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Not losing belly fat on a low-carb diet? 5 healthy carbs that are great for weight loss

Wednesday 24/April/2019 - 10:53 AM
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There’s one particular diet that is increasingly gaining popularity among people trying to lose those extra kilos. The low-carbohydrate diet - particularly the ketogenic or keto diet - has unremarkably captured the interest of many people on a weight loss spree، Times Now reported. Perhaps، many dieters are eliminating or cutting back on carbs as a quick way to drop the pounds fast. But do you know that some carbs are healthier than others? The reality is that you can eat carbs and still slim down and get that sexy، flat belly. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel and should not be removed from the diet.

The key is to eat the right carbs، complex carbs that are high in nutrients. Actually، experts suggest that consuming nutrient-dense carbs along with fibre - at least two to three grams - per 100 calories can be helpful when trying to slim down، because your body breaks down fibre more slowly، keeping you feeling full for longer. In fact، Oprah Winfrey، on her television show، claimed that she lost weight by switching from bad carbs to good carbs. So، if you’re trying to lose weight and flatten your stomach، opt for these healthy carbs to keep you lean and sexy.

Healthy carbs to add to your weight loss diet

Green peas

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A popular vegetable that is very nutritious and packed with nutrients، fibre، and antioxidants but low in calories. Green peas also contain a significant amount of protein، making them unique from other vegetable and a great choice for weight loss. They have several compounds that may help fight disease and support blood sugar control.

Barley

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Barley contains a whopping amount of fibre، which helps you feel full for longer and has been linked to lowered cholesterol. Apart from helping you lose weight، it can also benefit your health in many ways - such as decreased inflammation and stabilised blood sugar levels.

Whole wheat bread

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You don’t actually have to bid adieu to your favourite sandwiches، French toast to slim down your waistline. Unlike refined grains (white bread، cracker، pretzels، etc)، whole grains have more vitamins، minerals، and fibre، which can help you reduce belly fat. This shows that eating whole wheat bread could be a sound strategy for weight loss. However، it’s important to have it in moderation as overdoing whole wheat bread can add pounds، too.

Black beans

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Beans، including black beans، are considered a superfood owing to its high nutrient content. They are a great source of protein that includes fibre. You should add beans to your meal if you want to build muscle، burn calories and lose weight.

Bananas

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Bananas can help reduce or prevent water retention، mainly due to its high potassium content. One study، published in the journal Anaerobe، reported that women who consumed a banana twice daily as a pre-meal snack for about 60 days reduced their belly-bloat by 50 per cent. So، do not hesitate to include bananas in your weight loss diet.

Edited by: Yara Sameh

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