Now that we’ve explored the wondrous world of Whole30 with its temporary carb-free way of eating for epic weight loss, let’s take a look at the flip side of the situation. I can show you how to eat carbs without getting fat.
There’s a time to eat carbs and a time to not. The details of when and why is totally up to you. But if you’re gonna eat the carbs, you may as well know how to indulge in a way that won’t cause your waistline to erupt like Mount Vesuvius.
I’ve been around the block a few gazillion times when it comes to good and bad eating. Although I still get it wrong on occasion, I do it the right way enough to confidently share 3 tips you’ll appreciate. Now let’s dig into this like we’re feeding from a big bowl of mashed potatoes with ‘da gravies.
KNOW YOUR BODY
Just because Jackie (fictitious person) can eat two loaves of bread smathered in melted buttery goodness, all without experiencing a hint of stomach bloat, doesn’t mean we all can. Various kinds of carbs may affect your body differently than the next person. For instance, you may be at a point now where understand how bread affects you compared to potatoes. If you don’t yet know the difference, I encourage you to pay attention to your food choices with a “watch and see” learning approach and begin to make mental notes of which carbs cause your body the most angst.
For example, for some God blessed reason, I am able to eat a 900 calorie Cinnabon (with its 127 grams of carbs and 59 grams of sugar) without any real issue. I actually did that a lot during my first 3 months of Intermittent Fasting. Within that initial 12-week period I consumed a total of eight Cinnabons (8 of them!!), yet I was still able to slim down and beat the bloat. Take a look at the pics:
However, I very recently I discovered that I can NOT use this same approach with my love for large, Philly soft pretzels. Those things swell me up like I’m a life raft on a mission to save an entire ship of passengers from a watery demise. Ugh. Cinnabons I can enjoy without much concern, but soft pretzels sabotage my waistline very, very quickly.
Get into a place of knowing your body — tune in and listen to your body to discover which kinds of carbs are jacking you up the worst.
GO FOR THE HEALTHY STUFF
Meh. This tip is so boring. Sorry it’s got to be said, but I’ll keep this part brief. If you fill your hungry jaws with healthy carbs on most occasions, it will make those times of noshing on the “bad” carbs so much sweeter, fulfilling and guilt-free. Sweet potatoes, brown rice and quinoa are all fantastic choices to slap onto your plate. These are also the kinds of foods that can be prepared in bulk on a Sunday, for instance, and easily enjoyed all week long.
All carbs are not created equal. Healthy carbs provide the fuel your body needs and will support your fitness goals for an awesome slim down. If you don’t like healthy carbs yet, just give ’em a chance.
INDULGE IN BAD CARBS STRATEGICALLY
I have to be careful with pasta. It’s not as bad as those soft pretzels but, when I cook for my family, pasta is simply going to happen and can surely be a slippery slope if I’m not careful. It’s a dang good thing you can dress up pasta and pimp it out in a way that thwarts a negative impact.
Take a look at this tasty dish. The pasta portion is small and strategically loaded with lots of healthy stuff that will help fill you up. It’s tossed with olive oil, sprinkled with Parmesan and loaded with grilled chicken breast and roasted veggies. The pasta is in there but it’s not the focal point of the dish.
If you want to eat “bad” carbs for dinner, this is one idea how to do it strategically. But wait! There’s more…
If you’re going to indulge in a carb-fest, plan it around special occasions or save it for a treat meal on the weekend (don’t call it a “cheat meal”. It’s a treat). Bad carbs are not all that bad when planned appropriately. However, even if an excessive carb-fest does happen, just pick yourself up and roll on from there.
I’m of the mindset that food should be enjoyed; all kinds of food. Sure, there are definitely times you should refrain. I applaud programs like Whole30 for what they can do to help usher you into your goals. But cutting a food that you love out your diet completely and forever is not what’s up. I encourage you to come to a point in your relationship with food that is not dictated out of fear or guilt. It will take time, but I encourage you to work on eating decisions born from good choices made with a level head — a point where you can peacefully decide that it’s sometimes okay to indulge in what you love. Even if it’s carbs.
What’s your personal take on eating carbs? Do you have any tricks that help keep you from getting bloated?
LET’S BE FRIENDS!