Carbs taste good and they fuel the body, but they’re not always the best for your diet. You should always work to limit the number of carbs you consume on a daily basis. Understanding what the carbs are in your life and how you can cut many of them out of your life will make it easier for you to achieve your weight loss and nutritional goals.
Where are the Carbs?
The carbs are in so many different foods, and you may be completely unaware that they exist. While you can certainly look at the nutrition labels on the different foods that you buy, you also need to know where they are when you go out to eat.
Some of the biggest victims of carbs include:
- Sweets (cookies and cake)
You don’t want to cut out all of the carbs from your diet. You need some in order to store energy and balance out what you eat. However, you probably don’t want to have a big bowl of pasta with several breadsticks on the side and then follow it up with a giant slice of cake. This would be carb overload, which certainly isn’t going to help your calorie count, carb count, or your waist line.
How to Make Substitutions
You might be surprised by how many vegetables can be used to take the place of carbs. One of the most common is that of cauliflower. Some chefs have gotten quite creative with this vegetable and have mashed it to look like mashed potatoes, blended it to make it look like rice, and even formed it into a patty so it could be used as pizza crust.
Think about some of your favorite carbs so you know more about ways to make substitutions. Bread is a hard thing to give up, but you can choose to skip one slice of bread when making a sandwich, serving it open faced. You can also use Bibb lettuce as a way of making a healthy wrap.
When you get ready to order your food, think about where you want your carb. Try and limit yourself to a single item that will contain carbs when you sit down to eat. For example, if you are going out for a cheeseburger and fries, do you want the bun on the cheeseburger or do you want the French fries? You can easily ask for no bun or ask for a lettuce wrap on your cheeseburger so that you can have your fries. If the bun is really important to you, ask for a side salad or a bowl of fruit instead of the French fries.
A few little substitutions can go a long way to helping you with your different food goals.