The Best Carbs For Fat Burning
If you’re looking to burn some added body fat from your frame, one nutrient that you will definitely be paying more close attention to is the carbohydrates you’re eating in your meal plan.
You know that very high carb foods – bagels, pasta, and other grainy types of goodies don’t belong on a plan to get lean. This much is for certain. But, that does not mean you should avoid all carbs. Do that and your energy level will plummet, sending your workouts for a tumble.
By instead, focusing on slower burning carbohydrates that are more moderate in terms of their total carbohydrate count, you can still maintain a decent energy level while reaping the benefits of weight loss.
Here are the main carbs to focus on.
Squash is a top pick for those who are watching their body weight. The great thing about squash is that it is more carb dense than other vegetables (which would definitely not fuel intense exercise), but not as dense as regular potatoes.
Meaning? You can eat a good cup or so of squash and only total around 60-100 calories depending on the variety. This means you’ll feel like you’re eating more food, even though your total calorie intake is still quite low.
Which brings us to our next item, sweet potatoes and yams. Sweet potatoes are lower on the GI index compared to regular russet potatoes, so won’t spike blood glucose levels as much, which could increase the chances of weight gain.
What’s more is that sweet potatoes are also going to be rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene, helping to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your eyesight.
You can eat more total volume of sweet potatoes or yams than you can of other carb sources such as brown rice for instance, again, making them a wiser option.
Just be sure that you don’t slather them with butter as you eat them or that will destroy the fat loss benefits they have to offer.
Instead, top them with a little low fat sour cream, cottage cheese, or just some freshly chopped green onions.
Sweet potatoes are also excellent baked as sweet potato fries with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top for added flavor.
Finally, the last smart carb source to consume on your fat burning diet plan is oatmeal. Again, like with squash, you can eat more of this carb for fewer calories than you can a comparable food due to it’s low calorie density.
For instance, take a regular cold breakfast cereal. These will usually come in at around 100 calories per ½ cup serving or so.
But, with oatmeal, once it’s cooked, you’ll get about ¾ cup cooked oatmeal for that same 100 calories. The more high volume, low calorie foods you eat like this, the less restrictive your diet is going to feel like since you are getting decent sized meals each time you eat.
Just be sure that you do purchase the oatmeal variety that is unsweetened to avoid taking in any excess sugar –which will not help weight loss efforts at all.
So there you have a few of the top carb sources to consider and keep in mind as you move through your diet plan. Eat these more often and you can see fast weight loss without having to succumb to very low energy levels.