It’s no surprise why low carb diets remain popular when it comes to weight management: their glamorous guidelines allow you to eat all the high fat meat, cheese, and eggs you want while shedding pounds. But removing carb-containing whole grains from your diet can be one of the worst things you can do when trying to lose weight and maintain healthy eating habits. In fact, eating high-fiber carbohydrates, like whole grain cereal, is one of the best ways to lose weight and prevent weight gain. Fiber keeps you fuller, after all, and it’s important to stay satisfied when working towards your weight loss goals. Choosing whole grains over their refined counterpart means you’ll reap the benefits of not only fiber, but also the vitamins, minerals, protein, and antioxidants found in these power foods.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that most people’s diets fall short of the recommended minimum three servings daily of whole grain products. Fortunately, there are delicious ways enjoy fiber-filled whole grains while achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. And, with a wide variety of whole grains to choose from, you can create a customized diet with all of your favorites.
Try these quick tips to meet the recommended three (or more!) servings of whole grains per day:
1. Have whole grain cereal with fruit for breakfast.
2. Enjoy a homemade wrap using a whole wheat tortilla for lunch, stuffed with lean protein and loads of veggies.
3. Create a whole grain side dish using wheat berries, bulgur or barley. Add in diced veggies, fresh herbs and an oil and vinegar dressing for some flavor.
4. Snack on homemade air popped popcorn with a little sea salt or parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Weight management isn’t about eating less, it’s about eating smarter. Choosing high quality calories such as those found in whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean sources of protein, will help you meet and maintain your healthy weight goals.