Take Kontrol: The Low-Carb Lifestyle

“I. Love. Bread.”- Oprah Winfrey

Muva Oprah isn’t the only one with a weakness for carbs.

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Bread is a staple food and you’re sure to have some type of carb on your plate. Starches should make up ¼ of your plate. The key is to avoid simple carbs and focus on “healthy carbs.” There is no need to completely eliminate carbs especially if they’re complex because they give you energy. Complex carbs take longer to break down in your body than simple sugars.

Complex Carbs

  • Oatmeal
  • Sweet potato
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Beans
  • Nuts & seeds

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Kontrol Tip: If you eat carbs earlier in the day you can burn them off instead of eating them at night and sitting/sleeping on them.

It is important to make this a lifestyle and not a low-carb diet. Diets like The Ketogenic Diet are really strict and eliminate almost everything to put the body into fat-burning mode quicker. Diets have cut-off days and the day you stop the diet is the day your results stop. I suggest you live a low-carb lifestyle. You will still get the low-carb diet benefits like the reduction of abdominal fat but maybe not as quickly. Find joy in the fact that the fat won’t come back like it would if you were dieting. It is easy to have a low carb lifestyle because of the many options like cauliflower rice, sweet potato fries (Kontrol Tip: Bake in oven), squash and zucchini noodles, and more. You have to open your mind and change old habits but I promise it’ll be worth it.

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Mashed Sweet Potatos

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of light-brown sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Set a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Fill with enough water to come just below basket; bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Place sweet potatoes in steamer basket and cover; steam until tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Drain, and return to saucepan.

 

  1. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring half-and-half, butter, and brown sugar to a simmer, stirring to combine; remove from heat. Add to drained sweet potatoes, and mash just until smooth; season with salt and pepper

Martha Stewart