Weight loss management can be tricky for many people—but switching to a low-carb diet can make it a lot easier over time and help you achieve long lasting results. It’s a bit of a lifestyle change, but once you make it, you’ll feel better, lighter and the number on the scale will be lower.
Switching to a low-carbohydrate diet doesn’t just mean trading your pasta in for a steak or giving up bread. There’s much more to it than that, which is why nutrition counseling can be very helpful in making the transition. Here are some tips that are easy to implement and will help make the transition as seamless as possible.
Read labels. Now is the time to familiarize yourself with food labels so you can monitor how many grams of carbohydrates are in what you’re eating. Carefully read all labels of what you buy in the grocery store!
Stock up on low-carb items. Fill your refrigerator and pantry and fridge with fresh whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, salmon, tuna, shellfish, lean grass-fed meats, poultry and healthy snacks such as low-fat Greek yogurt, low-carb protein bars, and nuts and seeds including almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios and sunflower seeds.
Choose produce wisely. Our nutrition counseling experts recommend choosing fruits and vegetables with a low glycemic index to help regulate your blood sugar and stave off the cravings causes by blood sugar spikes and crashes. Some excellent options include apples, cherries, pears, apricots, grapefruit, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, lettuce, kale, mushrooms, onions, plums, strawberries, sweet peppers and zucchini.
Eliminate sodas and sugary drinks. Whenever you’re thirsty, reach for a glass of water, tea or seltzer water with lemon. Completely avoid soda, sports drinks, sugar-laden juices and waters, as they are packed with low-quality carbohydrates.
Plan for dining out. Even when weight loss management is your goal, you can still eat at restaurants. When you have a choice, opt for a restaurant that serves seafood, since you’re bound to find something that works with a low carb diet. Then plan the day around the upcoming meal, meaning go light on carbs for breakfast and lunch, and snack on fiber-rich fruits and veggies throughout the day. If you can, browse the menu online in advance so you can find the healthiest option on the menu.