Carbs have taken a bad rap over the last few years. But not all carbs are created equal. It’s important to realize that your body needs some carbs for energy.
But the big news is that some carbs help you burn fat. These are resistant carbs. They don’t make you crash and burn like highly processed carbs. They help you lose weight!
Resistant carbs are considered a type of fiber. Therefore, they help you feel full so you eat less and are more energized.
Here’s a list of my favorite fat burning carbs. They’re versatile enough to be used in a variety of different recipes. Obviously these are part of an overall healthy diet.
Try to get at least ten to fifteen grams of these resistant carbs into your diet every day to help you burn fat.
Sweet Potatoes – You can eat this as a side dish or even a dessert. It’s good to let the sweet potato cool a little after it cooks making it even more resistant to breaking down.
Plantains – Like other resistant carbs – our digestive system has a hard time breaking down the carbs in this food. These add some sweetness to your diet while still helping you burn fat.
Whole wheat pasta – Giving up pasta is often the hardest part of dieting. But you don’t have to sacrifice pasta – just switch to this healthier carb resistant option.
Oatmeal – There are few better ways to start your day then with some oatmeal. Add a few blueberries or a little cinnamon for taste. It keeps your glucose level from spiking and will help you feel full all the way to lunch. A ½ cup will give you 4.6 grams of resistant carbs.
Pearl barley – This starch is about 12% resistant starch and 43% slowly digesting.
Lentils – These have the advantage of being cost effective as well as a good resistant starch. They also cook quicker than many beans.
Brown rice – Another way to feed a family without breaking the bank. I often hear people say they would like to eat healthy but it’s just too expensive. But brown rice is not only high in resistant starch and fiber but it’s inexpensive. A ½ cup gives you 1.7 grams of resistant starch.
White beans – Eating beans can help you lower your cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. Like other forms of fiber, they also keep your sugar levels from spiking helping to reduce your risk of diabetes.
Garbanzo beans – This can be eaten on their own or in many types of soups. As with other beans, they are full of fiber and will keep your digestion in proper working order. They also give you lots of protein to keep your energy level going strong.
Quinoa – This has a similar texture to rice and can be used in many of the same types of dishes.
The amount of resistant carbs can be increases by about 5% in beans and rice by letting the foods cool slightly after cooking.
Another advantage of these foods is that most can be purchased and kept for a long period of time before cooking. This makes them a good option to mix in with your diet of fresh veggies.
All of the above foods will help you burn off unwanted fat while lowering your appetite and helping you feel energized.