Factors to consider
Planning a low carb eating schedule depends on a few things such as the number of times you spend working out, your health status and your weight loss goals. Your low carb diet plan will have to address these three things before you embark on the health and fitness journey.
Dos and don’ts
Deciding to lose weight means that you have considered a number of avenues you will incorporate to achieve this goal. If you have chosen low carb meals as your option then you need to know certain meals are to be avoided while others HAVE to be in your daily meals.
Proteins are a must-have in your diet plan so be sure to include meat, fish and eggs in your shopping list. You will also need nuts and seeds since they contain unsaturated fats that are good for your health.
Don’t forget to prepare your meals with healthy oils such as olive, canola and pure vegetable oils.
Any highly processed meals are not allowed in your diet. Avoid all kinds of sugar, trans fats and artificial sweeteners. These are the type of meals you should NOT trust, not even the zero sugar or diet soft drinks.
A breakdown of foods you can and cannot eat
For maximum positive results in your weight loss program, make sure you exclude or include these meals in your low carb diet plan:
Sugar: This category is the number one slow but sweet poison. It tends to be addictive and once you are hooked to it, you will have a hard time putting it down. Foods in this category include; fruit juices, candies, ice cream and soft/ energy drinks.
Gluten grains: Rye, barley, spelt and wheat should be very minimal in your diet. Avoid or limit your consumption of pasta and bread. Barely include them in your low carb diet plan.
Trans fats: Any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils are a no-no in your diet. You will find them in most fried or greasy fast foods. If you have the strong will, kindly by-pass the chicken nuggets and buffalo wings.
Highly processed foods: the potato chips, crackers and ready-to-eat noodles have to go! Any food that is from a factory and claims to have a long shelf life is a likely culprit so avoid!
Fish: They contain omega-3 so stock your fridge with mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, trout, haddock…the list is endless.
Eggs and veggies: They are sure ways to obtain your proteins, vitamins and fiber respectively.
Certain dairy products: Skimmed milk, cheese and yogurt are a perfect inclusion to your low carb diet plan.
Nuts and seeds: The good unsaturated fats are hidden in this category so go for them. Almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, peanuts etc.
Vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut and fish liver oils should be your cooking companion.