Low Carb Foods

Posted by Linda O'Byrne (Atkins Nutritionist)

When creating a diet plan, many people look for quick weight loss as one of their primary aims.

Low carb foods are foods that are low in carbohydrates – no surprise there but what are some common low carb  foods and what are their benefits?

In modern Western diets, much of what is eaten is relatively high in carbs – pastas, cereals, potatoes and many meals have a high carb ‘side dish’ accompaniment.

However, it isn’t difficult to find tasty low carb foods and to maintain a low carb diet should you so wish. Meat;including red meat such as steaks; fish, seafood, poultry, cheese, eggs and vegetables,  – a trolley full of low carb goods could provide many wonderful meals.

The Atkins Carb Counter tells you the amount of grams of carbs in common foods and has advice on which foods to avoid. In the UK, you count ‘total’ carbs as fibre is shown separately so no need to deduct it from the carb amount..

Sometimes getting a low carb option simply involves a little change in routine. Drink lattes? They have 14g of net carbs, switch to an Americano and that drops to two grams. Simple changes can make a big impact.

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Why eat low carb foods?

For many it can be hard to understand that a meal consisting of a juicy steak, full-fat cheese, eggs and green veg could result in weight loss as surely the plate is laden with fatty foods?

However, cutting fat and calories from the diet isn’t necessarily the right choice.and increasing research shows that they type of low fat/low calorie approach results in a greater incidence of weight gain.

On a high-carb diet, remember that's most Western diets, the body gets its energy from glycogen and excess fat is stored as bodyfat. Cutting carbs gives the body no option but to use the fat for energy, so the fat and calories in steak, cheese, eggs and more become the body's essential fuel, as well as your own bodyfat; resulting in weight loss.

Also, you don’t feel hungry; as when following the low fat approach; so you’re more likely to stick to a low carb diet and maintain weight loss. As you can see by reading some of the articles on this site, Atkins as a low carb diet has been endorsed by more than 100 independent scientific reviews, with the likes of Stanford University remarking on how low carb diets, unlike other types, lead to longer term, lifelong weight loss.

Low carb foods also have other health benefits, with lower carb diets being linked with improvements in health for diabetes sufferers and even some research suggesting the diet can help cancer and epilepsy sufferers – though of course anybody with a medical condition shoud consult a doctor prior to any major changes to their diet.

Low carb foods tend to taste great and are satisfying and the proven health benefits speak for themselves..

Fancy some pork in red wine, scallops with asparagus or maybe a beef balti? Tuck in – they contain only low carb ingredients and there are plenty more dishes just like these on this site.