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Carb diet refers to a diet that contains food items rich in carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is available in four different forms in different food items such as rice, cereals, bran, potato, breads, sweets, fruits, beans, pasta and soft drinks.

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Though carbohydrate is a vital source of energy for the human body, the starchy property of carbohydrate rich food are harmful for the health. Excess or unnecessary consumption of carbohydrate rich food items lead to weight gain obesity and diabetes, which are quite fatal for one’s heath and hence dieticians always advice people to avoid diet dominated by carbohydrates. When people seek doctor’s help to get rid of obesity or look for ways for reducing weight, they are immediately suggested to switch to low carb diet.

If your food habit has dragged you to an alarming situation, then be sure of getting the same advice. If you have fixed an appointment with a dietician and wondering what he/she would suggest, then get mentally prepared for switching from carb diet to low carb diet or no carb diet, if the situation is worst. If you are food lover, this switching over could be difficult for you, especially if you plan to follow your doctor’s advice word by word. However, there are some diets that do not force you to eliminate carbohydrates completely with one stroke. It is certainly true that you need to get rid of your favorite white food items like breads, bran, rice and pasta but you need not to put them off your plate on the same day. You can reduce the level of carbohydrate intake slowly by substituting the starchy food items with low carb green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, pepper, carrots and veggie sticks.

Before switching to a low carbohydrate diet from carb diet you must identify the food items that you should avoid and what should be their substitutes on your plate. You can increase the intake of food rich in protein and fat like eggs, fish, shellfish, poultry, cheese, nuts and chestnuts, which are far tastier than rice and pasta. If your dietician is against these, you may increase the intake of cauliflower, for which there are hundreds of tasty recipes on the net. Sugar that you consume in the form of candies, jams and desserts is a very bad source of simple carbohydrate, excess intake of which could be fatal for your already alarming health condition. So how would you substitute your favorite ‘sweet’ items? Well, you can do that simply by adding more fruits to your meal. Though fruits contain fair amount of sugar, it is far less harmful than sugar that candies and jams contain. Besides, fruits provide vitamins and minerals that your body needs to compensate for the nutritional deficiency that reduced intake of carbohydrates causes.

So don’t get disappointed if a temporary ban on your favorite starchy food has been ordered by the dietician since low carb doesn’t mean zero carb, but curb the level of its intake. Keep them on your plate but try to reduce the quantity by the day and substitute it with vegetables and fruits to curb obesity and weight.