Last Updated on March 1, 2023 by Lori Geurin
Want to find out how to cut carbs without feeling hungry? In this post, I’ll share 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
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- Final Thoughts – Best Way To Cut Carbs
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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 possible to lose weight while cutting back on carbs but not eliminating them.
Likewise, it’s essential 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 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 ten easy tips to help you reduce your carbohydrate intake, lose weight and get the lean, healthy physique 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 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 worrying about counting carbs.
Get the FREE Printable Low-Carb Shopping List by clicking the button below.
10 Easy Ways To Cut Carbs
1. Stock Up On Healthy Greens
Greens are your best friend, and don’t forget. If you need to bulk 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
A few eating plans can help you cut down on sugar and carbohydrates and replace 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 Pinterest.
You can follow my Pinterest Ketogenic Low-Carb Eating Plan Board here.
Related: Keto Diet Basics: What To Eat And What Not To Eat
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 daily.
Water is also a great help 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, 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.
Related: Sparkling Advice to Kick Your Soda Habit
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 with 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.
Related: Easy Low Carb Keto One Pot Meal: Healthy And Delicious
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 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. 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.
Related: 15 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes For A Healthy Morning
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 create new healthy habits successfully.
Related: A Beginner’s Guide To Healthy Meal Prep
9. Eat More Protein
Increasing your protein intake fills you up and prevents cravings – all good things when trying to lose weight. Try to include high-quality protein with your meals and snacks to keep you satisfied and boost your weight loss efforts.
Related: 20 Quick And Easy Healthy High Protein Snack Recipes
If you liked these easy ways to cut carbs, be sure to check out:
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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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Final Thoughts – Best Way 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 massive difference in how you feel physically and how your jeans fit.
Eating more healthy greens and drinking more water help you stay nourished and hydrated, which helps 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. 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 eliminated my hypoglycemia! You can read more about the basics of intermittent fasting.
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Have you tried cutting back on carbs? Do you have any tips to add?
11 thoughts on “10 Easiest Ways To Cut Carbs And Lose Weight”
Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband and I are going to be starting this very soon!
Hello, Jenn, You’re so welcome! That’s exciting! I’d love to know how it’s going. 🙂
I will check out your pinterest plan. I am definitely needing to cut out some carbs and lose weight.
This is really similar to my eating style and it’s worked well for in the past year to cut some weight without feeling hungry all the time.
This is great to hear, Amber! Isn’t it nice to find something that allows you to lose weight without feeling hungry? 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
These are such great tips! I’m such a carb lover and enjoy them as pet of a healthy, balanced diet.
Hi Christa! Thank you! I hear you and think it’s awesome that you make your health a priority. 🙂
I’ve been doing (mostly) low/no carb since May and I’ve felt great. Once you get over that initial hump you don’t miss the bread! I love the cauliflower substitute and a place near me makes a good lettuce wrap!
I’m so happy to hear that you’ve had such great results with the low-carb! And it really helps to have delicious alternatives like the lettuce wraps and cauliflower substitutes. I’d love it if we had more low-carb options where I live but I can usually find something on a menu that works. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
I really need to cut some carbs! I swear I live on bread and cheese lol.
I hear you, Lindsey!