect our bodies the same way, and while you should definitely avoid sugar whenever you can, some carbohydrates are actually really good for weight loss and a healthy, balanced diet.
Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, which is known to help promote better vision and improved skin elasticity. Also, boiled sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, which means that it takes longer for the body to process them so you get an even amount of energy that lasts instead of getting a blood sugar spike followed by a crash.
Yes, fruit has sugar in it, but it’s natural sugar that isn’t processed or added. If you have a sweet tooth, eating a piece of fresh fruit is a much better way to satisfy it than reaching for even a “healthy” processed dessert with a sugar substitute in it.
Whole Wheat Pasta
Sometimes you just need a big bowl of spaghetti, but we all know that heavily processed pasta made with white flour has a ton of simple carbs and a really high glycemic index that will give you a ton of energy really fast but then leave you crashing and hungry in just a little while. You can satisfy your pasta craving and get good carbs that will leave you feeling full without the crash if you choose whole wheat pasta and make your sauce from real tomatoes and other vegetables instead of using a sugar-heavy pre-made sauce.
Quinoa has a lot more protein and a much lower glycemic index than white rice, and even brown rice can’t compare. If you replace rice with quinoa, you’ll feel full and have more energy with fewer calories in every meal.
Feeling hungry but don’t have a lot of calories to spare? You can make yourself a filling bowl of popcorn at home without all the butter and sodium. Popcorn is actually a whole grain, and when served without all the additives, it’s actually really good for you.
Add these carbs to a balanced diet and make sure you get plenty of regular exercise, and you’ll look and feel amazing. Then you can treat yourself with a fun and attractive piece of athleisure wear from us at 2ToneFit!