Can we finally settle it once and for all? Despite what many trendy diets and fitness “experts” might have you believe, carbs are not the enemy when it comes to losing weight.
One report from researchers at Harvard published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which examined how small changes in behaviors like sleep habits, TV-watching, exercising and eating habits can effect long-term weight gain, found that what we eat is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
And, as part of the results they were able to identify and rank specific foods that play a role in helping us lose weight. Can you guess what the second food item (right behind vegetables) on that list was?
Whole grains, like oats and brown rice, which yes, you guessed it, are carbohydrate-rich foods.
So, when it comes to healthy eating habits and weight loss, reducing your carb intake likely isn’t the answer, but rather choosing smarter, more nutritious carbohydrate sources. Particularly those that are high in fiber and protein.
From whole grains to fresh fruit, here are just a few examples of the healthiest carbs that meet that mark, and yes, can actually help you reach your weight loss goals.