7 Low-Carb Hacks You Need to Try

Learn how to ditch carbs without missing them.

7 Low-Carb Hacks You Need to Try

Are you tired, hungry, and moody while on a low-carb diet? There’s no need to feel miserable — carbohydrates are the most misunderstood aspect of healthy eating. Eating low carb shouldn’t sabotage your weight loss goals or deplete your energy, you just have to use the right approach! Here are the seven best low-carb hacks to try you can say goodbye without missing them.

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Avoid Liquid Carbs

Try giving up traditional sodas by switching to carbonated, naturally flavored water. Stay away from packaged fruit juices, as most of them are loaded with added sugars, which pack on more carbs. If you want natural fruit juice, blend your own smoothies or buy freshly squeezed juice from a supermarket. Watch out for cocktail hour too - there are tons of rapidly digestible carbs in beer and sugary mixed drinks.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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