How to Stop Sabotaging Your Low-Carb Diet
Posted: October 12, 2015
If you have decided to embark on a diet that requires you to lay off the carbohydrates, then you have a difficult road ahead. It’s hard to cut out those yummy, doughy, starchy carbs. Not only do most carby foods taste good, but they also are a major part of almost every meal in the United States.
It can be difficult to retrain the way you think about food, so it is only natural that you may make some mistakes when you first start your new diet. Below are some of the most common low-carb blunders:
Not Being Informed
Most people think a diet low in carbohydrates means a diet high in animal protein, which is simply not true. Low carb doesn’t mean no carb; it just means reducing a certain amount and replacing it with other healthy food options. By becoming informed about what carbs are, what foods they are in, and how a low-carb diet works, then you can stick to your new food plan while making sure you maintain a well-balanced diet.
Giving Up When The Going Gets Tough
The only way to make a low-carb diet work is by sticking with it and not giving up. To make the process easier, make sure you don’t white knuckle your carb reduction. Ween yourself off the bread goods slowly at first. That way you can successfully get through the first week, which is usually the hardest part.
Cutting Out Produce
Cutting out carbs doesn’t mean cutting out fruits and veggies as well. Yes, produce contains carbs, but the carbohydrates that are in vegetables and fruit will make for a successful low-carb diet. Eating these types of foods will keep your diet on track and facilitate weight loss in the long run. You should actually be eating more of these carbs than any other food, because they provide vital nutrients.
Being Afraid of Fat
Most people start a diet wanting to lose fat, so it seems to make sense that cutting fat out of the diet would help speed up the process. Ironically, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This doesn’t mean go to the drive-thru and order up some French fries; it means include healthy fats — avocado, olive oil, walnuts — into your meals. By eating healthy fats you will stay full longer — much longer than you would eating a bagel and cream cheese.
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