When most people decide to go on a diet, their first move is to eliminate carbohydrates. While white bread, pasta, and baked goods with white refined flour might sabotage your weight loss efforts; not all carbs should be painted with the same red brush because carbohydrates don’t make you fat. In fact, if you cut carbs completely out of your diet, sure you’d be eliminating many starchy foods, but you’d also be eliminating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which would result in some serious food cravings that would send you on a supersized binge at the nearest drive-thru burger joint—STAT!
Carbohydrates are essential for energy and brain function, and if you consume the following 16 nutrient-dense, fiber-rich carbs, you’ll stay fuelled, lose weight, and remain full all day long…
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Oatmeal is typically thought of as being a warm comfort food, but it’s actually high in soluble fiber which means that it dissolves slowly after eating. This helps keep you sustained for much longer than, say, crispy rice cereal. Registered dietician Shira Lenchewski told Redbook magazine readers to avoid instant oatmeal, “Oats’ complex carbs are super filling, so you’re less likely to overindulge after you eat them. Just steer clear of instant oatmeal with added sweeteners.” Plus, food studies link oatmeal to blasting visceral fat, which is the hard to combat fat that sits around your mid-section and your vital organs (i.e., your heart).