Many do not think of a diet unless it eliminates carbs or calories or both. Because many believe carbs and calories are both energy sources. But they are not. Calories are a source of energy. Carbs are not. Carbs are macronutrients. And both carbs and calories are necessary for our Sustenance. But most of us could probably do with less of both. Less … not total elimination. Therefore, when we are advised to reduce carbs, we likely only need to drop potato chips, cupcakes, and sugary beverages. We should never drop carbs altogether. Read this link for a short discussion on the difference between carbs and calories.
Key to developing a healthy nutrition plan is mastering those Nutrition Facts labels on food and beverage products. Most important of all is paying attention to the Servings Per Container data. Because most product packages hold more than one serving. And the listed facts are only for one serving. Check out this link to learn how to read these labels.
Ideally, we should avoid packaged foods. Realistically, that is not practical. Therefore, make it a habit to read fully the nutritional labels on packaged foods. And it is extremely important to know what all those terms mean. Follow this link for a primer.
With so much information swirling about regarding the “proper” nutrition, it is often difficult to know what guidance to follow and what guidance to ignore. My advice: stop listening to Gym Bro at your fitness center about more protein and low carbs. Instead, visit this website for some sound information.