(KUTV) If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, addressing your diet is the first step. However, if you’re thinking about starting a low-carb diet, you may want to reconsider.
“I don’t even like people to think in terms of high-carb, low-carb,” says Betty Wade, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Heber Valley Hospital.
Low-carb diets have been popular for many years, but carbohydrates are actually the body’s preferred choice of fuel. Whole grains have nutrients that you can’t get from other food groups.
“We need these nutritional things. They have nutrients that protect us and if we cut out any group, we are actually damaging our health,” says Wade.
Just because it’s healthy to eat carbs, Wade says be careful – because not all carbohydrates are created equal. The carbs you want to avoid are refined products like white bread, white rice, and sugars. You want to make sure the whole grain parts of the carbohydrate are left in there, and focus on eating a whole grain at every meal.
“It’s about having the nutrition that allows our body to burn that fuel,” says Wade.
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, Wade has a few tips:
- Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up
- Make sure each meal is balanced with a fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and healthy protein
- Be mindful of your hunger
- Make your evening meal the smallest of the day
“Food is our fuel, and we have discovered the body actually processes the food better earlier in the day. That’s when we need the fuel,” says Wade.