What I meant to say was, unless you are being really strict with your carbs, there's no reason to count an apple and a salad (even a "big ass salad" a la Richard Nikoley) toward your carb load because their contributions would be dwarfed by say, potatoes, rice, even nuts and seeds (and even more so if you're still eating beans and dairy like me). So technically they count, but you could just as well leave them out and count them for their vitamins/minerals/antioxidants/phytochemicals instead.
So yes, technically they are carbs but they don't add a significant amount of them.
1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.
Disclaimer: I'm not professionally qualified to make any formal recommendations. I've just done my homework and I'm my own guinea pig. All of my data, unless otherwise cited, comes from a sample size of n=1 (me).