By Kate Greenfield | January 3, 2018 11:02amA couple of years ago, I went through my first full week of eating well.
I’d recently switched to a low-fat, low-sugar diet and started to focus on eating healthier.
I’d done all my research about my health goals and decided that I’d had enough.
But the more I thought about it, the more perplexing it became.
I started to question whether or not I was doing the right things.
I had a series of gut issues: chronic inflammation, bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome.
I didn’t want to go back to my old habits and I wanted to get back to normal.
So I decided to look into what’s known as a low carb diet.
I found a list of articles and videos that talked about low carb, but also how to eat more healthily.
What I found was that there were some simple rules that I was going to follow to be healthy and to be in the best possible shape to eat.
Here are the basics: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but keep them low in fat.
Keep it in the low-carb category.
Eat low in carbohydrates.
Keep your carbs in the form of vegetables and fruits, and don’t limit them.
(This isn’t to say that vegetables don’t need to be low-calorie, they do.
But this is the most simple and most common rule I found.)
If you’re trying to cut back on carbs, keep them to a minimum.
If you have to, you can eat less than 1,000 calories per day, or less than 400 grams per day.
That is less than half of what you would eat if you were following a low fat, low sugar diet.
Try to keep your intake of fruits, vegetables, and grains to a bare minimum.
This means eating about 10% of your daily calories from fruit and vegetables.
If your intake is too low, you’ll feel full.
If it’s too high, you may need to eat some less.
If all you want is a cup of tea, go for it.
It’s ok to have a few extra cups of tea at the end of the day.
If that’s what you want, that’s OK.
It will help you lose weight.
When I went on this diet, I had no clue that I could be healthy in such a short amount of time.
I felt like a failure.
But now that I’ve been eating well, I’m confident in my diet and I’m not hungry for carbs.
This article originally appeared on New York magazine.