Whether you’re sitting at home looking at disabled dating sites, scouring the fridge for something to eat or lying in front of the TV endlessly switching between channels, you might have realized that you’ve gained a couple pounds in the last couple of months. Don’t panic! It’s completely normal to have a few extra pounds when you don’t do a lot of exercise. However, there are some health risks that come with gaining weight, so you might want to control the process.
To lose those pesky pounds, the easiest (and the least physically straining) option is to limit the number of carbs you take in every day. Here are a few pointers to help you adjust to a low-carb diet.
#1 No More Sugary Drinks
Sugary drinks are packed with carbs which come directly from a large amount of sugar contained in these beverages. Added sugar can cause many major health issues such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and insulin resistance. So, in order to avoid risky situations, swap your soda for a glass of water, sugarless lemonade or iced tea. If you’re not satisfied with the taste, try adding some lemon to your water or iced tea.
#2 Say No to Bread
Bread is one of the staple foods that’s used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner around the world. It’s cheap and it fills you up, leaving you feeling satiated and happy. But for what cost?
Bread is full of carbohydrates that can cause you to gain weight and develop certain health conditions. White bread is the most dangerous of them all because it has a lot of carbs but almost no fiber. ‘Healthy’ breads like the one made of rye are a little lower in carbs and higher in fiber, but still not allowed when you’re trying to restrict your carbs.
#3 Don’t Fool yourself with Juice
Don’t be fooled by the commercials saying how healthy it is to start the day with a glass of orange juice. If you want to lose weight, juices are off the menu. They contain a high level of sugar, which directly translates into carbs, just like with sodas. Eating a fruit raw is fine because the carbs are counteracted by the fibers that the fruit contains. However, when the fruit is in juice form, the fibers are lost and all that’s left is carbs.