When we are setting our New Years resolutions, the first thing most of us gravitate towards is for a healthier lifestyle and to become physically fit -to exercise more, eat more vegetables, burn fat, gain muscle….the options go on and on.
This is normal and understandable because who doesn’t want to be physically assertive? Regardless of our shape and figures, we all want to love what we see in the mirror because it improves our confidence. I cannot lie that I always have it in mind to live a healthier lifestyle every year. It has been that way since I was an adolescent and became more conscious of my figure.
Loving what you see when you look in the mirror is an empowering feeling. Because of this, I have tried different types of diets, even some that were not very healthy and I am not proud of. However, I am glad that I have moved past that. My self esteem has improved and I am more focused on cooking with fresh ingredients, exercising for my mental and physical health.
The belly is one of the most difficult parts to burn fat, i have noticed. And to be honest, our diet in Nigeria has a lot to be blamed for this because it’s filled with a lot of carbohydrates- pasta, rice, yams, bread and swallow. Swallow is the biggest culprit in this because they are all just heavy starchy foods to be eaten with different types of soups. I personally do not eat a lot of swallow, probably every other month (though my fave is amala, and I have it more often than the rest).
To burn unwanted fat, I have decided to embark on a personal journey for this month to consume lesser carbs than I normally would in a challenge called “Low Carb March”. I hope anyone reading this can join me. I have partnered with a lovely friend of mine, Kubby who is a fitness enthusiast. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing tips, meal plans and substitutes.
It is almost impossible to cut out carbs completely out of our diet. I love rice and pasta. I always want to eat them everyday to be honest, but that is not helpful for me and my goals. Rather than making life difficult for myself and cutting carbs out completely, they will just be limited in each meal.
In the mean time, the current lifestyle changes I have made are:
- No carbs before 12pm and after 7pm, in this time, I drink tea, and eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Equal portions of protein to carbs in all meals, I have been eating a lot of chicken and beans incorporating them to each meal.
- Peanut butter is a good source of protein, so I snack on it every once in a while. I even add it to smoothies or use it as a dip for vegetables.
- Baked beans and eggs cooked with butter is another of my typical go-to meals.
These are just the few tips I have to share so far. The next post will include more useful information from Kubby so make sure to follow the blog. Hopefully by the end of the month, we will all be more physically tone and confident.
Do you already live a low carb lifestyle? What tips can you share to “Low Carb March”. Leave a comment and your tips will be helpful for all of us trying to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Kubby (@Kv_bby on Twitter) has a blog called “Get fit with Kubz” where she assists people to achieve their fitness goals. Make sure to check her out.