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Carbohydrates & Diet

Many dieters who want to lose weight and who are following a weight loss diet are afraid of carbohydrates. But this is quite unnecessary. Because many carbohydrates are perfect diet foods and are excellent for weight loss.

US Diet Guidelines

According to most experts, we should get about 55 per cent of our calories from carbohydrates, even when dieting.

Difference Between Simple and Complex Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates are not good for weight loss and weight control. The best example of a simple carbohydrate is refined sugar.

Choose low-sugar foods, (especially low-sugar drinks) and eat more natural foods (e.g. fresh fruit) instead of refined sugary food like sweets, candy, cookies, cakes and regular soft drinks.

Complex carbohydrates are not bad for weight loss. In fact they are very good diet foods. They are medium-calorie food but they are ideal for a weight loss diet because they fill you up and keep you full longer. They are also good for a diet because they help regulate your appetite and reduce cravings.

This group includes potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, beans, cereals, most vegetables and fruits. These carbohydrates are wonderful for everyone, including dieters.

Diets & Fat

Don't spoil your diet (or your carbohydrates) by adding fat, like rich sauces, oils, or other high-fat toppings like butter, sour cream, or mayonnaise. These calorie-dense add-ons turn good carbohydrates into diet-killers.

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