I am a terrible lifelong carb addict. They still tempt me. Some days I think the aromas coming from the grocery baking department is going to send me right over the edge!
I do succumb to breads here and there. I try to be careful, though. I will buy mini croissants - ask the bakery folks to make me up a bag of half a dozen or fewer...and freeze them in 2-count portions. If I buy sliced bread, it's Pepperidge Farms' Very Thin White or Wheat. I also portion those out. Their "serving" is 3 slices...the nutritional value of one slice is really minimal, and it has a nice "artisany" texture: slightly firm. Toasts most wonderfully.
Rice was the hardest thing to give up. Since changing my dietary habits, my digestion no longer is as accepting of rice as it used to be. A relief! but still, I crave it. I'll take a mouthful once in a great while and regret it. At least I'm not longing for it for a while after that! LOL
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I haven't given up any. I just eat in moderation. The 50-30-20 carb, fat, protein split is working great for me.
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Its absolutely possible to not be able to lose weight even on a restricted calorie diet if your carbs are too high. This happened to me - my doctor told me too many carbs affect insulin response and can interfere with weight loss. I went from 300 a day on a plant based diet to a more reasonable 150-175 a day and I finally started losing weight.
My fave carbs right now are yummy winter veggies like squash and sweet potatoes. Beets too :)
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I have given up no carbs at all. I eat pasta, rice, bread.. all of it. However, I have gotten smarter about my choices. I have gradually adjusted to whole grain pasta, where in the beginning I hated it. I couldn't take the texture. What I learned is that this isn't all or nothing. Instead of switching to whole grain pasta and hating the whole thing, I mixed it half and half, not so bad, and I barely noticed the whole grain. Over time I have expanded the amount of whole grain, until that's all I eat now .I still don't turn my nose up at regular if it's offered.
I don't like brown rice, and it takes too long to cook. So I eat white, and eat less of it.
i am having a major problem giving up baked potatoes. I no longer eat butter i use fat free sour cream and a pinch of cheese with no salt(yea me) and pepper but for the life of me i crave a baked potaoe almost every day, i eat hardly any sweets no chips and all whole wheat bread instead of white so i guess at least iv change some bad habbits and the other will take time
I still eat bread, and I don't freak out over it....I might put in a little extra time on the elliptical.
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I wouldn't "give up" any carbs, but in particular, my "indulgent" carbs are bagels and beer, which I adore. I eat one bagel a week, and drink beer a couple of times a week as a treat. I also cook a lot of Asian food, so like others, I wouldn't ever completely stop eating white rice. Brown rice is great in some recipes (fried rice, stir fries, etc.), but some NEED white rice. Brown rice sushi is truly an abomination. :)
The types of carbs I most frequently eat--on a day-to-day basis--come from oatmeal, fruit, beans, potatoes, hummus, and yogurt/milk.
That said, while I eat them occasionally, I don't eat pasta/noodles, pizza, cold cereal, or regular sandwich bread very often anymore, and I don't miss those things at all.
I love how everyone said NONE, and then listed some..lol.
I have given up a lot of carbs, and don't miss them. Pasta, noodles, potatoes, corn, cereal, even most fruit.
Carbs I will not give up are raspberries, nuts, and vegetables. I also like beans, so eat them in limited quantities. I doubt you consider cheese or eggs to be a carb item, but eat those, which have some carbs also. Other than that I eat meat, and fats.
The funny thing is, I figured out which carbs gave me issues by answering this very question. I eliminated all the foods " I couldn't give up ". I used to love pasta, rice, bread, cereal, fiber bars, oranges, and bananas. Sadly most of the foods we " have to have " are bad for us. We can't stop eating these foods so we overeat. I know it is nice to say " I will just eat smaller portions ", but if that was really an option, why did we gain weight in the first place?? All things in moderation is a great idea till you drink 8 ozs of a 20 oz Pepsi, and have 1.5 servings left, or a serving of Ben & Jerry's, and put the rest back in the freezer.
If you can't cut it out completely, it is an addiction, and abstinence works a lot better than moderation. Just ask a drug addict, or alcoholic.
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I totally agree about the white rice think. I tried brown rice a long time ago and I was very diligent about it but it was just awful after being used to the taste and texture of white rice. There are plenty of ways to add things to the rice to make it nice and nutritional, and there are plenty of OTHER ways to get good grains or fiber. Don't mess with the rice!
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Like others have said, I choose not to give up anything. I have a long way to go, and have come a long way already and it wouldn't be possible if this was a "diet" with restrictions. I am choosing to eat within the ranges set out by Sparkpeople, including watching extra nutrients like fiber, calcium and iron. It's all about moderation and not perfection. If I want something, I make it work or accept that (on rare occasions) I am going to go over my ranges with the understanding that it may have consequences and whether or not it is worth it.
Maybe i'll look at this question in a slightly different way, and say what item i would not "substitute" for.
Which would be WHITE rice. Yes yes brown rice is superior nutritionally, but it just is not the same in any way. Rice. Must. Be. White. I can enjoy whole wheat versions of pasta and i prefer whole grain bread. But rice? I'd rather eat a smaller portion and/or less frequently, than trade it out for "better" rice.
I eat in a calorie range so I don't have to give up anything. But if I had to pick one carb that I wouldn't want to give up, it would be pasta. I LOVE pasta. I have a thing with pasta shapes... I probably have 20+ different kinds of pasta in my kitchen right now.
I'm Asian, so white rice or rice noodles will never be eliminated in my diet.
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I LOVE pasta of any kind and I LOVE rice. But I don't try to give them up. In fact they are quite healthy and full of vitamins if eaten in the right proportions and not doused with butter or oil.
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I don't really give anything up. I just reduce my portions. But, if I had to choose, I would not give up pasta. I'm Italian.
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I don't give up anything. I just try to eat it in moderation and track whatever I eat. By doing this I am learning to make healthy choices. I love pizza, but eating it in moderation has been a good learning for me.
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