Moderate carb intake
I am defining moderate carbohydrate diet to be between 100-150 grams of high quality, complex carbohydrates per day. I have found this to be a more sensible way to eat when it comes to long-term results versus low carb eating.
I have experimented with eating low carb with a ketogenic diet. Keto, as it is commonly known, is a high fat, very low in carb style of eating that limits carbs to between 30-50 grams per day. It was an interesting way of living and fun at times (I added heavy cream to my coffee and ate coconut butter everyday) but I was unwilling to live this way for the rest of my life. I mentioned in an earlier section of this book that the idea of living the rest of my life without my mom’s lemon pound cake or caramel apples was not going to work.
The Posh Life Plan provides the benefits of a low-carb diet with none of the hazards. You’ll get the blood sugar advantages, including lower insulin levels and eliminate the mood swings often associated with very low carb styles of eating.
There are several misinterpretations when it comes to carbs, the most popular being “carbs make you fat.” That statement is so false. Carbs don’t make you fat…excess calories do. By eating plenty of lean protein and high fiber foods, you’ll feel satisfied and less hungry and by choosing good fats and limiting bad ones, you’ll keep LDL cholesterol from rising and protect your heart in the process. You’ll also discover a way of eating that you can enjoy—rather than endure—for the rest of your life.
The formula looks like this:
⦁ 40% of total calories from unrefined sources including vegetables, fruit, beans, low-fat dairy and whole grains along with plenty of healthy fats
⦁ 40% of calories from foods such as olive oil, nuts, fish and avocado and protein
⦁ 20% of calories from foods such as beans, fish, poultry, eggs and lean meats.