Guest post by Marcela de Vivo

chicken dish

You’ve probably heard of low carb diets before. Just a few years back, they were all the rage, and it seems like everybody that wanted to shed a few pounds was on one.

Until I tried it myself, I was a little skeptical. At first, I thought it was going to be really difficult to stick to because of the things I knew I’d have to give up. However, once I changed my eating habits, I realized that a low carb diet was actually really great for me and my body. While a low carb diet isn’t completely without its pitfalls, it worked for me, and it just might work for you too.

What is a Low Carb Diet?

A low carb diet is simply a diet that limits the amount of carbohydrates a person takes in. A typical low carb diet will limit foods that contain a lot of starch like grains, fruit and certain types of vegetables like potatoes. Instead of carbohydrates, people on low carb diets focus on eating healthy proteins and fats. That doesn’t mean I eat steak every day – healthy food choices are still necessary.

Benefits of Low Carb Diets

Low carb diets are designed to help people lose weight. While most people do lose weight on a low carb diet, that’s not the only benefit. There’s some evidence that low carb diets may help reduce the likelihood of certain serious conditions and diseases like diabetes, certain types of cancer, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Risks of  Low Carb Diets

While there aren’t a ton of risks when it comes to eating a low carb diet, some people feel like they simply don’t have as much energy when they first start out on the diet but, most people usually overcome this after a week or two. Low carb dieters can also miss out on certain nutrients if they completely restrict their fruit and vegetable intake but, if you vary your diet and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that don’t have a lot of carbohydrates, you’ll be okay.

What Do I Eat?

My diet is pretty varied, but like many health-conscious low carb eaters, I tend to focus on lean protein sources like turkey, boneless skinless chicken breast and fish. You still have to eat your fruits and vegetables on a low carb diet, and broccoli, asparagus, eggplant and spinach are staples in my diet.

I’ve been eating a lot of salmon lately, and I want to share a low carb salmon recipe with you. I’ve been making this simple salmon dish for some time, and my family loves it too.

Broiled Salmon Steaks with Fresh Dill

salmon steaks

Step 1:
Preheat the broiler to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, pat the salmon steaks dry with paper towels.

Step 2:
Combine 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice per salmon steak in a small bowl. Brush the salmon steaks on both sides with the oil and lemon mixture.

Step 3:
Season the salmon steaks on both sides with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and 1/2 tablespoon freshly chopped dill.

Step 4:
Broil the salmon steaks about four to five inches below the heat source for five minutes on each side. If you’re not sure the fish is done, use an instant-read thermometer to make sure the salmon steaks are between 150 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit on the inside.

After Switching to a Low Carb Diet

After I switched to a low carb diet, I noticed a lot of changes pretty fast. I started shedding the baby weight that I wanted to lose, and I didn’t have to spend a ton of time in the gym to do it. I also noticed that my skin was much smoother and softer. My skin felt much more touchable within a week or two. That’s probably because of the refined sugar I cut out of my diet. My hair also seemed much stronger than before after switching to a low carb diet. Before switching, I spent a lot of time researching hair breakage causes, and I think my damaged hair was due to the things I was eating. After switching to a low carb diet, the change in my hair was simply remarkable.

All in All

Switching to a low carb diet changed my life dramatically, and I’ve been telling everybody I know about it. I know it can seem hard to give up certain foods, but I can guarantee that it’s worth it. You’ll feel so much better, and you’ll look better than you ever have. I know I do.

 

About the author: Marcela de Vivo writes often for her marketing company on topics dealing with technology. She is also a proficient yogi and mother of three who enjoys freelance writing on topics dealing with health and wellness. 


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