Banish bad carbs!

Attention, low-carb dieters: if you’re feeling that the weight loss just isn’t happening, take our "find the hidden carbs in your cupboard" challenge!

Here’s how it works: set aside an hour to go through your cupboards and refrigerator. If you’re following a plan such as the Low-Carb Plan, one of the most important changes is avoiding foods containing added sugars, hydrogenated oils (trans fats) and bleached white flour.

So read those labels. If it contains ingredients such as sugar, honey or molasses (also look for anything ending with –ose – that means it’s a sugar), hydrogenated oils, and/or white flour, then ask yourself if you really need it in the house. When in doubt, toss it out!

Clear out the processed junk foods, such as crisps, biscuits, and pasta and bread made from bleached white flour

And if your teenage son comes in and complains that all the cakes and Coke are being thrown out, then why not give him his own shelf which you don’t ever need to see? That way, forbidden munchies are out of sight - and out of your want-to-be-a-good-low-carb-dieter mind (and mouth)!

If you have a younger child, consider this tip: good health starts young. Having too much processed junk food available for constant grazing may set up a lifetime of bad eating habits. So, even if your child doesn’t need to lose weight, making crisps and biscuits available 24-hours a day gives the message that those foods are okay. Instead, introduce your family to foods that both taste good and are good for you!

You’ve got extra room in your cupboards now. So what goes in place of all that junk food? Plenty of nutritious, low-carb vegetables, such as salad greens, cucumbers, mushrooms, asparagus, aubergine and courgettes; protein sources like fish and shellfish, poultry, eggs, tofu and red meat; cheeses, including cheddar, mozzarella and blue cheese; and natural fats, like butter, olive oil and cream.

Instead of sugar-filled, carb-packed fizzy drinks, choose water as your first choice. However, low cal mixers, decaffeinated diet soft drinks (preferably sweetened with sucralose) and decaf coffee and tea are also permitted

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all carbs are bad, though. The most common myth about low-carb plans like our Low-Carb Plan is that you don't eat any carbs at all! The truth is, when you follow the Low-Carb Plan, you concentrate on the most nutritious carbs, like low-carb vegetables, and in later phases, fruits, legumes and whole grains. It’s the refined carbohydrates that have no nutrition, such as foods made with white flour and sugar, that you just don’t need in your cupboards!

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