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How to Do a Low Carb Diet

By Priya Hariharan

Diet plays an important role in losing weight and having a healthy lifestyle. Low-carb diets are popular, because it is a diet that lets you take off weight and keep it off. People often think that doing a low-carb diet is too tough because they will have to sacrifice pasta, bread and rice. Low-carb dieting, when done right, is an effective way to lose weight.

Start clean. Flush the toxins out of your body. Throw out the junk food in your pantry. Restrict your carbohydrate intake to 30 g for the first 2 weeks. Your plate should contain more vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and eggs.

Train your brain to eat right. Cravings make the diet harder. You may have carbohydrate withdrawal symptoms, such as headache and nausea. Exercise, watch television, read a book or listen to your favorite music to distract yourself.

Motivate yourself to get past this stage. Put a picture of yourself on the refrigerator to remind yourself about the extra pounds on your abdomen and hips. Join a low-carb group online. Or get a friend or your spouse to do a low-carb diet with you.

Get your body into ketosis by following the plan precisely. Ketosis is a state in which your body is functioning so efficiently, it starts to burn fat for energy. Now you can increase the carbohydrates by 10 g every week, and you will still see weight loss. Keep increasing your carbohydrate until you stabilize. This is the point at which you will neither lose nor gain weight.

Cook delicious and healthy low-carb meals. There are many low-carb products in the markets. Use soy flour or almond flour instead of refined flour. Carbquik is another low-carb product that can be used for baking. Shirataki noodles are low-carb noodles. Make spaghetti with zucchini and spaghetti squash. You can have pasta and bread and still lose weight.

Watch the types of fat you're allowing into your diet. Low-carb diets do not count calories, and they do allow fat. You can eat healthy fat such as nuts, olive oil, and natural peanut butter. But avoid saturated fat, or your weight loss will slow down or stall.

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