Are Carbs Bad for Leaning Out?

One of the most frequently asked questions when someone is looking to lean is, “Are carbs bad for my lean out diet?”. The answer varies, but a simple answer is no.

To blatantly declare one of the essential macro nutrients as “bad” for a diet plan is just wrong.

Yes, if you consume too many calorie dense carbs in a lean out program, you’re going to gain fat. Yes, by going on a low-carb diet, you will lose weight faster. However, before you make any rash decisions, let’s see why carbohydrates are so important for both a diet and workout for any stage of lifting.


Carbs are an essential fuel source for your muscles. Eating a sufficient amount of carbohydrates on any diet allows the body to store enough glycogen to fuel muscle repair. If your carbohydrate intake gets too low, your glycogen level also gets too low. When your glycogen level gets too low, your body looks for other sources to fuel the repairs (like vital protein and muscle mass).

See the vicious circle here?

If you’re looking for great foods to stick to when looking for clean carbs, check out these great options!

Food Tips

  • Quinoa
  • Fruit
  • Green Veggies
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown Rice


Just in case I didn’t say it enough before, carbs = fuel for your body. Here is a simple summary of how carb function works:

Carbohydrates are broken down and enter then bloodstream. From there they increase the the level of sugar in the bloodstream, also known as your blood sugar level. The more carbs you intake, the more your blood sugar level rises. The increase in blood sugar launches the hormone insulin to strain the excess sugar out of the bloodstream and into your muscles.

If you eat more carbohydrates than your body is using as fuel, the excess is stored in your body as fat (yes, fat). Looking for a great way to use all those excess carbs?

Training Tips

  • Work on your strength training, this forces your body to utilize more carbohydrates.
  • Practice good lifting habits, again this will ensure you’re using the right amount of carbs.
  • And….nope that’s about all I got.


Are carbohydrates bad for your lean out diet? Just like eating a thousand candy bars can give you diabetes and a wicked case of sugar high, carbohydrates in excess can be bad for you.

However! Ensuring you’re putting in the proper training and lifting habits will utilize your carb source to the fullest, and prevent the excess fat gains.

Do your research, get prepared, and get lifting!

Mmmmmm, carbs….

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