Getting your carb intake lower than you normally have is sometimes the solution to lose weight or get your sugar levels down because you are diabetic. Although it is not the only source of calories, cutting carbs would mean cutting calories and lower sugar levels. Below are better options, thus, substitutions to lower your carb intake.
1. Think of fiber as your friend
Fiber is good for your body. It is what most people lack especially since more and more fast food chains sprout as grass everywhere trying to lure everyone to the good taste of what is considered harmful to your body. Since fast food items are often addicting, it is almost impossible not to eat more than enough when you have started eating. Go for raw vegetables instead of bread.
2. Go for colored (brown, red, black) and unpolished rice instead of white
If you eat rice, choose any of the colored ones because the white variety has nothing to give nutritionally that is why you tend to eat more. With the colored variety, you tend to eat less, thus, less carb intake.
3. Use banana to sweeten your shakes
Fruit shake stands seem to have popped up in every corner in the hope of selling a more nutritious drink but the sugar that is included only negates the purpose and can even be more harmful than friendly to your body. Make your own shake instead and use the natural sweetness of the banana to give your shake palatable appeal.
4. Opt for dark chocolates
Everyone wants to eat chocolate. It gives a good feeling. Instead of eating just any kind of chocolate, opt for the dark variety which has the least sugar. Dark chocolate has also been found to be good for the heart especially for aging people.
5. Choose your finger foods wisely
Finger foods are the fastest to eat, hence the many shelves of ready-to-eat processed foods and fast food chains selling burgers and fries. When you eat them, you only load your body with too much carbs. Learn to eat super fruits like bananas, apples and soursop, raw vegetables like carrot sticks, cucumber, turnips, etc., and raw nuts where you can get micronutrients. With micronutrients in your system, your body will hunger less because it is really full.
Cutting carb intake is important to people who have the habit of storing a full stock every time he or she eats. The result, sadly, leads to health danger like obesity and diabetes. It may be difficult at first to switch to the carb substitution but the good that it will do to your body will make the journey easier and more worthwhile.