Forget what you have heard about dieting. Forget the various celebrity plans on how to lose weight. Forget the things you were told to avoid eating when growing up. All you need to know is, complex carbs are not your friends. Complex carbs are the number one reason why we put on weight. As you can tell, the molecules and compounds that complex carbs consist of are just difficult to breakdown. Our bodies end up storing them as very hard fat, which means almost nothing of the carbs is used right away. It’s simply long term storage which only activates when the very rare situations call for such as survival time or when you are running on empty as they say and you haven’t had much to eat. Athletes in their droves do not consume a lot of complex carbs when they are training for a reason. They don’t add anything useful apart from emergency power. But how often will you be in that state? Not much is the answer, so treat them like the enemy.
The reason we eat complex carbs
Carbs are the food of the old. Not as in old people, but old in the timeline of our history. Carbs in the form of bread and pasta were one of the first foods that could be mass produced cheaply and sold to the masses. It was easy to grow and cheap to buy. Bread goes with everything, it’s filling so we get used to having a satisfied feeling when we feel our stomach is full with it. However, nowadays you have so many more options that you need not have complex carbs are the main part of your diet. It’s cheap even today to buy a loaf of bread, a bag of pasta and a bag of rice. Although some recipes cannot be made without such ingredients, it doesn’t mean that it should be the main part of your meal. From now on carbs are a side dish.
What should you swap it with?
Carbs can be swapped with anything but let’s look at the role that carbs play. Usually, they are the main part of a meal. Maybe it’s fish and chips, or lasagne, spaghetti bolognese or perhaps egg fried rice. As you can see it’s the main part of the meal, despite not being the most flavorful. Therefore if you’re going to swap carbs for something else, it needs to be just as filling. It’s about this time that lean meat comes to save the day. Lean meat is very dense, so even if it looks like it’s not that much on your plate, it will still fill you up. To accompany your lean meat, you may find that cooking it in fatty olive oil also adds to your calorie count, while still being a healthier option.
How to change?
Carbs are the enemy, but how do you fight them? The ketogenic diet was designed to do just this because it purposefully limits carbs from the diet plan and replaces them with fats, protein, and natural sugars. Take for example the KetoLogic’s effective weight loss program where you are given a diet plan to stick to but also a keto meal. This KetoMeal is used to replace just one of your main meals, and gives you plenty of protein, sugars, and fats and fills you up. It comes in the form of a shake which you can easily make at any time of the day. A shaker bottle comes with the kit so you can take your liquid meal with you to work or to the gym.
Snacks are tempting
So are you ready to change up your diet to include fewer complex carbs? Well beware, most of the carbs that we eat are also found in snacks. Chips, chocolate bars, pastries, artisan bread and of sandwiches are full to the brim with complex carbs. Even if you do change your diet, don’t be tempted by having a snack here and there that is mainly carbs. It might seem like a small amount, but a bag of chips can amount to 50g of carbs alone. You should try not to exceed 50-100g of carbs a day
This is the secret to losing weight and coming onto a healthier diet that you can actually live with for the rest of your life. You have plenty of succulent meat options with plenty of fats and sugars to go along. Remember to stop having carbs as the main part of your meals and swap it for lean meats. Limit your snacking also as this is where the carbs begin to enter slowly back into your diet.