Carbs, carbs, carbs. They're the talk of town in the dieting world. The gist is to go for good carbs over bad ones, but do you know of these common foods with hidden carbs that could be messing with your diet? If you're trying to lose weight, check out these highly consumed foods with hidden carbs and healthier alternatives that will help you to shed the pounds without sacrificing complete cut-out of these foods from your diet.
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What are hidden carbs and why are they bad carbs for weight loss?
It's almost common knowledge that refined flours and sugars, such as white bread or sugar-laden sweets and desserts are the kinds of carbohydrate foods to avoid for weight loss.
Hidden carbs are the lesser known foods that contain these not-as-ideal forms of carbohydrates that might not be intuitive, unless you regularly look at the nutrition facts to see how much sugars or the amount of refined products are present in the food you consume.
The amount of sugar is mainly what throws a diet off. It's easy to eat a lot of these kinds of unseemingly sugar-laden kinds of foods, which can cancel out your diligent efforts to cut out the more obvious kinds of carbohydrates like white breads or white sugar.
Now let's get on to that list, shall we?
Hidden Carb 1. Dressing (+ best low-carb dressing recipe)
You may be patting yourself on the back for eating a low-carb salad, but be careful with that dressing! Here's a low-carb ranch dressing recipe. (via Together as Family)
Unsuspecting Bad Carb 2. Condiments (+ best low-carb ketchup recipe)
Along the same lines as the dressing, be careful of other condiments that you put on your foods. Instead of the generally carb-heavy ketchup in the bottle (which has a lot of preservatives anyway), opt for this homemade version. (via Whole New Mom)
Suprisingly Less Healthy Carb 3. Reduced fat peanut butter (+ best low-carb nut butter recipe)
Ones that are more processed include more carbs. Stick to the all natural stuff. Here's a homemade recipe, but admittedly, it does take a while to make. If you'd rather find an appropriate store bought version, here's a really affordable, popular almond nut butter. (via Happy Money Saver)
Easy-to-Miss Carb 4. Yogurt (+ best low-carb yogurt recipe)
Regular yogurt is high in sugars and carbs, so go for this homemade "yogurt" using sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and a sweetener. (via Hey Keto Mama)
Wish it wasn't but it is Hidden Carb 7. Starbucks coffee
Okay, not all the drinks are off-limits, but some of the popular favorites are (here's looking at you, frappucchino). Know which are and aren't diet-friendly. (via Peace, Love, and Low Carb)
That rounds up the seven main hidden carbs to look out for if you're following a low-carb diet like the paleo diet or keto diet for weight loss. Be aware and use these healthier alternatives instead to shed those pounds.