What Carbs Can I Eat Without Feeling Guilty?

Most people understand that consuming carbs will add to their waistline. If you’re trying to stay fit, you may be wondering what carbs can you consume without feeling guilty or worry about gaining unwanted inches? The answer may be simpler than you think.

Limit total carbs and eat only the fruits “in season.”  In the late spring/early summer when strawberries are ready to be picked, consume strawberries.  In the mid summer when raspberries are in season, enjoy raspberries. When autumn rolls around, enjoy a fresh apple.

Enjoy the fruits at their peak season but try to avoid consuming them all year long. Years ago, I attended a nutritional seminar where I heard the speaker make an interesting point.

From the hunter/gatherer and evolutionary standpoint, humans were never intended to consume strawberries 365 days a year for 15 years.  If you consume the same food everyday, you will develop an intolerance to it at some point

When consuming your seasonal fruits, consume them after dinner. After you have consumed your protein, fat, and vegetables, your body will not be as hungry for more food.  This puts you in a position to ensure you don’t overeat. The seasonal fruit will act as a healthy dessert. Unlike traditional desserts, these fruits are loaded with nutrients and fiber and without the excess calories.  Keep your servings to no more than 2-3 per day.

Keep in mind, when we talk about carbs, we are not talking about vegetables. Unless you are ketogenic (high fat, extremely low carb diet), I recommend that you eat unlimited non-starchy vegetables. Because of the unlimited amount, vegetables are not counted as carbs.

What can you do?

Enjoy your fruit!  However, rotate the fruits you consume based on what is “in season.” Try to avoid bland apples in January and grapes picked from another country in February. The in season fruits will taste delicious and will be packed with nutrients, and you won’t feel guilty.

For information on 1on1 Personal Training or Nutrition Coaching, feel feel free to contact me at szahn@lifetimefitness.com.

Steven Zahn

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Pre and Post Partum Certified

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Szahn@lifetimefitness.com

For information on 1on1 Personal Training or Nutrition Coaching, feel feel free to contact me at szahn@lifetimefitness.com.

1 comment
  • Mike Seidenberg
    Mike Seidenberg
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    Thanks Steve great article
    September 26, 2018