The truth about carbs
Carbohydrate is an important nutrient found in many foods. Foods containing carbohydrate include bread, breakfast cereal, rice, pasta, fruit, potato, corn, dried beans and lentils, sugar, milk and yoghurt.
Carbohydrate is an important source of energy for the body. Many carbohydrate-containing foods are high in dietary fibre and are healthy food choices. There is no need to cut out all carbs from your diet. Try to eat carbohydrate-containing foods in every meal to provide the body with energy throughout the day.
The rate at which carbohydrate-containing foods are digested varies greatly. Carbohydrate containing foods that are digested slowly and therefore provide the longest lasting release of energy are those with a low glycemic index or GI.
A great deal of misleading information exists about carbohydrate. Many fad diets suggest carbohydrate-containing foods be eliminated in order to lose weight. This is far from the truth. Carbohydrate-containing foods are generally low in saturated fat, low in energy (kilojoules) and high in fibre, and are an important inclusion in any weight-loss plan. Look for high fibre, wholegrain and low GI grain foods.
Weight loss tips
To lose weight and keep it off:
• Eat healthy foods in the right amount
• Choose an eating plan that keeps you satisfied and prevents you from over-eating. Some people find it easier to lose weight by eating more protein-rich foods.
• Be physically active for 30-60 minutes a day
• Find solutions to personal barriers that cause weight gain