I’m trying to lose weight and trying to limit my carbs to 50 a day! I’m drinking glucerna carb control for a couple of meals and trying to eat veggies and also small portions of meat at supper. Any suggestions on how to gradually add food back to my diet without gaining the 10 lbs I lost? I don’t want to do this liquid diet forever.
Q: I'm trying to lose weight and trying to limit my carbs to 50 a day! I'm drinking glucerna carb control for a couple of meals and trying to eat veggies and also small portions of meat at supper. Any suggestions on how to gradually add food back to my diet without gaining the 10 pounds I lost? I don't want to do this liquid diet forever.
Congratulations on losing 10 pounds as a result of following a low-carb diet. A liquid diet isn't healthy or realistic long term, so it's a good idea to begin weaning yourself off of Glucerna. By replacing the shakes with low-carb real foods, you'll be able to maintain your weight loss and keep your blood sugar well controlled.
Start by eating a low-carb meal, such as one of the meals below, for breakfast or lunch and have a Glucerna shake for the other meal. Next, remove the Glucerna altogether and eat three low-carb meals daily.
Here are a few easy options for low-carb breakfasts and lunches:
- 2 eggs and 2 cup greens cooked in 1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts, sugar-free sweetener and cinnamon to taste
- 3 pieces of sausage with 1 cup of mixed berries on the side
You can also try these low-carb breakfast ideas: http://dlife.com/slideshows/dfriendly-smart-starts-7-days-healthy-low-carb-breakfasts/2/
- Salmon or sardines mixed with chopped red bell peppers and ½ avocado
- Cold cooked chicken, artichoke hearts and olives on lettuce with 2 Tablespoons olive oil and vinegar dressing
- Hot wings, celery and carrots
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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