That white bread has been sitting in your refrigerator untouched ever since you started your low carb diet. You’ve been strong and followed the list of foods to avoid to lose weight while on a low carb diet, but why keep the temptation around? Throwing away the simple carbs lying around your house will help keep you on track during your diet. Here is a list of high carb foods to avoid while following Atkins low carb diet:
Though this has already been mentioned, make sure to get rid of any white bread in your fridge! Whether it’s hot dog buns, hamburger buns, or regular sliced bread, they all fall into the category of simple carbs. Bread doesn’t need to be completely cut out of your diet, though—try Low-Carb Bread with only 1.8g net carbs per serving!
Just like white bread, regular pasta is another high carb food that will not fit into a low carb diet very easily. Once you reach Phase 4, you can enjoy whole wheat pasta. Until then try Zucchini Pasta with Almond Pesto.
Sauces with Added Sugar
Tomato sauces often contain a lot of sugar not only because of the tomatoes themselves, but also because of added sugars. Donate cans of premade pasta sauce that have sugar as a top ingredient and make this Atkins Basic Tomato Sauce as an alternative. Basic Tomato Sauce has 8.2g of net carbs per serving and is perfect for individuals following Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4.
Cookies, Cake, and Candy
Having these sugar-laden treats around will not make staying on your low carb diet easy. Added and hidden sugars are simple carbs that are digested quickly, which is the opposite of what you want from your food. Get rid of any sweet treat unless it happens to be low carb, like these Atkins dessert recipes.
Regular soft drinks are chock full of sugar and aren’t a great source of nutrients so getting rid of those cans of cola on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is a good idea. Water is a healthy substitute, but if you want something with a little flavor, add a small amount of lemon juice.
For additional information on foods to avoid on a low carb diet, see our list of best and worst foods. Register with Atkins today for low carb recipes, tips, and resources to get started on your weight loss journey.