Meat, meat and more meat?
Pork rinds and bunless burgers abound?
Thankfully, you can enjoy a lot more variety than that!
In general, when following a low carb diet, you’ll focus more on proteins and limit or eliminate some sources of carbohydrates.
“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calorie intake,” according to the Mayo Clinic. That means if you’re eating 2,000 calories a day, you should be getting 900 to 1,300 of those calories from carbohydrates.
On a low carb diet, your percentage of calories derived from carbs will likely be lower than these guidelines suggest. You’ll need to find a level that you are comfortable with (or that your doctor/nutritionist approves of for you).
Here are some examples of low carb foods to get you started:
Eggs – Eggs are a great way to boost your protein intake and to limit your carbohydrates.
Meat – Be sure to focus on lean meats when adding selections from this category. You don’t want to accidentally increase fat and cholesterol when trying to decrease your carbs. Choosing chicken and turkey is preferable to red meat, when trying to keep your meats lean if you are also trying to watch your fat intake.
Fish – Fish is a great example of a low carb food. It’s also low in fat, making it a preferred source of protein if you are watching your fat intake (and pairs well with low carb vegetables, like spinach and asparagus, too!)
Green vegetables – Carbohydrates are found in vegetables with starch (like potatoes, carrots and corn), so limit your intake of these in general. Low carb veggies that are a better option are broccoli, lettuce and spinach.
Fruits – You don’t need to cut fruits out of your diet completely, even when following a low carb diet. It is best to stay away from fruit juices, which could have increased carbs over whole fruits (in their solid form). Fruits do contain carbs, though, so eat fresh fruits in limited amounts.
Whole grain – While you’ll want to limit servings of pasta and bread, in general, you may include a small amount of whole grains into your daily diet.
Obviously, I am not a doctor and am not qualified to give individualized medical advice. This list of examples of low carb foods is just a jumping off point!
Here are some of my favorite books that have some great examples of low carb foods and some great advice for low carb living!
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