Yup, that naughty, dirty ‘C’ word…can be abbreviated to a 4 letter ‘C’ word…CARB…there I said it. Carbohydrate, oh, there I go again. So tab00 of me! How dare I use that word…
There are so many ‘diets’ out there today it drives me insane!! Low Carb, High Carb, Carb Cycling, No Carb…how does one keep track of it all?! And truly, they then branch out into different variations of each. I won’t name any of them because really, each to their own and sometimes that is what someone needs to start eating ‘healthy’ and lose excess weight. And honestly, I have done all 4 of the ones I have mentioned while training for competition, but that is different. I would never recommend a competition diet for someone not competing. It is literally a no go zone for me when someone asks me about it. The competition ‘diet’ I was on, was specific to me, and only me. What worked for me, may or may not work for someone else. I had a trainer tweaking my diet, sometimes on a daily basis.
Let’s get back to the normal, average person, wanting to lose weight. What ‘diet’ do you chose? There are so many out there. Ones where you only eat specific food groups and completely iradicate others, mainly carbs. Why do carbs have such a bad reputation?? If one breaks it down further, it honestly is not carbs that are bad for us. It is the processed, packaged foods that are unhealthy. The more processed, the more ingredients, the worse it is for your body. These are foods like crackers, chips, pasta, breads, anything that comes in a package from the store and has ingredients that you cannot pronounce. The best is when the ingredients listed are ‘enriched’ . Really? How much better can a food item get than it’s natural state?
Read a bit further down the list, and sometimes not too far down and you will find ‘sugar’ in it’s many forms. I call this the ‘white poison’. Even my 8 year old says it’s poison ( okay, she heard if from me when I was lecturing someone about it and you can’t get anything past this kid, she has Asperger’s = memory of an elephant!) It is in everything! But, let’s get back to the topic du jour – carbohydrates.
There are many variations of carbohydrates. And we need carbs to survive, to function properly. I have experienced being ‘stupid’ from not enough carbs, you know, like Big Moose from the Archie comics…duh! what did you say? I was supposed to pick up my kids afterschool? Oops! Hello! Carbohydrates help your central nervous system to function, I would say that is pretty important, wouldn’t you?? They also are a fuel supply for the body for energy. And the first thing that someone wanting to lose weight does is cut their carbs. Let’s be realistic, this is not going to work out for you in the long run… unless it is the processed carbs that you are cutting – your processed store bought loaves of bread, white pasta with ‘enriched’ wheat, pizza, bagels, donuts, etc. It is these types of carbs that are ‘simple carbs’, providing you with ‘energy’ and are high in calories but are not the best nutrient wise.
But wait – You can still eat carbs!!! Complex carbs! These are energy suppliers and loaded with nutrients. They are found in whole foods. There are starchy carbs – Oats, brown rice, lentils, beans, peas, beets, carrots, yams, corn, sweet potatoes, squash…I could go on. You want to eat these kinds of carbs…in as natural form as possible. And watch your serving size. I tend to have these types of carbs in all of my meals until 3pm. I usually do not eat any carbs after that point in the day. Then again I am always thinking in the back of my head ‘when is the next competition that I might want to train for’.
Then you have your non-starchy complex carbs – lettuces, cabbage, peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers…I could go on…these you should eat as much as your heart desires. The more the better.
I cannot stress enough that if you are wanting to lose weight and eat healthy, you need to cut the processed foods out. You will feel so much better. The photo here – ” I’m not a bitch, I am low carbing” (post workout of course!) that is a HUGE joke in my house between my husband and I because it’s the simple carbs (bread, pizza, cupcakes, donuts etc.) that I eat for a cheat meal that make me a ‘bitch’. Literally, he said to me one day ‘I know that’s just the processed carbs talking’. Once you cut out the processed foods and start eating clean – the complex carbs only, you will feel so much better, have so much more energy and you may notice that when you eat those processed foods the next time, they will actually make you feel sick. And after they have made you sick, you won’t ever go back. You might consider it, but when you really think about how crappy you are going to feel after eating that piece of pizza, is it worth it? To me, most of the time it’s not. So ya, when people say ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ it kind of is true because let me tell you, not eating that cupcake and not having to be doubled over in pain IS the best reason not to eat it.And, remember, whenever you are eating…always have protein with your complex carbohydrates …it’s as simple as that. One last tidbit and then I’ll step down from my soapbox…if you really want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to make a lifestyle change, not go on a diet.
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