A low carbohydrate diet plan is a dietary program that restricts carbohydrate consumption usually for weight control or for the treatment of obesity. Foods high in carbs are replaced with low carbohydrate diet foods containing a higher percentage of proteins and fats. The amount of carbohydrate allowed varies with different low carbohydrate diet plans.
Advantages of a Low Carb Diet:
Low carbohydrate diet plans are used to treat or prevent some chronic diseases and conditions including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Low carbohydrate diet plan also help in:
- Weight loss
- Improved triglycerides
- Reduced blood glucose for diabetics and pre-diabetics
- Increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Decreased blood pressure
- Lower blood insulin level
- Increased energy
- Cravings for sweets gone or much less
- Better mental concentration; no “brain fog”
- Improved mood; emotions more even
- Improved dental hygiene (less dental plaque; improved gum health)
The following low carbohydrate diet foods are allowed in a low carbohydrate diet plan:
- Egg whites are carb-free because they are pure protein.
- Cheddar cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Low-carb flavored yogurt
- Artificial sweeteners
- Olive oil
- Canola oil
- Salad oils
The following mentioned below is a low carbohydrate diet plan which might help you in deciding what to eat and at what time shall you eat it. For further medical assistance, it is recommended that you consult your dietician.
- Rolled oats microwaved
- Lemon juice
- Add blueberries for flavor
Fact: Lemon juice, when taken in the morning, acts as a liver stimulant, helping the liver produce bile to readily begin digesting the day’s food. Blueberries contain antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals from producing harmful substances in our bodies that can cause heart disease and cancer.
- One small apple
- 10 cashews.
Fact: Cashews contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy fatty acid found in olive oil.
- Warm Chicken salad
- Quinoa & Pomegranate
- 5 brazil nuts
- One banana.
Fact: Brazil nuts are extremely rich in protein, copper, niacin and vitamin E. They also contain fibre and are a strong antioxidant.
- Baked salmon
- Spring greens
- Baby spinach
- Red cabbage
- Snow peas topped with 30ml of equal parts lemon juice
Fact: Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease levels of triglycerides, or dangerous fats that flow through the bloodstream.
- Peppermint tea (Stress Reliever)