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Low Carb Diets: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
The Best and Worst Vegetables for a Low-Carb Diet
List of low-carb vegetables, as well as ones to avoid on low-carb diets.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash Two Different Ways
How to cook spaghetti squash - cut up or whole, by baking, boiling, microwaving, or even in a crock pot. Storage tips.
Which Fruits Contain the Most Sugar?
Low-sugar fruits are best for those limiting carbs or sugars in the diet. This list of the best and the worst fruit for low-carb diets will help.
These Are the High Protein Foods You Should Be...
List of various high-protein foods - meats, eggs, dairy, seeds, nuts, legumes, and the amount of protein in each food.
Quick Low-Carb Ways to Satisfy Your Munchies
When you're eating low-carb, it's important to have a variety of quick- easy to prepare low carb snacks on hand. Here are over 20 ideas.
6 Steps to Getting Started on a Low-Carb Diet
Six steps to help you get off to a successful start on your low-carb diet.
Can I Drink Alcohol on a Low-Carb Diet?
Carbohydrate counts of various alcoholic beverages -- wine, beer, spirits, and liqueurs. How to choose low-carb alcoholic beveragse.
Mashed Cauliflower (Cauliflower Puree)
Pureed or mashed cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. Low in carbs and high in nutrients, the
Top 10 Mistakes People Make With Low-Carb Diets
The top ten most common low-carb diet mistakes, and how to correct them.
Laura Dolson's Low Carb Food Pyramid
Illustration of a low carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide how much of which foods to eat for a nutritionally complete low carb diet.
Menu Ideas for a Low-Carb Breakfast
Breakfast menu ideas for a low-carb diet -- egg dishes, hot and cold cereals, low-carb muffins, pancakes, and other low-carb breakfast ideas.
Cut Carbs With This Cauliflower 'Rice' Recipe
This is my method for making "rice" from cauliflower. If you haven't tried it, you must! It tastes very
12 High-Fiber, Healthy Menu Ideas
These 12 days of menus are suggestions to get you started on a healthy low-carb diet. They each fulfill a full day's requirements for vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They range between 20 and 50 grams of net carbohydrate (total carb minus fiber).
Low-Carb Foods You Need to Add to Your Shopping...
An aisle-by-aisle list of what to buy at the supermarket when you're on a low-carb diet.
The Health Benefits of Flax Seed
Information about flax seed, including nutrition, health benefits, and safety issues. Links to lots of yummy recipes.
Ketosis: Is it Dangerous?
What is Ketosis? This is a lot of confusion about this term. Ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. Learn more about this commonly misunderstood process.
Everything You Need to Know about Ketosis
Information about ketogenic diets, advantages and disadvantages, pros and cons of testing ketones, and what people eat on ketogenic diets.
Body Fat Percentage Charts for Men and Women
Charts of healthy ranges of body fat percentages for men and women. These charts are based on World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health Recommendations, and are adjusted for age. Body Fat Percentage is not the same thing as BMI.
Learn the Glycemic Index of Nuts, Snacks,...
Glycemic index list for fruits and fruit juices. Includes ranges and averages of the glycemic index values for the foods. Page 3.
9 Food Groups You Can't Eat on the Atkins Diet
What to eat and what not to eat during the Induction phase of the Atkins Diet, and what foods to phase in afterward.
Craving Cheesecake on a Low-Carb Diet? Check...
Recipe for basic low-carb cheesecake, with link to strawberry topping and other low-carb cheesecakes.
Your Complete Starter Guide to Reducing Your...
This is the online version of the "How to Cut Carbs" email course. If you would rather receive this in
The Most Surprising High Fiber, Low Carb Foods
Counts for fiber and usable carbs in some high-fiber low-carb foods.
Online Body Fat Percentage Calculator
This online body fat calculator finds your body fat percentage by using measurements of your waist, hips, and neck.
This Is How Much Protein You Actually Need
What is protein? How much protein do we need? Is it possible to eat too much protein? These are important questions for people following a low carb way of eating, who usually are replacing part of their carbohydrate intake with protein.
Laura Dolson's Low-Carb Food Pyramid
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide how much of which foods to eat for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet.
Focaccia-Style Flax Bread
I call this "focaccia" because it is baked in that style -- flat on a sheet pan, and then cut up into
Recipe for Low-Carb Pancakes from Almond Meal
I actually think these low-carb pancakes taste better than the white flour kind, and almond meal is much healthier as well.
Are Bananas High in Carbs?
Banana information, including carbs, fiber counts, calories, nutritional information, and health benefits of bananas.
Vegetables
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice about eating vegetables for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 2.
