Can you eat bread and get abs?
That’s what we’re talking about on today’s episode of Live Lean TV.
This question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 006.
ricker2000 on Snapchat asks: I just saw a #AskLiveLeanTV episode and was surprised to see my question about the best abs friendly alcohol was answered. You guys are the only peeps who interact with your viewers – you rock! You may have already made a video on this before, but do you ever make bread? I know you aren’t a big fan of flour, but I love bread. Can you eat bread and get abs? Do you have any good bread substitutions?
First off, thanks for acknowledging our commitment to interacting with our community, and for saying “we rock”!
We also love bread too.
I mean let’s be real, everybody loves bread.
But the thing is, if you want to change your body and get healthy, you don’t have to completely get rid of bread.
To Live Lean you just have to limit your bread consumption to days when you earn or deserve it.
One of the best ways to earn your bread by crushing your Live Lean workout in the gym or at home.
We also try to choose healthier types of bread, such as 100% sprouted whole grain bread, such as ezekiel bread.
However when we go out to an Italian restaurant, it’s usually a planned cheat meal, that we earned.
That way we can eat the bread that they serve, and love it, without the guilt.
If you’re looking for healthy bread substitutes, we did a specific video post called 9 Best Bread Substitutes For Sandwiches.
However, I still highly encourage you to keep reading this blog post to learn the mindset of how to live a sustainable lifestyle, by doing the best you can, without beating yourself.
We have never made a homemade healthy bread recipe for sandwiches, but we do make this apple pumpkin bread recipe from Team Live Lean.
Unfortunately this bread recipe is closer to a cake or dessert loaf, rather than a bread made for a sandwiches.
However we did try a paleo diet approved bread that Jessica brought home from Whole Foods, but I’ll say this.
The texture of this paleo bread was “mealy” and was not good.
It’s kind of a bummer that the gluten and white flour is what makes bread taste great to most people.
It’s just too bad that gluten and white flour are not optimal for Living Lean.
If you’re gluten intolerant you can also get a bread that is made with gluten free ingredients such as:
If you’re looking for an excellent healthy bread substitute for a sandwich, use lettuce wraps.
During 6 days of the week, we eat a lot of lettuce wraps.
But we’ll be 100% honest, lettuce wraps aren’t the same as bread.
Sure lettuce wraps may fulfill the requirements needed to make a sandwich.
Simply add the meat to the inside, then wrap the lettuce over it.
However, if you’re a bread lover, lettuce wraps probably won’t fulfill your craving for bread.
So on that 7th day of the week, or whenever your cheat meal or cheat day is, go with your favorite bread.
That is how you can fit bread into your healthy lifestyle, and still get abs.
If you’ve been with us for a while now, hopefully you are really getting the point that we are not perfectionists.
This means we don’t eat healthy 100% of time, every single day.
There are times throughout the week when we do eat a cheat meal.
Lets be real.
Ain’t nobody got time to live a perfect and boring life.
We’ve figured out how to create a healthy lifestyle, that allows us to walk around healthy, lean, and athletic all year round, while still enjoying life.
In the beginning, we find a lot of our new community members are stressing out about being perfect.
Even though we’ve shared over thousands of videos, blogs, and social media posts, we still have people thinking Living Lean is about being perfect.
Perfection is not what we’re promoting.
So if you think we are perfect with our nutrition, we’re not.
You don’t need to be perfect to Live Lean.
You just need to make healthier food choices, 80% of the time, rather than eating whatever you want, all the time.
Jessica: for me, especially early in my fitness career, I would only want to show my good side to my clients and followers.
For example, I would only post videos or photos of me eating healthy food and doing my workouts.
However, Brad keeps telling me to set, and stick to my intention of being true, honest, and real with everybody.
I want to be okay with the flaws of eating a cheat meal and being on camera with no makeup.
This also doesn’t just mean on the internet.
I also want to include this realness in other areas of my life too.
But it’s so hard for me to let go of that perfect image, because you want everyone to be inspired by what you’re doing, instead of disgusted by it.
In the comments section below, tell us who inspires you more in life and the fitness world:
For example, when they skip a workout or eat a bad meal, they share it.
Do you like seeing us eat pizza?
Does that inspire you or does it make you want to follow someone else?
We would love to hear it from you directly.
I know personally, it makes me sick when I see fitness people online saying they are 100% perfect with their workouts and nutrition.
In other words, it’s all or nothing.
I say NO!
smh…I just can’t.
We would never expect any of our clients to be 100% perfect.
Which is why it’s sad that a lot of times they still come to us feeling really guilty for things they did wrong.
It’s time to ditch this guilt because the guilt is getting you nowhere.
Check out this video post on the truth about bread.
It covers why we don’t recommend eating bread multiple times a day, in your everyday diet.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.