Is Carbonated Water Bad For You? #LLTV Q&A Ep. 11


Macro split, peanut butter, xylitol vs stevia, carbonated water, and my mistakes

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering 5 viewer questions in 5 minutes, including is carbonated water bad for you?

I’ll also be covering my macronutrient intake to Live Lean, my thoughts on peanut butter and xylitol, and lastly, if I could do anything different during my journey, what would I have done.

It’s crazy to think that we’ve already reached our 11th edition of our #LLTV Q&A series.

This also means I’ve answered at least 55 of your specific questions on camera.

So if you’re wondering if I have already answered your question, or maybe you’ve missed an episode, don’t worry.

I have playlists for all the different series on our Live Lean TV YouTube channel.

Here is a link to the #LLTV Q&A playlist for every single episode.

Alright, lets get right into it.

Is Carbonated Water Bad For You? #LLTV Q&A Ep. 11

Here are today’s questions:

1. What’s your macro intake to maintain your muscle during HIIT training?

2. Thoughts on peanut butter?

3. Is carbonated water bad for you?

4. Xylitol vs stevia: what are my thoughts on xylitol? Is xylitol better than stevia?

5. If I could go back and do something different during my journey, what would it be? What is something I would have done better?

Keep reading to learn all the answers to these questions.

Question #1:

Pete says: Brad, what’s your macro split for someone like you who’s doing high intensity interval training, and maintaining good muscle mass?

Great question Pete.

To be honest, at this moment, I don’t have an exact macronutrient split, since I’m not counting calories.

calorie calculator

The primary focus of my diet right now is simply eating whole foods.

This includes whole foods:

I’ve been getting great results, and my energy levels are up from following a more intuitive eating approach to my diet.

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My current estimated macronutrient split

However, if I had to put a number on it, I’d estimate my current macronutrient intake to be approximately:

  • 40-45% of calories from protein
  • 30-40% of calories from healthy forms of fats
  • 15-30% or the remaining calories from carbohydrates

My carbohydrate sources are primarily coming from fruit and vegetables, including sweet potatoes.

I’m doing my best to remove grains out of my daily diet, and I’m feeling great about it.

The Truth About Whole Grains

Lets move on to the next question.

Question #2:

Yasmine says: Brad, what about peanut butter? Please advise.

First of all, peanuts are not nuts.

Peanuts are legumes.

I like to focus my consumption on a variety of nuts including:

  • almonds
  • macadamias
  • walnuts
  • pecans

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When compared to peanuts, most varieties of nuts contain:

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So try to go with almond butter, macadamia butter, or walnut butter.

But if you’re going to eat peanut butter, make sure it just has one ingredient.

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That ingredient would be peanuts.

Lets move on to the next question.

Question #3:

Raphael asks: hey Brad my name is Rafael from Portugal. My question is, I drink a lot of carbonated water, with some drops of lemon. Can this be harming my fitness results? In other words, is carbonated water bad for you?

Is Carbonated Water Bad For You? #LLTV Q&A Ep. 11

I don’t think carbonated water is bad for you.

Especially since carbonated water is just that, water that is carbonated.

I would rather you drink fresh water, but if you need the carbonated taste or love the bubbles, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Also, if adding lemon flavor to your water gets you to drink more water, enjoy.

You do not have to worry about this hurting your fitness results.

5 Ways to Drink More Water

Next question.

Question #4:

pfam2005 says: I have a family member that keeps pushing xylitol. I’m skeptical because I’m not sure how real it is. Do you have an opinion on this? Also what about stevia? What is your recommendation for brands of stevia?

First of all, if you don’t know what xylitol is, it’s a natural form of sweetener.

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Although I have used xylitol before, I don’t use it that often.

When it comes to natural sweeteners, I prefer to use stevia.

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Xylitol has a a low glycemic index rating between 7-13.

This means it is not going to raise your blood sugar levels substantially and it’s not going to cause you hormonal issues.

So xylitol is good in that sense.

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However, I prefer the taste of stevia better than xylitol.

Similar to xylitol, stevia also has little to no impact on your insulin and blood sugar levels.

Here’s a link to the brand of stevia that i use.

It’s delicious, it tastes good, and it’s clean.

Give this brand of stevia a try.

Last question.

Question #5:

Laurie James Mackeson says: Learning and improving life is about doing things better. Some would say admit mistakes and do things differently. Can you share some important things you have learned to do better?

Excellent point, and I agree 100%.

I often share my mistakes with you.

Nobody is perfect.

If you try to live a perfect life, you’re going to live a life unfulfilled, because it’s almost impossible to be perfect 100% of the time.

So if I could do anything different, I wouldn’t have done anything different.

I say this because I wouldn’t be in this place that I am in right now, if I did things differently.

And I am happy and content in my current position.

However, if I had to advise other people to do things differently than I did, I would say don’t stress out over everything that I’m talking about on Live Lean TV.

Always remember, Living Lean is lifestyle

If you think you can’t have a slice of pizza once in a while, you’re going to drive yourself crazy.

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That’s the exact mistake that I made when I was getting into my Live Lean journey.

I tried to be so strict with everything, that it made me become insular and alienated from my friends.

Try not to be too strict with everything

If you miss a workout, you miss a workout.

Or if you miss a meal, you miss a meal.

Don’t kill yourself over it.

And definitely don’t drive yourself to the point of throwing your hands up in the air and saying you’re done, because you can’t sustain perfection anymore.

This will ultimately lead you to going back to your unhealthy ways of eating, not moving your body, and other bad habits.

If you fall off the path, get right back on.

With consistency, you will burn off those unnecessary calories, and you will make up for that missed workout.

So that’s ultimately what I would recommend to people.

Don’t beat yourself up too bad.

When you learn to enjoy your Live Lean journey, you will see the sustainable results.


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That was 5 questions, so I’m going to cut it off there, as I appreciate your time.

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