The Atkins diet attained peak fad status in 2004, and though it’s since been replaced by cool new ways of losing weight, it has had a lasting effect on how people see weight loss. Atkins advocated that dieters reduce their consumption of carbohydrates. But that can be harder than it sounds. Here are some easy ways to cut carbs from your diet without sacrificing all your favorite foodstuffs.
1. Lose the Juice- Fruit juice isn’t as healthy as people once thought. Cutting out fruit juice from your diet may eliminate a source of carbs you might not have even been watching out for.
2. If you can not resist eating pizza, opt for the thin crust variety rather than deep dish. You can still get your cheese and tomato sauce repair without ingesting as many carbohydrates.
3. But if you”think outside the bun,” you can still enjoy lots of the flavors you love, just low carb. The solution? Substitute lettuce wraps to the bun on your hamburger or the bread in your turkey sandwich. You will drastically lower the carb content and still have something to grip.
4. Substitute Your Spaghetti- A spiralizer is your kitchen invention you never knew you needed-and it is surprisingly cheap, with many going for under $30. This nifty gadget may transform squash, zucchini, and other low-carb veggies into spaghetti (or other shapes), making a fantastic substitute for that carb-heavy pasta you miss eating.
5. Replace Your Rice- Rice, like pasta, is a carb-heavy starch that is omnipresent in many cuisines. But you don’t need to give up on Chinese or Indian food entirely just because you’re counting carbs. Attempt subbing in riced cauliflower. It has got a similar feel and absorbency, and once it’s loaded up with curry or broccoli beef, you’ll barely notice a difference.
6. Switch Your Chips- Potato chips are one of these snacks that it’s really difficult to forego. If you are craving that crunch, try kale chips, which offer the identical snackability with fewer carbs and a host of other health benefits. You can even make your own by pitching chopped kale in olive oil, separating the leaves on a cooking sheet, and throwing them in the oven until they crisp up.
7. Go with Protein for Breakfast- Even healthy breakfast cereals like granola and oatmeal are high in carbohydrates. But if you begin your day with a protein, especially eggs, then you won’t get off on the wrong foot. Eating protein early in the day also kick-starts your digestive tract and helps you begin burning fat when you exercise.
8. Skip the Starch- While you want veggies to stay healthy on your low carb diet, you need to prevent the starchier varieties. Potatoes are a clear no-go, but are sweet potatoes, despite being healthy otherwise. Other secretly starchy veggies include peas, carrots, and corn. The next time you need a vegetable side or want to add something to a salad, reach for some bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus, or artichokes.
The paleo and keto diets both have a page out of Atkins’ book by indicating you cut back on carbohydrates. If you’re following both of these diets, or the many others that recommend a reduced carb intake, the suggestions above can help!