Eating low carb doesn't have to be as tough as some people make it out to be. Making smart choices and planning ahead, as well as having a good understanding of which foods are on the list of foods you can eat, is an important part of it. Some people find it easy to eat low carb at meal times but difficult for snacking. Making the right choices can be simple; you just have to know how to do it.
Avoiding sugar is one key component to eating low carb. This is where many people get confused. One common misconception is that you have to eat low carb and eat low fat, so people will often make the wrong choices when it comes to condiments and other foods. For example, when eating low carb, choose whole or real mayonnaise, rather than low fat or fat free. These often are full of sugar, making them poor choices for a low-carb diet.
Nuts are great for snacking. They are oftentimes full of protein, which is good when you're trying to lose weight, especially if you're participating in a healthy workout routine. Protein can help build muscle in someone who leads an active lifestyle. Nuts also make an excellent snack because they are low in carbs, and even though they are high in fat, nut fat is considered to be a healthy fat. Nuts can also help suppress and curb your appetite. Keep a variety of nuts at your desk to munch on at work or in the car for your commute home.
Low Carb Means Less Fruit
Unfortunately, fruit is often recommended for dieting, but fruit is full of natural sugar and can be a no-no for a low-carb lifestyle. Raisins are good, but they are too high in carbs. Instead, substitute frozen blueberries for snacking. Other good low-carb choices include cheese and sliced meats (lean cut). Make yourself a snack plate with a slice or two of cheese, some slices of lean meat, a variety of nuts and seeds, and some frozen blueberries for dessert. Salads are great too, and you can add meat, a little bit of cheese and some low-carb salad dressing for a delightful mid-day meal or light dinner. One rule of thumb is to eat your largest meal of the day first thing in the morning and as you get through the day, eat smaller meals, with the final meal of the day being the lightest. Your last meal of the day should be eaten 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. Never go to bed on a full stomach.