Should I cut out carbohydrates to lose weight?

Should I cut out carbohydrates to lose weight?

Limit refined grains, processed snack food, and food with added sugar.

It depends on the type of carbohydrates.

Eat these sources of carbohydrates:

  • Fruits: fresh and frozen
  • Vegetables: fresh, frozen, and canned with ‘no salt added’
  • Whole grains: whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, oatmeal, etc.

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Your body needs carbohydrates; they are the main source of energy or fuel for your brain and spinal cord.

The foods above are healthy sources of carbohydrates; they are relatively low in calories and high in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Limit these sources of carbohydrates:

  • Refined grains: white rice, white and enriched breads, pastas, cereals, etc.
  • Processed snack foods: potato chips, corn chips, french fries, etc.
  • Sugary drinks: regular soda, fruit punches, fruit juices, etc.
  • Candy and desserts: cakes, pastries, doughnuts, etc.
  • Sweetened dairy products: ice cream, sweetened yogurt, strawberry milk, etc.
  • Beer

These foods are relatively high in calories and low in nutrients. They are processed and many contain added sugar.

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