Which Foods are Off-Limits on my Low Carb Diet?

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If you're involved with a new low carb diet, or you're thinking of trying one of the many low carb diet plans out there, it's a great idea to think about the foods that will suddenly become off limits to you once you get involved with the diet plan. There's a lot to miss, and for many potential dieters, the list is far too long to make the rapid and sustained weight loss worth the list of foods that you'll have to miss out on.

In general, the kinds of foods that are off limits to low carb dieters are those that are either highly ranked on the glycemic index or those that include bad carbs, those that have been extensively processed and had the nutrient value sucked out of them by a machine. All foods that are high in starch, high in sugar, or both, are definitely off limits while you are on your new low carb diet. Moreover, many dairy products are off the list for most low carb dieters as well.

So, what exactly will you be missing out on? The list is long.

Baked goods including white bread, muffins, doughnuts, waffles, pancakes, cookies, brownies, pie, dinner rolls, and cake (including birthday cake) are completely out for the remainder of your diet.

Starchy heavy vegetables like potatoes and corn are seriously questionable during any phase of your low carb diet. Vegetables like raisins and watermelon are also off of your “To Eat” list.

Cereal, rice, and rice cakes are off the list as well. Some diets go as far as banning all cereals including those made with whole grains, so it's probably time to find a new breakfast option.

Any fats and oils must be eliminated. This includes sodas, candy and candy products, as well as fried foods. Even things like granola bars and sports bars fit into this category.

Pastas are a huge part of what you'll need to eliminate. While you may be able to find substitutes like those made with whole wheat flour for later phases of your diet, they're completely off your list for the first half of your low carb diet experience.

If you think these foods are way too much to leave behind in your new dieting lifestyle, you might want to think twice about going low carb. Each diet has its own list of foods you have to avoid, and this is only a general idea of what you might be missing.

Which Fruits and Vegetables are Off Limits On My Low Carb Diet?

Low carb diets can be hard to navigate, and it can be particularly hard when you're trying to figure out which fruits vegetables to eat and which to ignore. There was probably a time in your life when you thought all fruits and vegetables were good for you, but if you're going low carb, that is no longer the case.

Some fruits and vegetables, according to low carb diet experts, just aren't as good for you as others, and as a result, they should be avoided wherever possible. Keep in mind, though, that low carb diets do vary, and what may be a bad idea with one low carb diet plan may be a fine idea with another.

For the most part, fruits and vegetables are an allowable part of any low carb diet, but there are several that rank quite high on the glycemic index, and for many low carb dieters, this can cause the sirens to go off.

The glycemic index helps to rank foods with regard to the insulin reaction your body produces after you eat them. As a result, most low carb diets will divide the fruits and vegetables you are used to eating into acceptable, moderately acceptable, and unacceptable. Unacceptable choices are those you should avoid at all costs during your low carb diet.

Moderately acceptable fruits and vegetables should be avoided during the first part of your diet, but you can add them back in with a measure of reason as you begin to approach your weight loss goals. Remember to check with your specific diet plan for the final list of these foods.

Moderately acceptable fruits and vegetables include bananas, pineapples, raisins, new potatoes and split peas, particularly when prepared in a product like split pea soup. Unacceptable fruits and vegetables in a low carb diet include watermelon, dried dates, white potatoes, parsnips, and rutabagas. On the whole, these choices are fairly dense in starch content, which leads to a higher glycemic index rating.

South Beach diet does demand that you give up all fruits during your first dieting phase to help regulate your body's insulin production, but other low carb diet choices like Atkins aren't quite as strict with the fruit rules. Check with your individual diet plan listing, then eliminate those “bad” fruits and vegetables from your everyday menu.

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