Need help cutting down on carbs?
Your body craves them so make it a gradual process replacing bad carbs with healthier options can make it easier than cold turkey. Carbohydrates are used by the body to make glucose which gives you energy. Your body will use carbs before it burns fat so limiting your bad/simple carbohydrate intake will allow your body to burn fat instead of storing it. We tend to overindulge in bad foods that are high in carbs like added sugar because they are cheap, tasty and filling.
Cutting Down On Carbohydrates!
Let me start by saying I LOVE CARBS, fresh bread and pasta are my weakness! My plate used to be 1/4 to 1/2 carbohydrates whether that was pasta, rice or potatoes (sidekicks were a daily well, side kick to my dinner). I was on the beginning of my health kick and was working out and wanted to eat healthier so I started to cut back on the heavy, starchy carbohydrates at dinner time. The difference this made in my body composition was amazing, I didn't even realize until I looked at an old picture. My weight didn't change a lot but between cutting out carbs at night and exercising my body has completely transformed and leaned out! Now my plate is 1/2-3/4 veggies and trust me it's filling. For ideas on how to get started at the gym click here.
Cold turkey doesn't work for a lot of people, these gradual changes worked for me and will get you healthier and a lot leaner!
- Switched out pasta for brown rice and the occasional whole wheat pasta (flavoured brown rice with beef or chicken bullion as I didn't like it plain)
- Switched out potatoes for healthier veggies (carrots, peppers, spinach, etc. taste the rainbow!)
- Switched out crackers and chips for rice crackers, flavoured rice cakes and crispy minis, snapea crisps, trail mix, etc.
- Switched out some bread for wraps or an open faced sandwich
- Switched out rice for more veggies for dinner (half a plate of veggies)
- Zoodles are a great pasta substitute, zuchini noodles.
- Now I only have carbs with dinner a couple times a week, other than that it's protein/meat and veggies.
- I get my carbs earlier in the day so my body has time to use them. Wholewheat complex carbs.
- Read the label!
- If it's not in the cupboard you wont eat it! Just avoid the junk food isle.
- Don't eat carbs late at night, it's better to get them during the day when you'll burn them off.
- Juice and pop are big on sugar (and diet with aspartame is no good either)
- Have a cheat day/meal, but don't over do it. If you're going to have pizza make it thin crust. Have a wrap instead of a sub.
- Everything in moderation, it's okay to have a treat, just not the whole box or bag.
- Instead of multiple times a week I now have pasta maybe once a month.
- Don't deprive yourself of a small treat if you are going to obsess over it. If I have a craving I'll just go get a donut, or a couple of timbits (for Americans a timbit is basically a donut hole) or a single cookie and get the craving out of the way, but I wont buy a whole box.
- Cheat days are okay, just not everyday. On my cheat days or unplanned cheat meals I use this little gem to block the fat and carbs from a bad meal.
I've never been a calorie counter and have no idea what I intake for calories, but if you're in the aisle comparing prices read the label and compare sugar, sodium and calories as well and pick the best option.