(Closed) Low-Carb Diet

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t have any recipes for you – there are a TON of sites online that have recipes for this sort of thing. Search paleo recipes or low carb recipes.

I just wanted to say – any time you restrict a macronutrient, you should not restrict the others. Most notably here, dietary fat. If you restrict carbs, please do not try to restrict dietary fat. A high protein/low carb/low fat diet is not a good thing, and can be dangerous.

For snacks, I LOVE hard boiled eggs, or a stick of cheese. Yum!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Did they give you any guidance at all on what their definition of “low carb” might be?  Fruits and vegetables are technically carbohydrates, but I can’t imagine a healthy diet that would tell you to avoid broccoli in favor of bacon.

If I were you (and I know I’m not) I would focus on selecting a healthier variety of carbs.  Swap out your white pasta, rice, and potatoes for sweet potatoes, brown rice, and whole grain pasta.  Don’t skip the veggies.  Eat a variety of fruits in moderation.

Also, make sure your protein sources are lean!  Ordering a cheeseburger without the bun might make it low carb, but it won’t make it healthy!  Fish, chicken, and tofu are excellent lean proteins.  Also, nuts, low-fat dairy, and hummus are wonderful ways to get protein during your snacks.

If healthy, balanced eating is new or challenging to you, check out MyFitnessPal (it’s free!) to get a better snapshot of what your daily intake should look like.

Also, don’t drink your calories!  Drink water, lots and lots of water.  If you get a daily cup of java try a skim version or skip the whipped cream.  Don’t drink juice when you can just eat the fruit (more fiber that way), avoid soft drinks- even diet ones, and DRINK WATER!!

 

ETA- Derp.  Meant to give meal & snack ideas: 

Breakfast- scramble an egg or an egg white, eat with a half a whole wheat english muffin with peanut/almond butter, and a piece of fruit.

Snack- carrots/broccoli/veggie dipped in hummus

Lunch- spinach salad with tuna or hard boiled egg, and a splash reduced fat (not non-fat) dressing

Snack- Small serving of fruit with greek yogurt or string cheese

Dinner- Chicken breast or fish with brown rice and steamed veggies

Snack- chocolate milk or a bowl of high fiber cereal

Post # 6
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Wannabee

ugg, low carb works but its so hard to do!  I LOVE PASTA!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have lost a crazy amount of weight on a low carb/high protein diet.

If you have serious weight to lose, swapping white carbs for brown ones is NOT going to help you lose fast.

I eat a lot of chicken and fish, occasional juicy steak or prime rib.  GREEN veggies, and lots of them!  Eggs, cheese, peanut butter.  If I want something sweet, berries are the best choice for fruit.  They are “lower” in carbs and have tons of nutrition.  Citrus fruits are taboo!!!

Post # 9
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Newbee

I just want to say that I don’t really have any recipes for you, but I’ve lost 10 pounds in a little less than a month doing low-carb, and my mom has lost 80 pounds doing low-carb and has kept it off for two years now!  So, the proof is in the pudding, really.

Other bees have given lots of good advice in that you need to eat healthy proteins (i.e. lots of lean chicken, fish, etc.) and load up on tons of green veggies!  The downside to low-carbing is that there isn’t a ton of variety.  The upside is that it really does work and seeing the numbers on the scale move is great motivation to keep at it!

Although the first week or two you should try to consume as few carbs as possible (known as the “induction phase”) you can slowly up your carb limit after you see the weight starting to come off.  I try to stay between 15 and 20 carbs a day, but during induction you really should try to keep it under 10 (which is really hard because most everything has SOME kind of carbohydrate in it.  Hotdogs, for example, while a protein, also contain quite a few carbs. So does sausage.)  

After you’ve been on low-carb for a few weeks, you can try this recipe.  It’s one of my absolute favorite chicken dishes!

http://family.go.com/food/recipe-ew-504715-sauteed-chicken-breasts-with-creamy-chive-sauce-t/

I like to serve it over a bed of cauliflower “rice” with a side of green beans or broccoli. 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Search for paleo and primal recipes. 

Here are a couple sites to start with:

http://everydaypaleo.com/category/food/

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-recipes/

And here are some individual recipes I really like:

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Frittata – http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/asparagus-and-goat-cheese-frittata.html

Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad – http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/zesty-lime-shrimp-and-avocado-salad.html

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin (side dish, we usually eat with grilled steak) – http://dandydishes.blogspot.com/2011/10/spaghetti-squash-au-gratin.html

Cheesy Chorizo Stuffed Roasted Poblanos – http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/04/cheesy-chorizo-stuffed-roasted-poblanos.html

Chicken “bread” – http://foodfantabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/chicken-crust-panini-blt/

You can make most meals low-carb just by thinking of some substitutions. For example, we use zucchini in a lot in place of pasta.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I also have lost 27 pounds since July doing high protein/low carb. I actually keep my net carbs to 20 grams (roughly) and track everything I eat in My Fitness Pal. I eat 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast, a spinach and veggie salad for lunch (or occasionally tuna  + mayo instead or an added protein on top of the salad) and then a lean meat with a green veggie for dinner. I don’t snack much anymore because the protein really does fill me up. When I get a sugar craving, I have a few spoonfuls of frozen cool whip–2 grams of carbs/serving. I lost a ton the first two weeks, and now I’ve leveled off to losing about 2-3 lbs a week. I also started working out to keep the weight loss momentum going. I googled low carb foods when I started and just stuck with the list to stay safe. Good luck–if you follow it well it works and is easy to maintain!

P.S. 20 grams is definitely low and not always necessary to lose weight–it was just easy for me to stick with it and since I’m losing weight, I figure why fix it if it isn’t broke… 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Low-carb tortillas. I get the Target Market Pantry brand but Mission makes great ones too. I make quesadillas with turkey, spices, veggies, etc, but the possibilities for wraps are endless. I also sometimes make a grilled PB & dark chocolate quesadilla-NUM! You can do this!! 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jillmatt:  A million times this. Your life will be hell if you don’t get enough dietary fat, animal fat is best (though nut oils and such are ok too). If you DO get enough, you’ll feel like  million bucks and lose weight like nothing. 

Low carb is the best if you can keep it up.

Vegetables (esp. broccoli) with some cheddar melted on top

Bacon wrapped around pieces of tofu (aka the hypocrite) 

Deli meat rolled up with hard cheese and, if you like it like I do, mustard.

Lettuce wrap sandwiches (using lettuce as the outside.) 

I also replace noodles with zucchini that I cut with a potato peeler (it looks like fettuccini and is an excellent vehicle for delicious sauce)

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve had the most success when i consumer my highest amount of carbs for breakfast, a moderate amount at lunch and then little-none from 3:30pm on.

Breakfast is Life Cereal, it tastes great, makes me feel like a kid & is pretty well balanced & lower in carbs than some (though not as low as the cardboard-y ones)

WW has great string cheese options that are low carb/low fat and taste pretty good

I also eat Progressive soup each day for lunch. You have to watch the sodium content, and make sure you’re only eating the serving size (1/2 can) but they taste great and at only 20-25 carbs per serving, they’re a good lunch option

I typically only eat salad, veggies & lean protien for dinner

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