We are bombarded daily with the latest and greatest weight loss plans. In particular, is the subject of “Low-Carb” diets. Yes, there are many studies that show significant weight loss while on a low carbohydrate diet. However, the key here is that these are “diets” – and typically a “diet” connotes a temporary change in eating habits, and very low carbohydrate diets should not be a permanent lifestyle change (we need carbohydrates for good thyroid function).
For permanent success at obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight, we at Texas Metabolic Centers promote good “nutrition”. And part of this way of eating involves the consumption of healthy carbohydrates in moderation. Keep in mind, if you’re looking to lose weight, any starchy carbohydrate (such as bread, oatmeal, potatoes) should only make up ¼ of your plate…
Here is a list of our top favorite healthy carbohydrates:
Sweet potatoes: Easy to prepare in bulk, goes great with any meal. We recommend baking up 4-6 potatoes at once (375 degrees for 1 hour), so you have them on hand for a few days.
All green vegetables: Especially dark green leafy vegetables. Can’t stand the thought of eating a salad? Try a couple handfuls of sautéed spinach or kale with your morning eggs or sausage, or in a protein smoothie!
Legumes (especially lentils and chickpeas): Hummus anyone?
Nuts (especially walnuts and almonds): Aim for ¼ cup per day of nuts, which serve as great snacks! Try mixing them up with different flavors as well (maple cayenne, ranch, honey mustard, BBQ, teriyaki). How? Heat up 2-4 tablespoons of your chosen flavor, add 4 cups of nuts. Stir until well coated (about 3-5 minutes). Cool on parchment paper. Refrigerate!
Berries: High in fiber, naturally sweet. Great dessert option!
Squash: Trade your pasta for spaghetti squash or zucchini spirals!
Ezekiel bread: Best source of unrefined whole grains. Recommend maximum of 2-3 slices per day. Great when topped with almond butter and cinnamon!
Steel-cut oatmeal (i.e. Irish oatmeal): Great when mixed with 1-2 Tablespoons of chia seeds or ground flax seeds, and/or 1-2 Tablespoons of almond butter.