Can Carbs Help You Lose Weight?

According to plant-based nutrition authority Dr. Neal Barnard, one of the best ways to bust the pounds is to Eat More Carbs! “Research tells us these are foods linked to optimal thyroid health—and a healthy thyroid is the ‘furnace’ that lets your body burn calories and stored fat,” says the doctor.

Thyroid problems are becoming very common. One big reason: everyday inflammatory foods. Dr. Barnard says that low-carb animal foods trigger inflammatory conditions inside us, while natural plant foods generally have the opposite effect. With less inflammation, you are likely to have a healthier thyroid.

Heal Your Thyroid

To boost thyroid health, Dr. Barnard recommends building meals around plant-based carbs: veggies, beans, fruit, nuts and whole grains, while limiting processed food, animal products and oil. Aim for portions that keep you comfortably full without snacks.

Simple Meal Ideas

  • Breakfast: Oat milk smoothie made with berries, banana and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
  • Lunch: Cooked brown rice, diced veggies, avocado and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Dinner: Top whole-grain pasta with veggies and marinara sauce. Enjoy a whole grain roll with this too.

Want to explore this topic more? We suggest reading Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health by Dr. Neal Barnard.


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