What exactly qualifies as low carb food? With so many low carb food diets on the scene, from Atkins to The Zone, it's important for slimmers to be able to identify the foods that fit in with their eating plans.
Unfortunately, identifying a low carb food isn't as straightforward as avoiding starchy foods like bread and pasta, and eating more meat. The sugars and starches that need to be avoided are present in all sorts of foods and recipes in ways that you wouldn't expect, so it helps to have a bit of a cheat sheet that you can refer to when cooking for yourself or eating out.
So how can you be confident that the foods you're eating fit in with your slimming plan?
The first thing to remember is that if you're cutting out carbohydrates, you can't eat white sugar, or white bread or bread products. Once you find substitutes for those foods, it will become easier to stick with the plan.
You'll even feel better as a result, as these foods not only cause you to gain weight, they also put you on a blood sugar rollercoaster which creates cravings.
So what is allowed? For a start, most forms of meat with the exception of liver and deli or canned meats which often contain fillers. Fish and seafood can also be eaten freely, but not mussels. Eggs are great, and you can prepare them any way you want to - but you should limit cheese to about 4 ounces a day. All fat products are allowed, from butter to cream to oil, but re
member, most fried food is breaded, and the breading isn't allowed, nor are potatoes. You're allowed vegetables, but you should go for the green, leafy variety, and avoid starchy kinds like carrots, peas or turnips. Lastly, you are allowed fruits, but they should be limited as they tend to be high in sugar, and you should specifically avoid citrus fruits, pineapple, and bananas.
For further information about which foods comply with your eating plan, see a doctor or nutritionist.