Low Carb Dieting, The Smart Way

If you’ve been reading up on some of the diet literature that circulates around right now, you have without a doubt heart of the low carb diet (among other ridiculous diets), or even followed the famed Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Abs Diet, etc.  Low carb diets have become a way of life for some people as they claim that this is the only way to lose fat successfully.

But, is low carb dieting right for you? If you don’t low carb diet properly, chances are high that you’ll feel drained of energy, have lackluster workouts, and be miserable all the time.

Let’s just take a minute to go over some of critical things that you should keep in mind to ensure that you do low carb diets correctly, so that you don’t face these problems.

Add Plenty Of Vegetables And Some Fruits 

For starters, if you’re about to get launch into a low carb diet, make sure that you’re eating plenty of vegetables on the plan.  These are naturally low in carbs to begin with that there really isn’t any negative consequences of adding them to your diet plan.  If anything, they’ll help fill you up, provide important antioxidants and vitamins, and help to provide essential fiber as well.

My recommendation, plan to cover about 50% off your plate, with vegetables.  Go for the root vegetables, sweet potatoes, peppers, kale, spinach, etc.  The more colorful the better.

Make Sure To Eat Sufficient Healthy Fats 

A big ol’ mistake that I see some people make who adopt the low carb diet plan, is also coupling it with a low fat plan.  BAD IDEA!!!  When they do this, all they’re left eating is protein.

Protein will not serve as an optimal source of energy in the diet, so it’s important that you do eat either carbs or fats or your energy levels will plummet.

If carbs go down, fats must come up.  There has to be balance between these two nutrients.

Don’t Load Up On High Saturated Fat Rich Foods 

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but another low-carb-diet-no-no is loading up on too many foods that are high in saturated fats.  Keep it lower and focus on unsaturated and monounsaturated foods instead.  Examples include:  olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut butter, avocados, seeds & nuts.  These are the ones that will serve you well in the long run – if enjoyed in moderation.

Drink More Water 

Going low-carb can tend to cause one to get easily dehydrated.   As such, it’s essential that you increase your fluid intake when first implementing them into your lifestyle.  At this point you will be at a much higher risk of dehydration, so having the carbs in there can help to offset this.

Aim for at least 64 oz to 100 oz of water a day, if not more.

There you have it, a few critical things to note about using a low carb diet safely and smartly.  Remember, don’t expect miracles overnight.  If you are using this approach as a new diet plan, have PATIENCE, like anything, it can take up to two weeks for the body to adapt to the reduced carb intake.

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