Get the real story on carbohydrate for weight control and muscle building.
One important reason why whole foods are better has to do with their high-fiber content. Fiber is the remnant of plant foods that remains undigested by the body. It’s what keeps your bowel movements regular. Fiber is also a proven fat fighter. Research shows that people who eat healthy high-fiber diets have smaller waistlines, for example, and are able to better control their weight. The bottom line is that the right types of carbohydrate can help you manage your weight successfully. The only types of carbohydrate you should shy away from are sugars and highly processed foods. When used in a targeted way, sugars can be an athlete’s best friend by providing the right fuel at the right time. But without a plan, they can be fattening.