You’ve memorized your list of low carb foods, stocked the fridge and pantry even tested a few low carb recipes, now, with this list of the BEST low carb diet tips you’ll be unstoppable!
Because, at times, low carb eating can be a challenge, and those delicious recipes don’t arm you with the tools you need to better deal with it…
When you’re craving something, when your coworker brings donuts, if you slip, when you’re bored.
Real life situations in which this list of the best low carb diet tips can help you prepare. I hope you find some inspiration and motivation here! Pst, if you have your own best low carb diet tips, please let me know in the comments below!
Best Low Carb Diet Tips
Here’s a list of the best low carb diet tips I’ve learned along the way.
As someone who used to seriously struggle with sticking to a low carb eating plan, I wanted to share all the best low carb diet tricks I’ve learned, because those temptations and cravings have become a distant memory for me — and I hope to inspire all those along their low carb journey!
If you’re here, chances are you have a goal in mind. But what inspires that goal? Why do you want to achieve it so badly? This is what I call carbspiration — the real reason we’re here and pursuing low carb eating.
This reason is deeper than fitting into your wedding dress — it’s something more along the lines of living a healthy life, feeling better, having energy! With your carbspiration at the forefront of your mind, you can become an unstoppable low carb-er! Use it to inspire you through tough times, and to help spark positivity.
Throughout the day, we have a billion thoughts bouncing around our heads — some of which are super negative without us realizing. The first step is to identify these thoughts, then try to replace them with something more positive and uplifting.
This can be applied in all sorts of situations — from what you say to yourself when you look in the mirror, to your thoughts when you turn down a high carb food. As cheesy as it sounds, be your own cheerleader, stay positive, empower and love yourself!
Swap “I can’t” with “I choose not to”, “I don’t look good” to “I’m working on my health!” — these small changes can have a huge impact!
Keep a journal
Most of the time, we eat mindlessly without realizing — which is why so many of us over eat or reach for the wrong things. But, by journalling what we eat, we become more aware and make conscious decisions. A study from Kaiser Permanente found that people who journaled lost 2 times the weight compared to those who didn’t! Ergo, low carb diet weight loss may be easier to achieve when you write down what you eat.
Another benefit to food journaling is the potential to shine light on unhealthy eating habits. You may find overeating patterns in when you eat, who you eat with or how you feel when you eat.
Check out this Ultimate Guide to Low Carb Eating, which includes valuable resources and a journal!
Measure your food
The amount and types of foods you measure will vary depending on your low carb diet plan for weight loss. I find it most important to measure medium to high carb foods, such as fruits, starchy veggies, and nuts — these are tasty yet sneaky ways to pile on the carbs throughout the day.
Love your low carb diet menu
If you’re constantly daydreaming about a loaf of bread while hating everything you eat, your making it so much harder on yourself! Time to switch up the low carb diet menu. Find foods you love. With so many low carb recipes and options, chances are, if you’re craving it, there’s a low carb version out there!
Protein keeps you full
Our bodies have a set of hormones known as the “hunger hormones”—ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry and leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Without delving too deep into the function of carbohydrates and proteins, the important takeaway is that protein was found to be the best suppressor of ghrelin (whereas carbohydrates initially suppress ghrelin, then they rebound with a vengeance, making you hungrier than before)
Moral of the story: Protein keeps you full longer. Which is why many choose to stick to a high protein low carb diet plan.
Don’t get too hungry
Getting too hungry often leads to overeating, and eating the wrong foods — because when you get too hungry, do you really care about your carb count?
To prevent this, make sure you have a stocked kitchen —low carb shopping list items such as low carb snacks you can grab in a hurry or low carb foods for a super easy, throw together meals (because low carb meals don’t have to be labor intensive!).
Low Carb Diet Plan Ahead!
You’ll find in a lot of my articles, I discuss low carb meal planning — because it keeps me sane and on track. Try making your own low carb diet plan, so you don’t have to cook every recipe during an already busy work week. If you low carb meal plan it right, you can cut down on kitchen time and cost!
Love your leftovers
An easy way to make sure you have low carb meals at the ready is to cook extra of each recipe. I’ll usually double a recipe, portion it out in ziplock baggies leaving some in the fridge for the work week and freezing the rest. Next time you’re starving and have nothing prepped, all you have to do is toss your leftovers in the oven while continuing with your busy night.
Low carb dinners you already know you love, without any prep or dirty dishes!
Drink plenty of water
At times, it can be hard to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. Drinking a glass of water can sometimes satiate your cravings and eventually help you differentiate between the two.
Take a walk
When we cut out certain foods or food groups, sometimes we obsess about them — making it hard for us to decipher “needing” versus “wanting” to eat. So try taking a walk, hoping in the bath, or turning on the TV! Get your mind off food, and onto something else.
Find a support group or friend
Having someone you can talk to about your low carb journey can really valuable. Someone to share what you love and what you hate, low carb recipes, tip and tricks, even new low carb products! If you don’t know anyone who gets it, join Little Pine Low Carb’s Facebook Group for support!
Track and celebrate your successes!
If you cut out bread, that’s something to celebrate! Didn’t add sugar to your coffee, awesome job! Didn’t grab a donut from the office kitchen? Yahoo! Celebrate you and all that you’ve accomplished. Write it down in a journal, and remember how far you’ve come — because at the end of the day, you’ve gotta be your biggest fan!
More Low Carb Diet Resources
Now that you’ve got all that down, you can delve into all the low carb diet resources! Check out some suggestions below:
How Many Carbs in a Low Carb Diet
How many carbs in a low carb diet will vary from person to person and goal to goal — use this article to get a general idea! It’ll also give you a better idea of net carbs vs. total carbs, and when to count one over the other.
Low Carb Diet Foods
Check out my collection of low carb diet foods — each article has a searchable/sortable guide and a printable cheat sheet! Including: low carb fruits, low carb vegetables, low carb nuts, low carb milks, low carb flours, and carb in cheese.
Low Carb Diet Recipes
Now for the fun part: finding out that these low carb diet recipes are every bit as tasty as their carb filled lookalikes! If you’re craving something carb loaded, chances are there’s a low carb version of it out there!
Low Carb Diet Meal Plan Ideas
As I said above, sticking to a low carb diet meal plan has kept me on track! Not only is it a good idea for those just getting started with low carb eating, but it’s great for those of us on a budget or those who are short on time!
Low Carb Diet Side Effects
Check out some of the low carb diet side effects described by people just getting started with low carb eating. Not everyone is effected by these side effects, just a friendly word of warning from those who are!
What’re your best low carb diet tricks? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below! Or if you found some inspiration on this list, I’d love to hear!