Ah, carbs. One of the best things in life. I don’t know about you, but I feel so good snuggled up on the couch, in front of the TV with a faux fur blanket wrapped around me, and in my hand – anything with carbs in it. The best feeling in the world. You know you can relate. We all can.
What else can we relate to? The fact that though carbs make us feel so good, the kind we prefer make us feel quite fat. Yeah, I said it. No sugar-coating. They make us feel like fat is being added to our mid-section, like water is collecting in our thighs and like literally blowing tf up. I’ll spare the other details.
So, how exactly do we keep our waistline in check and still enjoy the wonderful world of carbohydrates? If you were blissfully unaware, there are rules to this game. No, you don’t have to start a low-carb or no-carb diet to lose weight. No, you don’t have to bloat to a balloon every time you eat bread. No, you are not cursed to a life of raw veggies and bland chicken without substance. You can eat carbs and live in bliss. You just have to do it right.
Here are the rules:
What to Eat:
The right kinds of carbs.
All carbs are NOT created equal. Not at all. This is sad news, but it is the truth. So if you really want to see a change in your mid-section, or you really want to STAY wearing your size because its comfortable for you, the cakes and snacks gotta go.
What are the right kind of carbs, you may ask? These are carbs in their least processed form (the less machinery used, the better). Some examples are…
- Steel Cut of Old Fashioned Oats (NOT the packaged, flavored variety)
- Potatoes and sweet potatoes (minus the “loaded”)
- Whole wheat bread, muffins, toast, tortillas, pancakes, etc.
- Fruits (Yes, these are considered carbs)
- Brown rice
When you stick to the list of “good” carbs, you will indeed be on the path to weight loss and/or maintenance.
How to Eat:
When we rush every single bite of our meal, we do not allow our stomach enough time to tell us its done eating and full. We can’t even feel that full feeling because we are too busy stuffing our mouths like an animal. I’ve been there. No judgement.
We have to slow it down in order to know when we are really full. When you feel full, stop eating. As a matter of fact, when you know you are almost full, stop eating. This way, we allow our bodies to adjust to what it has just consumed and we don’t get so full that we must unbutton our pants afterward (none of us deserve to feel that much like a pig, unless its your birthday or Thanksgiving. Then by all means, knock your pretty ass out).
When to Eat:
Eat your carbs in the AM! Let’s repeat that.
EAT YOUR CARBS IN THE MORNING!!!
Not only is your metabolism working at its hardest in the AM hours, but this is the beginning of your day! you literally have all day to burn off those carbs and end the day un-bloated and un-bothered. Now, you can still eat carbs past noon and lose weight/maintain a comfortable weight. But if you do, you MUST eat the right carbs (see above). That means no doughnuts, loaded baked potatoes or sweetened corn that gives you high blood-pressure.
I hope this quick guide to carbs will help you to understand what to eat, and how and when to eat them to lose weight. Please know that this is not random advice that hasn’t been tested, I’ve used these rules and lost 25 lbs in 3 months, paired with physical fitness training and other food adjustments, of course.
Read these rules, Study them. Know them. Be them.