Benefits of a low carb diet. Low carb diets have been popular for decades ever since Dr. Atkins made them popular back in the 70s. And it’s hardly any wonder why these diets have proved to be so popular. Who doesn’t want to be at a healthy weight and reduce their chances of dying early from diseases like diabetes. Most people are attracted to the weight loss aspect of the diet, but there are some like myself who are drawn because of the other benefits. I feel so much more energetic on a low carb diet. All that afternoon drowsiness is gone, and I don’t need to depend on coffee or diet coke to get me through the day anymore.
What Can You Eat? Low carb recipes offer a wealth of different foods that you can feast on daily. There are the usual meats like bacon and roasts and BBQs, but then there are the more subtle dishes that seek to combine meats alone with vegetables. Many people enjoy foods with lots of spices. For this reason, many foods from Asia and the middle east or northern Africa are popular. For example, a fish tagine involves cooking vegetables such as tomatoes and onions with white fish. This is all cooked together with a whole host of different spices ranging from cinnamon to cloves. This can add a lot of flavor to a dish.
Asian recipes are often also great for a low carb diet. For example, stir-fries often consist of meats and vegetables along with soy sauce and ginger. Thai foods often involve using coconut milk, which is fine for a low carb diet if you make sure it doesn’t contain any added sugars. Some coconut milk comes in a can and some come in cartons. You should realize that they are basically the same thing with just varying amounts of water added. The coconut milk in the cartons generally has more added water whereas the ones in the cans have less. If you’re using the cans of coconut milk, then be careful as the cream separates from the water if the can has been left standing for a while. This means that you should shake before you use the cans. However, sometimes you may want a more concentrated coconut cream. In that case, you should not shake the can, and try to scoop out the coconut cream at the top of the can.
Many French recipes are also perfect for a low carb diet. Although the French are often pictured eating baguettes, French restaurants actually serve a very low carb meal (excepting the bread and the dessert). They rarely put anything high in carb in the appetizers and entrées. This makes many French beef stews perfect to eat and to make. Usually there is some red wine sauce that goes with the beef.
As you can see, many low carb recipes are basically recipes that anyone can eat. There are recipes from every cuisine that a low carb dieter could eat! Therefore, everyone cannot fail to enjoy most low carb recipes. We’re not even taking the carbs out of most recipes! We’re just picking the healthier recipes to cook and enjoy.
Whether you like asian foods, mexican foods or american cuisine, there’s something for you in the low carb diet. It’s really just going back to a more clean cuisine. It doesn’t mean the foods you eat have to be high in fat or greasy. Low carb simply means that the foods should be low in carbs. I encourage you to stay away from foods that are too fatty. This can cause digestion problems in some people who are unused to such fatty foods. Instead, try to eat foods that have more vegetables and proteins. Include some fats, but there’s no need to go crazy about it.