Try This Delicious Low-Carb Alternative to...
Spaghetti squash carbohydrate information, including carb and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information, glycemic load, and low-carb recipes.
Everything You Can Eat on the Sugar Busters Diet
These Sugar Busters food lists including lists of acceptable and unacceptable foods for people on the Sugar Busters diet.
Cut Carbs with Shirataki Noodles
What are shirataki noodles, benefits of shirataki noodles, how to use them, recipes, and where to get shirataki noodles.
How to Get Through the First Week of a Low-Carb...
Getting through the first week of any change is the hardest part. Low-carb diets have special challenges, but if you're prepared for them, you can breeze through. Applies to Atkins, South Beach, and any diet with very-low-carbohydrate phase.
What are Some Low-Carb Pasta Alternatives?
The many faces of low carb pasta. There are many low carb alternatives to pasta, and at least one good low carb pasta on the market. Plus information about shirataki noodles and others.
atkins diet, start, beginner, induction phase,...
Six steps to help you get started on the Atkins Diet.
Don't Know What to Eat On a Low-Carb Diet?...
This menu has 20 or 26 grams grams of carbohydrate, and includes all essential vitamins and minerals, and 29 or 32 grams of fiber.
What to Expect in the First Month of a Low-Carb...
Find out what weight loss to expect on the first month of a low-carb diet.
Know the Carb, Fat, and Calorie Counts for Nuts...
This chart shows the calories, fiber, types of fat, and amount of carbs in one ounce of various nuts and seeds, from almonds to walnuts.
Body Mass Index Calculator - Online BMI...
An online calculator to figure your body mass index (BMI) and a chart to explain it.
6 Ideas for Quick Low-Carb Breakfasts
A low-carb breakfast doesn't have to take a long time. Get out the door fast with these quick low-carb breakfast ideas.
Get More Fiber in Your Diet with This Versatile...
Lots of ideas for easy ways to add healthy, nutritious flax seed to your diet, including many recipes.
Craving Carbs? Try This Instead
Ideas for low-carb substitutes for high-carb foods such as breads, pasta, candy, etc.
What Foods are Especially High in Carbohydrates?
Descriptions and examples of foods which are high in carbohydrates.
Do Apples Have Carbs?
Apple information, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information, and low-carb recipes containing apples.
Are Sweet Potatoes and Yams Low-Carb?
Carbohydrate information for sweet potatoes, including carbs, glycemic index, fiber, calories, nutritional information and glycemic load of sweet potatoes.
10 Ready-Made Low-Carb Foods You Can Find at...
When you don't feel like cooking, put together a low-carb meal at the supermarket from ready-to-eat foods.
Why Counting Carbs in Yogurt Isn't as Easy as...
How to count the carbs in yogurt - there's probably more to it than you think. All about choosing yogurt on a low-carb diet.
Fruit
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide how much fruit to eat for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 4.
How to Eat Low-Carb at Fast-Food Restaurants
Three main rules to follow for low-carb fast food, with links to advice for eating low-carb at specific fast-food restaurants.
Which Vegetables Have the Most and Least Carbs?
An easy way to remember which types of vegetables are lowest and highest in carbohydrates.
Protein
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide how much protein to eat for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 3.
Learn to Make Delicious Low-Carb Peanut Butter...
These sugar-free high-protein snacks are nice when you need a quick high-energy bite to eat. Very simple recipe.
Super-Easy Guacamole
Delicious guacamole, thrown together in 5 minutes. A very easy way to get kudos on your cooking!
Enjoy Low-Carb Mexican with This Chicken or...
This fajitas recipe can be made outside on the grill or inside in a skillet. You can use it for chicken or beef fajitas, simply substituting chicken breast for the beef. The marinade is very easy to throw together.
What You Should Be Eating On the Paleo Diet
A description of foods allowed on the Paleo or Paleolithic diet, including differences between authors. The diet is also called the Cave Man Diet, Hunter-Gatherer diet, Stone Age diet, Neanderthin and others.
What Are the Health Benefits of Avocados?
Avocado carb and calorie information, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, recipes, nutritional information and glycemic load.
How to Keep Your Diet Low-Carb While Eating at...
With careful choices, hitting the McDonald's drive-through needn't mean going off your low-carb diet.
Delicious Low-Carb Dinner Menu Ideas
How to put together delicious low-carb main dishes and dinner menus.
A Guide for Low-Carb Eating in a Chinese...
It can be a challenge to eat low-carb when in a Chinese restaurant. This will help guide you through the menu.
What Are the Carb Counts of Your Favorite Dairy...
