Carbohydrates are calorie rich nutrients and one of the three macronutrients you should get every day along with protein and fat. However, many foods contain added sugars, the simplest form of carbohydrates, which provide empty calories. Cutting added sugars from your diet can help you decrease your calorie intake, lose weight and get ripped. Reduce your carbohydrate intake with a few simple substitutions.
Decrease your carbohydrate intake by substituting high-carb foods, such as rice, potatoes and pasta, with vegetables. Vegetables are low in calories and contain only small amounts of carbohydrates. For example, use steamed cauliflower instead of rice in your meals.
Replace carbohydrate rich wheat pasta and noodles with miracle noodles. Miracle noodles contain only soluble fiber, a form of carbohydrate that your body cannot digest, and have zero calories. Fiber is also essential for proper function of your digestive system. Fiber can prevent many health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Cut carbohydrates by substituting regular spaghetti with spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable that is packed with nutrients and water and contains only small amounts of calories and carbohydrates.
Cut sugary foods, such as candy, cakes, pastries, fruit yogurts and cereals, from your diet. Eat plain yogurt or high-fiber cereal with fresh berries and fruit to sweeten your meals. Berries and fruits are naturally sweet and contain only a few calories and carbohydrates.
Avoid juice and regular sodas which are high in sugars; drink water, diet soda or light juice instead. Also use sweeten your drinks with artificial sweeteners instead of plain sugar. This will help cut grams of sugar from your diet.
- Cutting carbohydrates and calories from your diet will not make you ripped alone. Eat a low-calorie diet and exercise regularly to build your muscle mass. Diet and exercise will help you lose fat around your body, and, in time, your trained muscles will become more defined.
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