The Low-Carb Diet: How to Properly Eat Low Carb Without Starving Yourself
Have you ever heard about the low-carb diet trend? Everybody is talking about the low-carb diet and you can read about it in many magazines. Let us take a look and find out what the hype is about!
Low-carb, in full, is low in carbohydrates. People on low-carb diets are consuming foods low in carbohydrates. What „reducing“ the amount of carbohydrate means, is different from diet to diet. There are many numbers of diets that run under the term low-carb. For example, the Paleo Diet with moderate reduction, or the Dr. Atkins Diet - which contain phases of almost completely going without carbohydrates.
The main goal, like any other diets is to reduce weight. Why low-carb helps to lose weight is simply explained. Our body needs carbohydrate to win energy, however too less, and the body starts attacking the fat reserves to win power and you start burning fat.
Foods high in carbohydrates are potatoes, rice, cereals, pasta, bread and cakes. This also includes pulses like peas, beans and lentils. As you see, an abundance of side dishes in our meals. According to the low-carb principle a large part of the diet is replaced by proteins and fats: meat, fish, dairy products and also fruit, vegetables and nuts.
Diets seem to always be either good or bad for your health. The argument in favor of the low-carb diet is the wide range of food products high in carbohydrates, which encourage diseases of civilization (e.g. diabetes). Many carbohydrates contain some form of sugar (e.g. white bread or pasta), which cause the blood sugar levels to rise sky-high and then drop again drastically. This continuous rise and fall effecting the organism negatively (e.g. intestinal problems, cardiovascular system), can be avoided with the low-carb diet. However, let there be a word of warning, the consequences of continued low-carb diet can also affect the health when not consisting of a correct diet. If you want to do something good for your body long-term, then the low-carb concept in not so, radical form can be added to your daily menu.
Want to try out a low-carb dish?
- 1 große zucchini
- 100 g cream cheese
- 100 g feta
- 1 small cooked potato
- a handful olives
- a handful cherry tomatoes
- freshly ground pepper
- 5 tbsp olive oil
For the Sauce:
- 200 ml tomato pulp
- 5-6 tbs tomato puree
- a few fresh basil leaves
- ½ small onion
- Cut the zucchini into half, length wise. Remove carefully with a knife the inside leaving a rand of about half a cm.
- Cover the base of the oven dish with 4 TBSP of olive oil and lay the zucchini halves, cut side down in the dish. Bake at 200 degree for 10 minutes.
- In the meantime prepare the filling. Cut the potato in pieces and press with a fork. Do the same with the Feta. Finely chop the zucchini flesh. In a bowl add potato, Feta, zucchini flesh and cream cheese, 1 TBSP olive oil, a little pepper and mix to a smooth mixture. Cut the olives in slices and mix in.
- Take the zucchini out of the oven, turn them around and fill the filling with a small spoon. Return to the oven for a further 15-20 minutes. The zucchini and the filling should have crispy areas. The last 5 minutes add cherry tomatoes to the dish.
- Start preparing the tomato sauce. Finely chop the onion and fry in a pan with olive oil, till soft. Add the tomato pulp and puree and stir. Season with pepper and basil.
- To serve: Spread the sauce on the plate and put the zucchini halves on top. Put the baked tomatoes on the sides of the zucchini and decorate with chopped basil leaves.
I hope that I was able to give a an inside into the topic „low carb“. For sure, there are advantages and disadvantages, yet one should keep an eye on eating a variety of foods on any diet, and of course, always drink enough water (LINK). Feel free to visit my blog (LINK) for more! I would be very happy if you left me a comment.
Thank you, Bernadette