Catchy titles such as “Top 10 Low-Carb Foods to Help You Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days,” might get you to read an article.
But the truth is that if you’re on a low-carb diet, you don’t need to search the supermarket aisles for foods that have a “Low-Carb!” label.
All you need to help with weight loss are some natural foods that don’t need any branding because in nature they do not contain many carbohydrates.
Let’s take a look at these special five natural low-carb foods:
Ok, so technically water isn’t a food. But it can help you lose weight and contains zero carbohydrates. This is the most critical component of our cells, muscles, organs, and tissues. We are comprised of almost 70 percent water.
When it comes to weight loss, water is an easy solution. Simply drink two full glasses of water about 15 minutes or so before a meal. This will help you feel fuller, perhaps reducing your caloric intake per meal by at least 100. Over the course of a week and three meals per day, that’s 2100 calories or 8,400 calories per month less from just drinking water!
2. Flaxseed Oil
Most vegetable oils are not healthy to cook with but flaxseed oil, in its uncooked state, has one of the highest Omega-3 fatty acid profiles of any vegetable oil. Omega-3’s help fight inflammation and have other health benefits such as fat metabolism and insulin resistance.
Try to buy flaxseed oil with lignans, which are a type of antioxidants found in plants. But as soon as you open a bottle of flaxseed oil, refrigerate it. Because there is very little saturated fat, flaxseed oil can go rancid. Add to a smoothie or vegetable juice in the morning.
3. Whey Protein Powder
Something else you can put in your morning healthy smoothie is whey, which, along with casein, is the major protein found in milk. Whey is more digestible than casein (at least for most people) because it contains soluble fiber (just like Miracle Noodle!).
Commonly referred to as the gold standard of protein because of its easy digestibility, whey protein contains the fat-burning amino acid leucine. Add a handful of blueberries to your whey protein morning smoothie, along with the flaxseed oil. You can skip the milk because milk is higher in carbs than whey.
The phrase, “an apple away keeps the doctor away,” could be applied also to weight loss, especially if you eat two apples. Two medium size apples contain 10 grams of fiber, roughly a third of the recommended daily value.
Apples contain the soluble fiber, pectin, which helps move food through the digestive system and through the elimination process. Apples are made mostly of water but do contain phytonutrients (antioxidants) that shouldn’t be avoided even if you’re on a low-carb diet.
If you’re concerned about sugar in apples, opt for green varieties as they tend to be lower in sugar.
5. Green leafy vegetables
One group of foods that you don’t need to worry about sugars or carb content is green-leafy veggies. Foods like spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, arugula, asparagus, green beans, etc...are nutrient all-stars, exemplifying the very essence of nutrient density, meaning, the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the least amount of calories.
You should combine green leafy vegetables, though, with some healthy dietary fat such as olive oil or avocados, otherwise, you may get hungry soon after eating veggies by themselves. If that happens, you may fall off the low-carb bandwagon. Don’t let that happen!
And of course, we need to add a 6th food to this list: Miracle Noodle, duh!
Comprised 97% of water and 3% soluble fiber, Miracle Noodle helps keep you full but contains 0 carbs!
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