Eat Carbs and Lose Weight
When new clients come to us at KJO Coaching afraid to eat carbs, we aim to teach them that they can eat carbs and make progress.
In fact, it’s a lot more than possible! Eating carbs is often necessary for our clients for two reasons:
First, carbs are the body’s main source of energy, and you need to have energy to perform your workouts and function properly.
Second, cutting out an entire food group is unsustainable for most people, so it’s harder to stay consistent if you’re restricting yourself.
So yes, we’re all about helping clients lose weight (and keep it off), feel more energized (and HAPPIER!), and build strength, all with the help of carbs!
Why Low-Carb Diets Can be Problematic
Now, I am aware that not all fad diets are low-carb. And I know that not all low-carb diets are fad diets.
But after coaching for six years, I do see a frequent overlap, and it’s problematic.
The thing is, humans like clear guidelines, and “cut out carbs” is about as clear as it gets. It’s easy to follow, so I can see why it’s popular. But easy to follow doesn’t mean it’s BETTER!
If you restrict yourself and cut out carbs, quick to follow are feelings of:
- All-or-nothing mindset
- Good vs. bad food thought patterns
- Perfectionism, etc.
On the other hand, something like tracking macros (grab our free guide HERE!) or flexible dieting has fewer rules, which gives you more control.
Unfortunately, many people interpret less restriction as “it must not work well.”
I encourage you to ask yourself WHY?
Why do you need strict rules to feel like something will work?
The “research reality” is that the more you restrict, the less likely you are to be successful (like, there’s actually tons of research on this!).
The Best Diet for Fat Loss
When it comes to high-carb vs. low-carb diets, neither is inherently better for fat loss. The better option is the one that is more sustainable for you.
If you have performance goals, though, keep in mind that carbs are your body’s preferred source of fuel. So, if you want to get stronger, run faster, or jump higher, you’ll probably want to include carbs in your diet.
This post is not necessarily an argument against low-carb approaches.
Overall, you should focus on what makes you feel your best, perform your best, and what makes staying consistent easiest for you.
I will forever argue against promoting low-carb, keto, or whatever else to be the better option because there is no one best diet for success. It’s highly individual and based on what you can do consistently.
I’m sad for those who come to us at KJO Coaching having felt like they needed to cut out carbs to be successful.
Or that they felt like they couldn’t eat more than 1200 calories a day.
Or that high protein diets are bad for them.
Or that strength training will make them bulky.
Or whatever other myth lives on.
My goal is to help people achieve their goals while eating as much food as possible and in a way that is sustainable for them.
If you’re looking to ditch fad diets and work with a stellar team of coaches who can help you achieve your goals without cutting out your favorite foods, apply for KJO Coaching HERE.
We would love to help you achieve your goals and improve your relationship with food!
Check out my original post HERE.
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