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What are some good low-carb foods?

post #1 of 29
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I'm just starting my first low-carb diet and would love some suggestions on good foods to fit in. I guess I'll have to cut down spaghetti and bread (which is killer cause I love them both) but what are some good foods I can supplement my diet with?
post #2 of 29
Spaghetti Squash replaces spaghetti nicely.

check out www.lowcarbcafe.com along with www.atkins.com for tons of recipes.
post #3 of 29
I've had a mashed colliflower recipe that's a substitute for mashed potatoes. It's really good but you have to make it just right. I tried to wing it once and it doesn't work. You have to cook the colliflower just the right amount and mix the right ratio of milk/cream or you get a soupy, wet, tasteless, puddle. What I'm saying is look up a good recipe and follow it exactly the first time before you try to experiment.
post #4 of 29
Check out this site, it helped me a lot http://www.stellastyle.com/members/forum.htm
post #5 of 29
Do what you want, but understand that low carb is losing its following. Controlled carb is better, IMO.
Read more here:
http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdou...00puatkins.htm
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post #6 of 29
I agree with SnowSnake - controlled carb is a much better way to go. But there is some value in following a stricter, low-carb diet for a few weeks, since this will (i) have great short-term weight-loss benefits; and (ii) it will teach you what you can eat freely, what can be eaten in moderation, and what should be avoided once you transition to a more realistic, moderate carb version of the diet. Best of luck to you!
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by thisisbrianly
I'm just starting my first low-carb diet and would love some suggestions on good foods to fit in. I guess I'll have to cut down spaghetti and bread (which is killer cause I love them both) but what are some good foods I can supplement my diet with?
Sashimi. You can get it in Aspen... long story-see Gonzo thread.
Watch out for the sushi rolls though- RICE!
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by thisisbrianly
I'm just starting my first low-carb diet and would love some suggestions on good foods to fit in. I guess I'll have to cut down spaghetti and bread (which is killer cause I love them both) but what are some good foods I can supplement my diet with?
Why cut out carbs? Just eat more nutritious carbs, like whole wheat angel hair pasta, and whole wheat spinach lasagne noodles. If you start the meal with a nutrious fat then the digestive process will be slowed allowing for a more controled intake of the carbs. Eat for nutrition in the rawest form possible and the rest will take care of itself. Later, Ricb.
post #9 of 29
St. Paddy's day is coming so eat lots of corned beef and cabbage. Stay away from the green beer, though.
post #10 of 29
Complex carbs are the key. Heck, even a Snickers Bar is low GI and won't cause sugar crash.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by thisisbrianly
what are some good foods I can supplement my diet with?
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark/index.html

click on vegetables if you're still stuck on the low-carb thing.
post #12 of 29
Lots of chicken!

Funny article about cutting out carbs
http://www.boosman.com/blog/archives...armstrong.html
post #13 of 29
I thought "low carbs" meant pasta on a plate instead of in a bowl. ;-)

The best low carb diet is a smaller plate.

2 cents

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post #14 of 29
Tuna in oil -- not water....

Add Balsamic vinegar to your salads. Avoid store bought dressings. Balsamic and vinegar are enough.

Don't forget about protein powders -- they are an easy way to have a snack.
post #15 of 29
Low carb and physical activity don't mix too well.

The only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and exercise. It's not that hard.. I just lost 50 pounds over the past year with it.

Lower fat, lower cholesterol, less sugar, and you're golden.
post #16 of 29
anyone who is wise enough to try to enjoy sliding down the snow on two planks ought to use that wisdom to realize that "diets" are BOOLSHYTE.

now with that said,

WATER is very low-carb.

but that assumes you REALIZE that the fad/cliche of "low-carb diet" is irrelevant to everything except being trendy.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
WATER is very low-carb.
Ding! The best advice yet. Soda is (nearly) the worst thing you can drink. I lost nearly 40 pounds over the course of about a year by replacing soda with water and fruit juice, and exercising regularly.

I found the hardest part about cutting out soda wasn't the caffeine withdrawl (which I expected), but I actually missed the carbonation and fizziness. If you find yourself in the same boat, go find Fruit Squeeze in your grocery store. It's fruit juice mixed with soda water, and no added sugars - according to the label, it's even worth a whole serving of fruit in the food pyramid.

The absolute best benefit of cutting out soda was economic. I can buy a gallon of filtered water from my grocery store for $0.29. A gallon of Diet Dr. Pepper would probably cost between four and six dollars.
post #18 of 29
Carbs are the body's preferred source of short term energy (like ski runs lasting a few minutes). Carbs cause people who live sedentary lifestyles and don't get a minimal amount of exercise (most of this country) to gain weight since they don't use the energy. By cutting carbs drastically, they force their body to waste energy in an inefficient process converting fat and muscle/protein into accessible energy which causes weight loss.

If this diet is meant in any way to enhance your skiing performance, you should do the exact opposite and make sure you have enough complex carbs.

