This is a mantra that’s on repeat just about everywhere you look: “Eat whole grains”, or “Eat less of the white stuff” (white flour, white sugar, and all of the processed snack foods that are made with these ingredients). These processed carbs wreak havoc on your waistline, and on top of it they won't give you any sustained energy. “Your body absorbs the energy in simple carbohydrates very quickly,” explains Meltzer. “Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are like time-release energy for your body. Focus on getting the majority of your carbohydrates in the form of vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains. Your body takes longer to break down and digest them, which means you get a steady supply of energy for a longer period of time.”
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