Switching to a Low Carb Lifestyle is a tricky process and success will only come if you take the time to allow the habits to form. When it comes to nutrition too many people dive straight into the deep end, unprepared, unaware and uneducated which leads to them giving up before they experience the benefits.
The best way to start your journey on a LCL is to switch up the food sources you’re currently eating before making any drastic cuts or changes.
Introduce each step below in order:
Eating anything and everything that's natural (think grown not produced) can make a huge difference to the way you look and feel, especially if you're consistently eating unnatural sources.
This change can be hard as many of us eat unnatural foods as a quick, easy re-fuel. Eating natural foods does take more time but trust me, the results are worth it.
Frozen Chips ➤ Home-cooked chips
Crisps ➤ handful of nuts
Rice ➤ Cauliflower / broccoli rice
High Sugar - Low Sugar
Eating sugar raises our blood sugar levels, this increases the release of insulin which is the fat storage hormone. Too much sugar means your insulin levels are always elevated and therefore your body is always storing fat and not burning it.
Switching out the higher sugar items in your diet for lower ones means you'll avoid those horrible mid-day crashes and your body can begin to breakdown your stored fat.
Milk chocolate ➤ Dark chocolate
Ice Cream ➤ Frozen yoghurt
Chewy sweets ➤ Berries
Fibre slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream and can help you stay fuller for longer.
Focus on including more fibre in all of your meals and this can help you eat less overall and it'll help regulate your digestion and help keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Cereal ➤ Porridge oats
White bread ➤ Wholemeal bread
White pasta ➤ Wholemeal pasta
Non-Green Vegetables - Green Vegetables
This last swap is the perfect finisher to your introduction to a low carb lifestyle.
Green vegetables have a very low carb content and they're also very low in calories which means you can fill out your plate not your waistline.
Try and fill you plate with green leafy
vegetables such as; broccoli, spinach, cabbage and kale. Reduce the intake of starchy vegetables such as peas, squash and corn, as these hold a higher sugar content and more calories.
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