1SUCCESS TIP NO. 1: DRINKING 8-10 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY
Okay, for a lot of people, that’s a big problem. Water generally doesn’t taste so good because water doesn’t really taste like anything. Drinking water 8 to 10 times a day becomes easier the more you actually do it. It’s simply about taking care of your taste buds and yourself in a way that makes it easier. Once you have started, you will begin to yearn for water.
First you should drink a glass of water in the morning before you eat. It is probably the most basic glass you will drink all day, and it will help you remember to drink water all day long. Better yet, why not drink two glasses?
If you really can’t stand the taste of water, try a water purifying jug or filter. Add a few lemon or lime drops to your water, but no sugar or sweetener! Ice cream also helps.
Take a look at the flavored water on the market. Just loo for additives.
2SUCCESS TIP NO. 2: EAT BREAKFAST
Don’t skip breakfast. If you need to go to bed a little earlier so you can get up 20 minutes earlier every morning, do it! Breakfast is so important for your health and weight control. Dr. Barbara Rolls, Professor of Nutrition at Penn State University, explains: “Your metabolism slows down while you sleep, and it doesn’t turn up again until you eat again.”
Breakfast is not only good for overall weight loss, it will help you keep up with your diet for the rest of the day. You’re more likely to enjoy something sweet and in the bread group if you skip breakfast.
You can always have a few hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or a high-fiber, low-starch fruit with you. If you plan to eat fruit all day long, breakfast is the perfect time.
3SUCCESS TIP NO. 3: EAT AT LEAST 3 MEALS AND 2 SNACKS A DAY
It can be the most difficult adjustment. After all, you are busy! You already have a full plate. After all, when do you have the time to worry about filling your plate with more frequent meals?
Just as breakfast increases your metabolism, so does eating more often. This will also help you reduce your poor carbohydrate intake by making sure your snacks are planned and take place regularly throughout the day.
Really, there will be only a minimal investment of planning time at the grocery store and home every morning before you go out for the day to make some healthy food choices and prepare some healthy snacks and meals. For suggestions see the practical list of snacks and starters listed later.
4SUCCESS TIP NO. 4: AVOID WHITE FOODS
This is an easy way to remember what not to eat. And if it’s made from sugar, flour, potatoes, rice or corn – just say no. Remembering this rule of thumb will make it easier to recognize these rice cakes as unhealthy high-carb snacks.
Always look for colorful fruits and vegetables to replace the white ones. Buy broccoli, lettuce, peppers, green beans and peas, brown rice in moderation, leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, apples, melons, oranges and grapes.
These foods are not only colorful, they are also rich in fiber, nutrients and important antioxidants. Eating colorful fruits and vegetables will add variety to your diet and give you additional health benefits.
5SUCCESS TIP NO. 5: EAT YOUR VEGETABLES
It’s so easy to use a low carb diet as an excuse for a bad diet. Resist this temptation. If the only vegetable you’ve eaten in the last 5 years was potato, now is a good time to experiment with other vegetables. This is important for your overall health and to avoid some nasty side effects if you do not have enough fiber in your diet.
If you try hard enough, you will find vegetables that you like to eat. Experiment with grilling vegetables and cooking with real butter to enhance the taste. You can also search the Internet or cookbooks for new recipes.
Remember, if you eat only 40 grams of carbs a day or less, two cups of simple salad green contain only about 5 grams of carbohydrates. You do not have an excuse not to consume your vegetables.
6SUCCESS TIP NO. 6: PREPARE YOUR OWN FOOD AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE
While more and more restaurants offer low carbohydrate meals, many of them are still not ideal for low carbohydrate meals. There are a lot of recipes for simple and fast meals that you can prepare at home. Try to do this as often as possible.
When you cook your own food, you know exactly what the ingredients are, and you will be able to better control hidden sugars and other processed foods.
Another advantage is the long-term cost savings. Even if you have to go to the grocery store more often, you will save a considerable amount per meal, as opposed to eating in restaurants and fast food establishments.
It will also be easier to maintain your diet if you have your own selection of fresh favorite products at hand.
7SUCCESS TIP NO. 7: INVESTING IN A GREAT SET OF FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS
With food storage containers in different sizes at hand, it becomes so much easier for you to plan your meals and snacks. If you buy nuts, fruit and vegetables in large quantities, you can easily prepare, separate and store them for easy later use.
For example, you can cut your apples into slices and serve them with a snack for several days. Simply cut, rinse in pineapple or lemon juice and store. This makes a quick and easy snack for later.
You can prepare your lunch and carry it to work. Even better, organize your lunch and 2 snacks for work.
8SUCCESS TIP NO. 8: EAT SOME PROTEIN WITH EACH MEAL & AS SNACK
In addition to everything previously discussed, eating protein helps you burn more calories. Jeff Hample, Ph.D., R.D., a speaker for the American Dietetic Association, comments: “Protein is mainly made up of amino acids that are more difficult for the body to decompose, so you burn more calories to get rid of them.”
Just remember that eating a high protein snack can help you lose weight. How about a few slices of turkey or ham or some semi-hard cheese?
Eating protein will also help you to feel full so that you will long less for unhealthy snacks.
9SUCCESS TIP NO. 9: DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AFTER EVERY SNACK
This will help you in your 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, but it may also have other benefits. Have you ever felt hungry after eating a handful or a standard portion of nuts? Try drinking water afterward. The water will help you feel full and avoid overindulgence.
Drinking water after a snack also helps remove the aftertaste from the mouth and can help curb the cravings for more.
10SUCCESS TIP NO. 10: EAT SLOWLY & ENJOY EATING
You will feel fuller and more satisfied if you take the time to enjoy your food and chew it more slowly. Don’t get used to eating while standing or eating fast. Sit down and chew.
