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7 Secrets To Cutting Carbs—and Staying Sane

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  • 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).

  • 2. Swap some fruit for veggies.
    We’re not saying fruit isn’t good you, it is. But there are also lots of natural sugars present, so if you’re really trying to cut back on your carb intake, replace fruits like bananas, apples, grapes, and pears with sliced cucumber, crunchy celery, or raw peppers.

    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.

  • 4. Mind your condiments.
    You might not realize it, but common condiments such as ketchup and barbecue sauce have a fair amount of carbs thanks to their sugar content. (there’s around 7 grams in a mere tablespoon of barbecue sauce.) Instead, start doctoring up your food with things that add amazing flavor and are also super-low in carbs like mustard, tons of fresh spices, flavored vinegar, or fresh lemon juice and pepper.

  • 5. Watch what u drink.
    We probably don’t need to tell u that most booze is packed with carbs & sugars, so it’s best to take it easy while u’re trying to slim down. If a cocktail or two is necessary during the weekend, stick to small amounts of clear alcohol like vodka & add plain club soda & a squeeze of lemon or some fresh cucumber. (Check out our comprehensive guide to healthy alcoholic drinks for more ideas!)
    It’s also key to stay away from sugar-packed non-alcoholic drinks like sports beverages, lemonade, iced tea, and—of course—soda. Your best bet? Drink as much water as you can.

  • 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.

  • 7. Ask for things to be prepared your way.
    If you’re out to dinner, don’t be afraid to ask your waiter or waitress to prepare foods exactly how you want them. For example, ask them to double up on veggies instead of potatoes, to prepare that fish without the breadcrumbs, or to place the sauce on the side. If you’re proactive, you’ll find eating out isn’t as difficult as you’d think it is while watching your carb intake.


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