Living Low Carb: Diet Plan
Rummy Pumpkin Mousse, Capri Chocolate Almond Torte or Berry and Mango Compote – these are examples of delicious desserts from the diet book by Fran McCullough. Even the names themselves evoke positive feelings and our desire to taste them and start living low-carb.
The author of Living Low-Carb doesn’t dwell much on eating habits, precise rules as to how and what to eat and specific instructions concerning dieting. There are no concrete menus and exact food lists. This diet plan won’t suit those looking for precision and accurate guidance through the dieting process.
In her book Fran McCullough describes different low-carb diets, analyses the scientific principles behind them and tries to find the best appropriate one. She hasn't got her own approach to dieting but she offers the basic and the most suitable in her opinion diet plan.
Fran McCullough’s diet plan consists in following of the simple eating rules and guidelines.
- Decrease the consumption of carbohydrates. The amount of daily carbs intake should range from zero to 30 grams depending on the stringency of the diet. As the carbohydrates are strictly reduced they must be replaced by fats and proteins. So, the rule #2:
- Eat protein at every meal. The protein amounts somewhere between 60 and 85 grams (approximately one-half gram for every pound of the ideal weight).
- No white foods. All low-carb diets completely exclude everything white including rice, potatoes, bread, popcorn and almost everything with white flour: rolls, bagels, batter, pasta, spaghetti and so on.
- Eliminate sugar and everything with sugar in it. This concerns the favorite things as well. The low-carb diet plan doesn’t tolerate doughnuts, candies, cakes and pastries.
- Eat low-carb fruit for breakfast, particularly berries, melon, peaches, kiwis. But be careful with high-glycemic fruits such as bananas, pineapples or watermelons.
- Choose fats wisely. It is desirable to choose cold-pressed oils and eliminate processed oils, hydrogenated fats and margarine. The good fats include coconut oil, olive oil, butter, lard and peanut oil.
- Have early and small dinners. The dinner should be the smallest meal of the day. The perfect choice for the dinner is a chef’s salad or some vegetables, for example, cauliflower, radishes or turnips.
- Drink plenty of water. Every diet recommends consuming of enough fluid; the low-carb diet isn't an exception. 8-10 glasses of water can make a nice low-carb day.
- Try to eat more organic, ideally raw food.
- And one more piece of valuable advice: do some sports and not because it's fashionable or burn some extra calories but simply because it is good for your health.
If you can stick to these rules you are on a low-carb diet. Certainly some problems can arise on this difficult path of dieting but the author of Living Low-Carb tries to help not fall into the trap. She elaborates a delightful list of low-carb snacks such as shrimp with guacamole or prosciutto and melon for those who can’t fight the persistent snacking problem and gives a number of useful tips and practical tricks for the dieters who are going out, having parties or dining out at the restaurant.
With her Living Low-Carb Fran McCullough doesn't want the dieter to be on a stringent diet that restricts all possible foods and eliminates any "meal-time” pleasure. On the contrary she tries to teach how to combine delicious dishes and the desirable weight. Fran McCullough is assured it is possible even while living low-carb.