In this age of pre-packaged snacks and convenience foods, almost everything we eat is loaded with carbohydrates. You've all no doubt heard the hype about low carb dieting and how it can help you lose weight and now you've decided to try it for yourself, but where do you start? Which diet plan is the best? In this article we will consider how to start a low carb diet, helping you to make that first step towards a slimmer you.
First of all let us be clear about this; there is far too much information about all the different foods and low carb dieting than could ever be put across in one article. For this reason it is highly recommended to choose a low carb dieting plan first and go and buy the book to go with it. There are a number of popular low carb diets but the most popular is probably the Atkins' Diet.
When thinking about how to start a low carb diet, it is important to ensure you have a good support network. This could be family and friends, or it could be a local low carb dieting club or an online community. Have a look for clubs in your area and you may even find that you make a few new friends in the process. When you start having cravings for high carb foods you will need lots of emotional support to prevent you from giving in, and as you start to lose weight the feedback you get can really boost your confidence!
Once you have decided on a plan to use, one thing common to all of them will be clearing out the junk food in your house. Removing those high carb foods like cakes, sweets and pastries is an important step in ensuring you do not give in to temptation early on. When making your shopping list, there will be undetectedly a lot of information about which foods to avoid in the book you pick up. You do not need to stick religiously to the meal plans in the book but this information will help you to create a solid plan of low carb meals for your weekly shopping.
One thing to bear in mind when working out your diet is that the aim is not to starve yourself. Trying to cut down too much on food can sometimes lead to binge eating which can ruin everything you are working towards. Not only that but depriving your body of its required nutrients can make you ill and can even make it harder to lose weight.
Now you know how to start a low carb diet all that is left is to pick the one that is right for you and try it out. Within no time at all you should start to see the pounds falling off you and will look and feel the better for it.