More and more scientific research shows the benefits of maintaining a low carb diet.
From losing weight to lowering triglycerides, this diet has numerous health benefits for people looking to improve both their physical and mental well-being.
Anyone following a diet knows the importance of remaining sane while staying on track. This applies to your low carb diet, too.
We’ve come up with the best tricks to keep you rounded, excited, and well on track to meeting your goals.
Let’s get into it!
Avoid Liquid Calories
Here’s the bad news. Those frothy coffee milkshakes aren’t good for you or your waistline. Same goes for fruity cocktails or fancy fruit juices (even if they have whole fruit in them).
Put away your full-sugar sodas. They have nothing good in them (beyond really good marketing campaigns, perhaps).
Here’s the good news. You won’t even miss the calories or the carbs. For many people, reducing liquid calories is the most surefire way to eliminate carbs.
You probably already know that water is king when it comes to quenching your thirst. Not only does it have exactly zero calories, it has numerous health benefits, assisting everything from staving hunger to helping with constipation.
Tired of plain water? Consider sparkling ice, loose tea, or unsweetened coffee. Your taste buds will adjust, and your waistline will thank you.
Make Healthy Swaps
Wondering how you can replace the standard American diet when choosing to follow a more low carb plan? Fortunately, it’s not that challenging!
We live in a digital age that is full of amazing recipes for anyone following a low carb diet. Many bloggers and chefs happily post and share their recipes.
Concerned about giving up ice cream? There’s a low carb option for that. Sad about surrendering your favorite sandwich bread? There’s a killer recipe for that (click here for more information on that).
From pizza to brownies to your favorite ethnic Thai dish, there’s a way to make it low carb. You may even be able to do it with ingredients that you already have on hand!
Regardless of your favorite food, there is a great chance that a healthier swap exists. You just need to be open and creative to the change!
Plan for Emergencies
Ever been hangry? As in, you’re so hungry that you start feeling angry? Don’t worry- we’ve all been there.
When you initially start cutting out carbs, you might notice yourself feeling sluggish or fatigued. You might also notice a brief plummeting in your mood. You might even fantasize about drowning yourself in a pint of your favorite ice cream.
This is all a normal reaction to changing your diet. The best words of wisdom for this? Have a plan!
Stash away healthy, low carb snacks in your desk, car, and office. Consider the following:
- Veggies and low-carb dip
- Beef jerky
- String cheese
- Hard-boiled eggs
Don’t let yourself get too hungry. You risk making impulsive decisions (hence: bingeing on lots and lots of carbs). It’s best to always have a plan of attack.
Plan ahead for restaurants as well. Today, many establishments post menus online. If not, the waitstaff is often able to locate nutrition facts for you.
Don’t be shy! This is the food that’s going into your body. You have the right to know what you’re about to consume.
Fat is King & Protein is Queen
Want to know the trick for eating less and still feeling full?
It may sound counterintuitive, but eating more fat doesn’t actually make you fat. Feel free to tell that to anyone who ever told you that the low-fat diet was the way to go!
Fat is naturally filling. As a result, you consume a lot less than you would if you were eating simple carbs.
Some fat ideas to consider adding to your low carb diet:
- Adding half an avocado to your salad
- Sauteeing in olive oil
- Using full-fat cheese when cooking
- Eating full-fat meat when grilling
When fat is paired with protein, you create a killer combo. Protein is essential for building muscles and repairing tissues. Your body also uses protein to make enzymes and hormones.
You already know that protein is good for you! By focusing on this macronutrient, you will likely notice that you crave significantly fewer carbs.
Boom! How’s that for staying sane on your diet?
Be Kind to Yourself
Dieting is not easy. Weight loss isn’t easy, either.
Do you want to know what is easy? Shifting your new eating habits from diet mentality to lifestyle mentality.
Following a low carb diet is simple if you are able to stay kind and patient with yourself. After all, change is a long process. You’re not going to be perfect, and you don’t need to be.
What’s important is identifying your mistakes, committing to growth, and being compassionate to yourself during the process.
Ideally, this is a lifestyle you are committing to for the long haul. A single poor meal will not dictate your health nor will it completely send you back to square zero. Remember that!
Final Thoughts on Staying Sane on a Low Carb Diet
If you’ve taken the exciting step towards improving your physical and mental health, congratulations! You’re about to feel so much better!
With that said, staying sane on any new eating plan can be tricky. Be tolerant and patient with yourself. Focus on small changes and watch how they can yield big results.
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