Today’s Q & A – How many carbs should I be eating each day?
I want to address this question because I’m a big fan of consuming carbohydrates.
As you’re probably well aware, once of the most popular diets of our time is based around the no carb or low carb dieting.
The reason these types of diets are so popular is because of the sugar scare. Sugar often turns into fat. So, people got the idea that if you cut out sugar, you cut out fat.
Is this true?
Eh, it really depends. It’s a tough answer. Generally speaking, the more sugar you have in your system, the harder it will be to burn fat and lose weight.
So, the idea is that if you reduce the amount of carbs that are entering your body, you’ll have a much easier time burning fat.
And when you’re only consuming proteins and other nutrients instead of carbs, your body has no choice but to burn fat for energy.
At least, that’s the way these people think it works. And, it might work really well for certain individuals.
Because everyone is different, you’ll simply have to test out the low-carb diet for a few weeks and see how you feel. Let’s dig a little deeper and you’ll learn why I don’t like low carb dieting…
Carbohydrates Help You Lose Weight
Wait… what? How can this be true when the most popular diets on earth want to reduce your carb intake?
Well, they’re a great marketing technique. And, if you cut out a lot of carbs, you’ll be dropping your daily calories by a lot.
The only way to actually lose weight is for your body to burn more calories than you consume. You need to put yourself in a caloric deficit on a daily basis.
One of the reasons I recommend people to increase their protein intake while lowering their fat and carb intake is for this very reason.
The more protein you eat, the less likely you are to eat a bunch of carbs and fats — you’ll simply be too full. Plus, protein is the building blocks for your cells. It doesn’t hurt to eat a lot of it. The body also doesn’t convert protein to body fat, unlike carbs and fats.
When your diet is composed of a balance between proteins, fats and the right types of carbs, you’ll feel better and be prime for fat burning.
However, if your diet is composed of MOSTLY carbs and hardly any proteins and fats… then your metabolism will slow down and you’ll struggle to lose belly fat.
Don’t fall victim to the low carb, high fat diets. Remember: it’s all about the overall calories you’re putting into your body.
Because fats are 9 calories per gram, it’s easy to overeat with fats when you’re doing the low carb diets.
Most importantly, you should be weighing your food. This will guarantee that you are tracking how many calories you are eating. Hit your daily requirements and you’ll have an easier time losing weight whether it’s a high carb or high fat diet.
Calories are ultimately all that matters, followed by a diet and exercise program that boosts your metabolism.
Losing Belly Fat Is All About Balanced Diets
As you can see what I’m saying above, it’s all about developing a diet that has a balance of the 3 main nutrition groups of food: proteins, carbs and fats.
If you consume too many carbs and fats, you’re going to put on weight. It’s just the way it is. And, if your metabolism is shot, you won’t need that many calories to do so. Thus why you need to fix your metabolism.
Did you know that two out of three people in America are overweight? And, one out of three overweight people are obese. It’s a scary statistic.
The reason for this is due to the crappy foods that are constantly thrown in your face through marketing. You walk into a grocery store and all of the high fat, high carb foods are at the front of the store.
These food companies pay BIG money to place their products at the front. They aren’t just there by chance. Any grocery store you visit will have these big brands at generally the same locations for a reason.
As a result, most Americans are consuming foods that are high in carbs and fats, and low in protein.
The average American is undereating when it comes to protein, and overeating everything else. It’s why we’re fat! Plus, when you add in all the alcohol and mixers that people drink, it’s pretty easy to see why we’re a fat ass country.
Therefore, learn how to track your macros. Learn how to read food labels. Get good at buying foods that are higher in proteins and lower in carbs/fats.
Eat More Complex Carbohydrates
There are two types of carbohydrates: complex carbs and simple carbs.
Complex carbs are the carbohydrates that you want to be eating most of the time. They generally have more vitamins and are more filling (which will prevent you from overeating).
While an apple may contain the same amount of carbs as some candy, it’s obvious which choice of food here is better for your body. Plus, carbs high in fiber are great for you.
Simple carbs are mostly made up of sugar and processed foods. Soda, candy, cookies, white bread, white rice, etc. are mostly made up of simple carbs.
While they may have the same amount of calories as other healthier foods, they should be consumed rarely (except soda. Just stop drinking that poison).
So, if all you eat are healthy foods that contain lots of carbs, do you really believe that you’ll get fat from them?
It’s a trick question: YES, you will gain weight if you are consuming too many calories.
At the end of the day, total daily calories is the most important thing. You need to track your daily calories so you don’t over-consume.
How Many Carbs Should You Eat Per Day?
The amount of carbs you eat per day is dependent on several factors.
I usually recommend individuals who are fat and desperate to lose weight to eat no more than 100-150 grams of healthy carbs per day.
You’ll need to play with these numbers to see what works for you. I like to stick to around the 150 gram mark, but I know some people that go lower and higher. It just depends what works for you.
If you’re losing weight on 250 grams of carbs per day, then that’s great. Don’t change up your diet until you haven’t lost any weight for a full 7 days.
Fruits and vegetables are healthy carbs for you to consume. Make them a part of your daily diet. Get yourself some apples, watermelon, carrots, bananas, broccoli, brown rice and so on.
The more active you are, the more carbs you can enjoy. Did you know that an athlete’s diet usually consists of around 70% carbs? They provide the energy that these athletes need to perform.
You’ll never hear of a high performance athlete utilizing a low carb diet. It simply isn’t feasible. None of these Tour de France cyclists are low carb.
Remember that you need to be smart about carb eating. While there are plenty of unhealthy foods on the market that WILL get you fat, there are also plenty of healthy carbs that are good for you.