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Why Cutting Out Carbs Can Help You Lose Weight

Posted on 04/08/2011

With obesity on the rise, many researchers have studied the food that we eat and also how it directly affects our waistline. It’s been proven that foods high in carbohydrates are the main reason why so many people are overweight. Many of the foods Americans eat on a daily basis are full of refined carbohydrates, including high-fructose corn syrup, alcohol, enriched wheat flour and sugar. These ingredients can be found in a variety of snacks, chips, cereals, premade meals and even fast food. The more we ingest refined carbohydrates, the more havoc they wreak on our bodies. That is why cutting out carbs can help you lose weight.

The best way to cut out carbs from your daily diet is to have a solid game plan. When you follow a plan, it’s easy to stick to it and accomplish your goals step by step. You can start by going through all of your cupboards and get rid of any items that contain the following ingredients: sugar, aspartame, corn syrup, caramel coloring, saccharine, rice flour and unrecognizable preservatives. Then remove all soda, beer and alcohol from your refrigerator. If it’s not in the house, then you won’t be able to eat it. If you feel bad about throwing out so much food, then donate it to your local food bank instead. There are plenty of people who are in need.

Next, head over to the nearest grocery store or farmer’s market and stock up on some fresh ingredients and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are full of healthy nutrients and can be eaten as snack throughout your day. Also load up on healthy meats such as chicken, pork and fish. You can create carbohydrate-free meals using a variety of delicious recipes. Once your cupboards and refrigerators shelves are full of healthy and natural foods, you can then determine what your daily calorie intake should be. This will help you plan your daily meals accordingly. You might also want to start reading ingredient labels, as this will help you identify which foods are rich in carbohydrates.

In the beginning of your food overhaul, make sure to avoid sugary treats at all costs. They can sabotage your weight loss success. Once your body is cleansed from all the preservatives and sugars that you ate on a regular basis, you will feel more energized and healthy. And after you’ve lost a few pounds, it’s okay to add in a sugary treat once and a while. But you might find that when you don’t eat high sugar foods regularly, you don’t crave them as much anymore. They might even taste different to you when you reintroduce them back into your diet.

If you are unable to cut out carbohydrates completely from your daily diet, then at least try cutting back on them. Too many carbohydrates in anyone’s diet can cause severe weight gain and a host of other health issues. The key is to eat them in moderation.

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