High carb foods you should cut down on and why

There’s always one thing or the other about High carb foods these days especially when it concerns either weight gain or weight loss. Different nutritionists are either encouraging their clients to consume more high-carb foods or less. It’s become such a trend but here are few things you should know before hopping on the trending train.High-carb foods are foods that (like the name implies) are high in carbs. They have a high level of carbohydrates and in turn, high calorie. Carbohydrate does play a role in the body that cannot be undermined no doubt and its deficiency could lead to so many impairments in the body. It should be noted that when consumed in high volumes, carbohydrate may lead to OBESITY, TYPE 2 DIABETES, and possibly CANCER. This is the reason most weight loss programs or diets frown against high-carb foods.

 

The funny part is that all the high-carb foods are those irresistibly yummy foods and one begins to wonder how on earth one can cut high-carbs from their meals. Almost every food has carb in it so one needs to be extra careful in making food choices. It sounds easy but cutting down on high-carb foods is not easy at all.

TIPS TO HELP REDUCE HIGH CARB FOODS:

  • Ease your way in: you need to go slow. Cut out high-carb foods bit by bit not all at a time. A drastic change in diet may not cause bodily harm but could make you relapse easily and give up on your weight loss plan.
  • Replacement foods: if you are getting rid of any food there should be a healthier food to replace it. It is never advisable to starve so make sure to eat regularly (healthy meals). The best meals to replace high-carb meals with are high-protein meals.
  • Learn to count: who ever achieved anything without putting in conscious effort? It may be stressful at first but you’ll need to learn how to count. You should know the calorie content of any food before you eat it. Not just that, the calorie content when calculated with every other food you’ll eat should add up to your targeted calorie intake for the day and not more. Even if people chide you for it, don’t shy away from checking the nutritional facts of every food you take, that way you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.
  • Processed foods: the chances are; if it is processed it probably has a lot of carbs that stem from the added sugar (sweetener) and the preservatives. This means you either totally avoid processed foods or read the label before you eat it.

HIGH CARB FOODS AND FRUITS AND THEIR CARBOHYDRATE CONTENT

PER 100 gCARB CONTENT
Sugar100 g
Sweet Potato20 g
Flour (wheat flour, all-purpose)76 g
Bread49 g
Soda11 g
Oatmeal12 g
Yam28 g
Beans63 g
Orange12 g
Banana23 g
Apple14 g
Grapefruit11 g
Mango15 g
Corn74 g
Rice28 g

Note that alcoholic beverages are equally high in carbs so you have to watch it. None the less, there are some healthy foods that contain carbs which you can add to your diet. Don’t be mistaken, the body needs carbs to function right and as mentioned before its deficiency could lead to malfunction in the body system. On this note, you need to switch to a low carb, high fiber, protein dense diet not just for weight loss but for a healthy life.

Consult with your nutritionist, to plan a well balanced diet for you so that your intake does not exceed or fall under the required calorie intake for your weight loss goals. Ditching high carb foods is extremely important for diabetic and obese people. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is by combining a healthy diet with exercise and physical activity. Work hand in hand with your nutritionist to ensure that your carb and calorie intake is on the right track and doesn’t stray even if you have to turn a blind eye to all your favorite foods.

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