Regardless of the specific low carb diet you follow, you will quickly discover that there is much more to it than eating protein each day. Weight loss can occur rapidly once you start a low carb diet. Some individuals lose as much as twenty pounds in the first month alone. (Note, a lot of this will be water weight.) After the first month the weight loss rate should slow to about two pounds per week. The following tips will help you keep the scale moving in the right direction.
- Keep your diet interesting. There are tons of different foods allowed when on a low carb diet. Despite this fact, many continue to eat the same foods over and over. Boredom can quickly set in, and once it does, cheating may occur. Mix it up in order to avoid boredom.
- Avoid low carb treats. There are many low carb products on the market today. That sugar-free candy with only two net carbs may seem innocent enough, but such foods can cause problems. Some of these foods may trigger cravings. Artificial sweeteners trick the brain into thinking it is having sugar, which could make the body want more of it. Only turn to these treats if you are absolutely desperate.
- Do not completely ignore exercise. Many are attracted to low carb diets due to the fact that they promise to help melt the pounds without the need for exercise. While this may be true, your body will be better able to burn fat if you exercise. Additionally, those who are severely overweight may find themselves with lots of loose skin as the weight comes off. Exercise will build muscle that will keep the skin tighter.
- Drink plenty of water. Some find it very hard to do this. Some low carb dieters will drink over 100 ounces of water each day. Water helps flush fat, and also helps the liver process protein. If you cannot imagine drinking lots of water each day, at least try to drink as much as you can. What about other liquids? This remains a debate. Some drink coffee, soda, low carb beer, and other drinks and lose just fine. Others are not so fortunate.
- If you cheat, cheat wisely. Some dieters will reward themselves with a cheat day occasionally. Others do not do this because they find that a cheat day will turn into a cheat week. Should you choose to allow yourself cheat days, at least cheat wisely. Avoid the urge to go crazy with it. Eating a large pizza followed by a quart of ice cream is an example of going crazy with. Consider picking just a few foods that you have been missing and have only a reasonable portion.
It was a low carb diet that took me from 252 pounds down to 140 pounds in less than eight months. Much was learned during that journey. These tips worked for me, and will work for you as well. Stick with it, be sensible, start over if you make a mistake. Keep your goals in mind and you will surely reach them.