Why People Who Eat These Carbs In The Morning Struggle To Lose Weight

November 19, 2021 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Food

Certain carbs, like the ones found in whole grains and vegetables, are filled with fiber that fills you up for the day without adding calories and helps to eliminate hunger pangs throughout the day. Aka, they work wonders for weight loss and are a nutritionist’s dream morning meal. But other carbs, ie. refined ones, do almost the exact opposite. We investigate what happens to the body when you eat refined carbs like pancakes and muffins for breakfast:

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Refined Carbs

"Refined carbohydrates, like those found in pastries and common breakfast foods from pancakes to muffins, wreak havoc on the body through gut dysbiosis and inflammation," registered dietitian Trista Best of Balance One says. It works like this: the imbalance in gut bacteria and inflammation will cause your metabolism to slow down as it compensates for the presence of chronic inflammation.

"Gut dysbiosis will also impact your ability to lose weight and maintain your weight loss," she says. "If digestion quality is disrupted there will be a lack of nutrients absorbed important to metabolism."

So--what should you eat instead? "Rather than relying on refined carbohydrates for breakfast, turn to lean proteins and whole grains," she advises.

Author: Justine Schwartz

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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at

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