It can be tough to make any sort of change to whatever eating plan you already have. Food is a highly personal thing, and we get used to certain routines and basics. So if you are trying to make the switch to a low carb eating plan, it can be a little challenging and you may even start to focus on all the foods you miss or can’t have anymore. This is where most people go wrong. They focus on what they can’t have, and this instantly makes a new way of eating feel daunting and impossible.
Truly, eating low carb does not mean you have to give up everything you love. It just means you have to approach what you eat a little differently. Does it mean you can’t have your favorite cake from the bakery? Probably, but there is no reason you can’t make a similar version at home with low carb ingredients. It’s all a matter of perspective.
So with that in mind, lets look at how best to start a low carb eating plan.
- Get the carby stuff out of your kitchen. Having it around won’t help you when you’re feeling weak. That being said, if you have family in the house who won’t be eating low carb with you, make sure you have a “go-to” space in the kitchen that is yours and only yours. Put a lock on it if you have to, but make sure you have a space for your food that nobody else gets to touch. It can make a huge difference in a house full of things you might feel a little weak around.
- It can take a little getting used to, but make sure you have meats to cook or warm up at all times. It’s easy to make a pot of mac and cheese from the box if you don’t have something on hand to make for yourself and you’re starving.
- Keep low carb veggies on hand. At the very least, you can always make yourself a salad.
- If you make your own breads, be sure you make enough to last you the entire week. You could even make enough to keep some in the freezer. Having that on hand for a quick sandwich will always make you a happy camper.
- Water is more critical on a low carb eating plan than any other way of eating. It’s really easy to get dehydrated and dehydration can also cause your weight loss to stall. Something that can be really frustrating when the weight loss is moving along so nicely, only to stop dead in it’s tracks. Do whatever you need to do to stay hydrated at all times.
- What type of low carb plan will you follow? It’s a decision we all have to make. Most folks starting out will begin somewhere in the range of 20-50 carbs per day and simply track their food to make sure they don’t go over. Those following a keto plan will want to keep their carbs at 20 or below and make sure they are getting adequate fat intake (70-80%!)
- Expect to lose your constant hunger. But know that that is a double edged sword. Because when actual hunger does hit, it hits hard and sudden. So never leave the house without at least a few almonds in your pocket for emergencies. We all have them!
- Accept that there will be mistakes. It doesn’t make you a bad person and you haven’t failed your diet, so don’t throw in the towel. You’re human and you’re learning a new way of eating. That doesn’t come overnight, so be gentle with yourself. You’ll be much happier eating this way if you show yourself a little kindness in the process.
So that, in a nutshell, are my tips for starting a low carb eating plan. I hope they help you in getting started on your path the better health!