Ignore the haters – carbs are an essential component of a healthy diet. But for most of us, the confusion lays with just how much we should be consuming of this important macronutrient.
Fortunately, fitness and food blogger Amanda Meixner has shared a helpful guide for portioning your healthy carbs correctly.
In her latest Instagram post, she showed what a serving of each of her favourite carbs looks like: half a cup of quinoa, half a cup of black beans, two rice cakes, one sweet potato, one cup of strawberries, and half a cup of lentils.
The ideal amount of carbs to consume depends on a number of factors, including age, sex, height, weight, activity level, genetics, and more.
Nutrition and wellness coach Liz Blom told Women’s Health that as a general rule of thumb, carbs should make up about 45 percent of your daily calories if you’re trying to lose weight. For example, if you’re on a 1,800-calorie diet, you should stick to 202 grams of carbohydrates per day.
The key to controlling how many carbs you pile on your plate is the kind you choose. Like the examples that Amanda showed, wholesome, “complex” options like grains, vegetables and legumes, fill you up faster and for longer than "simple", highly processed carbs like pizza, pasta and pastries.