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7 Amazing Low Carb Diets that will be surprising to you

A low-carb diet is low in carbohydrates, which is primarily found in sugary foods, pasta and bread. Instead, you eat real foods including protein, natural fats and vegetables. A low-carb diet means that you eat fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat. This can also be called alow-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF) or a keto diet. There are many different types of low-carb diets, and studies show that they can cause weight loss and improve health.

How does it work? When you avoid sugar and starches, your blood sugar stabilizes and the levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin drop. This increases fat burning and makes you feel more satiated, reducing food in-take and causing weight loss.

Below are 7 amazing low carb diets you can try out:

1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are heart-healthy and may help lower cholesterol. What Is the Mushroom Diet? If you like mushrooms, then this is the diet for you. So what kind of mushrooms can you eat on the diet? Any variety works. Most grocery stores carry common varieties like white mushrooms (also called Agaricus mushrooms), button mushrooms and meaty portabello mushrooms. But you can alsouse more exotic types of mushrooms, like chanterelle, shiitake, or crimini. You can also blend the different varieties together.

2. Protein Pancakes

You can have delicious pancakes for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert. Top with yoghurt or cheese to add in your protein hit. It’s also easy to make these in bulk during your meal prepping session for the week ahead. Sohow do they taste? With a hint of vanilla, these low carb pancakes are just like the real thing! Top with your favouritesyoghurt, a scatter of fresh berries or a dollop of warm berries or chia jam, a drizzle of sugar free maple syrup or melted chocolate, a dab of butter, or even a scoop of low sugar ice-cream. Ingredients are Lupin, rice protein, almond meal, golden flaxmeal, baking powder (gluten free), chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, coconutflour, natural flavour (plant extract), salt.

3. Sausages

As a caveat, not all sausages are low carb however if you find a pack of sausages with a high meat ingredient content (e.g. 99% beef), it is likely that they might be low carb too. If you can find turkey sausages too, these are generally lowest in carbs. Saying that, beef or pork sausages make a low carbchoice with only 1-2g more carb content. Watch out for sausages packed with unnatural ingredients and items that you are unable to pronounce. Typicallypork sausage is higher in fat (around twice as much) than turkey and chickensausages.

4. Eggs

One of the most versatile foods, eggs are amongst the healthiest foods out there. Cooked up and served in a number of ways, they contain many different nutrients. Even better still, they contain almost zero carbs. Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as “superfoods”.  They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken.

A single large boiled egg contains:

Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA

Folate: 5% of the RDA

Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA

Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA

Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA

Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA

Selenium: 22% of the RDA

Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc

This comes with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.

Eggs also contain various trace nutrients that are important for health.In fact, eggs are pretty much the perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. If you can get your hands on pastured oromega-3 enriched eggs, these are even better. They contain higher amounts ofomega-3 fat and are much higher in vitamin A and E (2, 3).

5. Ground Beef with Sliced Bell Peppers

It is perfect if you have some spare ground beef laying around.

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Onions, Ground Beef, Spinach, Spices and a Bell Pepper.

Instructions:

-Cut an onion in little pieces.

-Put coconut oil on pan, turn up the heat.

-Add onion to pan, stir for a minute or two.

-Add ground beef.

-Add some spices (I use a spice mix, but salt and pepper work fine).

-Add spinach.

-(Optional) If you want to spice things up a bit, add some black pepper and chili powder.

-Stir fry until ready, serve with a sliced bell pepper.

6. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a superfood. It’s loaded with nutrients, fibre and powerful antioxidants. In fact, it has an even higher antioxidant activity than blueberries. Studies show that chocolate leads to very impressive benefits forheart health as it can lower blood pressure, raise “good” HDL cholesterol,protect “bad” LDL from oxidation and reduce insulin resistance. One study evenshowed that people who eat chocolate more than five times a week have up to a57% lower risk of heart disease. Chocolate often contains some sugar, but ifyou choose one with a high cocoa content (70-85%), the amount will be minimaland most of the calories will be from fat.

Calorie breakdown: 64% fat, 5% protein, 31% carb. A 1-ounce (28-gram) piece may contain about 10 net carbs, depending on the brand.

7. Butter and Other High-Fat Dairy Products

Butter used to be a dietary staple then it was demonized for being highin saturated fat and people started eating margarine instead. However, butter has been making a comeback as a health food, especially among low-carbers. Just consider choosing quality, grass-fed butter, which is higher in heart-healthy nutrients like vitamin K2. Also keep in mind that butter should be eaten with a meal, not as the meal. Replacing breakfast with butter in your coffee is probably not a good idea.

Calorie breakdown: 99% fat, 1% protein.

Other high-fat dairy foods like cheese (fat and protein) and heavy cream (mostly fat) are also perfect on a low-carb diet.

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