Thanks to diets like the Atkins diet and South Beach, more and more people are becoming "carb conscious." Carbohydrates get blamed for many people's weight problems. But not all carbs are bad. There are good carbs and your body needs these. There is a reason athletes often eat carbohydrate rich foods before they have to perform. This is because the good carbs are a great source of energy. Removing all carbohydrates from your diet is not a healthy way to eat, despite what is written in those Atkins books. It is to eat a low carb diet-a low carb diet that only includes the good carbs. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Pick foods that are based upon vegetables. Vegetables have few carbs. This advice is good to use when you go out on the town to eat. Select your side dishes that are vegetable based. Plenty of side dishes have a higher amount of calories and are filled with carb rich foods. For instance, steamed veggies are a perfect selection for a side dish. The are also wonder picks for snacks. One of the most difficult aspects of eating a low carb diet is picking good snacks. Carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower will make excellent carb free snacks. If vegetables have any carbs, these carb levels are very low.
Eating lots of meat is assumed to be the best thing about a low carb diet. You do get to eat a lot of meat, however, you need to be picky about the cuts of meat that you eat. Meat isn't free of fat, however. You should be using lean cuts of meat when preparing your meals and snacks. We've already mentioned that your best meat options are beef, chicken, and seafood, but make sure you are getting lean cuts of these meats. The less fat on your meat dish the better you will be.
Using a bowl in place of a tortilla is another easy way to cut down on carbs. While you may have to do more dishes, it's worth it to limit your carb intake, right? Everything from fajitas to breakfast burritos can be just as tasty when eating off of a plate or out of a bowl. Everything still gets prepared the same but instead of wrapping it up in a tortilla, you serve it in bowls.
This will work for almost anything except for quesadillas and similar dishes. Nobody would consider a bowl of melted cheese an appetizing meal. You have options now go use them. Don't try to cut out carbohydrates altogether. Energy is one thing you can get from carbs. Just find natural ways to eat low carb. You don't have to feel like you are on a "diet" this way. This way you get to eat healthy tasty food instead of heavy carbs.