Connor, you should write down everything that you eat, even if you use a half of a teaspoon of this or that.
Yes, carbs have a bad name, but that is not reality.
Are the carbs you are eating sugar? White rice, White bread? Potatoes??
Those are bad carbs.
Good carbs are non processed or man made.
Examples fruits and veggies, whole wheat bread, multi grain cereals, etc.
Always eat the exact amount of what you are suposed to, and don't eat anything that does not have a label for you to extract the calories, protein, carbs and fat, which does not include fruits.
For example, yesterday, I walke to my friend's apt across town, on the way there was a street vendo selling fruits, I bought a cup of pineapple, and a pear to eat on the way along with the two bottles of water that I had.
When I got home, I jumped on FITDAY, and lookedup both items and put them in my food log.
I ate chicken at his house, I didnt weigh it, but I know that I didnt eat a whole chicken, I looked up chicken, and to make it easy, I just chose a large breast.
I did not eat the skin, although it would have been delicious.
Every thing that you purchase has a food label.
Measure what you ingest.
It appears to me that dieting starts with a notebook, a calculator, and a place to look up calories (the internet).
I have not been to a restaurant, because I am not going to estimate, I need to know
exactly what I am putting into my body.
Write everything down, and read the portion size so that you know exactly what you are getting.