Each year increasingly more people take up the low-carb diet. Despite being a little too strict, this diet helps improve your health and lose weight quickly. So what can you eat if carbs are a no-go?
ABOUT THE LOW-CARB DIET
This diet is based on the idea that it’s the amount of carbohydrates in the foods you eat that matters rather than the number of calories you consume. At the first stage of the diet, you are allowed 40 g of carbohydrates, then this amount goes down to 20 g. Essentially, when your body loses its usual source of energy, it starts to use its own energy reserves, which results in fast weight loss. Following this diet for 14 days, you can lose to 7 kg.
The main rule of this diet is to drink enough water. Note, however, that you also need to drink water or tea half an hour after the meal.
Also, follow these rules:
- Wat your final meal 2-3 hours before going to sleep
- Eat small servings 5 times a day
- Use as little oil as possible when frying
This diet has some contraindications, including:
- Kidney disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Cardiovascular disorders
Before starting the low-carb diet, consult your doctor: this regime is hard for many people and should not be followed long-term. You can replace carbs with natural sweeteners which can be used for preparing any dishes that require sugar.
“The main rule of this diet is to drink enough water. Note, however, that you also need to drink water or tea half an hour after the meal.”
WHAT TO EAT AND WHAT TO AVOID?
This diet allows the following foods:
- Low-fat cottage cheese
- Green leaf lettuce
- Citrus fruits
Unfortunately, you will have to give up foods such as:
- Starchy foods (macaroni as well)
- Sugar and honey
- Jam and sweetened condensed milk
- Sweet creamed curds and yoghurt
- Beer, cocktails
- Store-bought juice
Each meal must be based on 200-300 g of low-fat meat, poultry, or fish. Also, you can eat up to 300 g of fresh vegetables and 1–3 grapefruits or oranges for a day. You can drink pure noncarbonated water and green tea with no sugar.
|FOR A DAY||1/2 of a grapefruit / non-fat curd dessert or cheese||2 eggs and coffee or tea with no sugar||200 g of any boiled meat; 200 g of green salad with lemon juice||1/2 of a grapefruit or tea with no sugar||boiled or steamed fish|