3 Rules for Eating Carbs and Still Losing Weight

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By: Kristina Guerrero | Meredith Witthar Posted: 11:25 PM, Jan 16, 2018

Carbs – they’re the ultimate supervillain, plotting the death of your diet and destruction of your waistline…or are they? Biggest Loser host Bob Harper says it’s not true. You just have to use your brain while you’re feeding your face.

It seems like all the diets these days tell you not to eat bread and that you have to cut all carbs. But Bob says you can still eat carbs and lose weight. Learn the top three principals of Bob’s “Super Carb Diet.”

1. Carbs Do Not Necessarily Make You Fat

Lots of trendy diets are all about staying away from carbs, but Bob says that’s just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. “What I’ve seen so many people do is they get on that bandwagon,” Bob shares. “They lose a lot of weight, and then all of the sudden they try incorporating foods back into their diet and they gain weight again.” Carbs can contribute to weight gain if you’re not eating the right ones!

2. Carbs vs. Carbage.

Arm yourself by knowing the difference between “good” carbs and “bad” carbs. Bob says lean toward complex carbs – like whole wheat breads, beans, leafy greens and fruits. These carbs give you energy and help keep your body running right all day long. “I want you to eat vegetables at every single meal,” Bob advises, “because […] nobody is ever gonna gain weight [from] eating broccoli!" So what kinds of carbs are considered carbage? “Carbage is gonna be all that stuff that you know you should stay away from. All the chips, and the pretzels, the movie popcorn, the white bread…” So next time you’re craving something sweet and crunchy, opt for a healthier carb alternative, like an apple!

3. Manage Your Plate

And the final rule, make sure you’re getting all your macronutrients. “Every single time you eat, you make sure that you have protein, fat and carbs at every meal,” Bob suggests. Need some ideas for well-balanced meals? For breakfast, try non-fat Greek yogurt with berries and some peanut butter for an extra boost in protein. For lunch try a chicken burrito, but use a wheat tortilla. For dinner you can have chicken with lots of veggies. Bob also offers a bonus piece of advice: “I want you to exercise and find time to get the proper amount of sleep.”

So we can still lose weight by eating carbs and getting more sleep? This is a diet we think we can stick to!

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