While low carb everything is all the rage, the lifestyle itself can be quite challenging to live when starting out. Although the FASTer Way is not solely a low carb lifestyle, because mama likes donuts, my clients do cycle through low carb and regular carb days. The area that my clients struggle with most, is by far, low carb days. But, they aren’t as difficult as they may feel at first. Below are a few tips to help you crush low carb days and reap the maximum benefits.
Enter your meals into My Fitness Pal in the morning.
One of the best ways to ensure you don’t go over your daily carb limit is to do your best to plan out the day. If you have an idea of what you will eat, go ahead and enter everything into My Fitness Pal in the morning. This will help to ensure you stay within your limits and see where you might need to make adjustments, before you start your day.
Have some simple, go-to snacks on hand.
Snacking is where the carbs can creep in and take over! Be sure to have plenty of low carb snacks on hand for your low carb days. Nuts, raw veggies, beef jerky and hard boiled eggs are all great snacks. Having these ready to go so you don’t have to think about what to eat between meals is super important. While my FASTer Way clients practice Intermittent Fasting and typically only do 2 smaller meals, the need to snack in between can still be prevalent. Surviving low carb day is all about being prepared!
Drink lots of water.
Instead of reaching for something carby grab a glass of water. This goes a long way to helping you staving off cravings and will do its job keeping you hydrated.
Vary your proteins.
Low carb days can get boring if you don’t try new things. Instead of always going the grilled chicken route, add in some different kinds of fish, pork, beef, and sausage. This will help you keep things interesting while keeping those carbs in check!
Focus on healthy fats.
During low carb days, focus on healthy fats. They will keep you feeling full longer and will help you reach your calorie goal for the day (1 gram of fat has more calories than 1 gram of protein or carbs). Fish, nuts, avocados and healthy oils will help keep you satiated while keeping carbs low.
Low carb days are an essential part of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program because they help deplete the glycogen stored in your body, and require you to burn fat. When paired with higher carb days and strategic workouts, the results are truly incredible! Don’t spin your wheels feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. Get in shape, feel great and then go out live your life with energy and purpose.