Everyone is afraid of eating carbohydrates these days. They think it’s a “4 letter word”.
Yet, the irony is that people’s weights have been going UP, despite all of the “ketogenic” or “low carb” diets.
You need carbs for a variety of reasons – mainly for maintaining optimal fat-burning hormones… such as lowering cortisol levels (stress hormone) and optimizing your thyroid hormones (faster metabolism).
HOWEVER, what type or kind of carbs you eat, the amount, when you eat them and what you eat it WITH all matter.
Again, it’s all about optimizing your fat-burning, youth hormones.
Now, in today’s article, I’m going to list the 7 best carbs for losing belly fat and increasing your energy levels.
In a future article, I’ll give you some cool tips on when to eat them, what to mix them with and so forth for additional fat-burning, hormone-optimizing benefits.
Okay, let’s start with the 7 best carbs and I put them in order of importance.
Vegetables are a great source of carbohydrates. They’re low in calories, don’t raise your blood sugar levels, help alkalize your body, digest your foods and are high in fiber.
Eat as much as you want. Eat a variety of colors. I suggest you steam them, add in a little bit of sea salt and lemon juice for taste.
And eat them FIRST, at the beginning of your meal to help fill you up.
Broccoli is one of the best vegetables. High in protein. But most vegetables are good.
However, I’d avoid “nightshade” vegetables because many people are sensitive to them and don’t digest them well. These are typically potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers.
I’d also suggest you avoid mushrooms because they are a fungus.
A great alternative to pasta and noodles, Konjac is a vegetable and not really even a carb. Also known as ‘slim pasta’ it is essentially all fiber, therefore contains no fat, no sugar and no carbs.
Doesn’t raise blood sugar and it’s gluten-free. And it’s less than 10 calories per 100 grams.
Perfect if you’re dieting.
Yams / Sweet Potatoes
Yams and sweet potatoes are very similar. Most of the time yams is what you can purchase.
They are healthier than regular potatoes. Lower blood sugar response. High in antioxidants. They are also very sweet, which is helpful if you have a “sweet tooth”.
I’ve made articles about this already. White rice is very healthy, much better than brown rice. And if you cook it a special way, you can instantly cut the calories by 50% for the SAME amount of rice.
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but when cross-contaminated with Rye, Barley and Wheat in farming or processing equipment, these grains become gluten-sensitive food. So, look for “gluten-free” on the package.
Oats digest slowly, are high in fiber, don’t raise your blood sugar much, and have lots of vitamins and minerals.
Quinoa is a seed and is considered a complete protein because it contains all eight essential amino acids. Most grains are lacking in at least one amino acid, therefore this makes it a great protein source for vegans or vegetarians.
Quinoa is also high in fiber, very low blood sugar response, and can actually help reduce your appetite.
Beans and lentils are very good for you. Super high in fiber, very low blood sugar response, and slow to digest — which all means that you’re full for a very long time. It’s also high in protein.
Unfortunately, beans are hard to digest for many people and also contain Lectins, which aren’t good for you. However, if you cook them in a pressure cooker, this removes the lectins and makes them much healthier for you.
- So there you have it:
- Konjac Noodles
- White Rice
Remember, the point with all of this is to increase your fat-burning hormones, like when you were younger and to turn ON your “fat-burning” genes.