7 top tips for a healthier lower carb diet


Carbs are an important part of our diet, so we shouldn’t cut them out completely. They are our body’s preferred source of energy and also high carb foods tend to be the primary sources of important nutrients, such as fibre, in our diet. But if you do want to cut down a little, follow our tops tips to get the most out of the carbs you do eat.

Tip 1.

Still include some carbs with each meal – just cut the portion and eat a little more protein.

Tip 2.

Swap spaghetti for a veg alternative such as courgetti.

Tip 3.

Swap rice for a veg alternative such as cauliflower rice.

Tip 4.

Switch sandwiches to open or club versions to cut down on bread.

Tip 5.

As you are reducing carbs, ensure what you do eat is the very best quality – see below.

Tip 6.

Limit refined carbs such as cakes, biscuits, sweets and chocolate.

Tip 7.

If exercising, remember carbs are an important source of energy, so time a carb snack for before and after your training.


As your total carbs are reduced, ensure the ones you do eat are the very best quality…


Best quality carbs to eat

Refined carbs to limit


Whole wheat carbs


Refined carbs






Fruits & Vegetables


Sugary drinks






Potatoes with skin on


Sugary cereals

1 Comment

  • Sprog says:

    Great to have this so clearly written out (and the sugar one too)! Thanks, Emma and John.

    I love beans and pulses which seem to do triple duty: filling and sustaining with no sugar spike (warming and comforting too); protein & fibre; AND one of my five a day. I can have so many f=different flavours and varieties … what’s not to like?!!

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