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The Low Carb Diet

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Guide Low Carb Diet

Guide Low Carb Diet food program

You'll need a guide to the Low Carb Diet.

The Low Carb Diet has you burn calories by exercising. Program objectives include reinforcing your muscles and building your endurance. Eat according to your body’s needs. Your body requires water, fiber, proteins, essential fatty acids, natural glucides, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Because glucide abuse leads to weight gain, the Low Carb Diet proposes stringent limits. The strict version of the diet calls for 10 to 30 grams (about a third of an ounce to an ounce) daily. The moderate version calls for 30 to 50 grams daily. Here are some of the diet principles.

This diet lasts four weeks. Make sure to eat foods whose glycemic index is low, mostly fruits and vegetables. Increase your fiber consumption to 30 grams daily. Eat proteins, which enable your body to conserve its muscle mass as you lose weight. The more protein you eat, the less hungry you will be. Eat as much animal protein as vegetable protein but don’t eat meat every day. Don’t eat more than one egg a day. Use olive, walnut, or linseed oil instead of butter for cooking. Eat fatty fish twice a week. Enjoy two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. It is suggested to consume a plate of raw vegetables, a glass of vegetable juice, and a portion of steamed vegetables every day. Practice an endurance sport such as walking, speed walking, bicycling, or swimming. It’s best to do so in the morning before breakfast.

Pyramid Low Carb Diet

Pyramid Low Carb Diet food program

Lots of delicious food in the Low Carb Diet.

An advantage of the Low Carb Diet is its focus on exercise. The absence of sugar makes this diet difficult to follow for many people. It tends to be monotonous. The low level of calories makes it hard for many people to find enough energy to play a sport.

Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: 2 yogurts. 100 grams of red fruit. Tea. Lunch: A green salad with shallots. A turkey schnitzel. Tomatoes provençales. Supper: Lentil soup. Mixed vegetables. An orange.

Menu 2 Breakfast: Two plain yogurts mixed with a bowl of strawberries. Lunch: A green salad. A chicken leg. All the zucchini and carrots you can eat. An apple. Supper: A plate of celeriac. Mussels with tomatoes. A soy dessert.

Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.

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