Sunday, February 9, 2014

3 Tips To Make A Sugar Restriction/Low Carb Eating Plan Work For You (And Lose Weight Fast)

37 grams (10 teaspoons) in a can
A sugar restriction/low carb eating plan is one of the best ways to get healthy AND lose weight. This is the plan recommended by a naturopath I consulted with because my sugar and cholesterol were both bordering on unhealthy levels.

Tip #1  Keep a Food Diary
When you begin a sugar/carb restriction plan to lose weight, the first hurdle is to recognize the amount of sugar in what you eat. The first activity recommended by my naturopath was to keep a food journal.

In my previous post about sugar as a health hazard, I mentioned watching this video entitled Double Your Weight Loss with a Food Journal.

Tip #2  Eliminate Soda (Diet and Regular) and Other High Sugar Drinks
Regular Coke has almost 40 grams of sugar per can. Fruit juice (including OJ) is also high in sugar. Mixed alcoholic drinks are also full of sugar. What do you drink? Coffee and tea without sugar. Water. Carbonated water.

If you find water boring (I do!), flavor it with lemon or lime. Carbonated water is very refreshing. Also, start by adding fruit juice to water. You will cut the sugar content.

Tip #3  Minimize Processed Food
Yes, they are convenient. Sometimes they taste good. But there's lots of sugar in processed foods. Find the ones with the least amount of sugar. For example, for a snack, certain Kashi nut bars contain 5 or 6 grams of sugar.

Stay with this eating plan.

My experience is that it's a keeper for both your health and for losing weight. After you've reduced sugar for a few weeks, a high sugar drink or snack will taste way too sweet.

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