When it comes to diets, low-carbohydrate diets have existed for decades, with variations ranging from the Atkins diet to the Dukan diet. Some low-carb dieters exist on meals consisting of 99 percent protein, such as bacon and eggs for breakfast and steak for lunch and dinner, while others gorge on low-carb Franken-foods such as 0-carb marshmallow whip and 0-carb pasta sauce. To benefit your whole body in a holistic way, it's essential to understand how to succeed without sacrificing your health:
- Step one: Get motivated: Low-carbohydrate diets win for burning more fat, according to a study released in June. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study compared low-fat diets, low-carb diets and low-glycemic index diets. Participants burned 300 calories more daily on a low-carb diet than on a low-fat diet.
- Step two: Get the experts' view on how to stay healthy while shedding pounds on a low-carb diet by reading "Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss," authored by nutrition expert Dr. Jonny Bowden. Also recommended: The updated version of the Atkins diet, "New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great." And experience variety by making your own flavorful, healthy low-carb dishes with cookbooks such as "George Stella's Livin' Low Carb: Family Recipes Stella Style" and "1,001 Low-Carb Recipes: Hundreds of Delicious Recipes from Dinner to Dessert That Let You Live Your Low-Carb Lifestyle and Never Look Back."
- Step three: Incorporate variety without resorting to highly processed low-carb foods. For example, try fish as an alternative to meat-heavy meals, going for omega-3 rich choices such as Wild Planet Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon. Experiment with a wide range of low-carb veggies, such as dark green leafy greens with Tillen Farms Pickled Asparagus. Choose healthy fats, such as Paul Newman's Olive Oil and Vinegar salad dressing.