Bread for success
Not only is there no need to ‘quit’ carbs when you’re trying to lose weight, they can actually be beneficial for your weight loss – now that’s something to celebrate! A few different studies have made the link, including one released last year which found carbohydrates are crucial for the production of a hormone that’s linked to good health and a lower risk of obesity.
Plus, carbohydrates have a definite feel-good factor. When you stop eating them or don’t eat enough of them, your brain stops regulating serotonin, a chemical that elevates your mood and helps you register fullness before your stomach sends out physical ‘I’m full’ signals – which can help you avoid overeating. The bottom line? You don’t need to ban carbs when you’re trying to lose weight, but it does pay to choose healthier, lower-glycaemic index ones. An easy way to start doing that is by picking wholegrain cereals, such as oats, sweet potato rather than white potato and grainy instead of white bread.
Want to find out more about how to have your carbs and lose weight too? Join Weight Watchers to find out! It’s something we’re covering in Group Coaching sessions this month. Go to weightwatchers.com/au or weightwatchers.com/nz or call 131 997 (AU) and 0800 009 009 (NZ) to sign up and start reaping the health benefits.