5 Low-Carb Mistakes To Avoid
Doing a short computer project? Don’t forget the 2 social media checks, check of the latest news that’s happening for the day, and e-mail check that goes with it-all the while, wondering where the time went.
*Alright, maybe this hasn’t happened to you, but I constantly wrestle with it, and plenty of people I know do the same.
Anyway, there’s such a carry-over into dietary habits, and specifically, the low-carb world; people can take such a simple concept of eating foods derived by nature (which, by far and large, are intrinsically low-carb), and carry them into foods they have no business eating….And then criticize, after not losing weight & feeling like cr@p, that low-carb is a ‘sham’.
On the other-hand, if we can stick to eating the foods we’re intended to eat, we lose weight, feel good, and have more energy than we can imagine.
Here are some common mistakes-avoid them, and you’ve won a huge battle!
- Too much cured meat-I get it-I love it too-bacon, sausage-I could live on them all day long. The problem, however, is that they’re often filled with nitrates and other chemicals-things your cardiovascular system doesn’t particularly like. Beyond that, your liver needs to filter those chemicals out, thereby stalling your weight-loss. Try as much as possible, to eat meats that are cooked, but unprocessed.
- Too much cheese-I lived in Wisconsin for 6 years-no one can tell me that I don’t know what it’s like to love cheese. And although cheese isn’t the worst food in the world, it’s also a dairy product which happens to be acid-forming, thereby stalling weight loss. Avoid it, and see your weight go down!
- Too many ‘treats’: Yes, I promote them-treats made with coconut flour, almond flour, and stevia or sugar alcohols. And yes, they’re definitely not as bad (and far lower-carb) compared to something you’d buy in a grocery store. But that said, the often-used nut products to make them are acid-forming, and once again, prevent weight-loss. Previous podcast-guest Jason Seib (and activist who’s changing the conciousness of “health” in the Western World) says treats are treats-to be enjoyed on occasion. But he warns that making them a regular staple will prevent weight-loss. His book Paleo Coach goes into far more detail about replacing those treats, as well as rapidly losing weight through clean, healthy eating.
- Not enough fresh vegetables: Vegetables are low-calorie, natural detoxifiers, and provide bulk to our food-source, contributing to feeling full. They should be eaten in abundance. The more you can do so, the more you’ll see desirable results.
- Not enough healthy fat-am I crazy, or what? No, I’m not-fat is SO important. Fats like beef tallow, lard, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and more. They keep our blood-sugar within normal limits, and promote our body to burn fat as a primary fuel source. After vegetables, healthy fats are the second priority we should focus on getting into our diet.
I don’t have a magic formula for your low-carb journey (and am sad to say that no one else does, either).
But there are certain charactaristics that successful people have, and common mistakes they avoid. Master the list above, and you’ve won a huge battle!
Well, I’m off my soapbox for now-have a great day, and awesome week ahead!