How to Prepare for a Low-Carb Diet
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It's a big step to decide to try a low-carb diet. But preparing for it will make it easier to adjust and will likely result in greater success. So, put the French toast stick down, let go of the tortillas, and drop that bagel. Here is how to get ready for a low carb diet without going into shock.Do your homework and learn more about the various low carb diets out there. Understanding why you should take in fewer carbs and what they do to your body is often a good motivator. Increasing your knowledge about carbohydrates will also help you avoid the pitfall of carb myths. With a little research, you may discover that low carb eating doesn't mean boring eating.There are numerous books available online to buy or download to your e-reader. You might also consider looking at resources from nutritionists and doctors who have studied the effect of carbohydrates. Just avoid a sole focus on information from diet companies, as they are mostly looking to get you to buy rather than truly inform.The second step is to realize that no one expects you to go cold turkey on the carbs. It's better to start with small, easy changes. Choose one or two things to change or substitute. Maybe it's portion size or number of carb portions throughout the day. For example, you might try switching to a low-carb cereal instead of a that bagel or muffin for breakfast.Next, pick an approach that works for your lifestyle. Again, this is where you'll want to do your research. Between the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, Protein Power, the No White Diet and many others designed to cut sugar and starch intakes, there are plenty of options. See which one might fit your needs, discipline level, and time so that you feel like you can stick to it.When you read up on these diets, focus on what you can eat rather than on what you can’t eat. Look up what is allowed in terms of fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, and even desserts and snacks. This may surprise you and make you feel more comfortable about the diet. You may even discover that you're not going to have to subsist on a diet of nuts and twigs.If you have the resources but feel challenged to shop, cook, and prepare meals for the low-carb diet, there are numerous meal delivery programs that make it easy to eat right. With a wide range of prices and choices, including diabetic meal plans, you can enjoy meals and snacks delivered to your door so that you can plan weeks in advance.When preparing for the low carb diet, it helps to plan out the first week of meals before you dig in. Having the meals and snacks planned out is useful for your budget and your hectic schedule. It makes easier to stay on target than to divert from your goal and hit up the nearest drive-thru.Lastly, when starting anything new that seems challenging or different, it helps to have a support crew. They can help you beat down temptation and guide you past any other obstacles that may turn up. Your cheerleading team can also offer advice as they may have gone through the same low-carb diet. Or, their simple words of encouragement may be all you need to keep going. I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.