One of the most difficult things about following a diet has to be the cravings and hunger that come from restricting certain foods. There are lots of tasty meals you can prepare on a low carb diet without going over your set carb limit though. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.
Breakfast could be a cheese, tomato and ham omelette, sausages or bacon with fried eggs, or what about Greek yogurt with chopped peaches or raspberries? For lunch, how about a baby leaf salad with walnuts, blue cheese, crunchy vegetables, and a mayo-5 based dressing, or perhaps some lettuce rollups, which you can make by rolling a large lettuce leaf around tuna mayonnaise or egg mayonnaise?
If your energy begins to flag mid-afternoon, a handful of nuts and seeds will perk you right up again. When dinnertime rolls around, consider a nice steak, some grilled fish or crispy-skinned baked chicken, served with creamed spinach and fried mushrooms.
Some sugar-free jelly and unsweetened whipped cream makes a glorious end to the meal. These are just a few examples of nutritious, low carb meals. Of course you can use your own imagination to come up with many more.
Cutting back carbs means eating fewer calories, which is why you will need to add fat to make them up. Instead of hydrogenated fat or margarine, choose olive oil for cooking and extra-virgin olive oil for making salad dressings. You can also enjoy unsweetened cream and butter.
You will be able to see the carb count on the packaging on branded food products, but unless you are counting carbs to lose weight fast you do not need to count the carbs.
Many of the foods you will eat on a low carb diet will be unprocessed ‘good carbs’ such as meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, eggs, healthy fats, and seeds. The worst choices include white bread, white pasta, white rice, white potatoes, sugar, and anything breaded or processed. For example, there are 5 grams of carbs in just one teaspoon of sugar.
Tips for Losing Weight Enjoy a nutritious diet with good carbs such as vegetables and fruits which are high in nutrients and fibre but low in calories, so you are satisfied enough not to overeat. Track your food choices and activities in a journal. Begin each day with a healthy breakfast. Try to enjoy some activity every day. Even a walk is better than nothing. This boosts your energy and burns calories.