1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email

Getting Started on a Low-Carb Diet

By

These resources are for people who are starting out or want a refresher. Included are descriptions of diets, dos and don'ts, food lists, and necessary information for beginners.
  1. Low-Carb Basics
  2. Your Low-Carb Pyramid
  3. Low-Carb Food Lists
  4. Menu Help
  1. Popular Low-Carb Diet Plans
  2. Low-Carb Foods to Have on Hand
  3. Food Lists for Specific Diets
  4. Special Ingredients in Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Foods

Low-Carb Basics

low carb food

Before starting to cut carbs, it's important to have an idea of what you'll be doing and why.

Your Low-Carb Pyramid

Low Carb Food Pyramid by Karen Struthers

So, how much should you eat of which types of foods? If you are following one of the popular plans, you will follow the guidelines of that diet. Here is another way to look at it. Although there is individual variations, there are some guidelines you can follow, as well as steps to take if you want to change your diet gradually rather than all at once.

Low-Carb Food Lists

Wondering which veggies have the least carbs? What's the difference in carbs between regular and nonfat milk? These lists will help you out.

Menu Help

low carb dinner

Can't think of what to have for breakfast, lunch, or Thanksgiving? Here are some menu suggestions for different meals, as well as 12 complete menus which are low carb and contain all basic vitamins and minerals (except, in come cases, calcium and vitamin D).

Popular Low-Carb Diet Plans

Low carb books

Quite a few different authors have written books about low-carb diets, and they all have different ideas about how best to go about it. Here are some of the main authors of low-carb diets. Each section tells the basics of the diet, pros and cons of each, and most have food lists and other information.

Low-Carb Foods to Have on Hand

low carb food

Out with the old, and in with the new! When you change your way of eating, it’s best to have food in your home that supports you in your new endeavor. These guides will help you know what to keep and what to get rid of.

Food Lists for Specific Diets

Here are food lists for some of the poplar low-carb diet plans.

Special Ingredients in Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Foods

If you're cutting carbs, you're probably reading food labels. And you may be seeing strange words like "oligofructose" and "maltitol." What are these ingredients? It's actually pretty important to understand them. And any time you see "Net Carbs" on the front of the label and a different number on the back, it's time to look pretty carefully.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.