The Best Complex Carb Sources To Add To Your Diet Plan

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One of the biggest myths out there in the nutrition world is that you must avoid all carbs to see results. Many people are jumping on the low carb bandwagon, thinking this is the best route to a slim body.

While reducing your carb intake can definitely help promote better overall fat loss, carbs should not be feared. If you eat the right types of carbs in the right proportions, you can definitely include them in your meal plan.

So which complex carbs are best? Let’s look at the top carb sources to include in your menu.

Oatmeal

You simply can’t go wrong with oatmeal. As long as you are purchasing the unsweetened, plain variety so that you aren’t taking in any extra sugar, this carb source is loaded with fiber and ranks low on the GI index.

Need more flavor?

Try adding some yourself by stirring in some cinnamon and stevia, a scoop of your favorite protein powder, or some natural nut butter.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are another carb source not to be missed. Don’t let their ‘sweet’ name fool you. While these do contain some naturally occurring sugars, they don’t spike blood glucose levels all that much.

As such, they are perfect for those looking for weight control. And, they taste great! They’re delicious whether baked or mashed.

Bananas

Finally, you have bananas. Now, bananas contain a combination of simple sugars (fruit sugar) and starches, so they’re a perfect food for right before or after the gym.

Bananas are also loaded with potassium, which will help promote regular muscular contractions. It also helps keep your blood pressure levels in check. Serve one a day before intense physical activity and watch your performance soar.

So keep these carbs in mind. Don’t fear them; just eat wisely.

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Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 12 years now, helping others lose weight, build muscle, and improve their athletic performance. She’s worked with people of all ages and helped them find the right fitness path for themselves.
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