The Atkins diet attained peak fad status in 2004, and although it’s since been replaced by trendy new ways of losing weight, it’s had a lasting effect on how people view weight loss. Atkins advocated that dieters reduce their intake of carbohydrates. But that can be more difficult than it sounds. Here are a few simple ways to cut carbohydrates from your diet without sacrificing all your favorite foodstuffs.
1. Lose the Juice- Fruit juice isn’t as healthy as people once thought. Cutting fruit juice out from your diet can eliminate a source of carbs you may not have even been watching out for.
2. If you can not resist eating pizza, choose the thin crust variety rather than deep dish. You can still get your cheese and tomato sauce fix without ingesting as many carbohydrates.
3. But if you”think outside the bun,” you can still enjoy many 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’ll 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’s shockingly affordable, with many opting for under $30.
5. Replace Your Rice- Rice, like pasta, is a carb-heavy starch that is omnipresent in many cuisines. However, you don’t need to give up on Indian or Chinese food entirely just because you’re counting carbs. Attempt subbing in riced cauliflower. It’s got a similar feel and absorbency, and when it’s loaded up with curry or broccoli beef, you’ll barely notice a difference.
6. Alter Your Chips- Potato chips are one of those snacks that it’s really difficult to let go of. If you are craving that crunch, try kale chips, which supply the identical snackability with fewer carbs and a host of other health benefits.
7. Proceed 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, 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 need veggies to stay healthy on your low-carb diet, you want to prevent the starchier varieties. Potatoes are a clear no-go, but so are sweet potatoes, despite being healthy otherwise. Other secretly starchy veggies include carrots, peas, and corn. The next time you need a vegetable side or want to add something to a salad, reach for a few bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus, or artichokes.
The paleo and keto diets both take a page from 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!