A low-carb diet is an incredibly effective tool that will help you shed weight, but you can also control diabetes and other health conditions. Even though carbohydrates shouldn’t completely be eliminated from your daily routine, some high-carb foods such as sugar-loaded sodas, candy, and cake need to be avoided. However, finding out which staples to limit can be very challenging. To help you get a right kick start this new year, we have compiled a list of top X carbs that need to be avoided.
Grains and Bread
Bread is food consumed on a daily basis in many cultures. It takes many forms, including rolls, bread loaves, flatbreads, and bagels. Unfortunately, they are all packed with carbs. This is true for both refined-flour bread and whole-grain bread.
Based on your tolerance for carbs, eating a burrito, bagel or sandwich could put you over or near your daily carbohydrate limit. Keep in mind that the majority of grains are also brimmed with carbs and thus need to be avoided or limited, especially if you are on a low-carb diet.
In the weight loss world, vegetables are highly pedestaled for their nutritious value and low-calorie content. Although this is true for most vegetables, some high-starch veggies have a higher carb level as compared to fiber, and should, therefore, be limited. Examples of these starchy vegetables include potatoes, yams, corn, and beetroots.
Vegetables make up a key part of any weight loss diet owing to their high fiber content so make sure you are picking the right ones to include in your daily routine.
Yogurt is an extremely healthy, versatile and tasty food. Even though plain yogurt is significantly low in carbohydrates a lot of people tend to consume fruit-flavored ones, nonfat or sweetened low-fat yogurt. Unfortunately, these sweetened options may contain just as many carbohydrates as a dessert.
A cup of sweetened non-fat yogurt contains up to 47g of carbs, which is higher than an ice cream.
However, if you go for half a cup of plain Greek yogurt and top it off with blueberries or blackberries, your level of digestible carbs will remain under 10 grams.
Pasta is very stapled and inexpensive food, but it also very rich in carbohydrates. A single cup of cooked pasta has 43 g of carbs, only 3 of which are afiber. Whole-wheat pasta is only partially better since it contains 37 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of which are fiber.
If you are looking to minimize your carb intake than indulging in foods such as spaghetti or other types of pasta is never a good idea unless you consume a very tiny portion, which is very difficult for most people.
When following a low-carb diet plan, it is always important to opt for foods that high in nutrition, yet low in carbs. Some foods should be limited, while others should be completely avoided. Your choices will depend on your taste and carb tolerance.