When trying to burn fat off your body for the summer, it is best to eliminate most of the carbohydrates from your diet. Your body runs on calories mainly from carbs, which means if you don’t eat them, your body will use the calories stored in your fat cells.
If you have a hard time losing weight of keeping weight off, this probably means you are carbohydrate intolerant. This means your body does not need as many carbs to function. So when you eat the normal amount of carbs, it stores a lot of the calories as fat cells.
When you are carb tolerant (skinny mfers) this means your body can tolerate a lot of carbs and use all the energy from the carbs you eat. Thus, your body does not store extra energy from these carbs as fat cells.
So for most of us who are carb intolerant, a low carb diet is key when trying to burn fat from your body. To make it simple, we have broken down the list of No Carb & low carb foods into Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner items, as well as snacks. This will make it easy for you to choose which foods are right for you!
-Eggs (almost zero carbs)
-Bacon (zero carbs if not cured with sugar)
-Turkey bacon (zero carbs)
-avocado (low in carbs, but all carbs are fiber, so they are not digestible)
-almonds (low carb)
-CarbSmart Greek Yogurt (look on label, should have 5 grams or less of carbs)
-Cheese (almost no carbs)
-Olive Oil (no carbs)
-coffee (no carbs, if no sugar or cream is added)
-Almond/coconut milk (no carbs)
-strawberries (low carbs, most carbs are fiber, fructose)
-oranges (low carbs, most carbs are fiber, fructose)
-blueberries (low carbs, most carbs are fiber, fructose)
-grapefruit (low carbs, most carbs are fiber, fructose)
-Low carb/organic/no sugar added Protein Powder
As you can see, there are plenty of breakfast items that are low on carbs for you to choose from. The main thing is to stay away from any boxed foods and move towards whole foods such as fruit and eggs.
I personally have a protein shake every morning that consists of avocados, spinach, a tiny bit of fruit, almond milk, and All-natural organic protein. Every time I drink this, my body operates on a much higher level than anytime throughout the day. There are so many nutrients that I am putting in my body along with low carbs and sugar, which my body does not like. My body is basically thanking me for giving it these awesome foods by giving me lots of energy and focus that I need to perform throughout the day. If you eat a breakfast containing whole foods and low in carbs, your body will thank you too!
–chicken (zero carbs)
-pork (zero carbs)
-turkey (not processed deli meat, that has sugar)
-shrimp (zero carbs)
-buffalo wings (low carbs)
-lettuce wrapped burger or chicken breast (low carbs)
-burrito bowl w/o rice (beans, tomatoes, onions, beef, chicken, lettuce, cheese)
-strawberries (low carbs)
-blueberries (low carbs)
-salad (spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chicken, avocado)
-tea (green or regular)(zero carbs)
-walnuts (low carbs)
-peanuts (low carbs)
-celery (no carbs)
-olive oil (low carbs)
-lettuce wraps w/ ground beef or chicken (low carbs)
A lot of the low carb options for lunch can also be eaten at dinner time as well. One thing that is hard about lunch is that most people have jobs or school and must pack a lunch that is portable and easy to heat up or doesn’t require re-heating. A lot of people resort to the ol sandwich at lunch time, but sandwiches made in today’s world, are far from healthy. If you want to learn how to make a healthy sandwich, check out this article.
If you want to eat a low carb diet, stay away from sandwiches and burgers. You can have all of the healthiest ingredients on the inside of the buns, but the sugary composition of the buns will ruin all of that. Stick to fruit, nuts, veggies, and proteins for lunch time.
–salmon (very low carbs)
-tilapia (very low carbs)
Dinner has the most options for a low carb diet. A large portion of your plate should be protein, and the rest should be veggies. If you are trying to stick to a low carb diet, do not add in potatoes, rice, or noodles, these are loaded with carbs. Try to leave these foods out.
One thing to be careful of though is not eating enough at dinner. Since you will be leaving out starchy carbs such as rice and potatoes, it is going to take more food to fill you up. If you don’t eat enough food at dinner time, you will be back at the fridge in 2 hours looking for something else to satisfy your desires, and odds are, it is not going to be healthy.
One simple, dinner recipe I love to make almost every week is salmon, asparagus, and mushrooms. Cook the salmon in the oven for about 20 minutes, and cook the asparagus and mushrooms together in one pot. This dish is super simple and takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and about 20 to cook.
-beef jerky (the low sugar kind)
-CarbSmart Greek yogurt (low carbs)
-celery & no sugar peanut butter
-dark chocolate (85% cocoa content)
Tip: Combine CarbSmart Greek yogurt with your favorite fruit and favorite nut, and you have a great tasting, healthy snack that is easy to prepare!
-coffee (no sugar or cream added)
-No sugar added protein shake
PICK WHATS BEST FOR YOU
Eating healthy does not have to be a chore. Neither does eating a low carb diet. You should be able to find a lot of foods that you enjoy off this list. Pick your favorite foods for every meal, and eat them as much as you want to. If you don’t like a certain food, don’t buy it! Only buy foods that you like and are going to eat.
Don’t ever force yourself to eat a food you don’t like just because it is healthy. This is the fastest way back to your old unhealthy ways. Once you realize that eating a low carb, healthy diet can be enjoyable, and you start to see changes in your body, you will never want to go back.
If you want to find more healthy recipes, check out our Recipes page. We have tons of simple, healthy, and tasty recipes for you to try!