It's CORRECT Carbs, NOT Low-Carb or No-Carb

Dec 18, 2015

If you’re reading this, chances are you need a change of perspective when it comes to nutrition and exercise.  Why?  Because most of the information and advice about these two topics comes from “professionals” who aren’t professional in any way.  My favorite is the 20-something guy who gains 70 pounds of muscle in a year and is “all-natural” and gives his clients nutrition advice.  

That’s my rant for the day.  Come on, Moyer, concentrate!

Back to what I was writing: you need a change of perspective.  STOP thinking about carbs in terms of low-carb or no-carb.  This is probably the biggest misconception out there nowadays when it comes to nutrition.

It’s not no-carb or low-carb, it’s CORRECT CARB.

Well, what is “correct carb?”  It depends on who you are, where you’re at, and what your goal is (like everything regarding nutrition and exercise).

If your current situation is that you are in the last week of prep for a big fitness model contest, then going low-carb or almost no-carb IS correct carb for you at that moment.  

If you’re training for a marathon and running 100 miles a week, then you probably should be eating more carbs than is typical.  In this scenario, higher carbs is correct carb.

But, for most of you out there, you’re working out anywhere between 2 and 5 times a week, you’re working a full-time job that may or may not be pretty sedentary, and you want to be healthy and you want to be a healthy weight and body fat percentage.  For most of you, going no-carb or low-carb is a recipe for failure.  

It’s not no-carb or low-carb, it’s CORRECT CARB.

My advice to you, and again this is just general advice because this is a blog and it’s too difficult to give personalized advice, is to gradually cut carbs as it gets closer to your bedtime.

Here are some VERY general guidelines:

  • Breakfast is a very good time to have carbs, including fruit.  Think ½ cup to 1 cup of oats along with ¼ to ½ cup of fruit for your carbs.

  • Lunch is a great time to have some starch (rice, potato, quinoa) along with some vegetables and lean protein.

  • 3 hours before your bedtime, stop eating starch and stop eating fruit.  Keep the carbs low.

  • After your workout is a great time to have some simple carbs (rice cakes, white potato, simple sugar) in combination with protein.

Ready to give this a try? Still have questions? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

Live in your best body,

Steve

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