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How to Eat Less Carbs and Lose Weight
A low-carb diet can have many health benefits. It can help keep weight down and lowers the chance of developing illnesses such as diabetes. However, it can be easier said than done. Try following our 7 easy ways to keep carbohydrates in your diet to a minimum. (By the way, I’ve lost over 25 pounds doing this, so I know it works.)
# 7 Skip the Fruit Juice
Quick Review – Just because it says ‘fruit juice’ doesn’t mean it is better for you than any other sugary drink; it’s best to stick to water.
Fruit juice contains little fiber and is full of sugar and carbohydrates, much like any other sugar-filled beverage. The best thing is to stick to water, but if you want to add a little extra flavor, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to spice things up a little.
# 6 Eat Eggs for Breakfast
Many breakfast foods such as breads and cereals are high in carbohydrates. Eggs can provide a tasty breakfast meal without loading you up on carbs. They are also full of protein, just be sure to skip the toast.
Quick Review – Eggs are a high protein, low carb, breakfast alternative if you are trying to control your carbohydrate intake.
# 5 Eat low Carbohydrate Snacks
You may be doing a great job keeping carbohydrates to a minimum when it comes to your main meals, but those snacks can add up. Treats like pretzels and chips are loaded with unwanted carbs. Instead, opt for cheese, almonds or walnuts.
Quick Review – Keeping your carbohydrate intake in check when it comes to snacks is just as important as managing it during main meals.
# 4 Make Sure Your Dairy Intake is Low Carbohydrate
Dairy products are very tasty and very healthy, but some are loaded with carbohydrates. Fruit flavored yogurt and frozen yogurt are often high in sugar and carbohydrates. Stick with Greek yogurt and cheese for a low carb alternative.
Quick Review – remember to choose dairy that is low carb to get the full benefits of dairy products without any unwanted carbohydrates.
#3 Eat Vegetables instead of Potatoes and or Rice
When given the choice between potatoes and bread or vegetables, particularly when eating out, always opt for vegetables. Where possible, make sure the vegetables are non-starchy such as carrots, peas or corn.
Quick Review – Eating out can be a challenge, so always ask for vegetables instead of a carb-loaded side.
Eating a healthy, high protein source at each meal can make it easier to reduce those carbs. Protein such as meat, poultry, eggs and nuts not only add flavor and variety to meals, but they also make you feel fuller for longer, therefore you will be less likely to reach for an extra piece of bread or high-carb dessert.
Quick Review – Eating a healthy protein at each meal is an easy way to lower your carbohydrate intake.
#1 Cut Out The Bread
Whilst bread might be a staple in many diets, it is often low in fiber and high in carbohydrates, this is particularly true of white bread. If you are trying to decrease your carbohydrate intake, the simplest and most effective way is to eliminate bread.
Quick Review – Whole grain bread contains nutrients, but is also incredibly high in carbohydrates and you can ingest these nutrients through other foods.
Reducing your carbohydrate intake can be difficult, but hopefully, these steps will help you to form healthy habits when it comes to implementing a low-carb diet.
A low-carb diet can have many health benefits. It can help keep weight down and lowers the chance of developing illnesses such as diabetes. However, it can be easier said than done. Try following our 7 easy ways to keep carbohydrates in your diet to a minimum. (I try to keep it around 40 grams of carbs.)
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