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Simple tips for low-carb success
The following steps can help you keep on track long-term with a low- carb lifestyle:
-Clear out your cupboards, fridge and freezer before you start. Out of sight, out of mind is true with food. If others in the house want sugar and carbs, get your own cupboard and fridge shelf.
-Plan the first few days and have regular meals with good sources of protein such as meat, eggs and fish and fats such as olive oil. These should all help you not to feel hungry as they’re satiating.
-Keep busy. Plan your day and meals so you know what to expect. After a few weeks it will become a habit.
-See it as a lifestyle, not a ‘diet’. Diets are time-limited, but lifestyles are long-term.
-Try different recipes so the change to low-carb doesn’t seem a hardship.
-Focus on your motivation for following a low-carb lifestyle; weightloss, coming off medications, feeling more energetic etc.
-Remember how good you felt when you had a healthy lifestyle in the past.
-Get support from someone in the family or enlist a friend to join you on your journey — and share low-carb recipes with!
-Keep a record of improvements including weight and waist measurements, medication reductions as well as mood, energy and sleep quality.
-Start incorporating some exercise and other hobbies in your routine to replace food as a coping mechanism.
-Try not to snack in between meals. This raises your insulin levels which stops you from burning your own fat.
-Be careful about alcohol, even if it’s low sugar. It can cause cravings and hunger for the next couple of days. Make a drink an infrequent treat.