Carbohydrates play an essential role in maintaining proper hormonal balance throughout the body. Furthermore, they aid in recovery and fueling your workouts.
Protein is overhyped, and fat isn't too far behind because of the trending keto diet. The truth is that carbohydrates are your body's preferred source of fuel!
Your daily caloric consumption is what creates fat loss or fat gain.
If you eat more calories than your body needs, you store the excess as fat.
If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they are lying to you and probably trying to sell you something.
No shortcut exists in the game of losing weight or fat. People don't get fat overnight, so why do they think they can lose 40 pounds in a month?
Anyways, my short rant about fat loss/gain is over, so I will return to the topic of carbohydrates.
You can, and should, eat plenty of carbs to lose weight and drop body fat. Eating a moderate amount of carbs is a delightful approach to losing weight. Who doesn't love carbs?!
Carbs trigger the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine that boost your mood, relaxation, cognition, and sleep quality.
Carbs also play a significant role in testosterone regulation, healthy sex drive, training performance, and muscle growth.
Contrary to popular belief, carbs are actually more important to gain muscle than protein!
Low carb diets can work, and you can lose weight with them. However, I do not recommend low carb diets AT ALL if you exercise regularly.
If you're eating in a calorie deficit, you really can eat whatever you want and still lose weight.
You can even consume carb sources like white bread, sugary cereals, and coke while losing weight.
However, that strategy is not optimal for your health.
I do encourage allowing yourself to indulge within limitations every now and then. I think it's healthy and gives you a psychological break!
But the foods I listed above are entirely void of nutrients. They will not satisfy your hunger nor provide your body with the resources it needs to function well.
I've played around with many different carb sources for years to see which ones are the most filling and satisfying.
The Best Carbs For Weight Loss
I'm not an advocate of superfoods, but potatoes are an absolute nutrient powerhouse.
They are loaded with potassium, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C, and iodine.
Potatoes are my favorite source of carbohydrates! Russet potatoes are fantastic, and sweet potatoes are freakin' delicious.
Many people believe that potatoes are unhealthy and fattening, but they're incredibly filling and nutritious!
Next time you go out to dinner, I challenge you to get two plain potatoes as your sides with your entree.
Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them, so they're not so bland, and they will stuff you like a turkey!
Another challenge you could do with potatoes is to boil 2 pounds of them in salty water then try to eat them.
Two pounds of potatoes is about 660 calories, but you'll feel like you just finished up at a buffet.
If you are worried about the glycemic index, I'd like to convince you that satiety matters more when it comes to dieting.
Challenge number 2!
Eat five apples in one sitting and see how you feel.
Depending on the size, five apples will give you around 400-500 calories, but you're going to wish you'd consumed less filling foods!
Apples are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, natural fructose, potassium, and magnesium.
I encourage you to consume more fruit in general, but apples seem to be among the most satisfying fruits. If you are into intermittent fasting, try breaking your fast with an apple.
You'll feel quite content, and you might even be able to wait a couple of hours before you eat your first actual meal.
Gala apples are my favorite, but the fun thing about apples is that you can experiment with different types.
3.) Raw, Whole Carrots
The more often you consume carrots, the better they taste.
I used to HATE carrots, but I incorporated them into my diet by shaving them up and making a "carrot salad" with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil.
It wasn't long before I got sick of doing all of the work to make my carrot salads, so I started eating them straight out of the bag.
The more I ate them, the sweeter their flavor became to me. Pretty nuts.
Carrots, like potatoes, are tubers. They're insanely dense in nutrients because they're the root part of the plant.
Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, fiber, vitamin K, and manganese. Carrots are the reason rabbits can reproduce in such impressive quantities.
The fibers in carrots are also very good at pulling excess estrogen out of the digestive track. I recommend breaking your fast with a carrot if you're into intermittent fasting.
Eating a whole carrot every day can perform wonders for your health. I suggest you stay away from baby carrots because they are treated with chemicals.
Furthermore, the carrots' skin contains the bulk of the nutrients, so consuming it is more ideal than peeling it off.
Final Thoughts on the Best Carb Sources
These are my three favorite carb sources for weight loss and nutrient density.
I've played around with tons of distinct carb sources for over two and a half years, and these three are the ones that I still use to fuel my body with tons of nutrients.
Some of my clients even have trouble eating enough food when they incorporate these carb sources into their daily regimes! That's the power of these foods.
For other carb sources, check out my list of 60 healthy foods to eat!