Starting the low carb diet can be confusing if the information is lacking. I embrace the low carb diet as a lifestyle, rather than a diet. Like all lifestyles, it is important to educate yourself and understand how the low carb diet works. In this blog post, I’ll go through the basics so as to bring you to a better understanding of this way of eating.
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- 1 Basic facts before starting the low carb diet
Basic facts before starting the low carb diet
The Real Meal Revolution: The Radical, Sustainable Approach to Healthy Eating (Age of Legends)What is a low carb diet?
A low carb diet is an eating plan that reduces your carb intake, replacing bad carbs with those from non-starchy vegetables.
Bad fats are also dropped in favor of healthy fat sources. The whole point is to teach your body to use fat to burn energy. This process is called ketosis.
Foods to eat on a low carb diet
Are you wondering what foods to eat on a low carb diet?
A typical low carb diet consists of eggs, meat, fish & poultry for protein. You get your carb intake from non-starchy fruits and vegetables like kale/spinach, cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, broccoli, berries, etc. Some of the good sources of fat are butter, coconut oil, and avocados.
Dairy is eaten in moderation and is important that you do not go for the low-fat versions.
Nuts are perfect for snacking, and low carb spices like herbs are preferable
Cut off these carbs from your low carb diet
Refined sugar, sweets, rice, bread, legumes, starchy vegetables and fruits high in sugar are better off omitted entirely from a low carb lifestyle. Healthy starches like sweet potatoes and other veggies can be added later on when you have reached your weight loss goals.
How many carbs can you eat on a low carb diet?
The number of carbs you can eat on a low carb diet depends on your weight loss goals. When starting the low carb diet, you need to be clear about your expectations from the lifestyle. With strict low carb diets like the Keto or Atkins’, 20g of carbs a day is recommended for weight loss – while 50g is the norm for other diets.
Counting calories on a low carb diet
Most people who are starting the low carb diet wonder if counting calories on a low carb diet is a necessary exercise.
Low carb diets advocate eating to your satisfaction, discounting the need to count calories. It does not mean that calories do not matter. Once you cut out the unhealthy carbs, you crave them less, stabilize your blood sugar more, which in turn leads to reduced appetite.
You will find that you consume fewer calories on the low carb diet – and do not even notice it because you are satisfied.
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