Low carbohydrate diet for beginners

In this article I describe a low-carbohydrate diet that has successfully helped thousands of people lose weight (without yo-yo again!). The low carbohydrate diet is the most effective, healthy and easiest to maintain diet that exists. In fact, it is not a diet at all, but a delicious diet. So you don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight.

In this article you will learn exactly what you can and cannot eat, you learn how to follow a low-carb diet with a family and I answer the question whether you can eat normally again after a while. If you follow the simple tips from this article you will burn about 1/2 kilo of body fat per week with a low carbohydrate diet, and you will keep those kilos off for the rest of your life.

Low carbohydrate diet recipes

Now you may be wondering what kind of meals you can eat if you follow a low carbohydrate diet. Because of course you want to continue enjoying your food and you may also have to deal with other people who eat with you, such as: children, a partner or perhaps roommates.

First of all, let me remind you that if you follow the right method, it is very possible to keep eating tasty and easy with a low carbohydrate diet. You can eat healthy low-carb meals that your partner and children will also enjoy. And you don’t have to spend an extra minute in the kitchen once you’ve mastered it.

The right portion sizes

“And how much can I eat from those recipes?” You might ask. Well, it’s important to know that with the low-carbohydrate diet that we recommend it is absolutely unnecessary to go hungry. In fact, we recommend that you always eat when you are hungry (with the exception of 2 to 3 hours before bedtime).

And then stop eating when you are no longer hungry (not until you are ‘full’). Simply put the food that you have left in the fridge and eat it later – when you are hungry again – just eat it. The only thing you have to pay attention to, and that goes without saying if you use the right recipes, is that you eat a maximum of 100 grams of carbohydrates per day.

Eat at the right times

Now that you know what you can eat and how much, I would like to talk about when you can eat the best. In fact, when you eat is not nearly as important as what you eat. But to give you a complete overview here is my advice. Research at the LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center) shows that the calories you ingest later in the day are more easily stored as body fat than calories that you eat earlier in the day.

That is why you should not eat too much at dinner. And nothing to eat after dinner. It is even smart to go to bed with a slight feeling of hunger. This means that you will not eat anything for the 3 hours before you go to sleep. So if you go to bed at 10.30 p.m. make sure you have your light evening meal by 7.30 p.m. at the latest. This ensures that you have less chance of 1) a calorie surplus and 2) that you do not disturb the production of certain hormones while sleeping.

What result can you expect?

Now that you’ve seen that with a low-carbohydrate diet you can still continue to eat delicious food and that it doesn’t have to be difficult, you may wonder what results you can expect.

In short it comes down to this:

Most people already see the first results after a good low-carbohydrate diet after week one. Usually people lose between 1.5 and 3.5 kilos in the first week. These first kilos will partly come because you lose some extra fluid, but they are certainly a good sign! Then most people lose another 1 to 2 kilos in the second week and in the following weeks you will lose 0.5 to 1.5 kilos stably.

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