Here are some examples of carbs that should make up the bulk of your carbohydrate intake: fresh fruit, fresh veggies, brown rice, pasta (preferably from whole grain), quinoa, sprouted grain bread, oatmeal, potatoes, yams, black beans, peas...I think you get the idea. These foods digest slower, have more fiber, more nutrition, less fat, and will keep you full much longer.
Junk food (the carbs we want to avoid/reduce) goes in the opposite direction. Junk food offers: high fat, high sugar, no nutritional value, and the want for more. These are just a few, of many, reasons why we want to greatly reduce the amount of junk we eat, or avoid it all together. Especially when weight-loss is the goal.
Now I know you are probably thinking about all of your favorite snacks you are going to have to give up, but I want to say I am not advocating a diet which is highly restrictive. When we restrict ourselves completely we are apt to go crazy and binge on that very thing we are attempting to avoid. Everything in moderation. We can still enjoy certain treats, but they should be treated as such. If you do choose to “fit” in snacks throughout your week, you better be using a calorie tracker to ensure you are not going over your calories. I’m serious.
A snack (treat) should never interfere with caloric and/or macronutrient goals.
If you are someone who prefers to quit things cold turkey that’s fine too. Whatever helps you the most. The best diet is the one you can stick to. We will talk more about calorie tracking apps and their importance, and the power they possess another time. That's it for now. I hope you all have a great day!
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