Easy To Follow Weight Loss Diet Tips, Day 2
Did you start to plan out your eating after yesterday’s tip?
If not, don’t worry about it because it’s easy to start anytime.
Today, I’m continuing on with another easy to instill diet tip.
So let’s just jump right in shall we?
Today’s weight loss diet tip revolves around misunderstanding what “low carb” means.
Thanks to Dr. Atkins, and all those who have since followed him, “low carb” is a phrase that everyone seems to want to stick to when it comes to diet.
But what the heck does that mean?
Does it mean that you cut out all carbohydrates, regardless of their source?
Does it mean you cut out breads…white, wheat, whole-grain, rye, etc.?
Does it mean you eat nothing but fruits and vegetables?
Here’s my definition of low carb and what I mean when I tell someone they should stick to a low carb diet.
Low carbohydrate diets should be low in breads and pastas. It should include no processed carbohydrates like white breads, most pasta (it’s very tough to tell by color whether a pasta is “whole grain” or not), and white rice.
It also should include very little boxed, or packaged foods. Things like crackers, chips, cookies, 100 calorie snack packs, or whatever kind of food that gets put into a box.
Most, if not all, are loaded with processed grains with little to no nutritional value, as well as things like high fructose corn syrup, which despite their recent media blitz, is not good for you.
On a side note, many people misunderstand the term “processed” when it comes to carbohydrates and grains.
The over-simplified definition means that it starts out as raw wheat (or whatever source), then gets taken to a mill where it’s ground down and all the good stuff is taken out, like the fiber and most of the minerals and vitamins, leaving you with a very, very simple carbohydrate that is added to just about everything and that will make it very difficult to lose fat.
Low carb to me means that you get most of your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, as well as a few whole-grain sources (little processing involved).
These forms of carbohydrate are full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber, which means that they will not only help you lose weight, but are excellent for your health.
They are as close to natural as you can possibly get and man’s grubby little hands haven’t gotten a hold of them to alter them and strip all the good stuff out.
When it comes to going “low carb”, people fit into one of 2 categories.
Some people can go “all in”. Meaning they can just jump right in and eat more fruits, veggies and a minimal amount of whole-grains, while getting rid of the processed and refined stuff without too much trouble.
If you’re one of these people, you are to be envied because you make everyone else filled with hatred and envy at the ease with which you can “go healthy”.
The rest of us, and the overwhelming majority, need to gradually phase this type of diet in.
It’s very difficult for most people to go ‘cold turkey’ on most refined and processed grains because many of them are addicting, or they’re foods that are eaten as “comfort foods” and are appealing in times of stress…or joy.
It’s also difficult because most people’s digestive systems aren’t ready for all that fiber that’s found in fruits and veggies.
Don’t get me wrong, you NEED all that fiber, it’s just that your body’s not used to it, so you may have a few digestive problems.
So if you’re like most people, here’s what I recommend you do:
Gradually phase in more fruits and veggies and phase out the refined and processed junk.
Start off by replacing a refined food with a fruit and/or vegetable.
For instance, if you’re a bagel eater, replace that bagel with some apple slices and all natural peanut butter.
If you like sandwiches, replace those with a lettuce salad with chicken breast or turkey breast, slivered almonds, cucumbers, and broccoli with some light, or calorie-free dressing.
If you’re addicted to things like chips, cookies or ice cream…THROW THEM OUT!
Get rid of the temptation altogether. If you’re one of those people who has some of those junk foods on a daily basis, you NEED to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
If you want to have them as a reward or cheat meal once or twice a week, that’s fine, but don’t have whole cartons, bags or boxes of them in the house. Make it difficult. Make it so you have to go out to get them.
If you have them in the house, it makes it that much harder to resist when the temptation strikes…and it will strike.
That’s it for today. Hopefully over the last couple of days, you’ve made some great, fat fighting changes and will build on them so you actually stick with your weight loss resolution this year.
Be sure to watch out tomorrow where I cover one of the most overlooked and misunderstood diet “tricks” around. (I even catch some of my most knowledgeable clients doing this one, including doctors!)
Until then, have a great day!
Ed Scow, The Fit Dad
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