Why do I gain weight when I eat carbohydrates?

Judy Caplan
Judy Caplan on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics

If you are eating healthy complex carbs and a reasonable number of servings each day, you should not be gaining weight. Healthy carbs can be part of long term weight control. Carbs can be calorie dense so it is important to learn what constitutes one serving. Some examples include 1/2 cup cooked cereal, one slice of bread, 3 Hershey kisses, 1/3 cup of hummus. Many people can lose weight on 3-4 servings a day when combined with lean protein, non-starchy veggies, and a few healthy oils.

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