Carbohydrate in liquid dairy products and alternatives such as soy milk, to assist people who are reducing carbs in making decisions.
What's the Carb Count of Butternut Squash?
Carbohydrate information for butternut squash, including carbs, glycemic index, fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and glycemic load of butternut squash.
How Low-Carb Diets Work
Basic description of a low-carb diet, with a description of the three main low-carb approaches.
Versatile Sugar-Free Muffin Recipe
These versatile sugar-free and low-carb muffins can be the basis for many variations, including low-carb sugar-free blueberry or apricot muffins.
The 12 Best Low-Carb Cocktail Recipes
Many cocktails are loaded with sugar. Here some great cocktails which are sugar-free and low-carb. Most are also low calorie-cocktails.
The World's Most Delicious Low-Carb Lunches
Soups, salads, wraps, and other low-carb lunch ideas.
The Top 12 Low-Carb Dessert Recipes
Being on a low-carb diet doesn't mean you have to miss out on dessert! Get your hands on the most popular low-carb dessert recipes on the About.com Low Carb Diets site, and start whipping up dessert recipes that are both lip-smacking and low-carb diet friendly.
How Healthy Is Quinoa?
Quinoa nutrition information, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, protein, and glycemic index and load.
How to Make Oven-Baked (and Low-Carb!) Cheese...
These are an oven-baked version of the Italian frico. It's just basically thin rounds of baked cheese.
Try This Quick and Delicious Frittata Recipe
How to make a basic frittata, which can be used with almost any vegetables, cheeses, and/or meats. It is quick to make, is a great vehicle for leftovers, and is easily transportable.
Root Vegetables: Suitable for a Low-Carb Diet?
Carbohydrate counts of root vegetables - potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, rutabagas, celery root (celariac), carrots, and parsnips.
11 Low-Carb, High-Protein Vegetarian Foods
A list of vegetarian high-protein low-carb foods, especially suitable for people who are trying not to eat a high-carb diet.
Fats
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide which fats to eat, and how much, for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 5.
What Low-Carb Dieters Need to Know about Starches
Did you know that some starch turns to sugar so quickly that it raises blood glucose faster than table sugar? Get the information you need about which starches to eat and which to avoid.
Dairy Foods
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide which dairy products to eat, and in what amounts, for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 6.
Is Rice Suitable for a Low-Carb Diet?
Rice nutrition information, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, protein, and glycemic index and load of brown and white rice.
Beans and Legumes You Can Eat on South Beach Diet
List of beans and other legumes. Legumes are a good source of slowly-digesting carbohydrates and resistant starch.
Protein Needs Calculator - Online Protein...
Two calculators to figure your body's protein needs using two different methods
Good Protein Sources for a Low-Carb Diet
Low-carb protein foods lists - meats, eggs, seafood, chicken - what to eat and what to avoid on a low-carb diet.
Whole Grains
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide which whole grains to eat, and in what quantities, for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 8.
Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie
This is a yummy low-carb pumpkin pie that has gotten me compliments for years. It is both sugar-free and gluten-free, but no one will guess! People will ask you for the recipe.
How to Spot Hidden Sugar in Foods
From brown rice syrup to maltodextrin, there are so many ways to say “sugar”, even in English. Learn to recognize the many ingredients on food labels which all mean the same thing to your body.
What Low-Carb Dieters Ought to Know about Carrots
Carrot carbohydrate information, including carb and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and glycemic index and load.
Here's a Great Low-Carb, High-Nutrition Menu...
This low-carb menu for a day contains 35 grams usable carbohydrate and 23 grams fiber, plus essential nutrients.
Miracle Brownies
Yes, there is only one gram of carbohydrate in each brownie. And yes, they really are truly brownies in every way--taste, texture, and intense chocolate flavor. Can a brownie be low-carb and good for you? You bet. It's a miracle!
Before You Diet, Figure Out What Carb Level is...
Reduced-carb diets all suggest different amounts of carbohydrate restriction. How do you know which is right for you? Here are some guidelines to get you started.
7 Steps to Cut Extra Carbs from a Low-Carb Diet
Would you rather cut carbs gradually rather than all at once? Here are some steps you can take to make it easier to control your carbs and stick to a low-carb diet.
Paleo Diet: The Forbidden Food List
A description of foods forbidden on the Paleo or Paleolithic diet, including differences between authors. The diet is also called the Cave Man Diet, Hunter-Gatherer diet, Stone Age diet, Neanderthin and others.
How Sugar Alcohols Affect Your Body
Information about and comparisons of the various sugar alcohols, such as maltitol, sorbitol, and erithritol. How each impacts blood glucose, sweetness levels, and glycemic index.
