You have a new healthy eating plan, and you want to give it a red hot go - good on you! Here are your ten points for motivation. Now, before you think morphing your eating habits over to low-carbohydrate intake means just cutting out the pasta and bread, you might want to think again.
We have provided some basic tips and transitioning advice, which could mean the difference between failure and success of your new low carb diet plan.
Complex carbs are the way forward. These little guys take longer for your body to process into glucose in your blood, providing prolonged energy and more stability in your blood sugar, rather than making it spike like simple carbohydrates are renown for. Most of the complex carbohydrates are higher in fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients beneficial for your body too.
Select from produce that puts out lower glucose responses. Some of the fruits and vegetables that provide the lowest glycemic index (GI), meaning they take longer to digest and help delay hunger pangs, include asparagus, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms, spinach, apples, apricots, cherries, plums, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon.
Higher GI fruits and vegetables such as bananas, beetroots, corn, carrots, potatoes and raisins should not be favoured over those above on this eating plan.
Right there for your beady little eyes, food labelling now includes how many grammes of carbs are in each serving you’re about to consume. Check the label for details on how many carbs are in your favourite foods before chowing down.
Packed with low-quality carbohydrates, and not very good for your health full stop; sodas, sports drinks, and some juices need to be removed from your beverage list. Opt for diet sodas if you really feel the urge, sugar-free iced tea, or mineral water with some freshly squeezed lemon or lime instead.
Simply choose a restaurant that has some lower-carb offerings. Obviously, you will want to steer clear of an Italian pizza and pasta restaurant and don’t go overboard on bread and empty carbs at an all-you-can-eat buffet. You’ll thank yourself for not feeling so full and bloated at the end of it anyway.
Simply don’t tempt yourself with foods you should not be eating. Stock your cupboard and fridge with all the healthy fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, lean meat and poultry, and dairy foods.
Fantastic for a low-carb health kick. Nuts are rich in vitamins and minerals that support a healthy heart; magnesium, folate, copper, arginine, fibre and vitamin E, they are also high in monounsaturated fats that help with weight loss.
Fatty meats are high in saturated fats that are bad for the health of your heart. Remove the skin and fat before you cook and go for leaner cuts of pork, beef and poultry. This lower-carb healthy eating plan is not an excuse for substituting by eating more fat.
Exercise speeds up your metabolism, strengthens muscles, burns calories and even cleanses your mood at times. Combine exercise with your new low-carb eating plan.
A few quick tips on what you should eat on a low-carb diet:
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