The Atkins diet reached peak fad status in 2004, and although it has since been superseded by new modern ways of losing weight, it has had a lasting impact on the way people view weight loss. Atkins recommended that dieters reduce their carbohydrate intake. But that may be more difficult than it sounds. Here are some easy ways to eliminate carbohydrates from your diet without sacrificing all of your favorite foods.
1. Lose the juice: Fruit juice is not as healthy as people thought. It lacks the fiber of whole fruit, and even 100% fruit juice is loaded with sugar and carbohydrates. Eliminating fruit juice from your diet can eliminate a carbohydrate source that you may not even have been looking at.
2. Cut the crust: While pizza is an undeniably delicious treat, most pizza crusts are high in refined white flour, which is a major carbohydrate offender. If you can’t resist eating pizza, opt for the thin-crust variety over a deep plate. You can still get your dose of ketchup and cheese without eating as many carbs.
3. Wrap It Up: Sacrificing sandwiches and burgers is one of the hardest things to eat low-carb. But if you “think beyond bread,” you can still enjoy many of the flavors you love, just low carb. The solution? Substitute lettuce wraps for your hamburger bun or your turkey sandwich bun. You will drastically reduce the carbohydrate content and still have something to grab.
4. Replace Your Spaghetti – A spiralizer is the kitchen invention you never knew you needed, and it’s surprisingly affordable, with many costing less than $ 30. This nifty gadget can transform zucchini, zucchini, and other low-carb veggies into spaghetti (or other ways), making it a great substitute for that carb-rich pasta you miss eating.
5. Replace Your Rice: Rice, like pasta, is a carbohydrate-rich starch that is ubiquitous in many kitchens. But you don’t have to give up Chinese or Indian food entirely just because you’re counting carbs. Try substituting it with cauliflower with rice. It has a similar texture and absorbency, and when loaded with curry or broccoli meat, you will hardly notice a difference.
6. Swap out your French fries: French fries are one of those snacks that is really hard to let go of. If you’re craving that crunch, try the kale chips, which offer the same snacking capacity with fewer carbs and a host of other health benefits. You can even make your own by tossing chopped kale in olive oil, separating the leaves on a cooking pan, and popping them in the oven until crisp.
7. Choose protein for breakfast: Even healthy breakfast cereals, like granola and oatmeal, are high in carbohydrates. But if you start your day with a protein, especially eggs, you won’t start off on the wrong foot. Eating protein early in the day also activates your digestive system and helps you start burning fat when you exercise.
8. Skip the starch: While you need veggies to stay healthy on your low-carb diet, you want to avoid starchy varieties. Potatoes are obviously off-limits, but so are sweet potatoes, despite being otherwise healthy. Other secretly starchy vegetables include carrots, peas, and corn. The next time you need a veggie side or want to add something to a salad, find some peppers, broccoli, asparagus, or artichokes.
Paleo and keto diets take a page out of Atkins’ book by suggesting you cut down on carbs. If you are following any of these diets, or the many others that recommend a reduced carb intake, the tips above may help!