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You Asked: Should I Ditch Carbs to Lose Weight Before My Vacation?


Dear Fit,
I'm going to the Bahamas in April and I'm trying to lose some weight so I look good in my bathing suit. Is ditching carbs the best way to go?
—Beach-Bound Brooke

It's that time of year when we really start to think about toning up and losing weight since tank top, shorts, and bathing suit season is coming soon. To find out if ditching carbs will help you get there, read more.

I'm so glad you asked me about this because the answer is a huge no. Do not stop eating carbs altogether, because your body needs them for fuel. Refined carbs like cookies, pasta, white bread, pretzels, and anything made with white flour or sugar can and should be avoided, but do not get rid of the good carbs like fruit, whole grain breads, and whole wheat pasta. Those are full of fiber and nutrients that your body needs for energy and for promoting regularity. They'll also help you lose weight because their high fiber content will keep you feeling full longer, so you won't find yourself needing to eat as much.

Also keep in mind that it's not so much the type of food you're eating that matters, but how much. Calories are the thing to watch here, so keep track of your portion sizes, and don't dip below 1,200 calories a day. In order to lose a pound a week, you'll need to omit 3,500 calories a week. So if you cut 250 calories from your diet a day and burn 250 calories a day through exercise, you'll be well on your way to losing a few pounds before your big trip. It'll take hard work and dedication, but you'll lose the weight and keep it off. If you just ditch all carbs to slim down quickly, you may drop pounds, but it's not a healthy way to go about it. As soon as you start introducing carbs back into your diet, you'll probably end up gaining the weight back. So remember that when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race.

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