Replace the Carbs.....Just Once!
I am constantly asked questions about carbs and how they play a role in everyday health and well-being. I hear stories about substantial weight loss from either limiting or excluding carbohydrates from ones diet, yet I listen to people who are strongly against such a drastic regiment. Remember that one needs carbs for a variety of reasons, first and foremost for the energy it is converted to in order for someone to stay active. This, to me, is the key to weight loss. Certainly there are bad carbs and not-so-bad carbs to watch out for.
Simply put, keep your eyes peeled for highly processed foods. Sugared sodas, candy, white bread, white rice and certain pastas to name just a couple. When trying to decide on which type of pasta to enjoy, keep in mind that simpler is better. Whole grain pasta(because it has gone through far less processing than plain pasta)is nutritionally better for you than pasta that has been made with processed, enriched grains.
If you don't want to always be on the lookout for carbohydrates, simply increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole-grains. This is beneficial because carbohydrates are very important, again, when it comes to energy. And without energy, we lose our desire to exercise and maintaining that desire to stay active, which counteracts the weight-loss aspect of a low carb diet.
Certainly you will be able to lose weight rapidly on just such a diet but once off, the pounds will come back with a vengeance. So my alternative?
Replacing the classic pasta in an Alfredo with squash my be sacrilegious to some, I find the benefit far outweighs any principle. When you consider about 40 calories per cup, the vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene that comes with spaghetti squash and zero fat, I think you will agree that your mind quickly converts any preconceived ideology. And when your mind is happy, your body is satisfied.
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