I'm trying to cut down on the amount of carbs I eat for dinner i.e. instead of having vegatable curry with rice, I have it with chick peas instead.
However I've got to the point where I substitue chickpeas/kidney beans for all my carbs.....whilst I love chick peas it's going to get boring eventually and I'm stuck on what I can eat instead.
Maybe try not to have a substitute for it, instead have chicken and veg, different soups, different grains etc?
EDIT: Don't think I explained that well. What I meant, try to have meals that don't centre around carbs and so involve you having to have substitutes for it... am I making any sense?
whats wrong with carbs? why are you trying to avoid them?
Just get yourself out of the mindset that you 'need' carbs with a meal. There's nothing wrong with fish and veggies (for example), you don't need a big helping of potatoes, rice or bread with it. Most people eat too many refined carbohydrates anyway, although it's sensible to replace them with more complex carbohydrates (like wholegrains) rather than eliminate them entirely.
But, techinically chick peas are a source of carbohydrates, they are the 'slow-release' kind but they're still fairly carb heavy. Ditto kidney beans, although compared to other beans they're fairly low carb. It's not healthy to eat too many carbs, but for the most part you do need some carbohydrates each day as part of a balanced diet. Unless you're 'low-carbing' for some reason (which isn't really safe for very extended periods) then you just need to eat sensibly, rather than cutting whole food groups out of your diet. For the most part, carbohydrates will provide the majority of the fibre in your diet, and it's not really a good idea to not eat fibre - that's why most low carb diets give you the side effect of constipation ...
As you can see if you READ my post, I did say that you should replace refined carbs with unrefined carbs rather than cut them out of your diet entirely. I also say that it's not safe to go on low carb diets for extended periods and I also say that it's not safe to cut entire food groups out of your diet. There's really no need to be so rude, arrogant or selective in interpretation. Most of what you so politely point out is exactly what I wrote in my post. You do NOT need massive portions of unrefined carbs with every meal (like potatoes, white rice, white pasta or white bread). A small portion of unrefined carbs (like wholemeal pasta, brown rice or something similar) is much better in many, many ways. It's also a fairly bad idea (from a nutritional point of view) to eat excessive amounts of ANY foods (like chickpeas, for example). A healthy diet is about balance and variety, not restriction or exclusion.
And fyi, I have worked as a chef and a baker for many years, so I think I know a little about carbs and nutrition.
a BALANCED diet is far better - you need carbs, as well as proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, fibre etc. Cut down portion size (even up to a 50% cut can produce the same feeling of satiety) and also, as mentioned above, go for complex, unrefined carbs, and make sure to moderate the sugar intake.
Can people please read my post properly! I'm NOT CUTTING CARBS OUT OF MY DIET. As the title of the thread says and as I said in my original post, I am trying to REDUCE the amount of carbs I have with dinner.
I do most exercise during the day e.g. walking, gym etc which is where i eat most of my carbs. However from 5 pm onwards.....which is when I eat dinner I'm quite sedentary which is why I'm trying to eat FEWER carbs at dinner time.
At present my dinners consist predominately of carbs and so I started reducing the portion and having more veg.....which isn't as filling or having some chickpeas which is going to get boring now i'm finding it hard to find alternatives.
Whilst chick peas do have carbs....as someone pointed out, I eat them because they're a good source of protein, which I'm trying to increase in my diet. I'm focusing on reducing mainly starchy foods like pasta, bread and rice (refined carbs) for dinner.
I have studied sport and nutrition for a while now and I think that cutting carbs out is generally a bad idea.
What simeon said about burning muscle is true. The first place your body goes is to the muscles. However in the long run if you cut carbs your body will go to burning fat in order to gain sugar, because fat is essentially a storing method for sugar.
I also agree with him about the sauna however if you get weighed at the fight then I wouldn't recommend doing that because you'll be dehydrated which will effect your performance.
The best way to lose weight is through exercise, if you are a boxer then from experience you are doing more than enough exercise, as long as you have a balanced diet you should loose weight. If you have low fat and low carbs which is what it sounds like your doing, you will make your self ill and weaker before your fight.
Good alternatives are things like bean sprouts, nuts, low carb bread alternatives, smaller portions of carbs or mushrooms.
Good Luck with the boxing!
Firstly, the old, Western food-pyramid example that many of us have grown up on is, on a daily basis, being proven to be baseless and utterly dangerous- formed on a completely unproven hypothesis that favored the US national agricultural movement of its time. Firstly, all foods that we eat, from raw veggies to meats, have a certain amount of carbs already in them. Secondly, in-tune, modern doctors are discovering, after studying thousands of heart disease cases, that saturated fats and cholesterol are "unbelievably" not the cause of heart disease, instead, it is the tons of over-the-top carbs and starches that we eat, from chips, to donuts, to the "healthy" whole wheat breads, the gallons of corn syrup spiked sodas and unnatural trans-fats that we have all been duped into thinking were better for us than good old, vegies, berries, nuts, and animal fats, the same great stuff our ancestors have been eating for MILLIONS of years. You can't get oil from corn or canola unless you process it; why do you think new cases of diabetes are growing out of control? Do the math, mother nature has already figured it out for us. PS, calling people names is just downright wrong, this is a discussion, not your bedroom. Peace.
I think there is some confusion here caused by the dual meaning of the word "carbs", which sometimes specifically means the substance carbohydrate, and sometimes is used as a shorthand for particularly carbohydrate heavy foodtypes, such as potatoes, rice and pasta. Cutting out the latter does not mean cutting out the former, because that would obviously be moronic.
Most people do eat far more of the carbohydrate heavy foodtypes than they actually need, so eating a few evening meals of just meat + veg, rather than meat + veg + <huge pile of carbs> isn't really going to do any harm.