One of the hardest parts of starting a new diet is feeling like you have to give up your favorite foods. However, if you cook using healthy substitutes, you can eat any of your favorite foods. One of the best ways is with low-carbohydrate substitutes.

 

Why Low Carb?

 

Low carbohydrate diets are not for everyone, but for some people they can be a great weight loss diet. Your body uses carbohydrates as its primary source of fuel. When you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into simple sugars and absorbed into your bloodstream. This creates glucose which triggers your body’s insulin response. Insulin burns these sugars and provides you with energy. Any glucose not used is converted into fat. A carbohydrate-restricted diet encourages your body to burn its fat stores for energy. It also helps reduce the build-up of fat from unused carbohydrates. This can lead to weight loss in some people. Speak to your Everlasting Changes nutritionist to see if low carb is right for you.

 

Some Ideas For Substitutes

 

Here is a list of substitutes you can use for your high carbohydrate favorites:

 

The High Carbohydrate Favorite: Pasta

 

The Substitutes:

 

● Zoodles (thin strips of zucchini or other veggies)
● Spaghetti squash
● Shirataki noodles
● Bean pasta
● Quinoa pasta

 

The High Carbohydrate Favorite: Hamburger Buns

 

The Substitutes:

 

● Portobello mushrooms
● Grilled eggplant, zucchini, or sweet potato slices
● Tomatoes
● Lettuce
Cauliflower buns

 

The High Carbohydrate Favorite: Pizza Crust

 

The Substitutes:

 

● Grilled eggplant or zucchini slices
● Portobello mushroom
Cauliflower pizza crust
● Egg crust (scrambled eggs baked into a crust shape)
● Lavish Bread

 

The High Carbohydrate Favorite: French Fries

 

The Substitutes:

 

● Sliced and baked butternut squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes
● Baked green beans
● Air “fried” root vegetables (you can get an air fryer here)
● Parmesan breaded zucchini or avocado slices
Almond crusted root vegetables

 

There are so many great substitutes that you’re sure to find one you love. For more recipe ideas for your diet, speak to our nutritionists at Everlasting Changes. When you work with us, you’ll get both personal training and nutritionist counseling for one low price. We’ll help you transform your lifestyle without making you give up your favorite things.

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