The Fat Fight continues… For any effective weight loss program today, consumption of low/no carb food products have become popular and essential. Few believe, as long as you lose weight, what you eat doesn’t really matter. Wrong! Being slim is good but being unhealthy is bad. Don’t make carbohydrate your worst enemy. Carbohydrates are not as bad as you think.
The popularity of low-carb diets has given carbohydrates a bad reputation. Carbohydrate is the fuel to your brain, nervous system and muscles in your body. It is the essential source of energy for the body but over-intake of it leads to our popular body sickness, ‘Obesity’.
There are three main kinds of carbohydrates: sugar, starch, and fibre. We should note one point before starting off, that fibre unlike the rest of the carbohydrates doesn’t easily get digested and has lesser chances of breaking down to sugar molecules inside the body. Fibre increases metabolism and lowers cholesterol. So for a healthy diet with low/no carb food list, fibre shouldn’t be avoided.
The best available drink, popularly available at almost every household is Water. Yes, it is that carb-free drink you can bank upon to not only quench your thirst but to optimise your internal bowel movement. Even club soda is proven to be carb-free. Your balck brewed coffee using just ground coffee beans is carb-free until you add milk or sugar. So next time when you make coffee chose your diet plan over your taste buds. Even gin, vodka, rum and whiskey are carb-free drinks. However, excess intake of these drinks is risky in its own way.
Prevent the Processed
Boycott the processed food items that have been the culprit to all that trans fats and exceeding sugar levels in the body. Food manufacturers add carbohydrates to processed foods in the form of starch or added sugar. Unprocessed form of any meat and fish product is the best to consume as they are carb free. Chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb are absolutely carb-free if unprocessed.
Be the proud Eggetarian
The protein rich affordable food item, eggs are the carb-free vitamin rich product that can be consumed by all. Eggs provide four essential nutrients to a pregnant woman needs which include choline, protein, folate and iron. Choline, contributes to foetal brain and nerve tissue development, thus helping in the prevention of birth defects.
This scrumptious low-carb staple includes certain kinds of its own that can be consumed without a thought for carbohydrate fat. These include Parmesan, Meunster, Camembert, Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, Mozzarella and Blue cheese.
Other milk products such a skimmed milk and yoghurt
A Yes to Spicy Life
If you want to savour the taste of food with some hot sauces and few seasonings with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, parsley, basil, peppermint, cloves or paprika then you are definitely on the right track. Their net carb will curb down your weight for sure!
Garcinia Cambogia – The Fighter
Garcinia Cambogia fruit (a small pumpkin shaped fruit sometimes called a tamarind) is popularly known as the ‘’Holy Grail of weight loss’’ has hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is not only carb-free but the fat blocker of the body. This fat busting fruit is popular in south-east Asia and is used in many dishes of Kerala in the south of India.
Time for your Sea Foods
A lot of seafood with very low carbohydrate content includes molluscs such as clams and oysters, shellfishes such as lobsters, shrimps, squids, scallops, clay fishes, clamps and crabs. All other types of freshwater and saltwater fishes, such as catfish, bass, salmon, tuna, trout, flounder and halibut are excellent for the sea food gourmets.
Go nuts – The Healthy way
Several kinds of nuts such peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews and even natural peanut butter can not only be added to your diet but they also enliven your dishes.
It is very interesting to note that carbohydrate that is simple in form is dangerous as it spikes up the blood sugar level. However, complex carbohydrate is essential for energy production in the body. Millet, wheat germ, oats, wild rice, brown rice, barley, oat bran, cornmeal, buckwheat, and amaranth are excellent storehouses of complex carbohydrate. Whole grain bread, bagels, buns and rolls, pasta, macaroni and breakfast cereals are made from these.
Even fruits such as oranges, apricots, prunes, grapefruits, strawberries, apples and pears are rich in complex carbohydrate. Vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, asparagus, parsley, spinach and cabbage are good options. Legumes also are rich in complex carbohydrate. Popularly known as pulses, these are primarily seeds with external pod. They include lentils, garbanzo beans, soy beans, kidney beans, black beans, peas, and pinto beans.
One should keep in mind that the mission is not to restrict carbohydrate from your diet because it is essential to healthy survival. Almost every plant, fruit and vegetable contains carbohydrate to a certain extent and we cannot boycott everything from eating.
A major British journal had published a research saying that low carb diet with protein-rich food intake makes an individual susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. Hence, absolute ban on the use of pro-carbohydrate food items is bad. ‘Balance’ is the one-word solution to every problem. Balance your food and your body will have its own balance with size.
However, relinquishing few comfort foods most of which primarily includes the popular junks like pastries, aerated and sweetened drinks, doughnuts, cakes, cookies and the bigger culprits like burgers and pizzas might sound blander and abominable a choice. Yet, if you want to survive longer, even after forgetting all the rat race for a slim size figure, this much of sacrifice is still worth a life.