Earlier this week, we discussed how much protein you should eat while on the BBS. Today, we’re going to take a look at calories, carbohydrates, and whether or not you should be counting them!



The Better Body System is a lifestyle program, not a diet, so with the exception of the 500-600 calorie meal on Meal Days—which is more of a guideline than a requirement—we don’t put much focus on calories. The BBS meal plan is designed to help you eat real, nutrient-dense foods including lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruit, and vegetables. While this can help you lose weight, you’ll be getting the nutrients that you need to feel great at the same time!

While the BBS doesn’t focus on counting calories, you can make that decision for yourself. If you find counting calories frustrating or unhelpful, you don’t need to do so. But if counting calories helps you stay on track, go ahead!


Carbohydrates play an important role in the BBS meal plan. With that said, we put more focus on the quality of the carbohydrates that you eat than the quantity. Complex carbohydrates are more nutrient-dense and satisfying than their simple counterparts, so that’s what we recommend to anyone working toward optimal health. Of course, it’s important to be reasonable, but the amount of carbohydrates that you eat depends on your judgement.

Like calories, the decision of whether or not you track your carbohydrate intake is up to you. It’s not part of the Better Body System, but you can count your carbohydrates if it’s important to you. It’s all about what works for you!


We hope this article helps you understand why the Better Body System doesn’t focus on counting calories or carbohydrates. For more tips for living a healthy lifestyle on the BBS, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!