Lo Carb Diet Tips
This is a pretty good list of lo carb diet tips from Scot Standke. We would all do well to follow this advice completely, but following most of it should prove beneficial as well.
Sensible Lo Carb Diet Tips
by Scot Standke
Start your diet with a food diary, record everything
you eat, what you were doing at the time, and how you
felt. That tells you about yourself, your temptation,
the emotional states that encourage you to snack and may
help you lose once you see how much you eat. For a great
piece of Diet Tracking Software, please check out
Instead of eating the forbidden piece of candy, brush
your teeth. If you're about to cheat, allow yourself a
treat, but make sure it's a low carb treat. Literally
hundreds can be found in your copy of 1001+ Low Carb
When hunger hits, wait 10 minutes before eating and see
if it passes. Set attainable goals.
Don't say, "I want to lose 50 pounds." Say, "I want to
lose 5 pounds a month." Get enough sleep but not too
much. Try to avoid sugar at all costs. Highly
sweetened foods tend to make you crave more. When
baking, use Splenda, a great tasting sugar substitute
that can be found, along with about any other low carb
snack, treat and item at Synergy.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Water
itself helps cut down on water retention because it
acts as a diuretic. Taken before meals, it dulls
the appetite by giving you that "full feeling." Diet
with a buddy. Support groups are important, and caring
people can help one another succeed. Start your own,
even with just one other person.
Substitute activity for eating. When the cravings hit,
go to the "Y" or health club if possible; or dust, or
walk around the block. This is especially helpful if
you eat out of anger.
If the pie on the counter is just too great a temptation
and you don't want to throw it away, freeze it. If
you're a late-night eater, have a low carb snack, such
as some pork rinds or a few cheese curds, before bedtime
to cut down on cravings.
Keep a glass of water by your bed to quiet the hunger
pangs that wake you up.
If you use food as a reward, establish a new reward
system. Buy yourself a non-edible reward. Write down
everything you eat - - everything - including what you
taste when you cook. If you monitor what you eat, you
can't go off your diet. Again, the easiest way I have
found to track my eating habits and records is with
Weigh yourself once a week at the same time. Your
weight fluctuates constantly and you can weigh more at
night than you did in the morning, a downer if you
stuck to your diet all day. Make dining an event.
Eat from your own special plate, on your own special
placemat, and borrow the Japanese art of food arranging
to make your meal, no matter how normal, look lovely.
This is a trick that helps chronic over-eaters and
bingers pay attention to their food instead of
consuming it unconsciously.
Don't shop when you're hungry. You'll only buy more
high carb inpulse food. Avoid finger foods that are
easy to eat in large amounts. Avoid consuming large
quantities of coffee & diet sodas, which are so easy to
overdo. And this includes alcoholic beverages.
Keep plenty of crunchy foods like raw radishes,
cauliflower & brocollli on hand. They're low in
carbs, and are very satisfying and filling. Leave
something on your plate, even if you are a charter
member of the Clean The Plate Club. It's a good
sign that you can stop eating when you want to, not
just when your plate is empty.
Lose weight for yourself, not to please your husband,
your parents or your friends. Make the kitchen
off-limits at any time other than mealtime. Always
eat at the table, never in front of the TV set or
with the radio on. Concentrate on eating every
mouthful slowly and savoring each morsel. Chew
everything from 10 to 20 times and count! Never
skip meals. This is perhaps the most important low
carb diet tip at all. If you skip a meal, it signals
to your body that it may need to store fat in case
the meal does not come soon. You can actually lose
more weight by eating each low carb meal in the day
rather than skipping one, believe it or not.
If you are just beginning the low carb diet, limit
your carb intake to the suggested rate of 20 grams
a day or less over the first two weeks. After only a
few days of doing this, your appetite will decrease
I hope you find this article helpful in your low carb
lifestyle. If you have not done so already, please
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Again, this list of lo carb diet tips should help in your journey along the low carb way. It can serve as a troubleshooting guide, too. If you get stuck, maybe you're violating one of the rules of lo carb diets!
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