Starting Off Right in 2023 with Healthy Resolutions for a Low Carb Lifestyle
It’s been a rough couple of years, that’s for sure, but things are looking up! Take a moment to reflect on the challenges of the past, then switch focus and look forward to a future of better health in 2023. If you’re hoping to make a commitment to weight loss, better nutrition, and improving your overall state of health this year, here’s some helpful advice and tips you can use to make the experience rewarding, successful, and fun!
Making a New Year’s resolution always seems to be either really easy, or really hard. Making a big life change like, “this is the year I’m going to get in really great shape!” is easy and can make you feel great at the time you say it, but making it happen is rarely as simple as we’d like it to be. Other times, there are so many little things we’d like to do in our lives, it can be almost impossible to choose which one to commit to. The trick is to find the nice happy medium, where the resolution you choose is significant enough that it will have a positive impact on your life, but also simple enough that it doesn’t require upending your entire life to make it a reality.
For many people, these kinds of resolutions end up centering around things like nutrition, weight loss, and general health and well-being. These are all excellent aspects of our lives to try and improve, as the benefits can be quite significant. We feel better, we look better, we have more energy, our immune systems get stronger, our stress levels decline, and so much more. Transitioning to a low carb lifestyle is an appealing choice for these reasons and more, and it’s actually a lot easier than most people assume. Let’s take a closer look at the most notable benefits of eating a low carb diet.
Benefits of Adopting a Healthy Low Carb Lifestyle in 2023
The effects of adopting a low carb diet are well documented in many clinical studies. One of the first things that people notice when switching to a low-carb high-protein diet is a reduction in general appetite. This is because carbohydrates are digested and absorbed more rapidly than fats and proteins, meaning that high carb foods just don’t satisfy your appetite for as long as high protein foods. On a low carb diet, you’ll feel fuller for longer, reducing the desire and need to snack frequently in between meals.
Living the low carb lifestyle or changing to the keto diet also means that you’ll start to lose weight almost immediately. Oftentimes a great deal of weight in the body is in retaining more water than your body optimally needs. Once you start eating more protein and fewer carbs, the body naturally starts to shed this extra water. After the initial drop in weight occurs, the low carb diet and regular exercise work exceptionally well together to help continue the progress towards your target weight.
There are also health conditions that can benefit from low carb living as well, such as diabetes. Since lowering the daily intake of carbs works to stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels and keep them under control, many doctors recommend low carb eating for diabetics and other people who are adversely affected by irregular insulin or blood sugar levels. Those with high cholesterol can benefit from the low carb lifestyle, too, as it reduces the negative effects that cholesterol can have on the health of the heart.
People who adopt the low carb way of living commonly report higher energy levels, better sleep, and a heightened sense of overall well-being, thanks to the positive mindset shift and renewed focus on health. In essence, making an effort in your life to eat healthier and take better care of yourself will have an immediate impact on your mood and overall sense of personal satisfaction.
A Realistic and Achievable Approach to the Low Carb Lifestyle
Starting any new health initiative in our lives can seem like a daunting task at first. Often, this is because we are so keen and eager to get going, we try to do too much too fast, and are not prepared to keep up this pace over the long run. For instance, when moving to a low carb diet, people need to take stock of the foods they typically eat and identify those which are high in carbs, and those which fit well with a low carb lifestyle. In doing this, many people make the mistake of simply purging everything that’s even moderately high in carbs from their diets, but not making reasonable substitutions so that they can still eat many of the types of foods they love, just in healthier ways. The reality is that there’s no need to cut out foods like bread, snack chips, or noodles entirely out of your life, because there are amazing low carb versions out there that are every bit as delicious as the normal high-carb versions. You can still eat all the foods you love, you just need to make simple substitutions!
Here are just a few examples of the many common food types that are typically high in carbs, and can easily be found in much healthier versions that are very low in carbs. In fact, some products even have zero net carbs!
- Snack Chips & Crackers
- Pasta & Noodles
- Cereals & Breakfast Foods
- Sweet Treats & Candies
- Bread, Wraps, Bagels & Buns
- Sweeteners & Sugar Alternatives
The idea is that if you can avoid temptation to indulge in high-carb foods by having healthy low carb versions on hand, then it’ll be a lot easier to stick to the plan and achieve your health, nutrition, and weight loss goals. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless low carb and keto-friendly products that allow you to make an endless array of delicious meals that are healthy, nutritious, and incredibly delicious.
Scheduling Meals Helps in Sticking to Your Low Carb Plan
Another important aspect of making the switch to a low carb life in 2023 is creating an easy-to-follow meal plan schedule that includes a wide variety of foods and flavours. Repetition leads to boredom, so it’s essential that you refresh your low carb meal plans on a regular basis, incorporating exciting new recipes and flavour experiences to keep things interesting.
Find a Community for Encouragement, Support, and Advice
Having the right encouragement around you makes a big difference in achieving your healthy living goals in the new year. For many people, this comes in the form of loving support from family and friends, but it can also help to have another place to go for extra encouragement and advice. There are many online forums, social media groups, and digital resources that can be of great help as you progress through your low carb journey.
You may also find that nutritionists, fitness centers, your family doctor, and specialty food stores like The Low Carb Grocery are also valuable resources for advice on your weight loss and nutrition goals, as well as to learn what’s new and innovative in food products you may want to try. You’ll quickly discover that the communities that come together with the goal of better living through healthier nutrition are extremely welcoming and very supportive.
Get Moving A Bit More Every Day & Feel Your Energy Build
In addition to changing your approach to the foods you eat, it’s also important to rethink how physical activity fits into your daily life. It’s all too easy to miss out on simple ways to increase the amount of movement we get each day, but once you learn how to spot these opportunities, you’ll be amazed at the difference they can make. For example, it can be tempting to grab that premium parking space right near the entrance, but by choosing one near the back of the lot instead you can watch your daily step count really go up. Take the stairs instead of the escalator, stand and move around when you get a phone call, grab your lunch and head outside for your break, or invest in a standing desk. That’s just a few examples, and there are plenty more!
Get an exercise ball instead of a desk chair to help with core strength and relieve back pain. Make a point to stretch in the morning and at intervals throughout the day. Take the dog for longer walks than usual. Try playing an interactive fitness-based game on your at-home video game system. Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure for their Switch console and Sony’s Beat Saber for the PlayStation are great fun and can really get your heart rate up! Whatever you choose to do, no matter how small, will really start to add up. Remember that you’re in this for the long haul. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and every step counts.
Commit to Your Health in 2023, and Enjoy the Benefits of the Low Carb Lifestyle
We hope that you’ve found some inspiration and encouragement here in this article today. Making a move to the low carb lifestyle is sure to have a positive influence on your body, mind, and soul as you start to feel better inside and out. We wish you all the best in 2023 and beyond, and look forward to serving you this year for all your low carb grocery shopping needs. See you soon!