Low Carb Tips: What to avoid

Things to watch out for when low carb living

Low carb living is fairly straightforward for the most part. Keep your blood sugar low by avoiding sugars, breads, starches – and enjoy a high-protein, high-fat diet.

Once you’ve settled into your low carb world – you begin spotting little speed bumps that you want to avoid to keep your body in ketosis as much as possible.

Here are a few tips that you can add to your low-carb files:

Avoid MSG at all costs

This means you need to read the labels of even so-called healthy foods. In addition to causing obesity, it’s also been linked to diabetes, headaches, and Alzheimer’s.

Called the “nicotine of food,” you’ll notice that you actually shovel the food almost like you’re obsessed.

For instance, I discovered that a once-favorite peanut brand I liked (Emerald Dry Roasted) contained MSG, and it became clear why I mindlessly popped them one after another. I switch to a better brand of peanuts (from The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg – delicious!) Note that while semi-low carb, peanuts in general should be eaten in very small amounts.

So read your labels, because MSG can also be called by other names, those tricky bastards!

Say NO to artificial sweeteners!

Tricking your body into thinking it’s getting calories is not a good idea. Diet soda, Nutrasweet, and the like actually promote weight gain and obesity.

See the study done by Yale University a couple years ago.

Yeah, it kinda sucks that our bodies crave sweet things, but over time you easily adapt to living without. I now enjoy coffee without any added sweetener. No sweat.

Skip the skim milk!

Just because skim milk is low in fat, doesn’t mean it’s any healthier. They process skim milk so much, and as a result it contains a lot of sugar (carbs). Plus you need to use a LOT more of it to get the “creaming effect” you’re looking for in your coffee.

Best alternative? Yep, HEAVY CREAM. A cup of skim milk has 12g of carbs, while heavy cream has ZERO. If heavy cream is not available, half & half is still better than skim (about 33% less carbs, and you’ll use much less).

Enjoy your low carb living!

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19 Comments on "Low Carb Tips: What to avoid"


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tigerpac
4 years 1 month ago

Good call on the creamer/half and half.

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Commish
4 years 1 month ago

Artificial sweeteners on their own don’t cause weight gain. Instead they can promote cravings in some individuals. If you are being true to your low carb lifestyle, you won’t give in to these cravings with sugar based foods. Where this could become a bigger issue are for those not following a particular diet but still drink diet sodas, etc.

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carbhater
4 years 1 month ago

The best idea is to avoid packaged foods across the spectrum. How can you even trust the labels unless you witness the manufacturing process from start to finish? Such baloney.

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Frankie
4 years 1 month ago

Notice how all the fatties are the ones ordering the diet pepsi sodas?

Cola beverages are the worst artificial thing for your body sugar inside or not. God would not have sanctioned its production if he was overseeing what we ate and drank.

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Commish
4 years 1 month ago

Many people drink diet soda regardless of size/shape. You just happen to notice the fatties more.[quote comment=”213338″]Notice how all the fatties are the ones ordering the diet pepsi sodas?Cola beverages are the worst artificial thing for your body sugar inside or not. God would not have sanctioned its production if he was overseeing what we ate and drank.[/quote]

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Bonnie
4 years 1 month ago

That’s true that people drink diet soda of all shapes and sizes, but those who make the choice to drink diet soda instead of water are pumping themselves full of more chemicals than they can imagine. Possibly they look healthy now, but it seems like a poor lifelong choice.[quote comment=”213339″]Many people drink diet soda regardless of size/shape. You just happen to notice the fatties more.[/quote]

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4 years 1 month ago

It’s a good idea to avoid diet soda and artificial sweeteners in general. These are chemicals are really shouldn’t be ingested in large amounts. I do enjoy something sweet once and a while and for that I generally use stevia. It’s all natural and is finally commercially available. It was not for a long time because of the sugar lobby in this country. Again, I do use a lot of it, but once and a while I think stevia is the best bet. Interesting info about MSG. I never knew those other ingredients meant MSG was present. I wonder if… Read more »

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