Want to Reduce Weight? Don’t Eat This…Any Snack That is Just Carbs

Carbs

When you eat crackers, dry cereal, bread, or rice cakes alone, your body converts the carbs to simple sugars, and sends it directly into your blood stream.

In response to the sugar rush, your body produces extra insulin, which helps your body absorb the sugar more quickly. The problem: You end up with low blood sugar and the same hunger pangs that led you to carb it up in the first place. When this happens you may just reach for sugary foods with no nutritional value to satisfy your need for instant energy, says Dr. Charlie Seltzer, M.D., a weight-loss specialist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Snacks that contain a combination of carbs, healthy fats, and protein take longer to digest, and will, therefore, tide you over for longer. Another thing: When you treat snacks as balanced mini meals, they contribute to a balanced diet (instead of just holding you over between full balanced meals).

Rachel Harvest, a registered dietitian affiliated with Tournesol Wellness in New York suggests to try a slice of bread with nut butter, or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese as opposed to a carb only snack.

A diet high in simple carbs like pasta, breads and pastries has been linked to obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Minimizing, or eliminating your simple carb intake can make a huge difference in your heath and the quality of your life.

Choose complex carbohydrates with lots of fiber for your health, both physically and mentally.

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