As someone who experimented with the Slow Carb Diet for a while, I’m a pretty big fan. It’s innovative, creative, and dead simple.
But even though the diet is simple, let’s face it – humans make mistakes especially when we don’t know what we shouldn’t be doing.
So I decided to write about the 5 mistakes that most people make with the slow carb diet so you can ensure you don’t fall victim to the same pitfalls.
Mistake # 1 – Not Getting Enough Protein in the Morning
Many people report not feeling hungry in the morning or report that they are unable to have a heavy breakfast early after waking up. This is a very big mistake if you want to see results from the slow carb diet.
Eating a high protein breakfast will make a huge difference in your results and even if you don’t feel hungry you should get this breakfast in. You will get used to it in no time anyway so the first couple days are always the roughest.
Mistake # 2 – Not Consuming Adequate amounts of Water
So many people hate drinking water and drink little to no water. When it comes to the slow carb diet you have to drink your water and drink plenty of it. Since this diet is high in fiber you need to ensure that you are effectively hydrated.
It is easy to forget to drink your water especially if you never liked to drink water before starting this diet. Keep a bottle of water with you always and keep sipping from it throughout the day. Replace each bottle immediately after it finishes so that you won’t lapse and forget to get another bottle later.
Just like breakfast, consuming your water will become easy overtime as long as you don’t give up and give in.
Mistake # 3 – Not Consuming Adequate amounts of Legumes
Legumes have a low caloric density than your starches and so you will need to eat more of these through the day than you would of starch. You can purchase pre-cooked canned lentils and beans to ensure that you always have legumes and hand and won’t have to go through the lengthy cooking process that usually goes with items purchased in the produce section.
Mistake # 4 – Not Getting Adequate amounts of Sleep
Not getting adequate amounts of sleep can have a huge effect on your health and specifically your weight. Many don’t realize the type of correlation that good sleep has with their weight and more aware of the effects of lack of sleep on their ability to focus and make good decisions.
The truth is that sleep affects hormone imbalances and as such when you don’t sleep well you will end up eating more. And we all know what happens when we start to eat more.
If you are having trouble falling asleep at night you may have a lot on your mind. Try to keep a journal by your bedside and write down all the things on your mind as a form of release so you can head off to dream land.
Mistake # 5 – Not Paying Attention to the Foods that Cause you to Overeat
We call these foods domino foods. These are the foods that are allowed on the diet but the ones that you can easily get lost with and overeat. You want to decide on your portions in advance and if you are doing the meal prep yourself; prepare that one serving so there is no urge to go back for seconds. If you are not in charge of meal prep you can use your water to help you not overeat on your domino foods.
Water will fill you up leaving no space for more of hat food which can easily add up.
The Slow Carb diet is simple but it is by no means infallible. By avoiding these common mistakes you can get the most out of this diet and if you find yourself making these mistakes you can turn them right around.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made that’s kept your slow-carb diet successes from reaching their potential?
About the author: Jane McCafferty is a personal trainer and a health & fitness fanatic. In her spare time, she blogs over at Jane’s Best Fitness.