Diet Plan 2017-12-07T15:27:52+00:00

Diet Plan

A low-carb diet is a diet that restricts carbohydrates, such as those found in sugary foods, pasta and bread. It is high in protein, fat and healthy vegetables. There are many different types of low-carb diets, and studies show that they can cause weight loss and improve health. This is a detailed meal plan for a low-carb diet. What to eat, what to avoid and a sample low-carb menu for one week.

What is Ketosis

This is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when carbohydrate intake is low. During this state, we produce Ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained Ketogenic (Low Carb) diet is to force your body this metabolic state. We DON’T do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

Our bodies are incredible adaptive to what you put into it – when we overload it with fat and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.

A Low Carb (Ketogenic) Diet Meal Plan

What foods you should eat depends on a few things, including how healthy you are, how much you exercise and how much weight you have to lose. Consider all of this as a general guideline, not something written in stone.

The Basics

  • EAT

  • Meat, fish and eggs

  • Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds

  • High-fat dairy, fats, healthy oils and maybe even some tubers and non-gluten grains.

  • DONT EAT

  • Sugar, HFCS or wheat

  • Seed oils or trans fats

  • “Diet”, “low-fat” products or highly processed foods.

Food to avoid

You should avoid these 7 foods, in order of importance:

  • Sugar: Soft drinks, fruit juices, agave, candy, ice cream and many others.

  • Gluten Grains: Wheat, spelt, barley and rye. Includes breads and pastas.

  • Trans Fats: “Hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.

  • High Omega-6 Seed- and Vegetable Oils: Cottonseed-, soybean-, sunflower-, grapeseed-, corn-, safflower and canola oils.

  • Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Cyclamates and Acesulfame Potassium. Use Stevia instead.

  • “Diet” and “Low-Fat” Products: Many dairy products, cereals, crackers, etc.

  • Highly Processed Foods: If it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it.

  • Rice, Potatoes, sweet potatoes

  • Vegetables with sugar in them: Peas, Carrots, Onion.

  • Fruits; for the first 14 days, then include berries, apple, small orange (1 x portion a day)

Foods to Eat

Low Carb Food List. You should base your diet on these real, unprocessed, low-carb foods.

  • Meat: Beef, lamb, pork, chicken and others. Grass-fed is best.

  • Fish: Salmon, trout, haddock and many others. Wild-caught fish is best.

  • Eggs: Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are best.

  • Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and many others.

  • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.

  • High-Fat Dairy: Cheese, butter, heavy cream, yogurt.

  • Fats and Oils: Coconut oil, butter, lard, olive oil and cod fish liver oil.

NOTE: If you need to lose weight, be careful with the cheese and nuts because they’re easy to overeat on. Don’t eat more than one piece of fruit per day.

Maybe Eat

If you’re healthy, active and don’t need to lose weight then you can afford to eat a bit more carbs.

Tubers: Potatoes, sweet potatoes and some others.
Non-gluten grains: Rice, oats, quinoa and many others.
Legumes: Lentils, black beans, pinto beans, etc. (If you can tolerate them).

You can have these in moderation if you want:

Dark Chocolate: Choose organic brands with 70% cocoa or higher.
Wine: Choose dry wines with no added sugar or carbs.

Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and may provide health benefits if you eat it in moderation. However, be aware that both dark chocolate and alcohol will hinder your progress if you eat/drink too much.

Drink

Coffee
Tea
Water
Sugar-free carbonated beverages, like sparkling water.

A Sample Low-Carb Menu For One Week

This is a sample menu for one week on a low carb diet plan. It provides less than 50 grams of total carbs per day, but as I mentioned above if you are healthy and active you can go beyond that.

Monday

Breakfast: Omelet with various vegetables, fried in butter or coconut oil.

Lunch: Tuna salad (1 x tin Tuna in water or Brine with Lettuce, tomato, cucumber. 6 x Olives and half a small avocado)

Dinner: Cheeseburger (no bun), served with vegetables (steamed) and salsa sauce.

Tuesday

Breakfast: Bacon and eggs.

Lunch: Leftover burgers and veggies from the night before.

Dinner: Salmon with butter and vegetables.

Wednesday

Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables, fried in butter or coconut oil.

Lunch: Shrimp salad with some olive oil.

Dinner: Grilled chicken with vegetables. (you can stir fry them all together using lots of mushrooms, cabbage and green beans)

Thursday

Breakfast: Omelet with various vegetables, fried in butter or coconut oil.

Lunch: Slices of turkey with cucumber sticks, a boiled egg, a small tomato and a block (matchbox size) cheese

Dinner: Steak and veggies.

Friday

Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs.

Lunch:Chicken salad with some olive oil.

Dinner: Pork chops with vegetables.

Saturday

Breakfast: Omelet with various veggies.

Lunch:Chicken stirfry

Meatballs with vegetables.

Sunday

Breakfast: Bacon and Eggs.

Lunch: Tuna salad

Dinner: Grilled chicken wings with some raw spinach on the side.

A few extras

Some Healthy, Low-Carb Snacks

There is no health reason to eat more than 3 meals per day, but if you get hungry between meals then here are some healthy, easy to prepare low-carb snacks that can fill you up:

  • Full-fat Yogurt
  • A Hard-Boiled Egg or Two
  • Handful of biltong
  • Leftovers from The Night Before
  • A Handful of Nuts (Almonds unsalted)
  • Some Cheese and Meat

Eating at Restaurants

At most restaurants, it is fairly easy to make your meals low carb-friendly.

  1. Order a meat- or fish-based main dish.
  2. Ask them to fry your food in real butter.
  3. Get extra vegetables instead of bread, potatoes or rice. (make sure their vegetables are not prepared in sugar i.e. pumpkin or thickener i.e. Spinach)

I recommend clearing your pantry of all unhealthy temptations if you can: chips, candy, ice cream, sodas, juices, breads, cereals and baking ingredients like wheat flour and sugar

A Simple Low-Carb Shopping List

A good rule is to shop at the perimeter of the store, where the whole foods are likelier to be found.

Organic and grass-fed foods are best, but only if you can easily afford them. Even if you don’t buy organic, your diet will still be a thousand times better than the standard western diet.

Try to choose the least processed option that still fits into your price range.

  • Meat (Beef, lamb, pork, chicken, bacon)
  • Fish (Fatty fish like salmon is best)
  • Eggs (Choose Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs if you can)
  • Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lard
  • Olive Oil
  • Cheese
  • Full Cream
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt (full-fat, unsweetened)
  • Nuts
  • Olives
  • Fresh vegetables: greens, peppers, , etc.
  • Frozen vegetables: broccoli, carrots, various mixes.
  • Salsa Sauce (check there is little or no sugar or make your own)
  • Condiments: sea salt, pepper, garlic, mustard, etc.

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