Complex Carb Tips
10 Easy Quick Tips To Get More Low Carbs In Your Diet
10 quick complex carb tips
These Complex Carb tips will show how you can incorporate low carbs into your daily meal plans.
A low carb food list is very important when following the low carbohydrate weight loss plan. If you know what you are allowed and what should be avoided, you are closer to success.
Complex carbs are a great friend to those of us on a diet. Usually when you follow a weight loss plan you feel hungry. If you are on a low carb program (that is, stressing complex carbohydrates), this is likely to be purely physiological.
Complex carbs release energy slowly which means that we feel fuller for longer. This is the exact opposite of what simple carbohydrates do. They release energy really quickly, the body uses this and then in a couple of hours we are starving. That is why you are often hungry fairly soon after eating a chinese fast food.
So what should you be eating to boost your complex carbs?
5 Complex Carb Tips
Tip #1) Eat more whole grains so porridge for breakfast, brown bread instead of white and real fruit instead of juice.
Tip #2) Every meal should be made up of at least 50% vegetables. The rest of the meal should include complex carbohydrates, protein and some good fats.
Tip #3) You need to eat as many different types of vegetables as possible. The recommended amount is five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day but when you are losing weight, you should double this. Not only will the complex carbs that comprise fruits and vegetables keep you feeling full but you are less likely to reach for sugar fixes.
Salads are a great start to any meal but you could also have home made vegetable soup as well. Just skip the salt when you are making it. Homemade vegetable soup is easy to make, can make use of a large variety of vegetables and can easily be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator or frozen for quick access.
Tip #4) Drink plenty of water as it helps to detoxify your system. Many trainers and health professionals will recommend that you fill a 2 litre container with good water in the morning and then drink it during the day. It's a good way to keep an eye on how much water you are actually consuming. It's easy to fool ourselves into thinking we've consumed a lot of water when we really haven't. Plus, having that bottle right at hand is a good reminder to have a sip.
Tip #5) Dump the bad fats. Fat has got a very bad reputation and this is completely deserved when it comes to saturated fats. These are not only linked to putting on weight but are also linked to heart disease and cancer.
The good news is that they are quite easy to avoid if you give up cakes, biscuits, processed foods, fast foods and frying your home made food. Yes I know that sounds like a lot but if you are going to lose weight, you need to face facts. Your unhealthy diet has to go or you may as well give up now.
5 more Complex Carb Tips
Tip #6) Increase the good fats. Olive oil is an excellent source of mono-saturated fats as are the oils made from peanuts, almonds and rapeseed.
Tip #7) Low carb foods include skimmed milk, cottage cheese, high fiber bran, home-made muesli, skinless chicken and turkey breast, pork tenderloin, veal, round beef, hamburgers made with extra lean ground or minced meat.(be careful how many buns you consume a day though)
Tip #8) Potatoes are not a low carb food. So if you have to include them in your diet, do so on occasion and only use boiled/steamed new potatoes. A great substitute for mashed spuds is cauliflower. Steam it and mash it just as you would do with potatoes.
Tip #9) Apples are a dieters best friend and should be eaten daily.
Tip #10) Beans or legumes if you prefer should also be eaten as often as possible. They are high in fiber and protein and are excellent at fighting disease. But your body can react badly if you increase your consumption too suddenly. You will become accustomed to eating more beans over time.
Follow these simple complex carb tips by eating the above foods on the low carb food list and the pounds will start to drop.
So you see, getting more complex carbs into your diet isn't as hard as you thought. In fact, you may find your meals becoming even more enjoyable.
(Remember, too, this isn't just about losing weight - it's about getting healthier and more fit. Steve :-))
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