The Yes or No on Carbs: Part 3
If your eating plan isn’t working for you, it’s tempting to make it more restrictive. You might assume that if you aren’t losing fat going kinda low-carb, you should go full ketogenic. (Just a fancy word meaning low to no carb)
But more restriction almost never works.
Don’t take your nutrition to extremes.
Smart and healthy moderation, as unsexy as that sounds, is the only sustainable method. (In my opinion)
Most of us need some carbs
You will look, feel, and perform your best when you balance a reasonable amount of lean protein, quality carbs, and healthy fats.
Experiment with carbs and see how your body feels.
Don’t like rice? Fine. Try another carb source.
Don’t like beef for your lean protein? How about eggs?
Need more carbs to support your performance in class or lifting/ running? Cool. Add another few servings and see how it goes.
YOU are unique. Your body is unique.
Your individual carb requirements depend on your:
- goals (fat loss, muscle gain, maintenance)
- genetics (different body types, medical conditions)
- carb source (refined versus minimally processed)
- activity level (sedentary, weight-training, endurance athlete).
Keep it simple
Don’t overly restrict; don’t over-think it.
Enjoy a wide variety of minimally processed, whole and fresh foods.
Observe how you look, feel, and perform.
Decide what to do based on the data you collect about yourself, not on what you think you “should” do.
The only “rules” come from your body and your experience. Don’t follow a dietary prescription for anyone else’s body.
And above all, for most active people, carbs are your friend!
Eat, move, and live… better.
Wow, sorry about the book. As you probably noticed, I’m pretty passionate about the bad rap that carbs get.
High carbs? Low carbs? Yep, it can sometimes be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. Any time you have questions; don’t hesitate to ask me, I’m here to help you reach YOUR goals!