Low Carb Diet: Is It Right For Me?
By: Julia Lott, RD, LD, MS, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine
Are you considering a low carb diet? Eating low carb means limiting starchy vegetables, grains and sugar intake. How many carbs you should have daily really depends on your calorie needs. Generally speaking, low carb means getting 20% or less of your calories from carbs. Protein intake increases as a result of follow a low carbohydrate diet. Increased protein intake helps you stay full longer. Meat, fish, eggs, and nuts are considered high protein foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
There are several benefits when going low carb:
- Jump Start Weight Loss
Going on a low carb diet can help jump start your weight loss journey. It is common to reach a plateau when trying to lose weight. Low carb diet helps kick start your body back into losing those stubborn pounds. Restricting processed carbs not only helps with weight loss, but helps to improve overall health.
- Lower Blood Sugar
Carbohydrates can greatly impact an individual’s blood sugar and insulin levels. Low carb diets can improve blood sugar for individuals with diabetes and pre-diabetes. A more regulated blood sugar level in the body, allows for increased satiety. Furthermore, decreased carbohydrate intake can help reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
- Improved Labs
Triglyceride levels can be greatly improved by lower carbohydrate intake. Furthermore, HDL (good cholesterol) is increased when following a healthy low carb diet. A healthy low carb diet is one that is rich in unsaturated fats, such as avocados, nuts, olive oil, and fatty fish such as salmon.
Once you’ve committed to starting a low carb diet, you may experience several of these benefits for yourself. To support your low carb choices, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine offers a Low Carb menu with lots of variety so your meals never become boring.