The low carbohydrate diet is one of the easiest diets to follow. It is a diet that you can sustain, because there is so much that you can still eat. To make it clear to you, I have made 9 guidelines that are wise to follow if you want to lose weight with a low carbohydrate diet. The guidelines are straightforward and easy for everyone to understand and follow.
Guideline 1: No cereals (bread, pasta, rice)
Grains are packed with carbohydrates. If you regularly eat bread, pasta and / or rice you get too many carbohydrates. These carbohydrates ensure that you cannot lose weight because they block your fat burning.
And as you have seen above, there is enough left over what you can still eat. And you can make delicious meals out of it.
Guideline 2: No sugar-rich products
There are different types of carbohydrates, but sugar is the worst of them all. Therefore, remove all sugar-rich products from your kitchen cupboards. It is sometimes very tempting to have a snack or to eat a sweet snack. By not having these products at home you reduce the chance of a ‘slipper’.
And also realize that often sugar has been added to processed foods such as pasta sauces and ready-made snacks. Read the label carefully and pay particular attention to the amount of sugars in the product.
Guideline 3: No potatoes and potato starch
Potatoes contain potato starch and that too is a carbohydrate that stands in the way of your fat burning. No potatoes or potato starch fit in a low-carbohydrate diet.
Did you know that potato starch is added to many food products as a binder? For example, it is in biscuits and in all sauces and soups from packets and bags. So watch out with those products.
Guideline 4: Sufficiently good fats
For a long time it was wrongly assumed that eating fat makes you fat. Most dietary fats, on the other hand, are a very good source of energy and ensure a long-lasting feeling of satiety. Moreover, some fats are essential building blocks for our body.
As a rule of thumb you can maintain that natural fats are healthy and processed fats (as you will find in many ready-made products) are unhealthy.
Guideline 5: Also eat enough protein
As an energy source, proteins also provide a long saturated feeling. So if you eat enough protein, you will not be hungry. In a low-carbohydrate diet, approximately 20 to 40% of your daily diet consists of proteins.
Get your proteins mainly from fish, meat, egg, poultry, the permitted dairy, nuts, seeds, seeds and, occasionally, legumes or another meat substitute. Avoid protein shakes or protein bars (excluding organic hemp protein powder without flavor).
Guideline 6: Eat all types of vegetables
If you want to lose weight quickly and efficiently, it is important that you eat a healthy diet. Vegetables and (a little) fruit are the basis of a healthy diet. Vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and fruit is the candy of a healthy eater.
You are advised to regularly eat different colors of vegetables. The color of the vegetable is an indication of the nutrients it contains. By eating vegetables of different colors, you get a variety of nutrients.
Guideline 7: Avoid processed food products
Most foods made in a factory contain extra carbohydrates, especially sugar. So avoid processed food products as much as possible.
This also applies to light products. The sweeteners that replace sugar in such prodructs are often even worse for your health.
Guideline 8: Drink the right drinks
Avoid soft drinks as much as possible because it contains a lot of sugar. Also try to avoid alcohol. Most alcoholic beverages are full of carbohydrates. Drink more water. Water purifies the body and reduces the feeling of hunger.
Tea, vegetable juice and occasional coffee are also permitted.
Guideline 9: Prepare your meals
It will take some getting used to getting started with other foods. You are going to break a diet that you have been used to for years.
To speed up this process, it is wise to prepare your meals well. If you take the time to prepare everything calmly, you will learn even faster and you will get results sooner.