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Five low carb foods to help reduce weight

If you are looking to lose weight, the first thing you should consider is modifying your nutrition. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are the primary components of most of the foods we eat and a balance between these three in your diet in accordance with your calorie needs will help you reduce weight. Today with the abundance of processed foods available, it is easy to consume foods rich in carbs and fats which will cause you to gain weight. While starting diets may be easy, one of the most important reasons why diets fail is that the foods you pick may not make you feel full thus prompting you to crave for sugary and fatty foods at some point during the regimen. So it is important to consider some foods that, while being healthy, will also satiate your appetite. Adopting some of these low carb foods below in your meals is one way by which you can promote weight loss.

Egg Whites

Egg whites are almost purely protein and are one of the best foods to include in your low carb diet. The white from a large boiled egg contains only 17 calories but packs in an impressive 3.6 grams of protein.

Low-fat paneer

Paneer or cottage cheese is an extremely rich source of protein and low in carbohydrates. They are a great addition to any curry and make for great low carb foods. For added benefits, make or buy the low-fat version to reduce some of the fat content from this food.

Strawberries

No healthy diet is complete without several servings of fruits. While fruits are known to contain natural sugars, some such as strawberries are relatively low in carbs. You can snack on them when hungry or add them to your breakfast without adding too many carb-calories to your diet. Ten large strawberries contain only about 13g of carbohydrates but contribute to almost a third of your daily fiber requirements (which is why they will make you feel quite full!).

Broccoli

Before you groan at the sight or taste of broccoli, consider this. A serving of broccoli contains only 50 calories and 10g grams of carbohydrates. It also has 4.2 grams of protein and is a great source of Vitamins C and A. So the next time you want to walk away from broccoli in the grocery store, think again!

Avocado

Avocadoes are an excellent addition to a low carb diet plan. A medium sized avocado contains around 12-15g of carbohydrates, making up for only 5% of your daily requirements. They also hold within them large amounts of potassium and dietary fiber. While they are known to be rich in fats, most of these are the ‘good’ kind, meaning that they are unsaturated fats that don’t contribute to clogging your arteries.

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James Watson
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