by Ed Yourdon
Low carbohydrate diets are some of the most popular today. The average American diet is laden with carbohydrates, and the very worst ones, at that. Many people have turned to low carbohydrate diets to kick their addiction to carbs and take weight off.
A List of Low Carbohydrate Foods
Low carb diets consist of eating primarily the following foods. In the early stages, you’ll eat only these foods.
1. Meats – Meats are high in protein and contain virtually no carbohydrates. They make up the main portion of a low carbohydrate diet.
2. Eggs – Eggs also are very low carbohydrate foods, because they are nearly all protein, too.
3. Cheese – Cheese is also a staple low carbohydrate food, as it is nearly all protein as well.
4. Dark green vegetables – All vegetables have carbohydrates, but there are certain vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, salad greens and green beans that are very low carbohydrate.
5. Fats – You’ll be able to use heavy cream, half and half and even cheesecake, so long as it is sugar free. You don’t watch fat or calories on a low carbohydrate diet.
3 Popular Low Carb Diets
1. The Atkins Diet – The Atkins Diet is the original low carbohydrate diet. It uses protein for weight loss by inducing ketosis. On the Atkins Diet, you can eat all the protein you desire, but must strictly limit the carbohydrates. People often lose ten pounds in the first two weeks of this diet.
2. South Beach Diet – The South Beach Diet is very much like Atkins, but many people prefer it because, after the first phase, there are more allowable carbohydrates.
3. The Zone Diet – The Zone Diet helps you get the perfect ratio of carbohydrates to proteins in your diet. When adhering to this plan, you’ll eat fewer carbohydrates than you’re used to, but more than on the other diets listed.
Are Low Carbohydrate Diets Effective for Weight Loss?
The short answer is “yes”. Low carb diets are very effective for weight loss. In the early stages of induction, you may lose as much as ten pounds or more in just two weeks. The weight loss will slow, but should still continue as you move into the other stages of a low carb diet.
However, it’s important that you follow all the stages of any low carbohydrate diet that you choose. It is important not to continue on the very low carb stage for too long. You should begin to add more carbohydrates back to your diet over time.
This will help you determine which carbohydrates put weight on you, and what your particular body’s carbohydrate threshold is. Determining how many carbohydrates you can successfully eat is a critical part of making permanent changes that will help you eat healthfully and keep the weight off for good.