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Weight Loss Meal Plan That Includes Carbs

This Weight-Loss Eating Plan Involves Eating Carbs!

Carbs just may be your soulmate, but you've sworn off your true love for the sake of weight loss, and it stinks. You miss pasta and bread so much, it truly aches in your heart! Although cutting carbs completely will help you lose weight, as soon as you introduce them back into your diet, you'll gain the weight back.

Certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD of Whole Health Nutrition recommends that you do eat carbs if you're trying to slim down — just make sure they're complex carbs like oats, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and lentils.

Aim for three servings a day of whole grains, one to two of fruit, and one to two of legumes. Here is a loose idea of a healthy meal plan that includes about five total servings of complex carbs per day.


Breakfast: 1/2 cup oats with walnuts and chia seeds

Snack: Greek yogurt with 2/3 cup fresh berries

Lunch: 1 cup quinoa and black bean salad with mixed greens

Snack: 1/4 cup nuts with 1 apple

Dinner: 4 oz. protein (chicken/fish), 2 cups non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, green beans), 1/2 cup sweet potato, whole grain pasta, or brown rice

So while pizza and cookies may not be part of this daily meal plan, hopefully enjoying complex carbs like oatmeal and sweet potatoes will satisfy your carb cravings.

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