In a diet without carbohydrates, all carbohydrates disappear from the diet and are replaced by fats and proteins. This means that fats and protein are the main energy sources in the so-called no-carb diet. This form of diet is a ketogenic diet.
The background of this diet is that if the body is not supplied with carbohydrates through food, it is forced to look for another source of energy. As a result, the energy necessary for metabolic processes comes from the fat pads, among other things, so that the pounds melt away. The fatty acids from the fat deposits are converted in the liver into so-called ketone bodies, which our body uses accordingly as an alternative energy source. In order for this effect to take place as well as possible, the carbohydrate stores (glycogen) must be applied and the carbohydrate supply must remain adjusted. Therefore, when dieting without carbohydrates, a maximum of 30 grams of carbohydrates per day should be taken in with food.
Procedure of the diet
The diet without carbohydrates is an extreme supervision, which, if strictly implemented, should at best be medically controlled. The no-carb diet is based on a diet rich in protein and fat. The body is supplied with numerous saturated and unsaturated fats.
It is essential in the no-carb diet that no more than 30 grams of carbohydrates per day should be consumed with food. This means that the carbohydrate content of the food must be taken into account. Apart from this, the foods allowed in this type of diet may be eaten without counting calories. It is recommended to eat three main meals a day and to avoid snacks between meals. A lot of water should be drunk and sweetened drinks and snacks should be avoided.
What can I eat?
In the diet without carbohydrates, mainly animal fats, saturated fatty acids and protein may be eaten. Vegetables or nuts that contain many carbohydrates are forbidden. Meat may come from beef, chicken or game, for example.
Seafood such as scallops, herring, sardines, trout and tuna are good for this diet. You can also eat a lot of eggs. Cheese such as cheddar, gouda, blue cheese and goat cheese are on the menu, as are butter, cream and lard. In order not to exceed 30 grams of carbohydrates per day, you should pay attention to the carbohydrate content of all foods. This is especially true for fruit and vegetables, so only low-carbohydrate, especially green vegetables should be on the menu.