Five Steps To Do Before Starting a Low Carb Diet

November 12, 2012

Five Steps To Do Before Starting a Low Carb Diet

Modern people eat too many carbohydrates or carbs. In order to help burn fat and lose weight, many modern diet plans are based on eating a greatly limited amount of carbs. Many celebrities and best-selling books tout the benefits of these diets. But you can’t just crack open a book and start. You need to plan ahead by doing these five tips: Step One: Talk to Your Doctor Everyone is different and has different health needs. You may think a low carb diet will be great because it worked for your friends, but your friends have different medical needs than you do. Some conditions like chronic migraines or diabetes require eating regularly every day. Women need to be sure that they are not pregnant or a sudden diet may harm the baby. Your doctor will also be able to help you set a healthy ideal body weight. Step Two: Begin Making Food Substitutions Going on a low carb diet can be a shock to your system. Start getting your body adjusted slowly by substituting healthy foods for junk food. This can be done while you perform Step Three and Step Four. Substitute crunchy fresh vegetables for crisps or tortilla chips. Substitute spaghetti squash or shirataki noodles instead of pasta. Eat bread that hasn’t been made from wheat flour. Substitute mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes. Many low-carb diets will allow some types of beans or legumes. Many people prefer the taste of black soybeans to green. Buying dried beans, soaking them and cooking them yourself will not only save money but will spare you the additional carbohydrates in canned beans.

Step Three: Research, Research, Research Mot all low carb diets are alike. Some diets are far more flexible than others. Some diets, like the Atkins diet, cannot be used by vegans or vegetarians. Some diets, like the South Beach Diet, last only for a few weeks. Some diets will insist on herbal supplements or colon cleansing and some will not. Check out websites and dieting books from your local library. Get ready to spend some days reading. When you compare low-carb diets, be sure to find out answers to the following questions:

  • How long does the diet last?

  • What can I eat?

  • What can’t I eat?

  • What can I drink?

  • What can’t I drink?

  • Do you have to follow a particular exercise regimen?

  • Do I need to purchase extra items such as herbs, vitamins, online club memberships or colon cleansing products?

Step Four: Plan Meals For the First Seven Days

Write out your food for the first week so that you can see what you are getting yourself into. It also saves a lot of stress about which foods are allowed and which are not. Plan for meals, two snacks and make a short list of allowable beverages. Most low carb diet plan books or online resources will not only list out allowable foods, but also offer tasty meal recipes.

If you chose a low carb diet that suggests vitamins, supplements or colon cleansing powders, write down when these products need to be taken. Some products may need to be taken with your meals.

Step Five: Find Support

It’s much easier to diet when you have a friend or family member to share the experience with. Ask anyone living with you to not eat foods you are not allowed to eat right in front of you. You can also search for online diet support groups for advice. Never snack while on the computer, even if the snacks are allowed on your low carb diet.


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