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Whether you are new to a low-carb diet plan or have been doing it for awhile, we all will encounter bumps on our weight-loss journey at some point. Here are 7 common low-carb diet plan pitfalls.
- Thinking that you just eat meat all day: While not all low-carb diet plans are exactly the same, most limits the amount of overall carbohydrates or focuses specifically on certain types of foods, such as cutting starches. Leafy greens are carbohydrates but are highly encouraged on any diet plan due to their low-carb quality and nutritious content. Plus, you need you make sure you are consuming enough fiber.2
- Giving up too quickly: One example of this is eating extremely minimal amounts of carbohydrates, suffering a carb-crash, and then deciding that a low-carb diet plan will not work for you. This tends to be an overreaction where making adjustments can usually alleviate the situation. There are almost always missteps when you start a new food regimen, so try different things to find what will work best for you before quitting altogether
- Eating too much: Most low-carb diet plans focus on counting the macronutrients versus counting the actual calories, but that does not mean that calories do not count at all. One of the pros of eating a high-protein, low carb meal is that your appetite will naturally decrease, and you can eat fewer calories without becoming hungry. If you continue to eat the same amount of calories as before, even if all the foods are low-carb, you will not be able to lose weight
- Failing to plan: Nothing will sabotage your weight-loss goal more quickly than realizing that you are hungry but that there are no easily accessible healthy options. This means that you will need to pack healthy meals and snacks in your house and work as well as for on-the-go to prevent yourself from running to the nearest vending machine or fast food drive-thru. Breaking old habits is hard, but the more often you practice your new healthy routine the sooner your habits will naturally become the healthier version
- Getting bored: Some of us have no problem eating the exact same things day in and day out. However, most of us enjoy variety. And, just because a meal is low-carb or healthy does not mean it cannot also be exciting. Check out some of the following recipes to add to your low-carb diet plan repertoire
- Ignoring food labels: Not all “low-carb” packaged foods are the same. Many “low-carb” meal replacements, bars, ice creams, and other foods may be labelled “sugar-free” but contain other forms of sugars in the ingredient list. So, take your time when grocery shopping and examine the packaging
- Letting carbohydrates sneak in: What you may experience is that you are eating low-carb, losing weight, and feeling great. So, you reward yourself with a treat, such as an ice cream, and the one ice cream did not throw you off track. You are still losing weight and feeling great, so you add a little extra sugar in your coffee one day and then a cookie for dessert the next day and then an entire “cheat” meal the day after that. And, then little by little, you start to crave carbohydrates and gain weight again. Do not let this happen to you by planning ahead for treats and keeping your meals exciting, so you will have no reason to veer off track from your low-carb diet plan.