Eating Low Carb at Holiday Parties
Most of us love to get together with family and friends at parties and other gatherings. If you have been following a low carb lifestyle in order to lose weight, however, you might be starting to dread the thought of holiday parties and other festivities because you think a low carb diet equals frustration, starvation and misery.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Once you master the basics of low carb, you will be able to find a range of options you can enjoy at any party. It is just a case of planning ahead.
Create a food diary and research notebook to keep track of your eating habits and carb counts in reference to your favorite foods and meals. You might even wish to create a spreadsheet on your computer so you do not have to keep looking up the same carb counts over and over.
There are a number of diets that operate on low carb principles, including Atkins, Dukan, South Beach and Paleo. Atkins is the most popular and has been used for more than 40 years to help people successfully lose weight. There are many free resources and recipes. Using this tried and tested low carb diet will almost guarantee you will shed pounds as long as you follow the guidelines as closely as possible.
Phase 1: Induction, is the toughest because you are only allowed to eat 20 to 22 grams of carbs a day. Phase 2: Balancing, allows you to increase your carb count gradually from 25 to 60 grams per day. Depending on which low carb phase you are on, you will know what your carb allowance will be during the holiday period. Then you can plan what foods you will be allowed and which you will need to steer clear of.
At parties, remember all of your permitted low carb foods and snacks and try to focus on them rather than more tempting treats. Low carb diets focus on high protein foods. Low carb snacks include hard cheeses, hard boiled eggs, vegetable sticks with homemade dips, and salads. Most of these foods will usually appear in some form at the holidays, as appetizers or as part of a holiday buffet.
Focusing on the main course or the meats at a holiday party can help you feel full longer. Turkey, ham, roast beef and so on are all tasty and will help you fill up on healthier choices, leaving less room for sweets. Desserts are not forbidden on a low carb diet, but you will need to learn to make smart choices. Look for meringue and flourless or gluten-free desserts. Best of all, learn to make your own and bring them to your next holiday party, so you will be certain you will always have something suitable to eat no matter where you go.