How to Reduce Carbs and Make Better Food Choices

All carbs aren’t necessarily bad for you. In fact, they provide lots of energy for you to get through your day. When you want to start seeing faster weight loss results, it’s helpful to reduce carbs and make better food choices.

When you reduce carbs, you don’t feel deprived because you can still eat many of your favorite foods. Part of the problem is that most of us eat way too many carbs every day.

We take in more than is necessary to provide energy. Many might even eat mostly carbs, avoiding protein. When this happens, they never feel full for longer, and constantly want to snack throughout the day. This packs on pounds quickly.

A typical carb-laden diet might be bagel for breakfast, a sandwich with fries and fruit for lunch, and pasta for dinner. There’s very little, if any, protein in a diet like that. If this sounds familiar, you’re probably always hungry and eat way too many sweets.

How to Start Cutting Carbs

Try reducing your carb count to under 100 grams per day. If you want to lose more weight and faster, lower your carbs to around 20 to 60 grams.

Focus on net carbs when you look at the nutrition label. Net carbs are the total amount of carbs minus the fiber count in the product. This actually allows you to eat more carbs than if you simply add up the total carbs on the label and log those in your tracking system.

Choose Low Carb Foods

Swap out certain foods for low carb options. For example, if you like making bean burritos at home, switch your regular white flour tortilla with a low carb option.

A regular tortilla has about 98 carbs, but you can find low carb options with only 4 carbs in them. Or you can purchase a low carb bread. The bread looks, feels and tastes like white bread. The flavor is there, but you don’t feel deprived.

Focus more on eating carb-friendly vegetables. Broccoli or avocados are good options. Also, try incorporating fruit like berries.

Eat plenty of protein. Don’t worry about the fat content. If you like a marbled steak, go for it! You can even have real butter and plenty of cheese when you’re on a low carb, high protein diet. Fat isn’t the enemy. In fact, it gives you that full sensation you need to stave off the munchies.

If you’re craving dessert, there are low carb options you can make such as chocolate bombs. You can also try sugar-free candies made for diabetics. They give you the sweetness you desire, without the heavy carbs!

Once you learn to reduce carbs and make better food choices, you’ll still be able to eat some of your favorites. Not only that, but you’ll be able to lose those extra pounds you’ve been wanting to get rid of.