When I recommend cutting bread from their diet, I hear the same thing time and time again from my clients:
“I didn’t have any carbs all week!”
It amazes me how many people think carbohydrates are just bread!
(And for the record, I would never recommend cutting all carbs from someone’s diet.)
Carbohydrates are found is a variety of foods, including:
Some carb-containing foods are healthy, some are good for fat loss, and others can be very unhealthy.
Carbohydrates are not essential for survival, as you can live off of just fat and protein. But just because you can live without it doesn’t mean you should! Carbohydrates give you energy, add lean tissue, and provide you with important nutrients. Plus, fiber is a very beneficial carbohydrate found in fruits and vegetables.
When clients first come to me, most of them are taking in too many carbohydrates per day. High amounts of carbs are only allowed if they’re earned, and you can earn carbs one of three ways:
- Being at a certain level of body fat percent
- Working out particularly hard
- Going low-carb for most of the week, then having a high-carb meal
Add broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, peppers, or berries to your meals for a carbohydrate option with fewer net carbs.
The bottom line: Don’t cut out carbs entirely (or mistake cutting out bread for cutting out carbs). Instead, focus on eating low-carbohydrate vegetables and berries that provide energy and important nutrients.