More people are carb conscious due to the popularity of the Atkins diet and South Beach. Many people blame their weight problems on carbohydrates. Not all carbohydrates are bad for you, though. Good carbs do exist. After all, there is a reason athletes load up on carbohydrates before an event. Good carbs are an excellent source of energy. It is not healthy to cut all carbohydrates out of your diet, despite what the Atkins books say. Eating a low carb diet, concentrating on getting good carbs, is a much healthier option. The following tips will help you do just that.
Opt for foods that have a vegetable base. Vegetables don’t have that many carbs. This is especially good advice when you go out to eat. Select your side dishes that are vegetable based. A lot of side dishes have a high amount of calories and are covered with foods rich in carbs. For instance, steamed veggies are a perfect selection for a side dish. They are also good snacks. One of the most difficult aspects of eating a low carb diet is picking good snacks. Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower all make great and carb free snacks. If there are any carbs found in these vegetables, then the levels are extremely low.
Another thing you can do to cut carbs is to use coconut flour. You can use the flour made from coconuts in place of both white and wheat flour and it is low in carbs. You can still enjoy baked goods, pancakes, and other baked goods that use flour this way. You can’t use refined flour if you’re following a low carb diet. Coconut flour is a great substitute for that. Another bonus is coconut is a nutrient rich food. Coconut water is a popular health drink. So, coconut flour is a great way to eat regular breakfasts and other meals without having to worry about eating lots of carbs.
Order only roasted instead of fried foods on restaurant menues. You’ll probably find that roasted veggies are a great side to any dish. Roasted potatoes, for example, are a great alternative to French fries. Cut carbs from bread by replacing it with salad. You can choose veggie main dish, and order meat as an appetizer or side dish. When eating out it is possible to cut the carbs. Just pay attention to what you are ordering.
Eating a low carb diet can be easily done in a variety of ways. It doesn’t need to be about eliminating foods from your diet.
Usually it is about finding low carb substitutions for the high carb stand-bys that you are used to. As you continue researching low carb diets, you may be surprised to find that they are actually fairly easy to follow. You will find that it is exactly like eating a well balanced diet.