Simple Little Tips for Cutting Carbs
By Genevieve Cunningham
We're often led to believe that carbs are the enemy. There are so many diets and meal plans that focus on eating as few carbs as possible -- hence the popular ketogenic diet as of late. But the truth is that you don't have to cut all carbs from your diet. Having a few carbohydrates in your diet can actually be good for you. The key is to cut just a few, and then readjust when you're ready. But how? How do we cut just a few carbs from our diets without going overboard? It's easy! If you need to cut some carbs from your normal diet, take a look at these simple tips to get you moving in the right direction.
Look at Your Side Dishes
We often eat a lot of carbs in our side dishes. Our main dish -- which often consists of meat -- isn't necessarily carb-heavy. But our side dishes often consist of things such as potatoes or bread or starchy veggies. If you want to cut carbs, look no further than these little options. Choose a leafy green or a healthy veggie or another low carb option. You won't have to alter your menu too much, but you'll still get the benefit of cutting back on overall carbohydrates in your life.
Eliminate Bread from One Meal
Bread is a staple item for many. We might have toast with breakfast, a sandwich at lunch, and garlic bread at dinner. But bread is packed with carbohydrates! If you want to cut just a few from your menu, cut bread out of just one meal. Skip the toast or go with a salad at lunch. You may be surprised at how easy it is to cut it out, and even more surprised at how fewer calories this means consuming on a daily basis.
Pay Attention to What You Drink
Certain kinds of drinks -- basically anything with sugar -- contains carbs. And do you really want to drink your carbs? Of course not! Choose water as much as you can. This has no carbs, no calories, and no disadvantages. If you can't seem to go with water, choose drinks that are sugar-free to cut back on the overall carbs you consume in a day.
Carbs aren't the enemy. We need carbs in our diets. But it's a smart idea to keep carbohydrate consumption under control. Use these tips to cut back slowly, and you may see some big benefits come to your health and life in no time at all.
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