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How to Stick with a Low-Carb Diet

Part of the Low-Carb Dieting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Sticking with your low-carb diet is much easier if you set yourself up for success and prepare yourself and your kitchen for a low-carb lifestyle. The tips in the following list can help you realize your goals:

  • Set your kitchen up for success. Always have low-carb-friendly foods on hand ready to eat. Remove as many irresistible temptations as possible.

  • Avoid excessive hunger. Eat before you're starving. When you're ravenous, it's tougher to make a healthy choice.

  • Prepare snacks in grab-and-go sizes. Make prepackaged snacks from cut-up veggies and whole wheat crackers in resealable plastic bags. Fresh fruit is already prepackaged for your convenience so carry some wherever you go.

  • Eat a variety of foods. Make sure you eat a variety of foods for better nutrition.

  • Find activities and exercises that you enjoy. If you find something you really enjoy, you're more apt to do it every day. If you're social, find friends to walk with. If you look forward to exercise as your “alone time,” plan times when you can work out alone. Make your workout personal.

  • Forgive yourself when you fail. Everyone experiences a setback from time to time. Don't use it as an excuse to give up completely. Figure out where you went wrong and get going again!

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