What's a Low Carb Diet Really Mean?
When I hear the words “low carb,” I think of “low sugar” or “few processed meals.” We could reduce our overall carb intake while eating more healthily if we all made an effort to eliminate chips, cookies, cakes, high corn syrup beverages, and candies. There’s no reason to stay away from meals that are cultivated and served as near to their natural condition as possible, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, or even pasta.
It’s not the pasta that makes us fat; it’s the creamy sauces, loaves of bread, sweets, and beverages that accompany our spaghetti. It’s not just one food or nutrient group; it’s the combination and quantity of foods. I want to scream when I hear someone say they eat bacon nonstop but refuse to eat a baked potato or a freshly peeled orange. I’m not a nutritionist (and even nutritionists disagree on this), but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that bacon isn’t a better option than an apple. It’s only natural to prioritize foods that grow in our soil above those that are processed (think apples over Apple Jack’s cereal).
Eat as many healthful, clean meals as you like for a decent fundamental diet. Healthy grains, rice, beans, salads, vegetables, fruits, and nuts should all be included (in moderation). When cooking, use nut and vegetable oils. Once in a while, cook at home. Stop downsizing. When fresh vegetables are available from your local farmers, purchase them. Buy as near to home as possible, and if feasible, walk to the store! What an idea.
Check the Serving Size on Processed Foods
Read the label if you want something pre-packaged. How many servings are stated on the label? If there are more than one, double the numbers by portions and divide by two if you know you’ll eat the whole thing or if you and your spouse will eat it all. I’ve seen candy bars labeled as serving 2.8 people! When was the last time you shared a candy bar with someone?
I encourage people to incorporate healthy eating into their daily routines rather than following diet regimens given by a book or program that tells them what they can and cannot eat. Even those who stick to the plan and lose significant amounts of weight eat something at some point “off-plan,” which leads to “well, I’m off that plan,” which leads to the mindset change, “Well, I’m off that plan.” It’s time to eat!” What effect did the encounter have on that person? Nothing, but they’ll definitely end up a little heavier than they started.
It’s far better to learn how to eat within your current lifestyle and form new habits that you can live with so that even if you overeat on Sunday (which you almost certainly will), you’ll be back to your normal habits and patterns on Monday. That’s how individuals who don’t have a weight problem eat anything they want — they just eat sensibly most of the time, with the occasional detour into unhealthy foods and quantities, rather than following an unhealthy diet and dieting like crazy to lose weight before a major event.
Have a treat if you want one, and no, it’s not a treat if you eat it every day. It’s a bad habit.
Start by Cutting Back Only 500 Calories
Calculate how many calories you need to maintain your weight by multiplying your body weight by 12 if you are sedentary (receive little or no movement on a regular basis). For instance, 200 x 12 Equals 2400. That means that even if you did nothing except sit on a chair all day, you’d still need 2400 calories to stay in shape! Start by reducing the number of calories needed to maintain your weight by 500 calories each day, thus our 200-pounder would be OK eating 1900 calories per day. Every day, I consume around 2200 calories (on weekends I eat more than on weekdays but it averages out to around 2200). I’m active and keep my weight at 135 pounds, which is ideal for my 5’7″ physique.
Start by reducing your calories by 500 calories, rather than attempting to keep to 1200 calorie eating plans that aren’t appropriate for a 10-year-old youngster. Remember that your activity raises your calorie needs, so if you get out of bed, you’ll probably require more calories than your base. Whether you prefer a low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie diet, or a combination of the three, simply begin to reduce what you’re eating now, make substitutions where possible, and create a healthier diet that fits your needs, then add more daily exercise and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goal in no time. Sit down after standing up in your chair. Get up and sit down. That is training. It may be as easy as that.
Yes, a low-carb diet may be appropriate for everyone. When it comes to eating less processed foods and more fresh fruits and veggies, we can all follow the low-carb approach.