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Low Carb Meal Plan

Updated November 21, 2016

The key to a low-carbohydrate diet is planning ahead. Many foods are not allowed, and to avoid cheating, it is best to plan out and prepare your meals ahead of time. A low-carb diet limits consumption of all carbohydrates, with refined carbohydrates such as white bread usually banned. These restrictions can make finding dessert options challenging.

Low Carb Diet

The low-carb diet stresses dramatically or completely eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, with the premise being that the refined sugars that are primary ingredients in many foods today contribute to obesity. On a low-carb diet you'll eat more proteins, fruits and vegetables. People starting the diet should be very restricted in what they can eat while people who have been on the diet for a while can start to incorporate starches again, once they have achieved their goal weight and learnt they can maintain it.

Meals

Eat like a caveman. Create meals of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables. Get carbohydrates from whole grains or root vegetables. This is the basic meal plan of the low-carb diet. For people just starting the diet a good dinner would be a cut of meat with some mixed greens. The diet allows you all the fat you want. Saut´┐Ż greens, such as chard or spinach, in olive oil or butter to make them more palatable if you're not used to eating them.

Almost any type of protein is acceptable under as it is the carbs that should be avoided. Veggies high in starch like squash, carrots, or artichokes should be eaten on a limited basis. Leafy vegetables can be consumed with no limitations. Starches such as potatoes or whole grains should be consumed on a very limited basis, depending on your stage of the diet. Bread or white rice is almost forbidden.

Dessert

Dessert on a low-carb diet is very similar to the desserts prepared for diabetics. They will be lower in sugar, and the low-carb dieter must also watch for any carbohydrates. No more cakes or pies. Think instead about berries covered in unsweetened cream. This type of dessert is high in fat and vitamins but low in carbohydrates.

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