Great, doable advice from people who’ve been in your carb-loving shoes.
Cutting down on carbs to meet your goals can be really tough when you're first starting out.
So we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share what tips and tricks helped them successfully eat a lower-carb diet without becoming murderous or hangry. Keep in mind that all bodies are different, and what works for someone else may not always work for you. And always check with your doctor before starting a new diet or nutrition plan.
Alright, here's what they had to say:
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If you're going to eat carbs, try to eat most of them earlier in the day since that’s when you usually need the most energy.
"I try to eat most of my carbs earlier in the day since that's when I'm burning the most fuel and also because breakfast carbs are the best kind of carbs. I’ll tend to eat double veggies with a protein for most dinners."
—Heather Nichols, Facebook
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Instead of cutting all carbs, first try to limit starchy add-ons.
"I don't mean eating zero carbs when you have a meal or snack, but limiting the 'carby' add-ons. For example, when eating ice cream, ditch the cone and get it in a cup, and when eating out, try to stick to water (tbh, this is really hard and I don't always stick to it). The little changes don't seem like a lot, but you'll really see them add up."
Instead of trying to cut out carbs completely, focus on eating more complex carbs, which will get you more bang for your carb buck.
"I found that skipping carbs was making me lethargic and prone to eating more later. So to stay comfortably on the low-carb spectrum of things, I make sure the carbs are complex, meaning whole grains, starchy veggies, sweet potatoes, beans, oats, etc. They keep me full longer, help with digestion (because of the fiber), and don't spike my blood sugar level, making me crash later."
—Camille Michelle Gray, Facebook