By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster
How to cut back on carbsIt's a sad fact of life that not all carbs are created equal. There are good carbs (whole grains, certain veggies and fruits, legumes) and there are bad carbs (white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white rice.) The big difference between them is that bad carbs don't offer any real nutritional value and tend to be digested so quickly that they can cause our blood sugar to spike, leading weight gain and other health troubles
However, while good carbs are excellent for your overall health, it's a known fact that if you're looking to slim down, making some adjustments to your carb intake can be extremely effective. That's not to say you shouldn't ever eat a piece of fruit or a bowl of brown rice, but making smart swaps can result in weight loss and overall improved health. Below, we've mapped out 7 easy tips to cut carbs from your diet this year, and still be healthy and satisfied.
1. Commit to cutting out bread. Obvious, but incredibly effective when it comes to losing weight. Bread-even most mass-market whole wheat varieties-are packed with carbohydrates and refined sugars, so if you're looking to slim down by cutting carbs, commit to cutting it out. This means abstaining from the bread basket at restaurants, foregoing sandwiches at breakfast and lunch, and not snacking on things like crackers.The good news is that with a few simple swaps, you'll notice that eliminating bread will keep you fuller longer. If you eat a turkey and cheese sandwich on a crusty roll every day for lunch, try putting the protein over a bed of kale, lettuce, spinach, or any other green veggie you like instead. From there, add a splash of olive oil and some fresh pepper for flavor.
Breakfast can be a little more difficult, so try and pre-plan as best you can by making protein-heavy foods like hard-boiled eggs the night before, low-carb shakes, or, in a pinch, grabbing a Fage 0% yogurt, which has a somewhat inoffensive 7 carbs per container).
3. But know not all veggies are low in carbs. Certain vegetables should be avoided if you're looking to go low-carb. Examples include starchy or sweet-tasting veggies like peas, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
5. Watch what you drink. We probably don't need to tell you that most booze is packed with carbs and sugars, so it's best to take it easy while you're trying to slim down. If a cocktail or two is necessary during the weekend, stick to small amounts of clear alcohol like vodka and add plain club soda and a squeeze of lemon or some fresh cucumber. (Check out our comprehensive guide to healthy alcoholic drinks for more ideas!)
6. Commit to saying no to dessert and sugary snacks. Not that we all don't indulge now and again, but the fact remains that sugar is really, really bad for us. In order to do an effective carb cleanse, abstaining from desserts and sugary snacks is key. If you're looking for something sweet after dinner, try a hot cup of tea or a glass of iced green tea with a splash of almond milk-it'll quell any cravings.
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