4 Tips For Following A Low Carb Indian Diet

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Carbohydrates have since long been seen as a woman’s worst enemy, but to be fair, carbs are a very essential part of one’s diet. You may have found that every time you’re hungry, you tend to crave food that’s rich in carbohydrates and in fat like pizzas, burgers or other calorie rich food. On the other hand, if you were to cut out carbs entirely from your diet, you would find yourself feeling hungry all the time, experience mood swings, pangs of irritability and so on.

Assuming that your wedding is just a few months away and you have already started a strict exercise regime, you’ll find that making mini alterations to your diet can work wonders in shaping up your body in no time. We don’t want you to go hungry at all, but yes, being smarter about your food choices can make a huge difference. So, what are the tips you should keep in mind for your low carb Indian diet?

Choose Your Carbs Wisely

One of the best things about Indian cuisine is the immense variety on offer. Skip eating white rice altogether and go in for complex carbs that make the body burn more fat as well. You should definitely stock up on rolled oats, barley, quinoa and brown rice. If you can’t do without bread and butter at breakfast, then switch over to organic whole-wheat bread with added nutrients. Seeds and millets are a fantastic and inexpensive healthy carb option to explore.

Fibre is Your Friend

One of the reasons why we feel hungry just after having eaten is because the food we consume has barely any fibre at all. Fibre can be found in abundance in any food that occurs naturally and which isn’t processed. So, given a choice between a fibre enriched digestive biscuit and a bowl of salad; the salad wins. Veggies and especially leafy veggies are rich in fibre and contain carbs in a healthy amount too. Opt for natural over processed packaged food products.

Yes to Protein

Without adequate protein in your diet, your body would find it hard to repair wear and tear as well as rebuild cells and enhance your growth. Including a healthy amount of lean protein every day is a must in your low carb Indian diet. Opt for lean chicken, fish, egg whites, paneer, legumes and pulses for a quick protein fix. Protein shakes are a good drink to reach out for before hitting the gym as well. If you’re allergic to dairy, almond milk is a good alternative that’s readily available.

 Have a Cheat Day

Yes, you won’t see results if you don’t stick to your low carb Indian diet sincerely, but cutting out your favourite foods from your diet entirely may also cause you to go on binges now and then. That’s why even celebs allow themselves that one day when they indulge without judging themselves or feeling guilty. And you should too. But remember, portion control shouldn’t be overlooked either.

Here’s a fact that may surprise you- contrary to what a lot of ill-informed dieticians say, you do not have to give up Indian food just because you want to consume minimum carbs every day. Ironic as it may sound, Indian cuisine is chock-full of kitchen secrets that have been around for centuries and which can help you lose weight the right way and stay healthy for life!

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