Aging is a part of the regular life cycle and weight watching comes with it. While many weight watchers are conscious about their intake of carbohydrates, others are totally confused. This is primarily because the sweet tooth never fades and keeps on tingling until it has to! What is so critical about a serving of croissant or candy or cake? Let’s us make it all a piece of cake today.
Carbohydrates are basically groups of glucose; most common and abundant forms are sugars, fibers, and starches. Foods high in carbohydrates are not only an important part of a healthy diet but also provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy used to support brain functioning, body metabolism and physical activity.
Healthier carbohydrate choices lead to an active brain, controlled weight, physically leaner body, lesser risk of heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension and not only this, even a healthy intestine when the body is ageing and metabolism is slowing down. On the other side of the picture, unhealthier choices add to total calories and resulting weight gain. Yes! The extra fatty ‘tire’ around your abdomen is excessive carbohydrates stored as a bulge…the extra servings of desserts and additional sugar in your tea, all settle at the lower abdomen. Moreover, issues such as constipation, indigestion and infrequent stools are also a result of those unhealthy carbohydrates treats with low fiber content and high sugar content.
Now to decide which source of carbohydrate fills your plate and then your stomach is an easier decision when you know what’s healthier. But wait! Here comes a critical curve; that is to curb the craving of unhealthier choices. Here we have some quick tips that will help you choose the right sort of carbohydrates at the right time:
- Start the day with whole grains
Grab a bowl of porridge or a whole wheat slice with your favorite egg recipe. This will keep you full and satiated for longer. Adding a serving of any fruit will serve as a cherry on top! A good rule of thumb: Choose a cereal that has at least 4 grams of fiber and less than 8 grams of sugar per serving.
- Choose whole fruit instead of juice
Did you know an orange has two times as much fiber and half as much sugar as a 250 ml glass of orange juice!
- Choose whole grains for lunch & snacks
Look for whole wheat bread instead of rice or white bread for lunch. Similarly, you can take a bowl of popcorns for snack time instead of munching on potato crisps.
- Replace your dinner with salad once a week
What is better than a bowl of green salad with crunchy iceberg lettuce, crisp apples, fresh green cabbage and mouthwatering beans tossed in exquisite lemon juice and a hint of freshly ground black pepper? Not only a gush of fiber but a burst of essential vitamins and mineral salts best for boosting body metabolism!
- Try to avoid sweets
Desserts, sweet rolls, cakes, pastries and other confectionery treats may taste delightfully wonderful, but they tend to provide little in the way of nutrition and increase the amount of carbohydrates in your diet significantly. Opt for servings of fruits or frozen fruit desserts that are made with no extra sugar if you feel the need for a treat. The delight of losing abdomen fat is greater than a sweet tooth when you fit in perfectly in your favorite dress! The one that doesn’t only conceal your age but also brings out the best of you!