here is what I do to give you an example of what it might look like:
I leave out all grains and legumes and sugar as well as tropical fruit like bananas and pineapple. This reduces carbs in my diet to about 60-80 grams/day without having to count them. I eat all I'm hungry for (given there is no significant emotional eating problems and assuming I eat slowly rather than stuffing it in) of meats, fish, full-fat dairy, nuts, whole eggs, cheese, veggies (minus potatoes,corn and other high-starch veggies), mushrooms and healthy oils like virgin coconut oil and olive oil. For me this keeps protein in the range it needs to be in, not lower than 60 grams/day but not higher than 100 grams/day.
It is important that all animal products come as much as possible from pasture-fed animals because the lipid composition is very different (more omega 3's) and there are more nutrients, esp. minerals and fat-soluble vitamins.
I eat fruit in moderation, limiting myself to one smaller apple or 1/2 cup of berries.
If I want to lose weight faster I will reduce carbs further down to 20 grams/day, similar to the Atkins style of eating.
Carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient so there is no minimum requirement.
The South Beach Diet will work for many people for a long time because it still eliminates many carbohydrates. It is based on the assumption that high levels of fats in the diet, esp. saturated fats, are dangerous and the newest research has shown this to be untrue.
You can find several low-carb teams on Spark, including the "Wheatbelly" team, through my Spark page and I have written many blogs about low-carb eating as well.
Hope that helps to get you started.
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