How to Thicken a Low-Carb Sauce
List of thickeners for low-carb sauces. How to make a low-carb White Sauce.
How Maltitol Affects Your Diet
The problems with maltitol, and better alternatives.
Make Tasty Low-Carb Whipped Cream in 4 Easy Steps
Making your own homemade whipped cream is easy - did you know the store-bought stuff is usually neither whipped nor cream? How to whip cream in only 5 minutes.
What's the Deal with Flax Seed Meal, Anyway?
What are flax seeds and flax seed meal?: Flax seeds are very low carb, high nutrition seeds that are
Learn to Make Tasty Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
Did you know that most commercial barbecue sauces have between 16 and 30 grams of sugars in a quarter cup of sauce? Here's a yummy BBQ sauce that is sugar-free, low carb, and easy to make.
A Delicious Recipe for Low-Carb Banana Bread
This recipe for banana bread is low-carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free. And yummy!
Can You Still Drink Beer on a Low-Carb Diet?
Going to celebrate Oktoberfest? How will drinking beer affect a low-carb diet? I answer a reader's questions about the alcohol, the carbs, and maltose.
How You Can Make a Low Carb Brisket
This spicy recipe for crockpot brisket is tasty and easy. Ingredients are for a crockpot brisket that is sugar-free and low-carb (e.g. no potatoes).
How to Turn Cheap Cuts of Beef into Delicious...
How to take a cheap cut of meat and turn it into a delicious and tender steak.
Legumes
Illustration of a low-carb food pyramid, with advice on how to decide which legumes to eat, and how much to eat, for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. Page 7.
How Fiber Affects Carb Counts in Food
Effective Carbohydrate Count definition, similar to Net Carbs.
Which Fruits Are Lowest (and Highest) in Sugar...
How to remember which types of fruit are lowest and highest in sugar.
7 Tips to Finding the Best Low-Carb Bread Options
How to find bread that is healthy, lower in carbs, or less glycemic.
The Many Uses of Almond Flour and Meal
Almond flour or meal is a nutritious alternative to flour in many low- carb and gluten-free recipes. Info and recipes.
Berries: The Superfood That's Actually a...
Health benefits and tips for sugar-free cooking with berries - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries.
How Much Carb in a Potato?
Carb info for potatoes, including carb, fiber, and calorie counts, and the glycemic index and load of potatoes.
Mom's Prize-Winning Zucchini Casserole
My mother's original of this zucchini casserole won an award in the 1960's - we had a plaque hanging in our kitchen. This works with any kind of zucchini or green summer squash, including a combination of squashes.
When Should You Buy Organic Fruits and Veggies?
A chart of 49 top-selling fruits and vegetables and their pesticide scores - including the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables to always buy organic.
Make This Easy and Delicious Crustless Quiche...
Quiches are easy and versitile. Although by the usual definition, a quiche must be in a crust, it isn't necessary. Here's a step-by-step to making a crustless quiche.
How to Get More Fiber on a Low-Carb Diet
A low-carb diet doesn't have to be low in fiber! The benefits of fiber, different types of fiber, and tips for getting enough fiber on a low-carb diet.
Enjoy Crispy, Nutty Pumpkin Seeds in 5 Minutes...
How to toast or roast pumpkin seeds in the oven.
How Healthy Are Tomatoes?
Tomato information, including carb and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and glycemic load.
How Many Carbs Are in Oats?
Nutrition information for oats, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, protein, and glycemic index and load of various types of oats.
Finally: The Low Carb Cocktail
How to concoct delicious but low-carb, low-calorie cocktails and other mixed drinks.
Quick Low-Carb Snacks You Can Find at...
Low-carb options at convenience stores.
How Many Carbs and Calories Are in Corn?
Carbohydrate information for corn, including carbs, glycemic index, fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and glycemic load of corn.
10 Things Not to Do When You're on a Low-Carb...
10 things to stop doing to make it easier to stay on a healthy low-carb diet.
How Safe Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
What is fructose? Why it is a problem? How can you stay away from it? The truth about high fructose corn syrup and fructose in general.
Cut Carbs With This Cauliflower "Potato" Salad...
I made quite a few versions before coming up with a cauliflower salad that really is a lot like potato salad, but low-carb.
The Complete Guide Starting the South Beach Diet
Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet: Learn how to start on the South Beach Diet, what to eat, how to make menus, how to get support, etc.
Are You Ready to Make Delicious Low-Carb Almond...
This is a very easy pie crust to make. It goes very well with the fresh blackberry pie.
