Cut out carbs to lose weight? Really?
This weight loss concept started as a fad diet, but it has become part of the mainstream ideology – but it is completely wrong and damaging.
Have you ever tried the no carb diet?
I have, and I was so depleted of energy that I couldn’t complete my workouts. Besides that, my focus was foggy and my thoughts were sluggish.
If you fall into this trap, you will suffer.
So, please don’t get suckered into the no carb myth.
Your body needs carbs for energy. They are essential.
With that said, you need to consume the best quality carbs and at the right time of day — if you want to lose weight.
Focus on the best carb sources
When you eat the right carbs a certain way, you will lose weight.
You can’t eat bagels and donuts and expect to lose weight. Those are the wrong carbs.
The best carbs are those from whole foods:
Green leafy vegetables
The most healthful plants are green leafy vegetables and seaweeds, fruits and berries, roots and tubers (in contrast to grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).
Also (and this is contrary to conventional diet wisdom), you can eat starches and lose weight.
I call these “safe starches” or “safe sugars” because of the low levels of problematic anti-nutrients. These include sweet potato, potato, yam, taro, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, beets, onions, and squash. Another good source of nontoxic starch is white rice.
Focus on timing your carb intake
When eating carbs, consume them closer to your workout. This timing issue is very important.
As you know, I recommend six meals of whole foods every day. This means a blend of high quality proteins, fats and carbs.
However, during the first 3 meals of the day, you can consume carbs in your meals (see the list above). But when you are coming toward the end of the day, you need to restrict your carbs intake.
As such, meals 4-6 should be made from a majority of protein and fats. If you eat carbs at night, then you need to be eating leafy vegetables (not fruits or white rice).
In other words, eat leaner foods as you get closer to your bedtime.
Don’t follow the conventional wisdom about cutting carbs from your diet. In order to lose weight, you need to have the energy to workout.
The key is timing your carb intake during the day. Eat your carbs earlier in the day, and taper them off as you move toward bedtime. This will lead to enhanced and long term weight loss.