Simple vs Complex Carbs for Weight Loss

Complex Carbs

If you're working to lose weight, you may have adopted the common "lose the carbs" mantra. But you may be surprised to learn that it's only half effective. That's because there are two different groups of carbohydrate types, and one of them can actually help fuel your efforts to slim down.

Do you know the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates? 

Simple carbs include the simple sugars found in certain fruits, milk, honey, table sugar, beer and white rice and pasta. They may be delicious, but they provide little if any nutritional value. Plus, they're quickly digested, which can leave you feeling hungry again hours before your next meal.

Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, come from the starch and fiber in whole grains, legumes, potatoes and root vegetables. They take longer for the body to digest, which helps to keep you feeling feel fuller longer. Thus, you're less likely to snack throughout the day or overdo it at your next meal. Plus, complex carbs help stabilize your blood sugar and avoid that afternoon crash that often makes you crave something sweet. This is because complex carbs typically have a lower glycemic load, which means that your body will get lower amounts of sugars released at a more consistent rate rather than peaks and crave-inducing valleys throughout the day. 

For effective weight loss, stick to complex carbohydrates. A great start is a visit to the Metabolic Research Center website where you'll find a variety of healthy and delicious recipes with complex carb ingredients. Two fan favorites are the Quinoa Salad and Cauliflower Potato Mash. If you need more guidance on developing a satisfying, weight loss-friendly nutrition plan, call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist at your nearest MRC location. 


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