The 3-Step Plan to Cut Back on Carbs

Use this plan from Dr. Kellyann Petrucci to successfully cut carbs without suffering from the "low-carb flu"!

The 3-Step Plan to Cut Back on Carbs

The "low-carb flu" is the phenomenon that causes you to experience flu-like symptoms for the first 3-4 days after you cut carbs. It happens for a reason. Protein and fat provide energy, but they're more long-term, where carbs are your body's main source of quick energy; when you abruptly give up carbs, your blood sugar will plummet. Carbs are also your main source of fiber, so cutting them can lead to constipation, nausea, and bloating. Finally, you lose a lot of water weight once you cut carbs, which can be a good thing for starting to lose weight, but if you don't replenish those water stores, you'll become dehydrated and experience headaches and weakness. Though there are good reasons for all of these symptoms in response to carb loss, it's frustrating! How can you lose weight if the only way to feel better is to eat carbs again? The answer: Use this plan from weight loss expert Dr. Kellyann Petrucci to stick to your diet without suffering!

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Try a Veggie Swap

Remove bread, pasta, and rice and add one starchy vegetable in place of each on the second day. Starchy vegetables add a lot more fiber and are more nutrient-dense than your typical bread and pasta, even whole wheat. You'll get a lot more "bang for your buck" this way, says Petrucci, and it's easier than you think to make this substitution. For lunch, have your turkey on sweet potato toast instead of a sandwich, and replace your rice at dinner with riced Brussels sprouts.

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Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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