If you have been reading the tons of information on our page, as well as other websites, you might have been thinking that you would love to try a low carb diet, but… something keeps holding you back.
Changing how we eat can seem like a daunting task. Especially when so many of our meals in today’s world include carbs and processed foods.
The great news here is that you don't have to flip a switch one day and go cold turkey. You can start by making little changes every week. Before you know it, you’re eating low carb and it feels like the most natural thing in the world.
Don't be afraid to set a starting date! This will help to ease pressure and builds up excitement as you start thinking about how good you are going to look in a few weeks!
Getting started, however, is always the hardest part, so let's make things easier by taking little steps. To really get started, let's take a look at snacks. Chances are pretty good that you have snacks like cookies, crackers, Pop Tarts, granola, potato or corn chips, maybe even cake or ice cream.
Snacks are going to be the first thing you want to change.
Start by stocking up on healthy, low carb snacks such as beef or turkey jerky (check the sugar content on the package) Epic brand makes very low sugar jerky. Nuts are another good choice, as well as nut butters, but NOT peanut butter. String cheese or hard cheeses, avocados, celery, a bag of mixed frozen berries or blueberries, eggs, and some low carb yogurt.
These should help you make a variety of snacks that will help to get you started, as well as helping you cut back on sugar cravings.
Now that you have snacks under control, let’s start with breakfast. Some of the best choices for breakfast include menus like:
There are hundreds of other recipes that you can find online to help you choose the options that work best for you.
Lunch can be difficult if you are accustomed to fast food or sandwiches, but lunch is really only as complicated as you make it. Even if you like eating out for lunch, you still have plenty of options.
Again, it takes a little practice to get the hang of eating low carb. Don't beat yourself up if you eat a few slices of pizza one day because of an office party. Just go back to eating low carb your next meal.
If you want your weight loss efforts to be even more effective, there is nothing like making your own lunches and prepping your future meals. Once you know you have food practically ready to eat, it makes you far less likely to cheat, which will not only save you some serious money, but will boost your weight loss efforts two fold!
By now, you are getting the hang of it! Dinner might take a bit of planning, but once you get used to buying and cooking in bulk (don't forget that crock pot!) You will find it becomes second nature.
Consider doubling your batches and taking leftovers for lunch or freezing half and using it on a day when you are super busy and tempted to call for takeout. While there are thousands of recipes online, the following is a list to help get you started:
What is life if you can’t celebrate with a tasty dessert? You don’t need to go for those carbohydrate and sugar laden treats, however. Get creative and check out some of the best low carb desserts on the planet (you can find recipes online):
There are lower carb dessert recipes online than you can shake a smoothie at.
Let's not forget beverages. Unfortunately, many beverages are laden with sugar or sugar-enhanced fruit. So let’s take a look at some low carb or no carb drinks:
Again, the internet is simply overflowing with creative, low carb and no carb recipes so you can enjoy tasty drinks without the sugar and carbs.
If we had to make a king of vegetables, cauliflower would be our choice. It’s versatile and very low in carbs. In fact, cauliflower gets only about 5% of its energy from carbohydrates! Even those on ketogenic diets can freely enjoy cauliflower!
Cauliflower Fried Rice
What makes cauliflower so popular is that it has a very similar texture to potatoes, but without all the carbs. With more vitamin C than an orange, there are tons of reasons to eat more cauliflower!
If you've been doing low carb for a while you've probably heard about cauliflower rice and cauliflower mash, but how about cauliflower pizza, hash browns and lasagna?
Since cauliflower is flavour neutral, you can spice it up any way you like and come up with interesting new ideas! For example, cauliflower can be steamed and pureed with some butter or blue cheese to make a creamy, exciting alternative to mashed potatoes. You can also grate it into "rice" and sauté it with olive oil and/or other veggies to make low-carb "fried rice."
Spices and sauces, such as Slap Ya Mama or Louisiana Hot Sauce, flavored salt, Tabasco sauce, black and red pepper, flavored vinegars and mustards, can turn a boring meal into a mouthwatering bombshell!
Don’t forget check the ingredients before using for hidden sugars or unwanted carbs.
To make things easier, we are making a short and to the point list of things you can eat and things you can’t on a low carb diet. Keep this list handy!
Eat Lots of:
There is no denying that low carb diets are the most effective eating plan for losing and maintaining weight. The hard part is getting started, but you can do it with a bit of preparation and planning.