Sure, significant weight loss may require a reduction in the amount of carbs, you consume. But, when it comes to building actual lean muscle, you NEED CARBS.
A Mini Science Lesson on Carbs
Carbs are a macronutrient (along with proteins and fats) that are, essentially, fast energy. They are broken down into sugar, aka fuel. To get tone, you have to work your muscles pretty hard to break down and build new muscle fiber. To do that, your body needs the energy, or fuel, to do so. Carbs are your working muscles fuel.
Where the key lies, is in WHAT TYPE of carb you are eating. Carbs like white potatoes, white bread, and regular pastas are typically SIMPLE carbs; meaning they are made up of one or two sugars in their molecule chain. They break up quickly and must be used quickly, or they will be stored away as fat.
Carbs like brown rice, lentils, whole-grain breads, sweet potatoes, and other grains, such as quinoa, are COMPLEX carbs; meaning they contain three or more sugars. They take longer to digest, can be used over a longer period of time, and don't cause as much of a spike in your blood sugar. In other words, less chance to be stored away as fat.
So when it comes to turning that body into a lean, muscle toned machine, you need your carbs - your COMPLEX carbs that is.
Maybe the idea of "whole grains" and "dark colored" breads and rice have turned you away in the past. I encourage you to give it another try - this time with a few of my favorite recipes.
Healthy Carby Sides That Don't Suck
The key here is to put only 2 cups of water (instead of 3) to make it more of a side instead of a soup.
And there you have it. Healthy sides, that fuel your muscles and satisfy your carby cravings...mostly ;)