Last Updated on March 6, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Want to find out how to cut carbs without starving? Here are 10 easy ways to cut carbs and lose weight. Make sure to get the printable low-carb shopping list to simplify mealtime.
How To Do Low Carb When You Love Carbs
If you’re like me you love to indulge in the occasional cinnamon roll and you may wonder how you’d ever go without bread. But you’ll be happy to know that it’s also possible to lose weight while cutting back on carbs but not eliminating them entirely.
Likewise, it’s important to understand the difference between carbs, fats, and protein. Balancing the quantities of these macro-nutrients can help save us from piling on pounds.
Healthy eating is all about knowing how much of each nutrient you need to consume daily. Then adjusting the timing of your meals to give your body time to digest food and operate at peak efficiency. (Intermittent fasting can help with this!)
So keep reading for 10 easy tips to help you reduce your carbohydrate intake, lose weight and get the lean, healthy physique that you want. Without denying yourself the simple pleasures of life – like the occasional cinnamon roll or other delicious treats.
Take the guesswork out of mealtime by printing out this simple list of carb-friendly foods. When you have these basics on hand you can throw a perfectly balanced meal or snack together any time of day without having to worry about counting carbs.
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10 Easy Ways To Cut Carbs
1. Stock Up On Healthy Greens
Greens are your best friend and don’t forget it. If you’re ever in need of bulking up a meal, throw in some mixed greens. Greens are amazing added to smoothies and super stirred into soups and side dishes.
They’re full of protein and fiber, aiding digestion and filling you up quickly. Not to mention the added benefits of cancer prevention and reducing inflammation (1).
Here are some of my favorite salad recipes from Pinterest. Many of them contain fresh greens including romaine, spinach, or kale.
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2. Follow An Eating Plan
There are a few eating plans that can help you cut down on sugar and carbohydrates and replacing them with protein and healthy fats. The Ketogenic diet is one of them. A Paleo diet is generally lower in carbs too.
You can find information on following a ketogenic diet easily online. One of my favorite places to search for keto meal plans and recipes is on Pinterest.
3. Drink More Water
Water is the single most important thing to consume each day. Every adult needs a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses or 2 liters of water per day.
Water is also a great help when you’re trying to boost your weight loss because dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger.
If you ever feel hungry, drink some water before reaching for food. If you still feel hungry after 10 minutes, then choose a healthy snack.
Related: 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water
4. Ditch The Fizzy Drinks
Cola, lemonade, and cream soda may be delicious, but they’re no friend to your body. They’re full of sugar (up to 12 teaspoons per can) and highly acidic, making them hard on your stomach and blood sugar.
So ditch the fizzy stuff and all the extra calories too.
5. Try Low-Carb Alternatives
From zucchini noodles to banana bread, there are plenty of great options that are just as delicious as your favorite comfort foods. You can use a veggie spiralizer to make a yummy low-carb veggie pasta dish.
The next time you plan on making a bowl of fries, try coating some asparagus in Parmesan or wrapping them in bacon. You’ll instantly have a delicious treat that has much fewer carbs than its potato alternative.
Another clever low-carb substitute is eating cauliflower rice instead of white rice. You’ll save a ton of carbs and likely won’t taste the difference.
6. Cut Back On Bread
This can seem challenging at first, especially when it gets colder outside and a bowl of warm soup with crusty bread is the stuff of dreams. But you don’t need to stop eating bread altogether (unless you’re going hard-core keto).
Just cut back whenever possible. Remember, each healthy choice you make puts you one step closer to your wellness goals.
You can eat open-faced sandwiches with one slice of bread instead of two. Or, have you tried the “thin” buns and bagel “thins”? They’re delicious and even better toasted!
A popular trend is Oopsie Cloud bread, a keto bread alternative. Here’s a recipe if you’d like to try it for yourself.
If you’re planning on making wraps for dinner, swap out the tortilla for romaine lettuce. Or if you’re making pizza, make a cauliflower base or use a low-carb tortilla. All of these simple swaps help you cut back on carbs but not flavor.
7. Fill Up On Fiber
Most people don’t eat nearly enough fiber. This edible roughage not only helps prevent cravings but also protects you from diabetes too. Fiber doesn’t raise your blood sugar either.
Indulge yourself in vegetables, low-sugar fruits, and whole grains like oats to raise your fiber count. Just take it easy at first. If you’re not used to eating much fiber your body may need time to adjust.
8. Meal Prep
Preparing some or all of your meals and snacks in advance helps you stay on track with your goals and avoid eating unhealthy foods that aren’t on your eating plan.
Plus, meal prepping can also help you save money and time. And anything you can do to simplify your life helps reduce stress and eliminate distractions, making it easier for you to be successful in creating new healthy habits.
9. Eat More Protein
Increasing your protein intake fills you up and prevents cravings – all good things when you’re trying to lose weight. Try to include some high-quality protein with each of your meals and snacks to keep you satisfied and boost your weight loss efforts.
10. Eat More Healthy Fat
Eating plenty of healthy fats helps keep your body in top form. Focus on including plenty of the following:
- nuts and seeds
- fatty fish like sardines, herring, and salmon
- coconut, coconut butter, and coconut oil
- whole eggs
- chia seeds
- extra virgin olive oil
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Summary – Ways To Cut Carbs
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 10 easy ways to cut carbs, lose weight, and be healthy. Simple changes like these can make a huge difference in the way you feel physically…and how your jeans (or sweats) fit.
Eating more healthy greens and drinking more water helps you stay nourished and hydrated. This will help eliminate cravings. Cutting back on bread and high-sugar sodas leaves plenty of room in your healthy eating plan for nutrient-dense foods your body craves.
Even during challenging times it’s possible to make your wellness a priority. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.
I’ve found a low-carb lifestyle combined with intermittent fasting (IF) to be incredibly beneficial for my health. IF even cured my hypoglycemia! You can read more about the basics of intermittent fasting.
Have you tried cutting back on carbs? Do you have any tips to add?
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