Since Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution was published in the 1970s, many people have chosen to reduce their carbohydrate intake—especially if they are attempting to lose weight.
However, avoiding carbs is not a proven approach to lose weight, according to 2023 research published in the International Journal of Obesity.
According to a study published in Current Medical Science, certain carbs—even those that may sound "bad"—provide some unique benefits that may aid in weight loss, such as fiber and B vitamins.
Choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes as your primary carbohydrate sources to feed your body with fiber.
This vitamin is an indigestible glucose that keeps you fuller longer and feeds your gut microbes. According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition,
fiber intake is the most influential factor in a diet that promotes weight loss, even when people consume varying calorie levels and amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
B vitamins are water-soluble and have critical roles in energy metabolism, oxidative stress, inflammation, and fat metabolism.
According to research published in Nutrients, increased intakes of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B9 may enhance body fat distribution and reduce fat mass in persons aged 45 and older.