Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced, healthful diet. Instead of simply shunning carbs in your efforts to maintain a healthy weight, learn to make the right choices. Start by avoiding the more-refined carbohydrates, which rapidly convert into blood sugar, causing corresponding rises and falls in insulin levels, which can lead to overeating, weight gain and insulin resistance. Examples of refined carbohydrates include foods made principally of flour and sugar, sweetened (and particularly low-fat) dairy products, most snack foods and baked goods, and soft drinks. The latter is perhaps the worst - resolving to stop drinking sweetened beverages of any kind, including fruit juice is among the best moves you can make for health.
Instead, focus on healthy carbs such as those found in true whole grains. These minimally processed foods are digested more slowly than are refined carbs, and contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Dr. Weil defines true whole grains as those typically served with the grain intact or in large pieces - examples include barley, quinoa, basmati rice, bulgur wheat and millet. The body metabolizes large, intact grains more slowly, preventing blood sugar "spikes" that are followed by "lows." The result is a steady, productive energy that propels you through the day.
If whole grains seem intimidating to cook, don’t fear - check out this article on cooking with whole grains, where you can learn how to cook a variety of whole grains, from amaranth to wild rice!