‘I have to starve myself to lose weight’, is the mantra of lean and healthy bodies. This is not necessarily true. In fact, you do not have to go on a hunger strike to get what you want.
‘Carb counting’ is what this article has for you. The idea is: get your body the nutrients it needs, but do not stuff it with (carbohydrates) sugar, because sugar sticks to your body like a wet tongue on ice.
Vegetable oil is great. A lot of people opt for this when they go healthy. It has got a lot of Omega-6 acids in it. That is a good thing. However, it cannot be consumed in large amounts because it can mess with your tummy through inflammation.
Omega-3 acids can counteract this effect. They are great for losing weight and moving on to a healthier life-style. Asides from weight, omega-3 acids, or fish oil as it is sometimes referred to, is great for the heart. It helps with blood pressure regulation, keeps the fat in your blood down and it’s sometimes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It’s great for people with asthma and can even relieve depression symptoms. You can get these in your system by eating avocado fruit, eggs, tuna, salmon and lots of others options.
More often than not if it has got omega-3 acids in it, the meal is also low on carbohydrates. Think about adding this to your meal plan if you are looking to lose weight.
LOW CARB FOOD LIST
Low Carb Food List To Lose Weight
What follows is a list of food that has little to no carbohydrate content:
- Eggs(almost no carbs)
- Lamb(No carbs)
- Chicken(No carbs)
- Pork(No carbs)
- Oils: coconut, olive
- Palm oil
- Coconut oil
- Grass-fed butter
- Almond oil
- Lean Meats
- Beef tallow
- Chicken fat
- Duck fat
- Avocado products
So far, you have not starved yourself, but you have cut down the intake of carbohydrates. Even though a low-carb diet limits excess fuel, it does not really mean you should eat less.
Protein, for example, the stuff that feeds your muscles, is a must. Some of the best sources of dietary protein are beef, lamb, veal or goat meat. It is worth checking packages for additives. If it has sugar in it, do not buy. Pork and poultry are great as well: chicken, duck, goose, turkey etc. Sea products are just as good: sardines, tuna, herring, salmon, halibut, trout etc. Avoid frozen or packaged seafood.
Another great source of protein is the egg. I remember seeing bodybuilders on TV downing whole pitchers of live eggs exactly because of the egg’s protein content. The bacon and eggs breakfast is the stamp of the low-carb diet.
When it comes to vegetarian and vegan diets, the main protein sources are tofu, soy, peanut butter and tempeh. They are also high on carbohydrates so take care if you are on a vegetarian diet.
You cannot go wrong with vegetables. They are packed with veggie protein. Be on the lookout for potatoes however. Because of their starch and carbohydrate content you might gain a couple of pounds instead of losing weight. On the other hand, knock yourself out when it comes to carrots, turnips, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, scallions, broccoli, asparagus and most anything that is leafy green.
Dairy is another good source of protein. Depending on your tolerance you will have a wide variety of cheeses to choose from: cream cheese, cottage cheese, mascarpone, various types of hard and soft cheese etc. Check labels for sugar content.
Nuts and Seeds
Any type of nut or seed is sure to be full of nutrients, especially minerals. Some are loaded with carbs and minerals and you can even gain weight; everything in moderation.
Walnuts, macadamia, almonds and pecans are great. If your goal is losing weight consider avoiding pistachios, chestnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts and pumpkin seeds. If you can afford it almond flour is a great substitute for the grain variety.
Water is number one. Herbal tea is great for losing weight as well as decaf coffee, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk etc.
If possible, avoid sugar like the plague. There are many healthy alternatives for sweetening your meal or drink such as: honey, chicory, stevia etc. Sugar packed soda drinks are typically linked to weight gain and obesity, especially around the midsection. It has been linked to high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Toning it down a bit is sure to have benefits and even reduce risk of heart attack as well as type 2 diabetes.
Most spices are packed with carbs. Moderation is key. Chances are if its store bought, it will also have additives in it. Look for organic spice.