How Carbohydrates Impact Your Menu Plan

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Many people choose to cut back on carbs when trying to lose weight. Cutting carbs is popular today, but simply cutting carbs is only half the battle. You need to understand that there are two different types of carbs. Some carbs can sabotage your weight loss plan – you probably already know that. However, you may not know that good carbs can actually help you to lose those extra pounds.

Simple vs. Complex Carbs

To understand how carbs impact your menu plan, you need to understand the two different types of carbs:

  • Simple Carbs – Simple carbs come with little nutritional value, the body quickly digests them, and they often leave you feeling hungry again quickly. Simple carbs include white rice, white pasta, white bread, beer, and table sugar.
  • Complex Carbs – Complex carbs help to stabilize blood sugar, they take longer for your body to digest, and they keep you feeling full too. These carbs include potatoes, root veggies, legumes, and whole grains. Eating complex carbs can keep you feeling satiated so you don’t even feel like snacking or overeating.

Eating for Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, you do not have to completely eliminate carbs from your diet. However, you do need to stick with healthy carbs – complex carbs. These carbs will fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable, which will help you with your weight loss efforts. Stay away from the simple carbs that have little nutritional value and no staying power.

It’s possible to plan delicious, healthy meals that include complex carbs. For some help, visit the Metabolic Research Center website today. You will find great recipes that make use of complex carbs. They are not only tasty; they will help you achieve your weight loss goals too.


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