When it comes to carbs, the most frequent question people have asked is “Can I still get a flat stomach eating carbs? Should I avoid all carbs if I am on my weight loss journey?” To be honest, I do feel speechless about that. It’s actually a pity that some girls treat carbs as her ultimate enemy, which is SO WRONG!
FIRST THING FIRST, WE ALL NEED CARBS. THIS IS A FACT THAT WE SHOULD EMBRACE.
Carbs are our body main source of energy in the way that they help fuel our important organs like brain, kidneys heart muscles and central nervous system. A carbohydrate-deficient diet may cause headaches, fatigue, constipation, and all kinds of vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and I am sure you don’t want that.
SO, THE QUESTION IS ALL ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT CARBS TO EAT instead of avoiding it.
In general, there are two types of carbs and there is a HUGH difference between. The first type is refined carbs, common representatives including white bread, white rice, cookies, pasta, chips, and so on. Another type is fiber-rich carbs including veggies and low-glycemic fruits. If you are consuming the right type of carbs, your body actually starts burning fat for fuel, and thus losing weight in the long term. When it comes to SUPER CARBS, below are the TOP FIVE in my mind.
When it comes to pumpkin, people will just think of Halloween but not many realized that pumpkin is incredibly great to our body. pumpkin is definitely a weight-loss-friendly food because you can consume more of it than other carb sources but with significantly fewer calories. For every 100g of pumpkin, it’s just 26.1 kcal intake while for the same amount of white rice, it’s 130 kcal intake. Added to this, pumpkin is a good source of fiber, which can help curb your appetite and that will be good for your weight loss plan too. Last but not least, it can reduce your blood triglycerides as well. Natural food is always the best medicine you can ever take.
#2 Sweet Potato
First thing first, sweet potato is different from potato in terms of taste, appearance, and texture. People also get confused between sweet potato and yam, but still, they are two different things. Despite the fact that they are surprisingly yummy without any seasoning, they are rich in nutrients including fiber and minerals. They are also rich in antioxidants, which are not easy to find among food, that can keep our skin looks good and free from radicals. As one of the low GI food, they don’t cause an instant spike in blood sugar levels and that is vital for maintaining the weight. If you are targeting belly fat, one key point of success is having a stable sugar level and sweet potato is a delicious choice here.
Is that just me but I think taro isn’t popular these days? Taro is regarded as the Asian Superfood and in fact, I think it is one of the beauty food too. Besides preventing cancer and diabetes, it’s really good for skin health and vision. In long term it helps weight loss in the sense that the fiber in taro slows stomach emptying, which keeps you fuller longer and reduces the calories intake. One interesting thing is that people are saying taro roots are even better than taro as a whole, I am not sure about that but will definitely do a research about it!
#4 Rolled Oats
Having rolled oats as breakfast is one of my daily routines and somehow I just won’t get bored about that. It feels amazing to eat natural food during the morning as you know you are feeding what body good stuff. Always remember, you are what you eat. Oats are really good for reducing cholesterol and maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Please be careful for choosing the right oats – the less processed the oats, the higher the nutrients. For the instant oats with different flavors (chocolate, strawberry, coffee), you are just pouring artificial sugar into your mouth during a fresh morning and THIS is the refined carbs you should avoid.
#5 BROWN RICE
Last but not least, brown rice! If you are a rice person but haven’t tried out brown rice, you should consider it! To compare, white rice contains much more unnatural fortifications & additives and most of the nutrients like vitamins and minerals are removed during the process. However, brown rice is way better in retaining the nutrients and so it’s much beneficial to our health. It is well-known for preventing type 2 diabetes and calm our blood pressure. To me, consuming white rice means you are just consuming the calories without any nutrients intake and it’s such a waste.
Alright, so here are the TOP FIVE SUPER CARBS for weight loss. For me, my all-time favorite is sweet potato (though I eat oats every single day…) and I will definitely try brown rice for a smarter choice of calorie intake! What about you? Which one is your fav and which one you would like to give it a try? Please comment down below!