We’ve all heard the nightmare stories about fat and carbs; and how they should be avoided at all costs. That’s not strictly true, as these foods are all essential to a healthy and balanced diet.
However, it is the quantities of these macro-nutrients which need to be addressed to save us from piling on the pounds. Healthy eating is all about knowing how much of each nutrient you need to consume each day. As a rough guide, some suggest:
- Protein: 10-35%
- Fat: 20-35%
- Carbohydrate: 45-65%
However, if you want to lose weight and put on muscle, you want aim for a higher percentage of protein and cut back on the other two.
Here are some great tips to help you lose weight.
6 Ways To Cut Carbs
Stock Up On Healthy Greens
Greens are your best friend and don’t forget it. If you are ever in need of bulking up a meal, throw in some mixed greens. They are full of proteins and fiber, aiding digestion and filling you up quickly.
Follow a Diet Plan
There are a few diet plans out there which can help with cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates, and replacing them with protein and healthy fats. The Ketogenic diet is one of them, it provides guidance and meal plans for you, so you don’t have to think about what to make. You can find info on following a ketogenic diet easily online.
Drink More Water
Water is the single most important thing you should be consuming each day. Every adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses, or 2 liters of water per day. Water is also a great help when you’re trying to lose weight because dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger. If you ever feel hungry, drink some water before reaching for food. If you still feel hungry after 10 minutes, then eat.
Ditch the Fizzy Drinks
Cola, Lemonade and Cream Soda are delicious, but they are no friend to your body. They are full of sugar (up to 12 teaspoons per can) and are very acidic, making them bad for your stomach. Ditch the fizzy stuff and drink water instead.
From zucchini noodles to banana bread; there are plenty of great options out there which are just as delicious as your favorites. Next time you plan on making a bowl of fries, try coating some asparagus in Parmesan or wrapping them in bacon. You’ll instantly have a delicious treat which has much less fat and carbs than it’s potato alternative.
Cut Back on The Bread
This may be the hardest one yet, especially since it is getting to the colder months and a bowl of warming soup with crusty bread is the stuff of dreams. You don’t need to stop eating bread altogether. Just cut down wherever possible. If you are planning on making wraps for dinner, swap out the tortilla for romaine lettuce. Or if you are making pizza, try making a cauliflower base. Simple changes like this can make a huge difference.
What’s your favorite health tip? Have you ever tried a low-carb or Keto eating plan?
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