Having done the low carb in the past and having had wonderful results I will offer a little of what I know and what I do. I have started my program again through my Doctor.
Protein = 100g+
Carbs = less than 30 g (gross NOT net)
Fluids = 70 ounces minimum
I do not count calories but I would guess my average is around 1,500.
I just started this program again Sept 1. I've gone up and down on the scale since I started but am down 10 lbs this month. I can do the same thing day after day and sometimes my body fights the weight loss. When I don't drink enough water less than 70 oz my body revolts and I don't lose the weight as I would like.
My favorite salad is higher in carbs than most of my meals but it is great for protein and the carbs are all good carbs, not empty carbs.
Spinach, Gorgonzola, candied walnuts (I make my own using Stevia), low-cal Raspberry-Walnut dressing. If I had an exceptionally tough workout I will also add some grilled chicken strips. You can also add some blueberries or strawberries for additional flavors and nutrients.
Breakfast or any time of the day I love crustless quiche with spinach, swiss and bacon.
Or for breakfast I place a red pepper ring in a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Crack an egg in the middle of the pepper and cook it over easy. I add salt and pepper and fresh dill. Sometimes I'll also add diced ham.
I don't eat much grain, it messes with my brain. But if I want a bun on my hamburger or chicken sandwich, I use Sara Lee's 80 calorie buns or bread. It is lower in carbs than "low carb" breads.
A great recipe book out there to help with food options is Stella Style. Its been a life saver when I get in a rut or really want a guilty pleasure.
| current weight: 188.0