What are the best low carb foods that can help you lose weight and still keep you satisfied?
When you’re trying to lose weight, carbohydrates and refined sugars are the enemy.
Your body instantly processes these foods into sugar, which foods your cells and almost immediately gets stored into fat cells.
Plus, these types of sugars only give you a short-term boost of energy, which leaves you hungry and lethargic right after you eat them.
This leads to a vicious cycle of eating more and more of them to get the energy that your body needs to get you through the day.
High carbohydrate foods are:
- Refined “white foods” such as white rice and white bread
- Rolls, muffins, cereals or other types of starches
- Sugars, suckers, and candies
- Sodas and concentrated juices
When you’ve developed a “muffin top” around your waist and your muscles start to sag, it’s a good bet that you’re eating way too many pastas, cereals, and other carbs.
The key to a healthy, balanced diet is to eat foods that provide lots of energy, and pack as few sugars as possible with vitamins and minerals as possible as well as anti-inflammatory substances, anti-oxidants, and muscle building proteins.
To help in your in journey to fitness, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best low carb foods for weight loss to help give you more energy, save you money at the grocery store, and fight that extra flab naturally:
Proteins and Fats (Moderate Use)
1. Catfish, Grouper, Tilapia, Salmon, Swai
Even if you don’t like the “fishy taste,” you’ll still like these milder fish.
The important thing to remember is that fish has practically no complex carbs.
It’s all nutrient packed omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Just put them in a pan, drizzle them with some lemon juice and thyme and cook them up and you’re ready to eat.
2. Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Top Sirloin, Roast Beef
Go for a drumstick and sear it on a grill, or take some lean turkey to swap out for ground beef.
When you season it all perfectly, it all tastes spectacular while dramatically hacking away at your waistline.
When you have a taste for something a little more substantial go for a low far thin cut of meat over something that’s a little fattier.
Like fish, red meat has practically no carbs, but don’t overdo it on the fat content.
Keep it healthy, marinated in some red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic and onion powder to cut out refined sugars and artificial ingredients in marinades.
3. Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Pinto Beans
Beans are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, plus they’re inexpensive and easy to cook (as long as you know the technique).
Plus, they’re packed with protein and fiber to give you long lasting, sustained energy and keep you full without giving you a bunch of carbohydrates.
Garbanzo beans are great for hummus (with some olive oil, lemon juice, and paprika).
Soak your beans in a bowl (covered in water) and slow cook them the next day in your crock pot with some seasoning.
You’ll love the way they taste, and they’re incredibly cost-effective.
4. Cottage Cheese, Hard Cheeses, Greek Yogurt, Avocados and Eggs
Don’t go for processed or sliced cheeses, stick with low fat cottage cheese (made from less fatty milk), and Greek yogurts that aren’t made with artificial sugars like aspartame.
They pack a one-two punch of nutrients, providing protein, calcium, and tons of probiotics to keep you regular.
Eggs are loaded with protein and healthy fats, like avocados- that have the added benefit of monounsaturated fats and fiber.
5. Butter, Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans, Sunflower Seeds
Contrary to what you’ve probably been told, butter isn’t that bad for you.
When used sparingly, it’s far healthier than margarine that is highly processed- which have been linked to increased cardiovascular disease.
Almonds, pistachios, pecans, and other types of seeds are loaded with protein and healthy omega-3 fats, but only when they’re enjoyed in healthy serving sizes, without all the salt and flavoring.
Vegetables (Moderate to Heavy Use)
6. Radishes, Asparagus, Bok Choy, Celery, Zucchini, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spinach, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers
We’ve grouped this group of vegetables together because if you’re trying to eat healthier and cut carbs, these veggies should be the foundation of your diet.
The best part- you can eat a ton of them and stuff yourself, and end up eating a very small portion of carbs compared to vitamins.
Just cut em up and eat them up, or sauté them up with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.
7. Spaghetti Squash, Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower
An interesting fact about food- typically the color of the food represents the quality of the vitamins within.
This group of foods has been getting a lot of hype because they’re being used to replace some of our favorite carbs- like spaghetti and pizza crusts, and sweet potatoes can curb your potato urges.
Fruits (Eat In Moderation)
8. Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Star fruit, Pomegranates, Grapes
Watermelon and other fibrous fruit are great because they keep you regular and pump you full of vitamin C.
Pomegranates too! Just pop them out of that weird looking shell, and put them in your mouth!
Grapes are great to throw in a snack bag and take to work, too. Bite-sized and ready to go!
9. Peaches, Apricots, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries
Peaches and apricots are full of antioxidants and beta-carotene (vitamin A) both of which have been linked to improved brain function.
Strawberries are low in sugar, and easy to eat, but pack a nutritional punch in Vitamin C and bio-flavonoids which fight free radicals and inflammation.
10. Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, and Oranges
If you’re drinking a lot of water (and you should be), you can infuse these fruits with your water to get the best of both worlds.
They’re great without the rinds too- full of fiber and packed with nutrients.
Bonus Drink Options:
Teas, Tomato Juices, La Crux, Unsweetened Almond Milk
Bonus tip- carry out the carb-crunch to your drinking habits too. You can eliminate carbs all together, and drink just about anything you could ever want.
When you want a juice, grab some tomato juice or 100 percent juice (but limit your servings).
La Crux is great for a little bit of flavor without any artificial sweeteners in traditional “carbonated water” like Sucralose, but they take a little getting used to.
Try it out! You’ll love your new diet, and you’ll feel better too: you’ll have more energy, you’ll feel fuller, and you’ll stop feeling sick.
Then, there’s the added bonus of cutting your waistline and eliminating bloat. Who’s hungry?