America has a weight problem, and research reveals it's carbs as well as fat that contributes to obesity. However, since our bodies rely on carbs for energy, it's important to distinguish between good-for-you carbs and bad-for-you carbs. From breakfast to dinner, we have a meal plan filled with better carb choices that balance your body and help you stay fueled and focused all day long.
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The latest buzz of studies reveals that eating too many carbs, not just fat, may be the culprit behind America's heart and weight problems. But banishing carbs altogether in an effort to lose weight isn't realistic or even desirable. We love carbs. Carbs are our main source of fuel. But there are good carbs, and there are bad carbs.
The good ones—fruits, veggies, beans, and whole grains—are balanced and unprocessed, are slower to digest, keep our blood sugar steady, and come with bonus nutrients like protein, fiber, and vitamins. Learn how to focus on eating the right kind of carbs with our guide to a balanced day.