Diets low on carbohydrates

Posted on January 31, 2010 @ 12:37 am

In the recent years, many new types of nutrition have showed up, many of wich are related to a state called ketosis. In this state, your organism doesn’t use carbohydrates anymore as the primary source of energy, but instead it uses your own body fats, and the fats that you take in form of food. The state of ketosis is usually entered by going on a so called, keto diet, where you mostly eat meals rich with proteins and fats (remember, you will burn that fat fast, so it’s not a problem), but with very little or no carbohydrates. There are many ketogenic diets that can be found, either online, or from other sources, but here we will mention something that most of them have in common – nutrition with low carbohydrate content.

There are basically four types of meals that can be prepared on these kinds of diets. Those are: Meals based on meat, meals based on fish, meals based on cheese, and meals based on eggs. All four of the basic ingredients mentioned here have the same property – they are rich in proteins and fats, but have a low content of carbs which is exactly what we wan’t when being on a ketogenic diet. Eggs, bacon, sausages, fried fish, chicken, tuna, fresh cheese (quark), mayonnaise – these are just some of the many things you can eat on this type of diet. That may sound like an great diet to be on, but it isn’t really simple to be on this type of diet for a longer time, so it is good (and necessary, because of the vitamins, fibers, and minerals you will get from vegetables) to also include some vegetables, but only those with low content of carbohydrates, like: green salad (lettuce), cabbage, cucumbers and similar. Other types of vegetables, like potatoes, beans and peas should be avoided because of their high content of carbohydrates.

You may also wish to occasionally eat something sweet for a change. This may be a bit tricky, because you will have to use artifitial sweeteners, but there are many products made for people with diabetes, that contain no sugar, and can thereby be used on a keto diet.

Another good thing about ketosis based diets is that many people realize that they have relatively bad habbits, like eating way too much unnecessary carbs on a daily basis, and not even noticing it. Pasta, bread, and plain sugar are the most common food/ingredients that are usually taken in unnecessary amounts. By becoming aware of carbohydrate content in food that you eat, you will not only benefit by losing weight, but you will also develop new and healthy habbits that will accompany you later in life.

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