The Atkins diet attained peak fad status in 2004, and though it’s since been replaced by cool new ways of losing weight, it’s had a lasting impact on how people view weight loss. Atkins advocated that dieters reduce their consumption of carbohydrates. But that can be harder than it sounds. Here are a few simple ways to cut carbohydrates from your diet without sacrificing all your favorite foodstuffs.
1. Lose the Juice- Fruit juice isn’t as healthy as people once thought. It lacks the fiber of whole fruit, as well as 100% fruit juice is loaded with sugar and carbohydrates. Cutting out fruit juice from your diet may eliminate a source of carbs you may not have been watching out for.
2. Cut the Crust- While pizza is an undeniably delicious indulgence, many pizza crusts are high in refined white flour, which is a major carbohydrate offender. If you can not resist eating pizza, opt for the thin crust variety as opposed to deep dish. You can still get your cheese and tomato sauce fix without eating as many carbohydrates.
3. The solution? Substitute lettuce wraps for the bun on your burger or the bread in your turkey sandwich. You will drastically lower the carb content and still have something to grip.
4. Substitute Your Spaghetti- A spiralizer is the kitchen invention you never knew you needed-and it is shockingly affordable, with many going for under $30. This nifty gadget may transform squash, zucchini, and other low-carb veggies into spaghetti (or other shapes), making a great substitute for that carb-heavy pasta you miss eating.
5. Replace Your Rice- Rice, such as pasta, is a carb-heavy starch that’s omnipresent in many cuisines. But you don’t have to give up on Chinese or Indian food entirely just because you are counting carbs. It’s got a similar feel and absorbency, and once it’s loaded up with broccoli or curry beef, you will barely notice a difference.
6. Alter Your Chips- Potato chips are one of these snacks that it’s really difficult to forego. If you’re craving that crunch, try kale chips, which offer the identical snackability with fewer carbs and a host of other health benefits.
7. Go with Protein for Breakfast- Even healthy breakfast cereals such as granola and oatmeal are high in carbohydrates. But if you start your day with a protein, especially eggs, you won’t get off on the wrong foot. Eating protein early in the day also kick-starts your digestive system and can help you start burning fat when you exercise.
8. Jump the Starch- While you want veggies to stay healthy on your low-carb diet, you want to prevent the starchier varieties. Potatoes are a clear no-go, but are sweet potatoes, despite being healthy otherwise. Other secretly starchy veggies include peas, carrots, and corn. The next time you need a vegetable side or want to add something to a salad, hit for a few bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus, or artichokes.
The paleo and keto diets both take a page out of Atkins’ book by suggesting you cut down on carbohydrates.