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Starting a Low-Carb Diet: 3 Things To Remember

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

 

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A lot of people are now embracing the low-carb lifestyle. And if you struggle to stay away from junk food and need to rein in your eating habits, low carb can be a struggle at the outset, because if you are used to eating huge amounts of carbohydrates, there is that adaptation phase. Let’s show you what you need to remember to start a successful low-carb diet.
 
Don't Go Cold Turkey Instantly

Low carb is classed as when you are consuming less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day. If you are used to consuming over 200 grams per day, this is a major shock to the system. Many people that go on a low-carb diet or the ketogenic diet find themselves experiencing a number of symptoms, also known as the keto flu or low-carb flu.

There are things you can do to mitigate this response by consuming more electrolytes and eating to feel fuller, but rather than completely dropping your carbohydrate intake, you've got to start choosing foods that trigger a lower glucose response. Rather than high GI fruits and vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and bananas, go for foods that have a low GI, such as grapefruit, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash.

In fact, squash can be a fantastic replacement for carbohydrates in meals, such as a replacement for spaghetti. If you want to learn how to cook spaghetti squash in an air fryer you can do so. When you start to gradually taper off your carbohydrates, it's going to be easier for you to stick it out.
 
Increasing Your Protein Intake

If you are going on a low-carb diet, you might think that you now have the license to eat all the meat you want. It's important to remember that if you increase your protein intake, it can potentially make you gain weight. However, it is important for you to increase your protein intake because it helps you feel fuller.

When you are increasing your protein intake, it has to be in relation to your goals. For example, for people who like to work out and build muscle, the goal is to consume approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. But most people can get by with just half this amount every day. Although if you are feeling hungry after your meal, focus on increasing your fats. You can eat fatty meats like pork, but you can also start adding more olive oil and fats to your diet, like in the ketogenic diet.
 
Don’t Go Too Low Too Soon

Many people have benefited from a low-carb diet. Many people have also taken it to the point where they are consuming only meats, such as the carnivore diet, but people don't fare well on a low-carb diet. And while you may experience the low-carb flu, you still may want to consume carbohydrates from healthy sources.

This is why you need to do it gradually and start by reducing the unhealthy carbs from your life first, such as sodas and sugars. If you're doing it for weight loss, this could be more than enough for you. Some people need carbohydrates because of the demands on their life. So before you completely remove carbs from your life, you've got to ask yourself what you are doing this for.







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  1. I have upped my portion intake and it has made a huge difference.

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