Slower eating will help you enjoy your food more, pay attention to what you actually eat, and get a better feel for when you are actually full.
11SUCCESS TIP NO. 11: EAT YOUR LARGER MEALS EARLY AND YOUR SMALLER MEALS LATER
You will feel better and lose weight faster if you eat a large breakfast and a small dinner. You can also eat the majority of your carbohydrates earlier in the day by saving a salad and lean meat protein at dinner.
Eating larger meals during the part of the day where you are most active will help you feel satisfied all day long and curb the craving for unhealthy snacks.
12SUCCESS TIP NO. 12: CONSIDER EATING SALMON OR MACKEREL FOR BREAKFAST
Yes, this may seem strange, but it is a way to work with omega-3 fatty acids that are good for you and give your daily diet some variety. After a few months, you may be tired of eating eggs and bacon for breakfast. Replacing fish gives you the protein and healthy fish oils you need.
You can try canned salmon or mackerel in croquettes as a healthier sausage substitute. Or simply eat cold salmon with dill sauce the next morning.
13SUCCESS TIP NO. 13: USE SALAD LEAVES INSTEAD OF BREAD
This tip may seem strange at first, but if you try it, you’ll probably learn to love it. Instead of eating bread and rolls with your sandwiches and hamburgers, why not try salad leaves?
You can prepare a double cheeseburger with onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes in a whole salad leaf. Or make delicious wrap sandwiches with salad instead of tortilla and bread.
This will help increase your good carb and fiber intake and give you more variety in your diet.
14SUCCESS TIP NO. 14: EAT A FRUIT DESSERT
Okay, we all want a little dessert sometimes, but how do you have your dessert and your low carb diet too? Why don’t you try cheese with slices of fruit or berries? Even better, why don’t you try a cream with berries? You can even try sweet pineapple or strawberries with cottage cheese?
Berries are sweet and rich in fibrer andd nutrients and dairy products are rich in protein. If your low carb plan allows, this is a sweet and tasty alternative to more sugary desserts.
The protein in the dairy products and the fiber in the fresh fruit make these desserts more full-bodied.
15SUCCESS TIP NO. 15: LET YOUR FRUITS BE FRESH AND NOT PRESSED
Fruit juice can be very tempting as a substitute for soda, but how healthy is fruit juice? If you read the labels, you’ll soon find that many of the commercial juices available at your local grocery store have very little real fruit juice.
One thing you will find is a large amount of sugar water and other ingredients. Forget the fruit juice completely and eat a fresh piece of fruit! Fresh fruits not only contain less sugar than juices, but also fiber that is good for you and helps you feel full longer.
16SUCCESS TIP NO. 16: BE CAREFUL WITH MEAL REPLACEMENTS
New meal replacement shakes and bars come onto the market almost every day. While these shakes and bars might claim to be healthy, almost all of them, even the Zone Perfect bars, contain hydrogenated oil and sweeteners.
So be careful. In particular, the bars can only be slightly healthier than a Snickers chocolate bar. Occasionally they may not be so bad for you, but usually, you probably don’t want to indulge in a meal replacement shake or bar every day.
17SUCCESS TIP NO. 17: THIS IS PROBABLY HOW IT SOUNDS IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Low carb doughnuts and muffins? You can find these pre-packaged low-carb labeled goods in your local grocery store and in many low-carb lifestyle stores. That doesn’t mean you should get used to eating them.
While low carbohydrate baked goods can be tempting, remember that they still contain all the usual carbohydrate suspects: Sugar or a sugar substitute and flour.
They may be healthier than a typical muffin as an occasional treat, but remember to stick to the basics for another low-carbohydrate success.
18SUCCESS TIP NO. 18: AT THE GROCERY STORE – SHOP THE OUTER AISLES
It will be easier to stick to your low carb lifestyle if you learn the one common denominator in all grocery store designs: healthy foods are in the outer aisles.
Think about it, when you go to the supermarket, all the healthy things, fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products are arranged around the walls of the shops. You rarely have to enter the center aisle areas in the few stores that store butter and cheese in the middle near the frozen food. In most cases, all the food you need for your low carb diet can be found on the circumference of the grocery store.
Train yourself to start at one end of the outer aisle and find your way around. It will be much easier to avoid carb addiction and fill your basket with healthy objects if you do this.
19SUCCESS TIP NO. 19: INVESTING IN GOOD COOKBOOKS
You can’t figure out what to eat? Do you need a change in your diet? Try a new cookbook. Admittedly, not all recipes in a cookbook are low carb, but you’ll be surprised how many low carb and low carb friendly recipes you can find in your standard Betty Crocker cookbook.
Cookbooks are great reference books that often contain practical tips on buying meat pieces and preparing meat, fruit, and vegetables in new and exciting ways.
In addition, new low carb cookbooks are constantly being added to the shelves. So use these resources to try something new, different and delicious.
20SUCCESS TIP NO. 20: TAKE A GOOD MULTIVITAMIN SUPPLEMENT
We can’t all do it right all the time. Even the most conscientious nutritionist can miss some healthy vitamins, minerals and trace elements in his diet. To ensure that you get everything you need, you should take a good multivitamin.
First, ask your doctor for recommendations and you should be tested for anemia to see if you need a vitamin with iron. However, the longer you eat low carbohydrate food and the more red meat you eat, the less anemia will be a problem and you should be able to take vitamins with less iron.
Your success depends entirely on you. Assuming that you are an otherwise healthy individual, your body will do its part. Just remember to stick to the low-carb diet plan that is right for you and add a little variety to your meals to help you stay true to your health and weight loss goals.