Choose the Best Fruits and Vegetables for your Low Carb Diet.

fruits-and-vegetablesAre you following a low carb diet? To add a little variety to your low carb diet you need more than a long list of foods to avoid, you need a variety of fruits and vegetables to fill you up and satisfy some of those sweet cravings. To promote faster fat loss and reach your ideal weight as quickly as possible, it’s a good idea to understand how a low carb diet works and which healthy foods help promote weight loss and fat burning.

There are three types of carbohydrates based on how quickly or slowly they are digested.

  • Slow-digesting carbs spend a longer period in your stomach and intestines as they digest helping you to feel fuller for longer periods. Slow carbs are also known as “complex” carbohydrates and examples include apples and oranges, and brown rice and oatmeal.
  • Medium-digesting carbs provide an even supply of energy and maintain stable blood sugar levels. Medium-digesting carbs are a good choice for the low carb dieter who is making progress and moving into the maintenance phase. Examples of medium carbs include sweet potatoes, corn, whole grains and most fruits.
  • Fast-digesting carbs are “simple” sugars that provide quick temporary energy as they quickly enter the blood. Unfortunately, they also cause blood sugar spikes which in turn cause your insulin levels to spike. Fast carbs (sugar) should be avoided on a low carb diet program. Stay away from syrupy drinks like sodas and colas, white flour breads and pastries and tortillas, and most any sugary refined and processed food.

Carbohydrates occur naturally in many of the foods we eat and most fruits and vegetables contain only carbs. Fortunately for us, many of these are the healthier fiber filled medium and slow digesting complex carbs.

Choose these fruits which are low in carbs and sugars.

Grapefruits, oranges and lemons, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Limit dried fruit such as apricots, figs, raisins, and dates as they contain high levels of condensed sugars. Pineapples and bananas are high in sugars and calories, but the sugar is fructose, which affects your body differently from sugars like sucrose (table sugar). The occasional fresh pineapple or banana is encouraged if you can spare the calories.

Vegetables you should include in your low carb diet program.

Start with cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, and green leafy vegetables. Include a healthy and filling salad topped with a variety of fresh vegetables as part of your healthy low-carb meal. Combine carrots, any type of lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers and top with bean sprouts. Limit starchy vegetables like corn, squash, white potatoes, green peas, broccoli and cauliflower.

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