With the abundance of information out there regarding living a low carb lifestyle many people are confused as to what a low carb lifestyle really means. Let’s demystify low carb living. Once you are clear what a low carb lifestyle is, I think you will find a low carb lifestyle not only makes sense, but also is easy to apply to your way of life and lead you toward a healthier body.
People confuse low carb and think it to mean no carbs. This is not true. No carbs would mean only protein and fats. Eating only protein and fats is fine in a short duration. No carbs for a short period of time can help a body rid itself of excess fat quickly and can help us conquer cravings for sugar.
Low carb is simply means enjoying foods that are more water based versus starch based. An example of these foods would be lettuce, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers, mushrooms, and peppers. Starch based foods higher in carbs would be bananas, potatoes, corn, and peas. Flour, especially white flour and products made with white flour such as pasta, and breads, and baked goods have a high glycemic index meaning these are high starch high sugar craving type foods.
A typical healthy carb diet would include good sources of proteins such as beef, chicken, fish, and pork, and eggs. It would also include healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts and seeds. Excellent healthful carbs are your body’s friend not a fiend to your body. These foods include vegetables minus starchy vegetables and fruits minus starchy fruits.
As you can see dairy, except for whipped cream and butter and carb free cheeses, are low in carbs. Milk contains lactose. Any food that contains an ingredient that ends with tose such as fructose, lactose, and any other tose, should be avoided. The tose ending is equivalent to sugar.
There are many food items that may seem harmless and devoid of sugar. Read labels carefully. Salad dressings, ketchup, and barbeque sauces are loaded with sugar. Again learn to read labels for carbohydrate content and the ingredients for sugar content. High fructose corn syrup is in many products.
Educate yourself well. It will change your life. The lower your carb intake is the more weight will come off, especially body fat. You will find your lab work from your doctor will improve.
Living a low carb lifestyle does not mean you have to give up everything goodie you love. For myself, I would. One taste of something sweet I would begin to have crazy cravings for sweets. Aaron has got it right. He does low low carb all week and then has small indulgences on the weekend. He has been able to maintain his weight loss, completely control his diabetes, and keep his body fat in the numbers of professional athletes. We should all be so sleek and successful, and we can be.
We can change our lives. There are many tools available to help us succeed. The Internet is filled with low carb recipes and low carb counters. Information is at our fingertips. All we have to do is commit to changing, do the homework, and put our new ammunition to health in good use.
This is a brand new year. Let this year be the year where we stop talking about succeeding, and let’s actually succeed. Again, I say this to you as much as I say it for me! Let’s get skinny!
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.