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How many carbohydrates do I need when eating healthy for weight loss?

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Carbohydrates give your body fuel in the form of glucose, which is a type of sugar. Adults should get about 40% to 55% of their calories from carbohydrates. Most Americans eat too many carbohydrates, especially processed carbs. This leads to obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes.

Some carbs are rich in nutrients. These include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Other carbs are sugary and starchy, and not high in nutrients. You should limit these, which include candy, pastries, cookies, chips, soft drinks, and fruit drinks.

From: Healthy Eating for Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Protein and the Athlete -- How Much Do You Need?"

CDC: "Protein," "Saturated Fat."

FDA: “Questions and Answers Regarding Trans Fat."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Protein and the Athlete -- How Much Do You Need?"

CDC: "Protein," "Saturated Fat."

FDA: “Questions and Answers Regarding Trans Fat."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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