Simple vs Complex Carbs - Which Can Help You Lose Weight?


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If you're working to lose weight, you've probably heard and even said to yourself many times, "lose the carbs." But that mantra is only half effective. That's because there are two different types of carbohydrate types, and one of them can actually help fuel your weight loss efforts.

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 these quickly digested, basic sugar foods provide little real value to your body.

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, you feel fuller longer and will be 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 a sweet treat. This is because complex carbs generally have a lower glycemic load, which means that you will get lower amounts of sugars released at a more consistent rate rather than peaks and crave-inducing valleys throughout the day.

When working to shed pounds and slim down, 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. Favorites are the Quinoa Salad and Cauliflower Potato Mash. For more guidance on developing a satisfying, weight loss-friendly nutrition plan, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation at your nearest MRC location. 

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