Try Meal Plans for Weight Loss that Include Carbs and Fat
No; your eyes are just fine. You read correctly: meal plans for weight loss include carbs and fat. There is a slight disclaimer, though—they include good carbs and good fat.
What Are Good Carbs?
Good carbs include, for starters, brown rice, quinoa, and sprouted whole grains. Not, mind you, whole wheat. If you want bread that will help with weight loss, look for Ezekiel or other sprouted whole grain bread. It’s easier on your body than wheat—which is hard to digest and can be troublesome for the joints—and much better for you.
Sprouting increases the vitamin content of the grain, as well as neutralizes phytic acid, a substance that prevents the absorption of nutrients. Furthermore, the enzymes created during sprouting break down amino acid protein bonds, which basically means it enables us to digest the entire grain.
Now, quinoa: this is thought of as a “super grain,” though it’s not really a grain—it’s a seed of a plant in the same extended family tree as spinach. Like sprouted whole grains, quinoa is both nutritious and digestible. It is high in protein, iron, potassium, and the B vitamins niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, and B6, and it’s also a good source of copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
And it’s a carb? Yes, it’s still a carb. Even though it’s high in protein, you would still want to combine it with a protein in creating your meal plans for weight loss.
As far as rice goes, brown rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, wild rice, and black rice are all good options (basmati, jasmine, and wild all come in brown versions, which are of course better than their white counterparts). Again, rice counts as a carb, so your healthy meal plans need to also include a good-for-you protein and fat.
What Are Good Fats?
“Healthy fat” seems like an oxymoron in this diet-crazed day and age almost as much as “good carb,” but it’s true—you need fat in your diet. Certain fats, that is: avocadoes, organic eggs, raw nuts, and real butter, just to name a few—the type that feed both your brain and your body, lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for everyone’s health—men, women, expectant mothers, children. Fish oils are the best source—anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna. You can also get them from flaxseeds, butternuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts.
You’ll Start to Crave Your Meal Plans for Weight Loss
Talking about all of these foods makes me hungry, because these are the foods I crave. If you think I’m crazy, give it time. It’s likely that you too will actually start to daydream about the types of food that make your body and brain feel good!
If you are new to The Diet Solution program, watch this video to learn more about meal plans for weight loss. It’s more than just a fad diet; it’s a lifestyle change that you’ll love!