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How To Select A Good Low Carb Diet

Mar 28, 2008
It seems a new fad diet springs up every other day. Some of these fad diets work, some do not. Some are popular for a few months, while others stay popular for a long time. Low carb diets are quite fashionable, and have been popular for a long time now. Some specific diets may come and go, but the concept of low carb diets seems consistent. So why do some diets fall out of favor? Well, the main reason is that they are too strict or extreme for most people to follow in the long term. There are some good low carb diets out there - the key is to find one that is reasonable, so that you are more likely to stick to it.

Pay Attention To Fat

It is very hard to keep to a low fat and low carbohydrate diet at the same time - a low carb diet removes a lot of common food options, so be careful about what you replace those with - try to stick to a polyunsaturated, and mono-unsaturated fat diet - too many saturated fats is very unhealthy, and you should be mindful of eating healthily while trying to lose weight.

Eliminating too many carbs from your diet is also not a great idea over the long term. It may help you to lose a number of pounds at the beginning of the program, but you are giving up fiber and nutrients that are difficult to make up in other foods. A good low carb diet will actually include some good carbohydrates like the ones that are found in whole grain breads and pastas. Most people who end up sticking with a low carb diet of one sort or another will generally include some carbohydrates at a certain point in the process.

Fruit and Veggies Are Good

Despite what many of the diets say, you should eat fruit and vegetables. If your diet recommends you avoid them, just stick to eating green vegetables, and avoid fruits like bananas and pineapples - these are higher on the glycemic index so could be bad while you are following a low carb diet. Avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, but make sure you have some fruit and veg in your diet, as they provide many important nutrients, and are generally low calorie. If you get the urge to snack, eating fruit or veg instead of reaching for a candy bar is a good thing - you can cure your sweet cravings with fruit, and still be following your diet!

Don't Forget Exercise

A good diet will only get you so far - exercise is important too. Working out is a good way to increase your metabolic rate. Exercise can help you have more energy, improve your mood, and refresh your mind. You don't even have to start with strenuous exercise - if you're normally at your desk all day, try a brisk walk to get started. Work up slowly to more energetic things, and you'll have more energy, lose weight more quickly, and be improving your health at the same time.

Remember once you reach your target weight, try to retain some of the good habits you picked up - if you continue to eat healthily and exercise regularly, you may never need to 'diet' again!
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