7 top tips for a healthier lower carb diet

Emma Brown | 06 Jan, 2017

Carbs are an important part of our diet, so we shouldn't cut them out completely. They are our body's preferred source of energy and also high carb foods tend to be the primary sources of important nutrients, such as fibre, in our diet. But if you do want to cut down a little, follow our tops tips to get the most out of the carbs you do eat.

Tip 1.

Still include some carbs with each meal – just cut the portion and eat a little more protein.

Tip 2.

Swap spaghetti for a veg alternative such as courgetti.

Tip 3.

Swap rice for a veg alternative such as cauliflower rice.

Tip 4.

Switch sandwiches to open or club versions to cut down on bread.

Tip 5.

As you are reducing carbs, ensure what you do eat is the very best quality – see below.

Tip 6.

Limit refined carbs such as cakes, biscuits, sweets and chocolate.

Tip 7.

If exercising, remember carbs are an important source of energy, so time a carb snack for before and after your training.

As your total carbs are reduced, ensure the ones you do eat are the very best quality...

Best quality carbs to eat Refined carbs to limit
fruit

Whole wheat carbs

sweets

Refined carbs

fruit

Pulses

sweets

Confectionery

fruit

Fruits & Vegetables

sweets

Sugary drinks

fruit

Wholegrains

sweets

Desserts

fruit

Potatoes with skin on

sweets

Sugary cereals

Nutritionist Emma Brown, MSc Human Nutrition is passionate about how food science applies to the human body, and how the nutrients in what we eat affect us and ultimately have an impact on our health.