May 21, 2014 5:56 AM Subscribe
I've gone low-carb but I am coming across some conflicting advice in regards to a few items
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not following any specific plan, I'm not shooting for a specific number of carbs a day, but I do want to be under 100g of carbs a day. Mostly what I am doing/have done is:
1. cut out all sugar from my diet. Really need to get this sugar monkey off my back....
2. cut out all "obvious"/significant sources of carbs (breads, pasta, rice, etc). Not too hard, especially since I am gluten intolerant, so a lot of those "obvious" sources were off the list anyway. And I am frankly glad to bin the gluten-free-replacement foods (rice pasta, gluten free bread, etc). Too expensive, unhealthy, and always disappointing.
3. drastically increased my veg intake. Eating some fruit but mostly focused on veg.
4. increased protein intake (but not insanely)
5. drinking more water
6. avoiding as much pre-fab/bottled/packaged foods as possible. Major focus on real foods.
7. allowing for occasional small amounts of veg-based carbs, like sweet potato and fruits.
8. only drinking liquor (whiskey mixed with diet pop, which is apparently zero carb, though that still doesn't entirely make sense to me..) on the weekends, and not to excess
I feel pretty good about my plan and how I'm eating, except for that last point. I am reading a lot of conflicting information in regards to
a) artificial sweetener - some say it is fine on a low-carb diet, others say that sweeteners still trigger your body's response, triggering increased hunger, blah blah blah.
b) alcohol - some say it is fine as long as you drink low-carb/carb-free options like vodka, whiskey, etc. Others say it isn't fine. Personally I am really confused, I assumed (apparently incorrectly) that alcohol = sugar alcohols = carbs, and therefore liquor was a no-go.
c) diet pop - some say there is no reason why not to (apart from artifical chemicals, etc), others says that diet pop can throw your low-carb diet out of whack for the same reasons as artificial sweeteners
Can anyone clarify these for me? Are they okay on low-carb?
(and if you have any tips in general for being low-carb please feel free to share)