By: Joy Pape
If you are reading this column, you have probably decided to try the lower-carb approach to your diet—or you are at least thinking about it.
Getting started with a new diet plan is not usually the biggest hurdle; most of us can start a new program and lose weight. But hanging in there and keeping the weight off is the challenge.
Do you find yourself thinking, “I’m tired of eggs for breakfast, I’m tired of salads. I want more variety”?
This problem is not related to eating according to a lower-carb plan only. We find this is often the case when people try to make healthier choices overall.
Contradictions Are Everywhere
We get so many mixed messages! Yes, we’re told to choose wisely—and then advertising, technology and sometimes even the medical community and government seem to tell us otherwise.
“Come in for a Happy Meal.” “Press a button and it’s done.”
What are we to do?
First ask yourself, is a lower-carb diet helping me?
If the answer is yes, think of it as a prescription. For help, go to the bookstore or your library; new lower-carb recipe books are hitting the shelves each day.
Portion Size Matters
You may find you’re not losing as much weight as you want, or that your numbers are not where you’d like them to be.
Do you believe, perhaps, that as long as a food is considered low carb, you can eat as much of it as you want?
The truth is that you will gain weight and your blood glucose will rise if you eat too much of most any food.
If you aren’t familiar with portion sizes, I suggest you meet with a registered dietitian who is knowledgeable and willing to work with you on a lower-carb plan.