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Avoid Low Carb Mistakes

Low-carb diets work. They can be done safely and effectively. There are lots of common mistakes that make it a tough and less effective eating plan. Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes.

Your Mind Set-
If you believe you can never enjoy pasta, bread, or chocolate again, you might be setting yourself up for discouragement. It’s all about making the best choices. You can have a piece of white bread. You just need to count the carbohydrates and make different choices the rest of the day. If you must have a baked potato make it a small one and adjust your other choices. Balance is the key in eating and changing your life.

Eating the same thing-
If I have to eat one more piece of grilled chicken I may die, or want to at least. Go on line and find low carb choices and try them. I thought using cabbage leaves instead of pasta in lasagna would be the worst meal in the world. It was not. In fact my entire family enjoys it as a change. Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you don’t like them, don’t choose them the second time.

All liquid is not created equally. On a low-carb diet you want to drink 64 ounces of water, plus and additional 8 ounces for every 25 pounds of weight you are looking to drop. Diet beverages, Crystal Light, and coffees don’t count. Diet drinks containing sugar alcohols cause water retention. Pure, clean, water is what carries the toxins out of your body. It has no effect on your insulin levels.

You are looking for high fiber and whole grain options when you are choosing carbohydrate for your body. The best way to get fiber is through your fresh food, but in the beginning it may be a good idea to include a high fiber substitute. Read the label carefully so you know what you are putting in your body.

Enough protein-
The most basic way to explain how the body gets energy goes something like this. Energy comes from the carbohydrates you eat, the carbohydrates you have stored as fat, or the muscle you have made of protein. The key is to eat enough protein so you are building muscle and forcing the body to use stored fat for energy. If you do not eat enough protein the body will begin to break down muscle for energy.

Sources of Carbs-
Anytime you can get carbs from a natural source rather than a chemical source you are healthier. Carbs from fruit and vegetables are the best options.

High Fat-
When you are making your protein choices pay attention to the fat and the type of fat. Unlimited sugary bacon and red meat is truly not the choice that is best for you on the low-carb eating plan. Smothering your low carb asparagus in butter isn’t a great option. Consider fat content.

Calories Count-
Although low-carb eating plans don’t tend to emphasize calories, they matter. Losing weight still requires that fewer calories go in and so fat resources are used for energy.

Have fun with your food choices and remember it’s an eating plan, not a diet. It is way to help you be healthier and make better food choices for you. Do it with your physician as your guide and you can’t go wrong.