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What are some low carb foods and is low carb the best way to go on a diet?

I am thinking about trying a low carb diet, kind of like the Atkins diet but I’m going to try this on my own, not with a program. What are some good low carb foods that I can eat that will keep me going during the day?

Also, does anyone have some lower back exercises? I can’t find ANY that are doable without some machine contraption and I can’t afford one of those!

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4 Responses to “What are some low carb foods and is low carb the best way to go on a diet?”

  1. Ashley said :

    People say dont eat carbs’ not true, 60% of your diet is suposed to be from some type of carbs… just make sure you eat whole grain or whole wheat bread. So you don’t want to eliminate carbs!

    It takes -3500 calories to loose a pound, which means you need to both burn calories by working out & take less calories in by eating in order to loose weight.

    Eat fruits & veggies of course. It’s typical to eat a small breakfast and a big dinner, but my health teacher said you actually want to do the opposite. And never skip breakfast, it helps you loose weight. I stopped driking pop and lost 50 pounds in 1 year!! Don’t drink juice. You’d think fruit juice is good for you, but its not. It has alot of sugar and extra calories. And drink only skim milk, all others arent so great for you. Just watch what you eat and pay attention to nutrition labels!

    Make sure you do some weight bearing activities along with cardio, it’ll help build muscle and burn fat! If you cant buy a gym membership try going for a walk or run ourside, doing jumping jacks, jump rope, running up & down your stairs, lifting weights, doings situps & pushups.. those are just some ideas that’ll help!

    Good luck!! 🙂

  2. Anna said :

    Low carb diets do seem to be a successful way to lose weight if you can stick with them.

    Low carb foods are usually foods with a low glycemic index. This means, they they don’t increase your blood sugar. High blood sugar is a surefire way to increase hunger.

    No carb foods:
    Meats (Fish, Poultry (remove the skin), Beef, Pork, etc.)

    Low carb foods:
    Pretty much anything that doesn’t contain grains/flour or sugar. Although there are plenty of exceptions. 🙂

    Both Atkins and South Beach have massive lists of acceptable foods for all of their phases. These lists are a great guideline even if you don’t want to follow either diet.

    If you do end up going with a low carb diet plan, I’d suggest South Beach over Atkins. It’s a tad bit more lenient. Especially after induction.

    The best non-mechanized lower back exercises I’ve encountered are yoga poses or physical therapy strengthening exercises.

    Here are a couple:

    Physical Therapy 1
    1) Lie on back, left knee bent.
    2) Tighten abdominals and buttocks, keeping back in neutral position.
    3) Raise right leg 12 inches, knee straight.
    4) Hold 3 counts
    5) Lower leg.

    Repeat 10 times.
    Progress to making circles and squares with raised leg.

    Yoga 1
    1) Lie on your back.
    2) Bend your knees, placing feet flat on the ground. Inhale.
    3) Raise your right leg up.
    4) Exhaling, place your hands around the shin. If that is not possible place your hands around your thighs.
    5) Hold for a few seconds.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  3. Anika J said :

    Actually, you don’t need to diet in fact to lose weight, the sole diet which definitely showed results for me was wu-yi tea, it can be seen in the resource box below, they have a small number of free trials left, it was reported in Reader’s Digest and USA Today. I shed twenty pounds, it definitely does produce results!

  4. glucoholic said :

    Ami P,

    You’re in luck. I think I have some information that can help with both of your questions.

    First, I am a Type 2 Diabetic so I really have to reduce carbs, and my doctor always wants me to lose some more weight. I have chosen to do what you are contemplating myself, which is to just try to limit carbs by limiting what I eat. I’ve included a link to a website that I maintain that does reviews of sugar free and low carb snacks and drinks. As a whole, it will arm you with a few more options when you’re in the store.

    Second, I have also had lower back problems for years. I have a friend who is a physical therapist and he told me about the best exercise I have ever used to strengthen the lower back. The way it is performed is to lay flat on your belly with your legs straight out and your arms lifted above your head. Slowly lift to about 3 inches your opposite arm and leg. Left arm, right leg, then right arm left leg. Be careful and don’t overdo it at first. It seems like a simple exercise, but is very effective. If you have a current back injury let that heal the best you can before starting.

    Hope this helps!
    The Glucoholic


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