Swallowing Without Fear: Low-carb Fruits and Vegetables

Do you ever get that guilty feeling after eating a complete meal? That one that mocks you, saying you’re growing fat and it’s your own fault for gorging on food? If you’re like me, and you hate that feeling, but can’t resist a good meal anyway, there is a simple solution.

Food itself isn’t a bad thing. Food provides carbohydrates, and carbohydrates provide the energy we need to keep functioning. However, not every human body is the same. For example, some people might be able to live on the 2000-calorie recommended dietary intake without either gaining or losing weight. Others might find they need more energy every day than that. Others still, find that following the so-called “healthy” diet causes them to put on more pounds than they can lose with physical exercise. This is metabolism in action. If a person has a high metabolic rate, he/she burns through energy reserves extremely quickly. There simply isn’t enough time for the energy to be converted into fat deposits. A person with low metabolic rates however, has a body that doesn’t make use of energy as quickly as he/she would like. Instead, a bit of energy is used to power bodily function, and the rest is stored away as fuel for later use.

So your rival here isn’t your food; rather, it’s your metabolism. Your enemy is yourself, and if you want to have any chance of winning, then you have to find a way to play the game on your terms. You need to find a way to eat to your heart’s content without causing the weighing scale record so much as a single digit higher. With a diet of low-carb fruits and low-carb vegetables, this is not an impossible task.

Most fruits and vegetables already have a naturally low amount of carbohydrates in them. They also usually have very low amounts of cholesterol and sodium. This means that a diet of carefully chosen fruits and vegetables can be eaten in very large quantities without fear of weight-gain. The only real question is what products have this miracle property in them.

For starters, if you want to lose weight, stick to your greens. Leafy vegetables are high in fiber, and contain fewer carbohydrates than fruits. In nature, leaves are the parts of the plant that keep the rest of the crop alive; it makes sense then, that a lot of minerals necessary for life are processed here at a cellular level. Take a leaf of lettuce, for example; at 1 calorie, zero carbs, and 4-5 grams total weight per leaf, it is possible to plan a full vegetarian meal based on lettuce, feel full afterwards, receive necessary nutrition, and not gain any weight whatsoever. It doesn’t go for just lettuce, either. In fact, just about every leafy vegetable follows the same healthy trend.

Fruits however, can be a bit trickier. They almost always contain calories, sugars, and carbs; the necessary ingredients for energy, but also for fat deposits. In fact, some meats actually have lower carbohydrates per 100-gram serving than the vast majority of fruits. Still, low carb fruit options do exist. A cup of raw, chopped cucumbers is both nutritious and filling. While a large part of the calorie content it has comes from fructose – sugars – the benefits of eating cucumbers far outweigh the bad. Balsam-pear is also a good candidate, though the taste can put people off at times. As with low-carb vegetables, a good rule to follow is “green is good.”

Of course, most fleshy fruits are still a solid and healthy option to eat; just hold back a bit on eating more than an apple a day or losing weight gets a bit harder.

Beyond those rules, it only takes the willpower to beat your metabolism at its own game. Roads only take you where they lead if you follow them; at the end of the day, the same thing goes for diets.