Health & Beauty

Essential Tools for a Low Carb Lifestyle

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Have you been wondering if a low carb lifestyle is right for you? Low carb diets have a lot of wonderful health benefits. By cutting carbs, you are ushering in a slew of good for you foods, and getting healthier as a result. Low carb ‘dieting’ can be a quick fix for losing weight in a short period of time, but to really see and maintain the results you want, you’ll have to be willing to adopt low carb eating as a lifestyle. Dieting will just lead to a temporary fix, and the weight will soon pack back on once you start eating a lot of carbs again. There are many ways to kick the carbs and start eating cleanly. Within just a couple of weeks, you’ll likely have more energy, and will enjoy eating fresh, healthy meals.

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Kick the carbs. The hardest part of adpating to a low carb lifestyle, and kicking those delicious carbs to the curb. Learning how to replace foods like bread, rice, and pasta with other healthier choices will take a little getting used to. Instead of using two pieces of bread for a BLT sandwich, try swapping out the bread for two pieces of Romaine lettuce. Top the lettuce with bacon, fresh tomato, and yes- even a dab of mayonaise. You’re sure to find it just as satisfying without the bread. You can also replace pasta noodles with veggie noodles. Using a mandoline or veggie spiralizer will be a big help in getting noodle like consistency and size from veggies like zucchini. Bed Bath and Beyond has a fabulous selection of kitchen tools, and they have a popular deal where you can save 20% off of one single item.

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Cut the sugar. Another big step to take when cutting carbs, is cutting out or seriously reducing sugar. You might not even realize how much sugar you’re consuming on a daily basis until you take the time to look at the nutritional label on your food packages. Once you get used to cutting back on the sugar, you probably won’t even miss it. There are tons of sugar alternatives that you can use in place of sugar, like Splenda, and still enjoy delicious treats and desserts.

The South Beach Diet is a great option for anyone who is interested in learning more about starting a low carb diet or taking on a low carb lifestyle. There are free tools to use through their website, lists of foods you can and cannot eat, meal plans, recipes, and information on all three phases of the diet. Along with the helpful info on the site, there are books and other resources that you can purchase to help you on your journey. The first two weeks of the diet are the hardest part, but once you’re over that hurdle, you’ll see the benefits, and be excited to move onto the next phase. South Beach Diet also has fully prepared meals that you can order, and have delivered to your home. Sign up and save $20.00 off your first meal plan.

When people cut carbs, their appetite tends to go down and they often end up eating much fewer calories without trying. You can still enjoy foods you may love, like pizza and onion rings, and even cake. You just have to kow how to make healthy substituations, and be open and willing to try some new things. Once you go low carb and see the wonderful results of your hard work, you may never go back to your bad eating habits again.