No matter which eating plan you decide to embark on, a little meal planning can go a long way. Low carb eating plans are no different. The first thing you should do is decide which plan you’ll use. There are several low carb diets, the most popular are Atkins, South Beach and the Paleo diet. Each has its own guidelines and restrictions. You can also choose to design your own if neither of those suit your lifestyle.
Whichever plan you choose, your first consideration is how many grams of carbs you intend to eat on a daily basis. Atkins starts you off very low with only 20 grams of allowable carbs. South Beach and other diet plans are a bit more lenient. The trick to any diet is finding something you will stick to and taking some time each week to plan your meals.
In planning low carb meals, make a list of foods you will allow yourself to eat. Will you eat more salads, lean meats and vegetables, or maybe choose some low carb tortillas to make wraps with? What kinds of snacks will you choose? Snacks can include lean meats, cheeses and even nuts.
Start with your list and then break each day down into meals. For breakfast you may choose to have steak or ham with eggs and some cheese. It may seem a little boring to have meat and eggs every morning, but remember eggs are very versatile and can be prepared a number of ways. You can have them boiled, fried, scrambled, poached, baked or make an omelete.
Lunch and dinner menus can both include a lot of salad. You can add different things to each salad for some variety. For your lunch salad you may want to add enough variety that it’s a complete meal. For dinner you may want a simple salad to go with some lean meat and other vegetables.
Snacks may be a bit more difficult to come up with variety, but you can get creative. You may need to start thinking of snacks differently than the traditional snacks you’re used to. Snacks can simply be small meals with meats, cheese and nuts. Or you can choose sugar free candy or low carb snack bars.
Whatever you choose, you need to try to have at least two snacks each day; one between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner. This will keep you from feeling hungry between meals and keep your metabolism active during the day.
A low carb eating plan can seem very limited in the beginning, but once you learn more about the foods you can eat, you can come up with a lot of great meals and snacks for you to enjoy. Take time to plan your meals and be sure to add some variety.
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