While a low carb diet as restrictive as most diets, there are still some foods you will want to avoid.
Sugar, of course, is the biggest thing you are trying to avoid.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy your favorite desserts.
It does however mean you will need to find suitable alternatives.
Lucky for you there are hundreds of keto friendly dessert recipes that will help you satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet.
Great alternatives for sugar include things such as Stevia and unsweetened apple sauce.
While stevia is a good alternative to sugar, be sure to use it in moderation.
Fruit is also a food you need to watch out for.
Yes, fruit is good for you. And truth be told, you should eat fruit on a daily basis.
However, when you are following the keto diet, or any low carb diet, you must limit the amount of sugar you consume.
So limit your fruit intake to a few slice per day.
Fruit juices should be avoided. They are loaded with added sugars and tend to have very little fiber.
Always read the food labels before purchasing any bottled juice.
Cereals are probably the worst offenders when it comes to added sugars.
I would honestly suggest you don’t eat any cereal at all. Regardless of the diet you are following.
Most cereals have ZERO nutritional value.
And when you see the “nutrition added” stamp on the side of the box, don’t believe it.
Its actually a lie and its designed to deceive you.
Truth is, “nutrition added” actually means all nutrition has been removed and replaced with very little nutrition, and a ton of sugar.
They do this so that you will become addicted to it and continue to buy it.
The only type of cereal that fits with the keto diet is one hundred percent bran cereal.
You can spice it up a bit by adding berries.
No matter what type of cereal you choose to purchase, always take the time to read the label.
All food labels can be tricky to understand as they are literally designed to deceive you.
Keep in mind honey is also considered an added sugar.
You should totally eliminate white starches from your diet when following a low carb diet.
They are nothing more than empty calories.
The white starches you should eliminate include white rice, white bread, and pasta.
These are the main ones people tend to consume in excess.
Buy wholegrain versions and enjoy those only in moderation.
Legumes and beans are both foods that are extremely healthy, yet very high in carbohydrates.
I would never tell you to completely eliminate a vegetable from your diet, I will however tell you to watch your portions when you are following a low carb diet.
Its okay to eat legumes and beans on occasion.
Just make sure when you do eat them, they don’t take you over 50 grams of carbs for the day.
Last on the list of foods you want to avoid when on the keto diet is alcohol.
We all love to have a drink every now and then.
And that’s perfectly okay.
The big problem with alcohol is its high in empty calories.
You get no nutritional value from drinking alcohol.
Beer is probably the worst offender.
Its filled with carbs and just isn’t a great option for anyone trying to watch their carb intake.
The expression “beer belly” exists for a reason.
When you constantly drink beer that’s what you will end up with, a big ugly beer belly.
You should instead opt for a glass of wine.
It will provide you with the same feeling, minus the beer belly affect.
It is important you understand not all wines are created equal.
There are various types from which you can choose.
Dry wines are the best option as they contain the least amount of sugar.
Sweet dessert wines, though very delicious, contain a lot more sugar.
If you choose to drink a sweet dessert wine, make sure you watch your portions.
For all the real alcohol drinkers out there, you will be happy to know whiskey and vodka are carb-free.
However, they do contain calories so you have to be careful.
You can’t just drink all the whiskey and vodka you want, and not expect it to affect you in some way.
Vodka is usually the drink used to make various cocktails.
Those fancy cocktails are usually a haven for sugar.
Avoid them at all costs.
Eliminating, or reducing, these foods from your diet will help you be successful with the keto diet.
And don’t worry, there are just as many new, delicious foods you can add to your diet as well.
At the end of the day its all about balance.
As long as you are staying under 50 grams of carbs per day, you have a lot of flexibility with what you eat.