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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Complex Carbs

Instead of trying to cut out carbs completely, focus on eating more complex carbs - skipping carbs altogether can make you lethargic and prone to eating more later in the day. So to comfortably maintain your diet, make sure the carbs are complex, meaning whole grains, starchy veggies, sweet potatoes, beans, oats, etc. They keep you full longer, help with digestion (as these foods all have a high fiber content), and don't spike your blood sugar level, making you crash later. Try to have 40% of your total caloric intake for the day come from complex carbohydrates.

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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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