I used to think carbs were the devil. In the past, when I tried to lose weight, I would cut them out of my daily diet and it would make me hungry, irritable, and headache-prone. Did I mention how much I love bread?

My nutritionist, Keri Gans, taught me that carbs are not the enemy and that I can actually enjoy them. The trick? I just have to eat the right kinds of healthy carbs and of course, watch my portions.

So, I traded in my white bread for whole wheat, my regular pasta for whole wheat pasta, and swapped my French fries for a medium baked potato or sweet potato. The best part? It’s all just as yummy!

That said, it’s important to keep a few things in mind: all whole wheat bread is not created equal. Keri says to check out the labels; each slice should have 100 calories or less and should contain at least 3 grams of fiber. Recently, I found a brand that contains 4 grams—score!

Finally, watch your portions. A serving size of bread is two slices; limit pasta to 1 cup cooked, and the potato should be the size of a computer mouse. If you’re cutting the potato up and roasting it in the oven, limit yourself to a half cup cooked.

Bon appétite and enjoy your healthy carbs without feeling guilty!

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.

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