by Babs ‘O’ Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
If you’re involved with a new low carb diet, or you’re thinking of trying one of the many low carb diet plans out there, it’s a great idea to think about the foods that will suddenly become off limits to you once you get involved with the diet plan.
There’s a lot to miss, and for many potential dieters, the list is far too long to make the rapid and sustained weight loss worth the list of foods that you’ll have to miss out on.
In general, the kinds of foods that are off limits to low carb dieters are those that are either highly ranked on the glycemic index or those that include bad carbs, those that have been extensively processed and had the nutrient value sucked out of them by a machine.
All foods that are high in starch, high in sugar, or both, are definitely off limits while you are on your new low carb diet. Moreover, many dairy products are off the list for most low carb dieters as well.
So, what exactly will you be missing out on? The list is long.
Baked goods including white bread, muffins, doughnuts, waffles, pancakes, cookies, brownies, pie, dinner rolls, and cake (including birthday cake) are completely out for the remainder of your diet.
Starchy heavy vegetables like potatoes and corn are seriously questionable during any phase of your low carb diet. Vegetables like raisins and watermelon are also off of your “To Eat” list.
Cereal, rice, and rice cakes are off the list as well. Some diets go as far as banning all cereals including those made with whole grains, so it’s probably time to find a new breakfast option.
Any fats and oils must be eliminated. This includes sodas, candy and candy products, as well as fried foods. Even things like granola bars and sports bars fit into this category.
Pastas are a huge part of what you’ll need to eliminate. While you may be able to find substitutes like those made with whole wheat flour for later phases of your diet, they’re completely off your list for the first half of your low carb diet experience.
If you think these foods are way too much to leave behind in your new dieting lifestyle, you might want to think twice about going low carb.
Each diet has its own list of foods you have to avoid, and this is only a general idea of what you might be missing.
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