The 14-Day Low Carb Diet Plan
Recently we came across this low carb diet plan that offers an alternative to Atkins and other strict low carb diets. If you're a fan of fruits and vegetables, you'll find this diet more to your liking than the heavy protein and fat emphasis of the other systems.
The diet is very simple to follow and its developers claim you can lose between seven and 10 lbs in the first two weeks. It even includes a dessert option.
Low Carb Diet Plan - Basic Guidelines
- Meals consist primarily of protein and vegetables. Daily menus are designed to allow no more than 60 grams of carbohydrate per day.
- You can eat up to 2 slices of bread per day. You can choose to include them as part of your breakfast, lunch or dinner, or you can have them as a snack.
- You can eat 1 serve of fruit per day. Again, you choose which meal will include fruit, or you can save it for dessert.
- After 2 weeks you can begin adding in more low GI carbohydrates.
Mix and Match Menus
Rather than offering specific menus, we've laid out the basic components of the 14-Day Low Carb Diet Plan so you can create your meals according to your personal preferences.
1. BREAKFASTAfter 14 days on the Low Carb Diet Plan you can begin adding more carbohydrates, as long as you don't start to regain the weight you've lost. This might include an extra helping of fruit on one day, or an extra slice of bread on another. Everyone's body is different so only you can determine how much carbohydrate is too much for you.
2 eggs (hard-boiled, fried, scrambled, omelet, poached)
2 oz meat (cold cuts, bacon, ham, steak)
2 oz cheese
1 vegetable (tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs)
½ grapefruit, grapefruit juice or 1 piece fruit
2 pancakes or 2 pieces of toast
Lunch Option 1 – Protein & Salad:
1 serve protein (sardines, tuna, boiled egg, cold cuts, salami, chicken, kebabs, hard boiled eggs)
2 oz cheese (yellow, feta, cottage)
Cucumber (or celery, green peppers, radish, onion)
Lunch Option 2 – Sandwich:
2 slices bread (sandwich, pocket, pita, tortilla, wrap)
Protein filling (salami, ham, cheese, chicken, egg)
OPTIONAL: Dressing (mayonnaise, pesto)
1 serve protein (fish, mince, steak, pork chops, lamb chops, chicken, seafood, beef, pot roast)
2 green leafy vegetables or a salad
2 pancakes (cheese, plain) or 2 pieces bread
Fresh or baked fruit (omit if you've already included it in a previous meal)
Cream, vanilla ice cream, mousse, yogurt
The Glycemic Index can be a helpful guide in determining what kinds of carbohydrate foods to add to your diet. Start with those foods with an index of 50 and below, then try small portions of the higher ranked foods. And of course, you should consult your doctor or professional health practitioner before going on any kind of weight loss program.
Low Carb Diet Resources
We've come across a couple of other interesting variation on the low card diet. One is the Carb Rotation Diet, which has received a lot of media coverage and elicited some impressive testimonials from people who've successfully applied it. For more information, watch the video at The Carb Rotation Diet.
The other approach is called The Every Other Day Diet, which is a rather radical program that allows you to eat the foods you love every other day and still lose weight. It flies in the face of conventional wisdom about dieting, but the author, Jon Benson, offers a convincing argument in his introductory video. If you have a few minutes to watch it, click on The Every Other Day Diet.
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For books on low carb diets, visit our Low Carb Diet Plan Resources.
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