9. Limit your carbs
Cutting carbs can be difficult for the average guy, because carbs are a vital energy source for workouts and day-to-day functioning. And if you’re going through a stressful phase—be it professional, personal, or social—now is probably not the time to be cutting carbs, Donavanik says. “It will definitely take some adjusting. Initially you may find yourself more lethargic and more irritable, but after a week or two, you’ll get used to it.”
Most guys can start by cutting simple carbs first. That means no processed sugar, booze, bread, pasta, or rice. Whole-wheat carb sources are okay for most men, but Guy and Donavanik advocate skipping them at this phase.
From there, Guy and Donavanik recommend sourcing your carbs from sources such as oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and nutrient-dense vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower. These vegetables not only pack complex carbohydrates that will give you energy without a sugar spike, but also provide crucial vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your body running smoothly.
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