One morning as I was working in my nutrition club, a customer walked in.
As I greeted her, she asked, “How many carbs do these shakes have?”
“18,” I replied. “What’s your target?”
“I’m not sure,” she said. “I’m just trying not to eat carbs.”
“How come?” I asked.
“Well, I don’t know. I need to lose weight.” she responded.
I think it’s interesting that a lot of the times we follow something and we’re not even sure why. We do it because we think that it’s what we’re supposed to do.
Keto-this, low-carb that, ugh! It can be exhausting, can’t it?
Not to mention it can leave you feeling so confused that you don’t even want to start.
I’m not a fan of “diets” and what I mean by that is cutting out food groups all together.
We are all designed differently, so your body isn’t going to process food the same as mine.
I never suggest my client cuts anything out, unless it doesn’t agree with their body (i.e. bloating; gas; digestion problems; etc).
Only you know what works and what doesn’t, so pay attention to the foods that you’re eating.
It’s been drilled into us that carbs are bad and I want to tell you that it depends on what kind of carbs you’re eating and the amount of carbs you’re eating.
It’s OK for you to eat carbs, in fact, we need ‘em and here’s why:
- Your body uses carbs as fuel for your workouts– especially if you’re lifitng more than 5-10 pounds
- They help you feel fuller, longer
- You’ll have more energy and less brain fog
Here are some GOOD carbs (½ cup) you want to eat:
- Sweet potatoes/Yams (I rotate these with white potatoes)
- Butternut Squash
- Corn tortillas
- Whole wheat bread or pasta
- Brown or wild rice
Let me know in comments–
what confuses you the most? and where do you stand?
Erica Hoese is a wife, mother of 3, fitness & wellness coach, nutrition club owner, natural figure competitor, speaker, and author based out of Minnesota. Her mission is to help 10,000 moms start their journey to fitness, fierceness, and fulfillment and create a life that’s fit for purpose… because you are more than just a mom and it’s time we find her– healthier, happier, and stronger!