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If your cravings are strong, there is a second reason why you should never ignore them or try to ignore them and that is because of your mental health. If you are dying to eat something sweet, it may be all you can think about. You wake up and really want a sweet treat. If you choose not to satisfy this craving, that doesn’t mean the idea of eating something sweet goes away. You will be dwelling on that sweet snack at lunchtime and probably obsessing over it by dinner. If you do not satisfy your cravings, they will be the only thing you can think about. If you have ever diets or restricted what you eat then you know this is all to true! Cravings don’t just go away because you “choose” not to give in to them. Instead, they linger and grow until it is all you can think about.
There is another craving that you may find yourself getting frequently when on a low carb diet and that is for something sweet. This may seem like something you would expect as cutting carbs essentially means cutting sweets. Sugar has been considered to be an addictive substance that is hard to step away from. In fact, the effects of sugar on the body are similar to the effects of Class A drugs. So, as with any addiction, if you try to stop it, you will feel the effects.
Sometimes, the whole world of snacking seems to be based on the one thing you’re supposed to limit: refined carbs. Even the "healthier" packaged items, like granola bars, smoothies, and crackers, are full of them. If you look past the vending machine, though, you'll find plenty of other tasty options, like these smart snacks. The best part? They're as easy to toss together as they are delicious.
Several doctors who have studied the effects of a low carb diet on the body have recommended that if you consume less than sixty grams of carbs a day, you need to increase your sodium intake by two to three grams (that’s a lot when you’re talking about salt!). So when you feel that craving for salty foods coming on, don’t ignore it! Try to satisfy the craving by consuming salt in a healthy and natural way (many of the recipes below will help you!). If the craving persists, visit your doctor and see what they have to say about your salty craving in conjunction with your low carb diet.
However, it’s not only the cocktail snack that can contain a lot of carbs. What’s in your glass can be even worse. So what should you choose? Obviously, the most low-carb thing to drink is water: plain, sparkling, with ice or flavor. Another great alternative is low-carb ice tea. If you like drinks with alcohol once in a while, check out our low-carb alcohol guide.
All the Eat This, Not That!-approved eats below have no more than 250 calories, 13 grams of carbohydrates, and 7 grams of sugar per serving. With this list as your guide, shopping for weight loss snacks will be a breeze! Sounds like stashing these products in your desk drawer is a no-brainer! And for more smart bites, don’t miss these delicious, portable snacks that can help you maintain your weight or reach your slim-down goal.
Tips for Success: Read your labels. Watch out for hidden carbs; to calculate the grams of carbs that impact your blood sugar, subtract the number of grams of dietary fiber from the total number of carb grams. Also double-check serving sizes on labels; some foods and drinks are actually two or more servings, so you need to add in those extra carbs and calories.
Your Paleo Scotch eggs and stuffed avocado look awesome- thank you! I pretty much start out every day with a handful of nuts. I learned this habit from Tim Ferriss in The Four Hour Body. In ‘The End of Overeating’, David Kessler recommends snacking between meals as a strategy for not overeating at mealtimes. Don’t quote me, but I think he suggests 200 to 300 calories snacks and 500-600 calorie meals. I recommend both books.