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Suggestions on cutting down on carbs/sugars?

I want to lose a couple pounds and I eat way too many sweets. I don't want to do the no carb diet, just want to cut them down. What are good carbs to eat? And what do you eat for breakfast with low carbs besides eggs & bacon? I usually eat cereal, oatmeal, granola bar or a protein shake!

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:35 PM on Jun. 28, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Oatmeal is very healthy. Cut out white potatoes, white flour (choose whole grain bread, pasta and brown rice). Sweet potatoes have good carbs.

    For breakfast I do either scrambled eggs with some veggies (spinach, red peper, onions), oatmeal or fruit and yogurt. Scrambled eggs wrapped in a wheat flour tortilla is a favorite breakfast in our house. We also do homemade granola and smoothies (fruit, yogurt and low fat milk).

    Answer by DawnA72 at 9:48 PM on Jun. 28, 2009

  • Try switching from white bread to wheat. Some cereals that are low carb are also pretty tasty, and of course try cutting out more soft drinks and such! I lost 20 pounds in a month and a half just by cutting out all my soft drinks, and not eating white breads. Also, be careful with protein shakes; most are loaded with "hidden" carbs. Granola bars too! Read the ingredients, and not just the advertising bc they will sneak as much sugar in as they can :) Good luck!

    Answer by Emuu at 9:51 PM on Jun. 28, 2009

  • Don't eat white bread or white rice. Eat potatoes sparingly. No soda or candy. And eliminate as many processed foods as possible--no more pasta/rice meals from boxes or packaged frozen meals!

    Eat things with as few ingredients as possible, and eat things that come from the earth. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and cook them in different ways (steamed, roasted, sauteed, stir-fried) and with different spices (rosemary, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, cooking sherry, thyme, curry).

    Carbs in and of themselves are not bad. You need carbs for energy, especially if you work out a lot. Just choose them wisely. Oatmeal is great--mix it with some nuts and berries in the morning, along with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Whole grain bread is good too, as is brown rice. Sweet potatoes and yams are great replacements for white potatoes. (cont)

    Answer by Mousuke at 3:20 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

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    Carrots are great too. Sweet potatoes, yams, and carrots have carbs, yes, but they are rich vegetables that are very good for you, and their carb content is healthier than what you'll find in white bread.

    When you make meals, focus on making fruits and vegetables the main course, with a side of protein. Try oven roasted yams, carrots, and onions with a little olive oil, sea salt, and thyme--my favorite!

    As for breakfast foods, eggs are great. Mix scramble eggs with cooked veggies (carrots, onions, celery, and broccoli all work great) and some meat (shredded turkey or chicken). Yogurt mixed with fruit is great too, or yogurt mixed with some all bran cereal.

    And seriously, cut the sweets and processed foods from your diet. Don't even buy them. You can't eat them if they're not there.

    Answer by Mousuke at 3:23 AM on Jun. 29, 2009

  • Diets don't work, they just keep you on the gain/lose rollercoaster.
    In order to get to and maintain a healthy weight, you need to have a healthy lifestyle; this has the added bonus of setting a great example for your kids.
    Start with regular exercise, as simple as walking, for at least 20 min a day at least 3 times a week. Next, drink your water! at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Now, eat your fruits & veggies! 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors. Eat your whole grains (loaded with fiber, protein, and lots of energy-giving nutrients), 6-7 servings a day. Cut way back on (or eliminate) meat & dairy. Add beans, lentils & tofu to your diet. You can get free meal plans and recipes from Dr. McDougall, or find his books at your local library:
    Eat an apple or a big salad before meals

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:03 PM on Jun. 29, 2009

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