Reno Personal Training: 7 “Low Carb” Diet Foods To Avoid If You Want To Lose Weight

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A low-carb diet involves limiting foods like grains/breads, starchy vegetables, and fruit to keep your carbohydrate intake below 50 grams per day.

Instead of carbs, you’ll get most of your calories from protein and fat.

Most people begin a low-carb diet to lose weight or else to reduce their risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. The idea behind low-carb diets is that excess intake of starch and sugar causes your body to preferentially store calories as fat. If you’re on one of the low-carb diet plans out there, look out for these sneaky blood-sugar-spiking foods and condiments…

(They might seem healthy, but they will completely de-rail your weight loss efforts)

Seven Foods To Avoid While On A Low Carb Diet:

Rice Cakes – With only 8 grams of carbs in two cakes, rice cakes may not seem that bad, but they will cause your blood sugar to spike dramatically.  This causes your pancreas to release a lot of insulin, and when this happens your body CANNOT burn fat until the insulin is gone.

Light Bologna – Even though there are virtually no carbs in bologna, you have to remember there are still fillers, nitrates, nitrites, and sugars.  These can cuase your body to think it is taking in carbs, and release insulin anyway.

Hummus – Even though there aren’t a lot of carbs in hummus (when compared to bread, pasta, or cereal), hummus is very easy to eat and will quickly send you over your daily carb limit without filling you up.

Light Ranch Dressing – Your blood glucose levels will spike when you choose this dip, even though the bottle claims there is just 3 grams of carbs per 2 tbsp.  All the chemicals used to fool your taste buds will fool your hormonal system as well.

Peanut Butter – There is only 7 grams of carb per 2 tbsp serving, but it’s easy to scoop out way more than that if you are not careful about your portion control.  Peanuts aren’t really nuts anyway, and should be avoided on any healthy eating plan.

Cocktail Sauce – Like Teriyaki sauce, you will notice your blood glucose level launched sky-high, even if it does say there is only 7 grams per 2 tbsp.

Bacon Bits – Despite a reading of 2 carbs in 1.5 tablespoons, your blood sugar will spike after eating bacon bits.  If you want bacon flavor added to your salad, get nitrite-free, local, organic bacon and crumble your own.

Many foods contain sugars and “starch fillers” that will sabotage your low carbohydrate diet, even in the absence of actual carbs.

In addition to the foods mentioned above, powdered coffee creamer, chewing gum, lunch meats, sausages, egg substitutes, and low-fat foods are all culprits for this phenomenon. Besides being the wrong foods to eat, they can trigger other eating habits that will derail your diet.

And a final reminder, even on low carb diets, make certain that you are keeping your calorie counts under control.

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