Why a Low Carb Diet? Start Here.... - THE FIT MUM FORMULA

Why a Low Carb Diet? Start Here….

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Is there such a thing as an easy one week low carb diet plan for weight loss? Of course there is!

So lets have a proper look at this with a full overview and guide to ensure this diet can work for you…

 

Why eat low carb diet?

 

(click here to read it on Watchfit were I originally wrote the article)

 

While there are pros and cons to all diet plans, following a low carb diet plan for weight loss appears to be one of the most effective.

Carbohydrates aren’t nearly as filling as protein and low starch green vegetables, and carbs also give a quick rise and fall of energy, so you’re hungry again sooner. This makes eating fewer calories (which is needed to lose weight), much easier, because you’re less hungry, have steadier energy levels, and fewer cravings for sweet foods.

 

What to expect

If you are used to eating a lot of carbohydrates and sugary foods, you may find your body takes a while to get used to this new style of eating. Your body will have to switch from using primarily sugar (carbs) for fuel to fat for energy, and this doesn’t usually happen overnight.

Common symptoms during this transition, referred to as ‘carb flu’, are low energy, cravings, especially for sweet foods and chocolate, poor concentration and irritability.

It sounds horrible but get through this short phase (average 3-5 days) and the way you’ll feel later makes it well worth persevering for!

What To Eat:

Meat and poultry such as beef, lamb, pork, venison, chicken and turkey

Fish (both oily and white) and shellfish such as cod, tuna, salmon and prawns

Eggs, free range and/or organic only

Nuts and seeds and their butters, like pumpkin seeds, almonds and peanut butter

Regular (not reduced fat) dairy; yoghurt, milk, butter, cheese and cream

Fats – coconut oil, olive oil, butter and other animal fats

Vegetables – tonnes of green and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, smaller amounts of root vegetables like beetroot and squash

Fruit (stick to 2 portions a day); berries, apples, pears oranges

 

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Other foods worth a mention:

Sweet potatoes, oats, quinoa and bananas are all higher in carbohydrates but are very nutritious. Eat these around intense workouts, for example porridge before hitting the gym, and a banana in your post workout shake. This will help you to perform well in your workout as well as recover, but means you aren’t eating lots of carbs when you’re being more sedentary and don’t need as many.

Stevia, a natural sweetener, can be used in small amounts when you want something sweet, but try to restrict it as you want to train yourself to prefer less sweet foods.

Legumes such as chickpeas and lentils – a good vegan protein source but also higher in starch. If you can get your protein from animal sources then keep legumes for workout days

Dark chocolate and/or 100% cocoa powder – low carb and rich in phytonutrients

 

What Not To Eat

Sugar including natural sugars like honey, sweets, soft drinks, chocolate bars, biscuits.

Grains including wheat, corn and rice. No bread, rice cakes or pasta.

Diet or low fat dairy products – usually high in sugar. Even in plain yoghurt or low fat milk, the lack of fat makes the carb content proportionately higher.

Starchy vegetables like potatoes and parsnips, unless eaten around workouts.

 

Other foods worth a mention

Trans fats aka hydrogenated fat. Low carb, but also extremely unhealthy.

Too many omega-6 fats, found in seed and vegetable oils as well as most processed foods, in relation to your omega-3 intake. It’s the ratio that matters.

Excessive intake of artificial sweeteners – they will encourage a sweet tooth and make going low carb harder.

 

1 Week Low Carb Diet Plan

The plan on the next page is based on working out three times a week in the morning. Feel free to swap foods and meals to fit your personal schedule. Quantities are based on the average female as that’s who I coach, but feel free to increase them if your calorie needs are higher.

While most of the results you’ll see in the first week will be water loss, by the end of the week you should be getting over some of the aforementioned ‘carb flu’, have steadier energy levels and less hunger.

Repeat the week’s plan for as long as you like; it’s designed to be a plan that’s sustainable for life. Just change up what foods you use from each food group and the possible combinations are endless!

 

Click here for part 2 where I give you a detailed 1 week low carb diet plan. 

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