Eat Old-Fashioned Meatloaf Without All the Carbs
This low-carb meat loaf recipe is similar to the one from my childhood, but without the bread crumbs.
What Can You Eat on the South Beach Diet, Anyway?
Lists of foods that are allowed and not allowed on the South Beach Diet - proteins, fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.
Treats
Treats on a low-carb diet: What place should they have? Page 9.
Explore 3 Approaches to Making Sugar-Free Jam
The results of trying to make blackberry and strawberry jam sugar free in very ways. Recipes included.
10 Low-Carb Stovetop Chicken Recipes
Boneless, skinless, chicken, plus whatever is in your pantry or fridge plus one skillet and one stovetop -- voila! A quick, delicious, low carb chicken dinner!
5 Tips for Low-Carb Restaurant Dining
Tips for low-carb dining in restaurants. Links to chain restaurant menus, and tips for eating out in ethnic restaurants (Chinese, Mexican, etc.)
Low-Carb Garlic Parmesan Flax Seed Crackers in...
High fiber, low carb, tasty, crunchy, and nutritious. These crackers made from flax seed meal are easy to make once you get the hang of it.
How Many Calories Are in Popular Halloween...
a lot of Halloween candy, fun size, snack size, and loose candy doesn't have information about sugar and calories. Here's a handy dandy candy list to help you out!
What Cuts of Beef Are Acceptable on the South...
Meats, poultry, seafood, etc, which are low in saturated fats. Includes a long list of beef cuts.
Make Low-Carb Deep Dish Pizza with This Recipe
Of all the low-carb pizza crusts I've tried over the years, this is hands-down the family favorite, and my readers agree!
Low in Carbs, High in Nutrition: All Hail the...
Green bean (snap bean, string bean) information, including carb and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information, glycemic load, and low-carb recipes containing green beans.
What Are the Carb and Calorie Counts of...
White (button) mushroom information, including carb and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and glycemic load of mushrooms.
Easy Oven-Roasted Asparagus Recipe
How to make delicious asparagus in the oven. A similar technique works for the grill.
Are Grapes a Healthy Option for Low-Carb Dieters?
Grape information, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information, and low-carb recipes containing grapes.
How to Use Your Crockpot to Stay Healthy
Crock pots (slow cookers) are great for some meals and not so great for others. Learn how to make great crock pot meals.
How to Be a Low-Carb Vegetarian
Tips for vegetarians who want to or need to try a low-carb vegetarian diet. How to balance carbohydrates, proteins, and fats without meat.
Are You a Low-Carb Eater? Find Out Why...
Cauliflower information, including carbohydrate and fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and low-carb recipes.
Is It Possible to Eat Low-Carb at Wendy's?
How to eat at Wendy's and stay on your low-carb diet.
Coconut Sugar - Is it Really Low-Carb?
All about coconut sugar, separating the claims from the truth, especially whether coconut sugar is good on a low-carb diet or low-glycemic diet.
How the Sugar Alcohol Erythritol Affects Your...
Erythritol is the sugar alcohol with the least impact on blood sugar (that is, practically none) and has other great features as well.
The 7 Biggest Myths about Low-Carb Diets
There are a lot of myths about low carb diets and what they do in the body. I take them apart, one by one.
How to Go Low Carb at Subway
What you can eat at Subway restaurants to stay on your low-carb diet.
Use These 5 Tips to Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Tips for cutting down on sugar in your diet.
South Beach Diet Beginner? Simple Guidelines to...
Step-by-step guide to easily making daily menus for Phase One of the South Beach Diet.
Flax Meal Peanut Butter Hot Cereal
This hot cereal is delicious, full of fiber, and you can make it right in your cereal bowl.
Get the Carb and Calorie Counts for Your Latte
How many carbs are in that mocha grande? Are there more calories in a cappuccino or a latte? How much sugar is in those syrups? Find out here.
What's the Nutritional Value of Acorn Squash?
Carbohydrate information for acorn squash, including carbs, glycemic index, fiber counts, calories, nutritional information and glycemic load of butternut squash.A
Are Lentils a Low-Carb Food?
Carbohydrate, fiber, and calorie counts for lentils; also glycemic index and glycemic load Information about the health benefits of lentils includes resistant starch info.
An Easy Recipe for Low-Carb Lasagna in a Bowl
This is an assembled lasagna layered in a bowl. You don't have to bake it at all, but has all the flavors of lasagna. This is a low-carb version made with spaghetti squash or low-carb pasta.
Your Guide to Finding and Making Healthy Salad...
It can be hard to find healthy salad dressing in the store. Here are tips for choosing salad dressings, and easy ways to make your own.
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