People who are on the road to weight loss, or those who are moving towards a healthier lifestyle, are quick to adapt terms like ‘low-carb’ or ‘low-calorie’. But many people fail to have the right research or diagnosis to support their decision. We can not deny that these internet jargons feel tempting and losing weight or getting fitter in a few days is the dream of most of us. But the only question we should ask ourselves before taking a big leap in terms of our health is – ‘Is this diet sustainable’? That said, we do not discourage you from trying what’s right for you. All you need to keep in mind is to consult a dietitian before making drastic changes to your diet. And once you have done that, there are many healthy diet tips and recipes that you can easily follow at home.
Fitness and nutrition expert Rohit Shelatkar states: “Whether to increase or decrease their carbohydrate intake depends on personal goals, health and lifestyle. The drastic change from switching to a low-carb diet can lead to weight loss, much of which is from water weight and it is short-sighted in nature. Therefore, it is imperative that individuals have a balanced diet full of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and limit the number of calories compared to those burned in a day “.
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At the end of the day, the best diet for you is the one you can easily follow. But if you are planning to embark on the journey of a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, here are some diet tips and some easy recipes that will make it an easy task for you to start on the diet.
It is important to maintain the intake of other nutrients even on a low carbohydrate diet
4 Quick Diet Tips to Remember Before Starting a Low Carb Diet:
1. Be wise:
A low-carb diet is more about choosing the right carbs over the wrong ones and not about completely eliminating carbs from your diet. Avoid carbohydrates in refined grains, sugars or sugary products, but include healthier sources of carbohydrates found in whole grains, low-fat or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and legumes.
2. Add protein:
Since we want to reduce the intake of carbohydrates, which is one of the most important energy sources for our body, it is suggested to add more proteins and other healthy nutrients to help us cope with it. “Plant-based proteins such as beans and legumes and animal proteins such as chicken and fish, when grouped together with low-carbohydrate vegetables, provide an ideal option for a low-carbohydrate meal.” Suggest Anju Sood, a Bangalore-based nutritionist.
3. Add fats:
Fat for a healthy life? Confused? Let’s explain – Since we want to chalk up a large portion of carbohydrates from our low carb diet, it’s important to add more healthy fats to balance it out. And by healthy fats we mean the fats in avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds, not burgers or fries. Not only would the good fats keep you full for a long time, but also offset the carbohydrates our body is used to.
4. Do not stress:
Having unrealistic expectations and in return being disappointed with them will only frustrate you, which is not good for any diet in the long run. Set realistic goals and follow the routine religiously. Do not stress when a colleague on a diet gets better benefits. According to clinical nutritionist Rupali Datta, ‘Stress will push your cortisol levels too high. Your appetite may increase and you may reach for calorie-dense comfort foods that will waste all your efforts. ‘
Now that you have these tips to help you move forward, here are some easy winter foods you can add to your low-carb diet this season.
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5 foods you can add to your low carb winter diet
Most of the winter vegetables are non-starchy and make a great supplement to a low-carb diet. Here are some simple saag recipes you can add to your diet without worrying too much. Try making the simple palak, methi or sarso for your winter diet.
It is always said that seasonal fruits and vegetables taste better than all year round, and we wholeheartedly believe that. Seasonal fruits like guava and pear are low in carbohydrates and can be added to many winter recipes such as making delicious guava chutney or a smoky hot apple and pear cake.
As winter approaches, our consumption of nutty desserts and ladoos rises instantly. So it should not be a task to include these nut-based recipes in your diet. Either gnaw them as they are, or add them to winter’s famous dishes, be sure to stock up on nuts this season.
Winter and warm soups go hand in hand, but the best part is that you can now sip on a variety of delicious soups without hampering your diet at all. From a rich broccoli stew to a list of healthy, low-carb winter soups you can try at home, there is no shortage of soup recipes for you this season.
Winter vegetables like shakarkand will be a delicious and soothing meal with low carbohydrate content, fry or cook them and cook them as you like. This North Indian famous delicacy is just what you need this season.
Try these tips and tricks and keep your low-carb diet this season hassle-free.
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