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Q: I am having success limiting my carbohydrates to between 60 and 90 grams per day, losing some weight, and keeping my blood sugar readings in my target range. However, I find that I get very hungry at various points in the day. What can I do about that?
A: You should not let yourself get hungry between meals! That's when you'll eventually resort to quick and easy (read: high-carb, nutrient-empty) foods to take care of your cravings. You may want to consider eating several small meals, and make sure each meal contains some protein. Always start with vegetables or low-glycemic fruits and then add a small amount of dairy, nuts, legumes, fish, poultry, or meat. Also remember that, when eating a low-carb diet you need to get a variety of natural fats (not trans fats), including some from animals, some from seafood and fish, and some from vegetables. Don't try to eat a low-fat diet if you're keeping your carbs low.
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