Do you want to losing weight by cutting carbs? Did you notice I didn’t say TRY because this is the easiest way to lose weight that I have tried.
I have 10 tips to help you get started.
- Start by giving up all breads.
- Eat enough protein.
- Trade off fruit for vegetables.
- Give up all desserts and sugar-laden snacks.
- Say no to all sugary drinks and diet drinks.
- Watch your condiments.
- Eat more fat
- Stay away from high carb vegetables.
- When dining out ask how meals are prepared.
- Don’t eat pasta or grains.
Giving up breads.
Give up all breads, wheat, rye all bread has flour which is a very high carb food product. Even breads that the label says low-carb are not no-carb. dark and wheat breads are usually filled with processed flours so you are better off without them, if you want to be true to low-carb diet plan.
Eat enough protein
When you say diet, how can you say eat more. But it’s true, you have to get enough protein in your diet to keep you from being hungry. You need the protein to help fill you up until the next meal.
Fruits vs. Vegetables
Fruits have a lot of sugar and carbs so be careful how many fruits you are consuming. Try trading some of your fruits for vegetables. In a true low carb diet, you get most of your carbs from vegetables in the beginning stages of the diet and only add fruits after you have lost a large percentage of the weight you want to lose.
Desserts and sugary snacks
These are a definite no-no. If you read the label and the list of ingredients you will see why. They are the reason we have a problem to begin with. Being loaded with calories and carbs they do not satisfy you for the long term, you are hungry in a couple of hours after eating something loaded with sugar and carbs. So if you are serious about low carb eating, throw all of these snacks away.
Sugary and diet drinks
Everyone knows that pop or soda is not the best thing for you, but did you know that diet drinks are equally as bad. If you are consuming soda or pop a couple of times a day, you are packing on the pounds from all that sugar. Diet soda or pop is just as bad due to the artificial sweeteners used. Studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners are not only bad for you they also tend to make you hungry. And that not what we are aiming for. Best to stick with water or flavored carbonated soda water.
Condiments, sauces and spices
Most spices are o.k. to use. They have very little carbs and many do not even have a nutritional label.
But condiments are a different story. Here’s where you have to become a little more diligent. Take ketchup for an example, it is loaded with sugar. In one tablespoon there is 5 grams of carbs and 4 grams of sugar. So you definitely have to stay away from that condiment. Look at sweet relish or hot dog relish. More sugar and carbs. So make sure you read all your labels before eating something.
Be very careful of sauces. Some may have very little carbs while others are loaded. Especially if it’s a thick sauce, you can bet it’s made with flour. Get in the habit of reading Nutrition Facts for added sugars as well as flour and other starches.
Eat more fat
That must sound weird. Isn’t fat suppose to make you fat. Well with a low carb diet a little extra fat helps to satisfy your cravings. So you won’t be tempted to head for some of the wrong foods. We have been told for years that fat makes you fat, but the real culprits are carbs and sugar.
High carb vegetables
Do you know which vegetables are high carb? Most of your high carb vegetables are the ones loaded with starch.
Carrots, peas, corn, winter squash, all potatoes, this is a partial list of the vegetables you should not have on a low carb diet.
Have most of your carbs in green and leafy vegetables. Some of those are cabbage, lettuce, all types, spinach, endive, kale and watercress. They are very low in carbs and will do a good job of filling you up.
Have a serving of these cooked vegetables. Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and many more.
You can go online to find a complete list of the right vegetables to eat. Or find an app. Atkins has a great website with lots of information to help you make the right choices.
When dining out don’t be afraid to ask the server how the different meals are prepared. Many dishes are made with sauces which almost always has flour in them.
Also request that bread is not brought to the table, unless your companions want some.
Another good trick is to have the server bring a take-out box at the same time as the meal come. and divide it up right there and take half of your meal home.
If you are like me sometimes you crave sweets. Well here is a good recipe to help when the cravings hit. Try it, you will be surprised.
We always need to incorporate exercise into out daily to do-list. It needs to become second nature to do some form of exercise everyday, just like brushing your teeth!
Make sure you drink plenty of water. At least 8 8ounce glasses a day.
If you enjoyed this article or have a question, I would appreciate a comment or a question below. Thank you, Deanna