When to eat, how to eat, and most especially, what to eat are questions that we have to answer every single day. People have been more conscious of their health now than ever because of a lot of illness and health issues arising, such as obesity and diabetes. People resort to diet plans and fitness programs with the hopes of preventing illnesses and preserving their lives, and be more fit and active.
One way of dieting and trimming down weight and body fats is going through a low-carb diet. But it won’t be an easy journey, especially if carb-rich food has always been in your daily menu. Here are some tips on how to survive a low-carb diet.
• Put eggs on your plate every morning
Eggs are known to be rich in protein and amino acids that are essential for your daily needs. Aside from this, eggs are among the food that ranked high in the satiety level index. This means that when you eat eggs, around one or two large eggs, every morning, you will feel fuller and won’t be consuming much in the next two meals.
Studies have even proven that eating eggs in a regular basis, especially during breakfast, can help you reduce and cut down some weight. Since eggs are easy to cook, you can do a lot from it, but the healthiest way to cook eggs is to boil them.
• Eat more salad
Aside from the generous amount of essential nutrients that you can, vegetables are well known to be rich in fiber. Dressings won’t be much of a problem. Use healthy oils, mayonnaise and other spices so that you won’t go tired of eating salad for quite some time. You can also add eggs or meat (grilled chicken, ground beef, tuna or salmon) to boost the meal’s protein level.
• Replace carb-rich food with alternatives
Rice is one of the foods rich in carbohydrates. You can replace rice with grated cauliflower. A lot of people that are into a low-carb diet have been doing this. It’s easy to cook and almost has no carbs. If you are a pasta-lover, you can replace it with pasta made from vegetables. Products like mushroom pasta, kelp pasta or squash pasta are already available in the market.
• Go natural on your drinks
Choose beverages that are more natural. Nothing can replace a clean, pure water. You can also try infused water, but do it in moderation. Coffee and tea are also good, minus the cream and sugar. Black coffee and tea are more recommended in a low-carb diet. Avoid drinking beer, alcoholic beverages, sodas or other sweetened juices. If you want juice, make sure it’s fresh and unsweetened.
• Snack on something more natural
Avoid consuming commercialized food like snack-bars and other dietary food and drinks. Avoid sweets like chocolate, candies, cakes and other pastries. Nuts (most preferably macadamia, pecan and Brazilian nuts) and fruits can be good snacks to munch on.
• Find time to rest and exercise
Going on a low-carb diet is not enough without exercising. Make sure you exercise regularly, turning your body into a fuel-burning machine. If you keep yourself active, you are sure to have proper absorption of the nutrients from the food you eat.