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Worried About Gaining Weight from Carbs in Middle Age? The Key Lies in “White” vs. “Green” Carbs

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Recently, a friend of mine at age 50 shared a photo when she was 18. Astonishingly, she seems even more radiant today! She once shied away from starchy foods to maintain her figure but discovered that avoiding starch isn’t the only solution. Combining the right carbs with veggies, lean meats, and fish can help you feel satisfied and even shed some pounds!

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"White" vs. "Green" Carbs: What You Need to Know

While carbs and fats often get a bad rap, they are integral to our diet. When chosen wisely, they can even combat ailments like heart disease and diabetes.

A joint study by the Australian government, the University of Queensland, and the University of Newcastle found that middle-aged women benefit from a balanced carb intake. This study, involving nearly 10,000 women aged 50-55, revealed that a diet wherein carbs comprise 40%-45% of total daily intake can guard against cardiovascular issues. But those on very low-carb diets risk hormonal and thyroid disruptions.

Quality over quantity is vital when it comes to carbs. Many people are puzzled by weight gain despite moderate carb consumption. The hidden troublemakers often include "white" carbs like sugary cereals, sugary drinks, and processed snacks.

Many studies have underscored the importance of opting for "green" carbs, which are complex carbohydrates. These are found in whole wheat bread, legumes, oats, and even some tubers like potatoes. Complex carbs are rich in fiber, leading to prolonged feelings of fullness and aiding in weight management. They also stabilize post-meal blood sugar levels.

Further evidence? A study of seven patients with Type 2 diabetes found that a balanced diet abundant in whole grains, lean meats, and produce resulted in significant weight loss within two weeks.

Balancing Your Diet for Optimal Health

Balancing your diet with regular physical activity is essential. Many heart-healthy diets emphasize complex carbs and lean proteins. Here are some meal ideas to get you started:

  1. Breakfast: Start your day with a wholesome tuna sandwich on whole wheat, accompanied by milk or soy milk.
  2. Lunch: Consider pasta tossed with chicken breast and sautéed veggies.
  3. Dinner: Feature whole grains and legumes with a side of fresh produce.

Worthy of note, whole grains are rich in resistant starch. This type of starch not only digests slowly but also nourishes gut bacteria, supporting a robust immune system.

Lastly, on the topic of fats: steer clear from LDL cholesterol found in pastries and snacks. Instead, opt for unsaturated fats from sources like fish, nuts, and olive oil. These fats, consumed moderately, support a healthy heart.

In Conclusion

It’s not about avoiding starch but choosing the right kind. By understanding the difference between "white" and "green" carbs and integrating them correctly into your diet, you can enjoy good health and a vibrant life even in middle age.

For more information on “white” versus “green” carbs, please check out our blog article.

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