How to Say Goodbye to Carbs

By Genevieve Cunningham

Oh, carbs. We all have such a love-hate relationship with these delicious foods. They’re so satisfying to eat, and yet we’re advised against eating too many. We’re bombarded with advice to stay away from carbs if we want to have a fit and healthy body. But actually avoiding them is most definitely easier said than done. If you’re ready to give up carbs in your life (or at least make an attempt!), check out these tips for cutting back and getting your diet under control.

Find a Healthy Replacement

Sometimes finding a replacement for your favorites can make a big difference. Instead of just cutting them out, figure out something that will take its place. If you love rice, try replacing it with quinoa, which has a similar feel and texture. If you love potatoes, try switching to sweet potatoes. Quitting cold turkey is tough, but finding a tolerable substitute can make life (and lunch!) much easier.

Slash Your Portions

Another great way to quit carbs is to wean yourself off. You can do this by cutting your portions in half. This way, you’re not depriving yourself, but you’re teaching your body some self control. Once you’ve mastered smaller portions, you can cut your portion size again until you’re eating the proper number of carbs for your body size every day.

Clean Your Cabinets

When you’re trying to give up a certain food, one of the best things that you can do is to simply clean it completely out of your home. If it's there staring you in the face every day, you're much more likely to give into temptation. Decide which carbs are the worst for you, and throw them out! Don’t add them to the grocery list, and even avoid that section of the store if you need to. Once you break the carb addiction, it’ll be easier to introduce a few carbs into your diet again. But cleaning out the worst offenders may get you through the toughest part of the job.

We’re supposed to have some carbs in our life and in our regular menu, but it’s true that too many can cause poor health and excess weight. Use these tips to get a handle on your carb habits and to improve your diet. Before you know it, you’ll have kicked the carbs to the curb, lost a few pounds, and you’ll feel better than you have in years.

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