You've read the books, you've watched the infomercials, and you've tried your best, but you just can't seem to make the low carb diet thing work for you. Either you forget what you can't eat and blow your carb allotment or you remember and just can't find the self-discipline to say no. And, now your weight loss turned into weight gain and—while you were once optimistic—you're now dejected and feel like a low carb flunky. If this sounds familiar, don't despair: We have 7 Tips to keep the carbs on the plate and the weight off your hips.
Write It Down
Every day write down what you ate and make a note of what worked, what tasted good, what didn't work, and how you felt about your diet that day. Most importantly, write down at least 3 things every day that celebrate the choice you've made to go low carb. Attitude is everything!
Bumps in the Road: Plan Ahead
Plan out the food in your day before it happens. Know where you'll be and if you need to pack ahead. There's nothing worse than ending up unprepared in a high carb zone!
Don't Waste Time Taking Back Your Waistline
If you start slipping in the land of high carbs, draw the line at your waistline and just say no to high carb foods. Waiting until next Monday or the full moon or you find a lucky penny are not good excuses. Start taking back control of your carbs immediately.
Just Because It Says "Low Carb" Doesn't Mean You Can Eat 12
Just because something is low carb doesn't mean that it should be a free-for-all. Be sure to check on cholesterol, saturated fats, sugars, and calories before you start gorging on any low carb treat. Moderation is always the key!
Buy A Cookbook
Got the low carb blahs? Can't think of anything low carb to make? Want to quit your diet because it's so boring? Buy a cookbook! There are countless great low carb cookbooks on the market today. Beyond that, you can transform just about any recipe into a low carb version. Don't give up because you're bored, buy a cookbook and open up page after page of possibility.
A Loaf of Cabbage and Slice of Lettuce?
Where do those carbs like to hide? That's right—in the bread! But, without bread, how do you keep your burgers bunched, your salami slammed, or your cheese closed? By wrapping it in a leaf of cabbage or lettuce, of course! Not only will it hold your sandwiches together, it gives a great crunch to every bite!
Send It Back
Many low carb dieters fall off the bandwagon when eating out. Feeling that it would be impolite to refuse, they let the complimentary bread and chips fill the baskets, sneak in a side potato with the main dish, and nibble on the dessert "just this one time." Stand up for yourself when you eat out—don't let the servers fill your plate or table with anything that might tempt you. Ask politely that they remove any breads or chips. Don't be embarrassed—this is your life and their jobs, which is more important to you?
Maintaining a healthy, exciting low carb diet is not only possible, it's important. Believe in yourself and your health and you'll have no problem keeping on the down low.
Sylvie Charrier is the author of the revolutionary new book "Living La Vida Low Carb: The Vegetarian Way". As a busy work-at-home mom, she discovered simple ways to get more results from her low carb diet. She shares her recipe makeovers and health tips on her website http://www.VegetarianLowCarb.com/7-Secrets.html