➤ What Are Low Carb Diets?

 Well, it doesn't take a scientific mind to realize that people, and Americans especially, have difficulty choosing the right foods and an adequate quantity of those foods. To put it lightly, our diets are awful. We are obese with elevated cholesterol levels and blood pressure and are crippled by arthritis and cancer. Although many maladies are dependent on one's genetic makeup and can hardly be avoided, a lot can be said for eating wholesome foods to help fortify your body.
One of the most popular diets on the market these days are the low carb diets, such as Atkins, South Beach, or the Zone. Low carb diets typically advocate portion control and a concept called insulin control. When one eats a highly refined, sugary food, the bloodstream is inundated with glucose within 7 minutes and not too much later, the pancreas releases excessive amounts of insulin to transport the blood glucose to where it needs to go. This causes your blood sugar levels to plummet and for the excess glucose to be stored as fat. This, of course, leads to obesity and heart disease.
So, instead of eating processed, sugary foods, one needs to eat what are called "complex carbohydrates". These cause a more gradual climb in blood sugar levels and therefore provide more energy that lasts longer. This ingrained pattern of eating junk food out of laziness is what the low carb diets are trying to get rid of. Instead, they are advocating a restriction on starchy kinds of pasta, potatoes, and bread, while advocating an increased consumption of good protein sources and fresh vegetables and fruits. 

➤ Benefits of Low carb diet:

 According to research, by ingesting more protein, one's metabolism has to work harder to break it down for use as energy, thus raising the metabolic rate. So, not only will you be burning more calories, but by limiting the intake of starchy carbs, one is protecting themselves from the complications of type II diabetes. 
When one lowers their intake of starchier and more refined carbs, numerous health benefits come with the territory. First of all, research has proven that people can lose substantial weight on a low carb diet without restricting calories and with no diet pills. Low carb, high protein diets can help lower triglyceride levels, increase HDL cholesterol levels, reduce blood glucose levels for diabetics as well as non-diabetics, improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, improve concentration due to regulated blood glucose levels, and lower blood insulin levels. Others have made unsubstantiated claims that low carb, high protein diets left them with fewer headaches, lessened PMS symptoms, healthier-looking skin, and even better joint motion.
There is a lot to be said for low carb diets, but if this sounds like the plan to help initiate your path to weight loss, consult your physician or a dietitian before setting out on a diet that, if misunderstood, could certainly be life-threatening. 

➤ Low carb diet meal plan:

To create your very own low carb diet food program or list, you first have to ask yourself a very simple question of what foods you like the most. Once you get the answer, you will then know what ingredients to buy. Though your choice of foods might seem limited, there are actually many delicious low carb diet foods out there. To help you get started, here are some ideas.
When it comes to low carb diet food, know that chicken and fish are your friends. Contrary to popular belief, you can have protein in your diet. Of course, both chicken and fish are a good source of protein. Experts recommend that no more than 35 per cent of your calories should come from proteins. Therefore, you can stock up on those chicken breasts, drumsticks and thighs. As for our fish friends, if you decide to treat yourself with some fish steaks or fillets, you might want to know that for every ounce of fish meats they contain 6 grams of protein.
Eggs and dairy products are also good food options for those who are on a low carb diet. A moderate intake of eggs, milk, cheese and yoghurt are essential in making sure you get the nutrition that your body needs.
If you thought the word healthy doesn't belong in the same sentence with tasty, think again. The fact of the matter is, fruits and vegetables are some of the tastiest foods available. You can have them as part of your daily meals or as snacks.
In conclusion, please don't get too caught up in selecting only one food group to eat while ignoring the other. You really don't want to deprive your body of needed nutrition and calories. After all, you want to be both slim and healthy.