Meal Plan for a Low Carb Diet

Meal Plan for a Low Carb Diet

Depending on the type of low carb diet you’re doing, you’ll have pretty wildly different meal plans. What will end up working for a moderate carb diet won’t come close to working for a ketosis diet, and vice versa.

For a moderate carb diet, there are some foods that you flat out won’t be able to have. For example, one cup of oats contains about 100g of carbs. While also high in protein, it would almost max out your carb limit in a single meal.

Instead, you’re going to have to find low carb alternatives. Many foods that are low in carbs that work for this diet are high in fat. Most people associate fats with being terrible for you, when that’s not quite right.

Look for foods with more unsaturated fats, like avocados – and try to avoid saturated fats if possible. Always, no matter what, avoid trans fats, which are the worst type of fat for your body. There are many foods that would go well in any of the low carb diets, because they contain almost no carbs at all.

For example, eggs are high in protein, moderate in fat, and very low in carbs. They can be prepared in a variety of ways and are pretty cheap. Pair them with some pan cooked meat like chicken or sausage and you have a pretty good breakfast.

Salads with grilled chicken will be your best friend in a low carb diet. They’re easy to make, the ingredients are easy to get, and you can throw together just about anything to mix it up.

You can mix various amounts of lettuce, spinach, cucumber, avocado, and any other vegetables you’d like for a very low carb lunch. If it fits within your carb limits you could add in some croutons, but if you’re doing ketosis this probably won’t fit in to your plan.

You want to get your carbs earlier in the day rather than later, so you’ll switch to fat as a fuel source sooner. By dinner time, you should have very few carbs left, if any. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great dinner.

For dinner, you can always have a decent amount of meat, given that meat is very low in carbs. Meat by itself is boring, though – so add some vegetables like spinach, red bell peppers, or broccoli to the plate.

You can have them raw or boil them if you’d prefer, as long as you don’t add anything dense in carbs. Chicken is one of the best options for low carb dinners because it’s high in protein, fairly low in fats, and devoid of any carbs – assuming it’s not fried or battered.

If you prepare it by a method that doesn’t add any carbs – like grilling it or baking it, then you can have a pretty good amount of it, certainly enough to make you feel full. Depending on the diet you’re doing, you may be able to factor in some more carbs at some part of the day, like a sauce on your chicken or some croutons in your salad. However, be sure to follow the serving size and track your carbs.