Low-Carb Diet For Dummies
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Eating the low-carb way means building your diet around lean proteins along with vegetables and fruits prepared fairly simply. If you were a meat-and-potatoes eater, focus on the meat more than the carb-heavy potatoes. The tips in the following list offer advice on what foods to choose:

  • Build your meals around fruits, vegetables, and lean protein food sources.

  • Choose whole grains or legumes for your daily carb choices. Minimize your intake of processed foods.

  • Choose very low-fat milk and dairy foods.

  • Choose monounsaturated rather than saturated fats.

  • Eat three or four meals per day. Never starve yourself and never skip meals. If you eat between meals, eat healthy foods that are also filling, such as apples or oranges.

  • Do not eat a full meal right before bedtime. A bedtime snack such as nonfat yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit is okay.

  • Drink plenty of water — eight glasses a day

  • Exercise moderately 30 to 60 minutes at least five times a week.

  • Practice the 90-percent/10-percent rule: Follow this plan 90 percent of the time, and treat yourself to a favorite food 10 percent of the time.

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Katherine B. Chauncey is an emeritus professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Texas Tech School of Medicine. She’s also a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist.

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