Some people can live without carbs. But you are not one of those people. And with WW, you don’t have to be!
Bread, pasta, baked goods...bring them on. Nothing's off the menu! You truly can eat what you love and still lose weight.
The truth about carbs
The Eatwell guide by Public Health England recommends that starchy food - such as rice, potatoes, pasta and bread - makes up just over a third of our daily intake. It also recommends choosing higher fibre wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta and brown rice.
Including fibre in your diet is really important. In fact, a recent review commissioned by the World Health Organisation found that a high-fibre diet can reduce the chances of premature death by up to 30%.
Fibre is actually a type of carb, which is why diets that restrict carb intake - like the keto diet - may be detrimental to health, not to mention difficult to sustain.
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In addition to fibre, carbs come in the form of simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are made of single or double units of sugar, require little to no digestion and are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.
Examples include table sugar, soft drinks, sweets and also fruit. However, the sugar in fruit is packaged in a matrix of fibre, which slows down absorption and doesn't overwhelm your body, like a couple of cookies might.
Complex carbs such as brown rice, sweet potatoes and wholewheat bread are much harder to digest and slower to enter the bloostream, which provides sustained energy in comparison to the quick flood of sugar that you get from simple carbs. Find out more about carbs.
Carbs, glorious carbs
On the WW programme, you can follow any eating pattern. Scroll down for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas if you can't imagine a life without carbs! Just remember to track using the WW app to ensure you stay within your SmartPoints Budget.