Low carbohydrate diets, while effective, don’t come without sacrifice. Sinful foods such as cake, pasta, and even bread must be sworn off and replaced with vegetables, lean meats, and seafood. Although the first couple of weeks can be rough, once they pass, most people find that the low carb lifestyle is easy to maintain. If you’re embarking on or have already started this journey, below are secrets that can help you get through the introductory phase much more easily.
1. Arm Yourself with Snacks
Just because you’re on a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you can’t eat snacks. Some excellent options include:
– Cheese crisps
– String cheese
– Pepperoni, Salami, Lunch Meat
– Sugar-Free Gelatin
2. Expect Low Energy
The first couple of weeks on low carb is sometimes referred to as the “carb flu” because most people feel weak and fatigued. This is normal and can be survived more easily by minimizing exercise. Once your energy kicks back in, your normal exercise routine can resume.
3. Clean Your Pantry Ahead of Time
Your willpower for a new diet might be strong on that last “cheat day” when you’ve consumed a half of a large pizza and more ice cream than you’d like to admit. For times when your willpower is weak, keep those high carb items out of your kitchen. Out of sight, out of your mouth!
4. Get Creative with Recipes
There are thousands of creative ways to turn high carb foods into low carb. For example, instead of noodles for spaghetti, you can use a spiral vegetable slicer to make zucchini “noodles”. There are also tofu noodles that are extremely low in carbs and taste great with alfredo sauce. Atkins has some excellent ideas you’ll want to try.
5. Meal Prep
One drawback of this diet is the fact that you normally have to prepare every meal. For anyone who is busy or stuck on their couch binge-watching a new show, this can mean giving in to something quick. By meal prepping salads, grilled fish, baked chicken, and sauteed veggies at the beginning of the week, you can have a meal always ready to go.
Loving the Low Carb Lifestyle
Once you get through the most difficult phase of eating lower carbohydrates, you’ll likely find that it’s easy to maintain. Soon enough, reaching for healthier foods will become second nature and you’ll know which foods trigger your blood sugar to rise. Fortunately, this can also result in some incredible weight loss with increased energy, making it worth the lifestyle change.