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Low Carb Diet Tips

Low Carb Diet Tips

1. Keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat, what you were doing at the time, and how you felt. This lets you figure out your temptations and the emotional states that encourage you to snack. Many people who think they are eating less are surprised by just how much they are eating wonce they start keeping track of it.

2. If simply can't resist the urge to cheat, allow yourself a treat, but make sure it's a low carb treat. There are plenty of low carb snakc on the market today - keep some handy but don't overindulge!

3. When you get a hunger pang, try to wait it out for at least 10 minutes to see if it passes.

4. A journey begins with a single step. Focus on short term goals. Focus on losing 5 pounds this month, not the 50 you want to lose overall.

5. Try to avoid sugar at all costs. Highly sweetened foods tend to make you crave more highly sweetened food.

6. Drink plenty of water water every day. When a hungar pang hits, try driking a glass of water instead of eating. Water, taken before and during meals, can dull the appetite by helping you feel full.

7. Diet with a friend. Support is important, and caring people can help one another succeed.

8. Substitute activity for eating. When the cravings hit, do something instead of eating. Get up, walk around, tak ea break. This is especially helpful if you're someone who tends to eat when you're stressed.

9. Keep a glass of water by your bed to quiet the hunger pangs that wake you up.

10. Weigh yourself once a week at the same time. Weight fluctuates during the day. You can weigh more at night than in the morning.

11. Don't shop when you're hungry; you'll end up buying impulse food.

12. Avoid finger foods that are easy to eat in large amounts.

13. Avoid consuming large quantities of coffee & diet sodas, which are easy to overdo. Even though diet soda are calorie free, their sweetness can kick-start cravings for more sweets.

14. Keep crunchy foods like raw radishes, carrots, cauliflower & brocollli around. They're low in carbs and are satisfying and filling.

15. Lose weight for yourself, not to please your husband, your parents or your friends!

16. Make the kitchen off-limits at any time other than mealtime.

17. Always eat at the table, never in front of the TV set or with the radio on.

18. Never skip meals. This is perhaps the most important low carb diet tip at all. If you skip a meal, it signals to your body that it may need to store fat in case the meal does not come soon. You can actually lose more weight by eating each low carb meal in the day rather than skipping one.

19. If you're just beginning a low carb diet, limit your carb intake to the suggested rate of 20 grams a day or less over the first two weeks. After only a few days of this, your appetite will decrease dramatically.
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