By DNA Diet Team in low carb diet plan weight loss
Low-carb diet plans have been all the talk in 2019, but they are not always easy to follow. Reducing your carbohydrate intake, including pastas, breads, and other sugary food items, can be a hard transition. But switching over to a higher-protein diet, with more fats and healthy vegetables, can be done while eating few carbs, but not giving up carbs entirely.
Foods groups to avoid
Diets that ask you to avoid healthy food groups are hard to follow and not always recommended. However, it is safe to avoid carbs such as soda, soft drinks, potato chips, highly refined grains, processed foods and junk foods.
We at DNA Diet Plan know what you are thinking: “Those are all of my favorite foods!” If you want to follow a low-carb diet, cutting out these foods can drastically reduce your carb intake. Checking food labels and avoiding foods with added sugars can also help reduce your carb intake.
Healthy carbs to choose
Enjoying small to moderate portions of healthy carbs, especially wholegrains, legumes, fruit and starchy vegetables such as sweet potato, can help you lower your overall carb intake while ensuring the carbs you are eating are the healthiest ones possible. Some people restrict fruit when starting a low-carb diet plan, however, this is not recommended. It is better to eat lower carb fruits such as strawberries than to avoid fruit altogether.
What to eat on a low-carb diet plan
A low-carb diet plan can be very restrictive so it’s not for everyone. The good news is it is not necessary to follow a low-carb diet to achieve life-changing weight loss. However, if you really want to embrace low carb foods and reduce your carb intake, consider a high protein diet. By increasing your protein with healthy sources of meat, fish and eggs you will naturally cut back on carbs and lose weight without having to avoid healthy carbs which can help boost energy. In addition to protein, your daily meals should also include good portions of fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds – all of which provide you with healthy fats. In terms of fats and oils, we recommend olive oil, avocado oil and fish oils.
Dairy foods are often restricted on a low-carb diet, however, dairy is an important source of calcium so dairy should not be avoided. You can lower the carbs you eat from dairy by choosing plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt instead of fruit-flavored yogurt, and by choosing cheese which has almost no carbs.
Wholegrains, legumes and starchy vegetable – all healthy sources of carbs – can also be included in small to moderate-size portions.
Treating yourself on a low-carb diet
If you struggle to stick to a low-carb diet plan, you’re not alone. Many people find it too restrictive to follow for more than a few days. However, if you do choose a low-carb diet, remember that there are a few foods you can treat yourself to. For example, an organic dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa can help you kick your sweet tooth. Most importantly, you are able to stick to your morning caffeine hit with coffee or tea but skip added sugar or syrup to avoid carbs.
Is the DNA Diet Plan low carb?
The DNA Diet Plan recommends a moderately low-carb diet because it is not necessary to follow a low-carb diet to achieve life-changing and healthy weight loss.
Our delicious meal plans and recipes avoid carbs at night and feature only healthy carbs such as quinoa and sweet potato. Depending on the results you receive on your DNA tests, we can recommend a more personalized diet plan that is best for your body and DNA. After you register, we will provide meal plans and guidance for food choices that will help you lose weight most effectively. The good news is that you can start this process right away with our free weight loss profile and you can commence your weight loss journey today – you don’t have to wait until your DNA test results arrive.