Anyone in today’s uber-healthy aka organic aka superfood generation knows that carbs are the devil. Truth is, going low-carb is not just a step towards getting healthier and thinner but this diet plan can also help reduce risks for heart disease and diabetes. So overall, it’s a big leap towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.
But the important thing to remember is that not all carbs are the enemy – there are good carbs and bad carbs. So get into your superhero avatar and we’ll tell you just how to dodge those bad guys.
- Cut down on the Bread
Your everyday bread is not helping your everyday nutrition. It’s very high in carbs and pretty low in fibre. White bread especially, which is made from refined grained, is in fact bad for both health and weight.
Infact, even nutritious ‘healthy’ bread like rye bread contains 15 grams of carbs per slice, which isn’t easily digested or absorbed. Try and replace bread (of any kind) with veggies, nuts or seeds.
- Watch out for condiments
This is one that we sometimes don’t realize, but sneakily catches up on the carb count. Common condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauce have a fair amount of carbs thanks to their sugar content (there’s around 7 grams in one tablespoon of barbecue sauce.)
So think twice next time you ask someone to pass the ketchup, and try swapping for super low-carb additives like mustard, fresh spices, flavored vinegar, fresh lemon juice or pepper.
- Make friends with Good Snacks
Re-think that bag of chips or biscuits, because it’s doing you way more harm than good. Leave those childhood favourites behind, because maybe it’s time to make new friends. Low-carb snacks that contain protein are your best answer to snacking between meals.
Choose from these super-healthy snacks (less than 5 grams of digestible carbs) such as almonds, peanuts, Macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts or cheese.
- Choose your drink wisely
As you must already know, most booze is packed with carbs and sugars, so it’s best to take it easy if you’re trying to slim down. If you just can’t resist, then a cocktail or two is doable, but stick to small amounts of clear alcohol and use soda as a mixer with a squeeze of lemon or some fresh cucumber.
The key is to stay away from sugar-packed non-alcoholic drinks like sports beverages, lemonade, iced tea etc. The best thing you can do is to drink as much water as you can. So, try and make water as your choice of beverage whenever possible.
- The Right Milk
While milk isn’t as non-nutritious as bread, it’s another everyday favourite that needs to be replaced with a healthier option. Milk is very high in carbs because it contains a type of sugar called lactose. An glass of milk contains 12–13 grams of carbs. So try and add a splash of milk to tea or coffee rather than filling up the cup.
Better still, choose substitutes like coconut and almond milk. Always be sure to check the ingredient list and nutrition label to make sure you're getting unsweetened, low-carb milk. Make the change to almond milk today, and you will never look back.
- Reach for the Non-Starchy Veggies
We know veggies are the good guys but not all of them are your friends. While most veggies are a great source of nutrients and fiber for a low-carb diet, it’s important to select non-starchy ones to keep your carb intake in check. The ones to stay away from are: carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, peas, lima beans and corn, which are reasonably high in carbs. Fortunately, there are enough other super delicious, nourishing low-carb veggies you can eat such as broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers and so on.
So there you have it. Start with these easy tips to cut back on carbs, and you’ll not only be spending more time in front of a mirror, but you feel healthier too! Good luck – you’re only a few short steps away from feeling and looking your best!