It’s almost summer, and that means more time outside doing things that you enjoy. If you own a boat, you need a swimsuit so you can participate in all your favorite water activities. Swimming and waterskiing are great options for exercise, but you may not feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit.
When you can pinch more than an inch, it may be time to think seriouosly about losing some weight and keeping it off.
It seems like everyone I know is on a diet, and the low-carb diet is gaining in popularity. If you’re a meat lover, this diet will make you think you have died and gone to heaven. Steaks, hamburgers, pork chops, eggs and bacon are all low-carb foods. Wow, sign me up!
But just like everything else in life, you have to take the bad with the good, and you can’t live on meat forever. Some of your favorite side dishes may pack a hefty wallop of carbs, so here is the low-down on the low-carb diet.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that breakfast cereals such as Frosted Flakes™ or Lucky Charms™ have too many carbohydrates. What is surprising is that whole-grain cereals such as Grape Nuts™, pack a whopping 46 grams of carbs, with 5 grams of fiber.
You would think that steel-cut oats would be a healthier choice, but you would be wrong. A half a cup of cooked steel-cut oats have 29 grams of carbs, with 5 grams of fiber.
When I eat out, I can hardly wait for the bread basket to be delivered. Wheat rolls, white rolls, bagels or croissants oozing with butter, are a must in my book.
If you have more willpower, you can refuse the bread basket, and save yourself calories and carbs in the process. One slice of wheat bread has 17 grams of carbs, and only 2 grams of fiber.
The nutrition gurus have always advised people to eat more fruit, which can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. However, most fruits have a lot of carbs. Of course my favorite fruit is bananas, and that is one of the fruits you want to avoid. Dried fruits are also high in carbs.
You can’t even enjoy a small apple. I was very surprised that something this tasty packs a wallop of 21 grams of carbs. At least if it does contain 4 grams of fiber.
Now for a bit of good news. Berries are tasty, lower in carbs and sugar, and you can eat them plain or incorporate them in other dishes.
Beans and Legumes
I was raised on beans and cornbread, and had no idea that a one-cup serving of beans contained 45 grams of carbs. On the plus side, the fiber count clocks in at about 15 grams. You can cut down your portion size and work them into your daily carb count.
Peas have always been one of my favorite vegetables. Yes, surprisingly, one cup of peas has 25 grams of carbs.
Eating a low-carb diet can definitely help you shed excess pounds, but make sure you’re still eating a nutritious diet. Eating smaller portions of your favorites may be just what you need to avoid being so discouraged that you give up and go back to your old eating patterns.