If you plan on losing weight, you have to manipulate the amount of carbohydrates you eat. There is just no getting around this fact. This is one of the toughest challenges anybody who is trying to get lean will face.
We are all so used to consuming more carbs than we need and it actually makes us happy eating carbs. Pizza, white bread, pasta, white rice, sugary cereals, doughnuts and the list goes on. In fact, almost all the best tasting food to most people consists primarily of carbs. This is probably one of the main reasons for obesity reaching epidemic proportions.
So, now that it has been established that to lose weight, we MUST cut our carb intake, what else could go wrong?
A few things actually. Cutting down your carbs alone will not be enough. You will need to follow the tips below to maximise your weight loss and not inadvertently sabotage yourself with your low carb diet.
1. Do not skip exercise
Yes, the cardio sessions can be a drag and resistance training is torture. But, you must exercise to keep up your metabolic rate. Do not skip the training just because you are skipping the carbs.
You will just slow down your metabolism and be back at square one. Exercise coupled with a low carb diet is what makes it a winning combo.
2. Drink lots of water
Your body needs water and oxygen to metabolise the fat. Make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day. Skip the isotonic drinks and just stick with water.
Never allow yourself to become dehydrated. Most people are walking around dehydrated without even realising it. Don’t wait till you are thirsty. Have a gulp every so often… but don’t overdo it.
3. Consume adequate amounts of fiber
Popeye was right. Eat your veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green leafy vegetables, kale, etc. are all excellent sources of fiber. Never ever make the mistake of neglecting to eat vegetables.
There are fiber supplements available in health stores and there are people who consume these supplements. However, nothing beats eating the real thing. Whenever possible, stick to normal vegetables.
There is a saying. The strength of the elephant, the grace of a horse and the stamina of a camel all come from a vegan diet. Veggies are powerful. Eat them. Period.
4. Eating too much dairy products
One of the best things you can do is skip on the dairy products. Forget the milk and cheeses. More than 80% of people are lactose intolerant to a certain extent and they don’t even realise it.
Of course, some fitness gurus will recommend raw milk and raw cheese. However, these are hard to come by and can be expensive. It’s best to just avoid dairy from now on or eat it very sparingly. Maybe have a pizza on a special occasion. But, most of the time, give them a pass.
These 4 mistakes when avoided will boost the results you will achieve with a low carb diet program. When you are on a caloric deficit diet, every calorie you consume matters. Eat wisely, drink enough water, exercise often and skip the dairy. Then watch the pounds melt off your body.