If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume and skiing can surely help. HOwever, the calories you do consume should come from a balanced and nutritious variety of foods.
post #19 of 29
Read "Food for Fitness" by Chris Carmichle (Lance Armstrong's Coach). It has a good section on "low carb" diets and why they are bad for atheletes.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by kris247
Ding! The best advice yet. Soda is (nearly) the worst thing you can drink. I lost nearly 40 pounds over the course of about a year by replacing soda with water and fruit juice, and exercising regularly.
Note however that most fruit juices are almost as "bad" as soda, as they are mostly simple sugars. Water is good. I like the Hansen Smoothis because at least I get some fiber. Or OJ with pulp in it.

But yea, soda == bad news almost no matter what you do.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by jsnoland
there is some value in following a stricter, low-carb diet for a few weeks, since this will (i) have great short-term weight-loss benefits;
OK, I admit it. I took the Atkins diet out for a test ride several months ago. And yes, I lost weight quickly. BUT, guess what happened to my %Body Fat? Right! It went up! So the weight loss was mostly water. And when I knew what Atkins was all about on a first hand basis, of course I quit.

And then all the weight I lost came back as quickly as it went away. And it brought some buddies with it. So the next result was a 6 pound weight gain.

So, do what you want. Have fun with it. Fool around with it. Just don't get married to it!
post #22 of 29
If you are not injured you should be able to eat like a glutten, and exercize it all off. If you don't have enough time to exercise properly, then start thinking about a lifestyle change.

In the meantime, I reccommend Big hunks of roast beast and turkey.
post #23 of 29
The theme of the responses here seem spot on-eat better foods and don't worry about the carb-no carb content so much. 2 years ago I dropped 60 pounds in about 4.5 months and have remained fit ever since. The trick was my secret diet called the EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE DIET. And yes, by eat less I don't mean fasting, but eat less unhealthy foods (and consequently, more healthiwer foods).

And do we really need experts, books, and websites to figure out what 'healthy' foods are...goodness sakes just ask Mom..remember, she's the one who told you to eat your vegetables, lean meats and whole grains if you want to grow up big and strong. Mom and grandma would chide you to not fill up on cookies and ruin your appetite for dinner (good food). She put limits on dessert (which you could only get if you had eaten well during dinner) She was also the one who'd get fed up with your saturday morning cartoon watching and kick you outside saying "go get some exercize!"

I'm always shocked that people need to solicit expert advice on what foods are healthy (and unhealthy). No silver bullet...eat right, excercise often. That's It!

Oh yeah-FWIW A hard day of big mountain skiing is quite taxing on one's energy stores...carbs are energy...hmmmm.
post #24 of 29
another maroon who thinks a "diet" is the answer.

sheesh, people. try to learn YOUR body's workings. there's plenty of information available on how the human body processes and metabolizes what is shoved into its mouth.

here are some obvious hints:

1) calories taken in EXCEED calories burned = storage as fat

2) you have to burn at least what you put in if you expect to maintain weight

3) you have to burn MORE THAN what you put in if you want to lose weight

4) muscle is heavier than fat

whether your diet is "low-carb" or "high-carb" or "some carb" is NOT the question.

don't be such a fad-following moron.
post #25 of 29
STEAK! ... nice and bloody
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by kris247
The best advice yet. Soda is (nearly) the worst thing you can drink.

I found the hardest part about cutting out soda wasn't the caffeine withdrawl (which I expected), but I actually missed the carbonation and fizziness.
Agreed. The youngsters of today, eh ?

I have been astounded that so many of them order whiskey and coca cola.

Not only that, but they specify the brand of whiskey - usually the one that the celebrity drinkers favour.

Leave the Coke on the shelf .... You know it makes sense.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by jonnythan
Low carb and physical activity don't mix too well.

The only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and exercise. It's not that hard.. I just lost 50 pounds over the past year with it.

Lower fat, lower cholesterol, less sugar, and you're golden.
Very interesting

I lost around 20LB too in one year and I did somewhat what you did. Lower fat(just aviod if possible) lower cholesterol(lower fat pretty much), less sugar(water over soda) and the last but not least be happy(stress free living). The problem is that the beerbelly is still aroundthe fat veneer covering my SEXPACKS)
post #28 of 29
I'm no dietician but it just seems to me that the body is being starved of carbs so it eats the fat in these low carb diets. Low carb = low energy = tired most of the time. It's a downward spiral that just leaves you feeling like a flat battery.

At my best and full of energy when I eat 65-70% carbs, low fat, 5 fruit & veg a day and plenty of exercise/water. If you exercise long enough with the right (good quality food) diet then the carbs and the fat burn away together. It wasn't that long ago we were swinging from trees - exercise is natural.
post #29 of 29
I am presently dropping pounds after a season of reduced exercise. Skiing is my only fitness program and it does not cut it in terms of conditioning. I am back to the gym three days a week and I am watching my diet carefully.

A low carb diet may be a good way to drop some pounds but it is no way to eat on a long term and regular basis. I have found Weight Watchers to be a nice blend of good eating and weight loss. It's a plan that works for the long haul. It teaches you about portion controll and provides a simple way to measure your intake. It's a point system and it helps you keep track of what you consume. IMO it well thought out.

I do not believe that carbs are bad. As a matter of fact, carbs are good: fruit, veg, grains, milk. Meats are restricted in theory, but you can eat what you choose. No one tells you what to eat.

I started at 215lb and have lost about 20 lbs. It has not been dificult. People have told me that I am not overweight at 215 but at my age - to be athletic, keeping the weight down matters.

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