A Day of Food on a High-Protein Low-Carb Diet

This Menu Goes Well With the South Beach Diet, Low-Carb, or Paleo Plans

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Just because you are going on a diet to get healthier does not mean you have to starve, eat flavorless foods or miss meals. In fact, a good diet has you looking forward to meals, thinking creatively about what is next, and enjoying what you eat.

A lot of diets, like the South Beach diet, the Atkins Diet, Protein Power or the Paleo Diet approach, emphasize low-carb eating, choosing higher protein options, and keeping fat in your diet.

A Day's Worth of Low-Carb, High-Protein Food

This following daily menu has 32 grams of net carbohydrates (55 grams of total carbohydrates), 23 grams of fiber, 103 grams of protein, 1,604 calories, and all the daily requirements for vitamins and minerals except calcium and vitamin D. It is a little low on iron for premenopausal women.

This menu includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack, and would work for almost any low-carb, high-protein plan.

  • 3 eggs, any style, like a vegetable omelet or a frittata
  • 1 or 2 servings mixed vegetables (Use leftovers from the previous night) to go with eggs in any way you want, like Mediterranean vegetables in a scramble or omelet, or with fried or poached eggs on top.
  • 1/2 cup regular cottage cheese* (can substitute ricotta for one more gram of carbohydrates
  • 1 medium wedge of cantaloupe
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal

*Cottage cheese: On the South Beach Diet, you would need to eat nonfat cottage cheese. And, on the Paleo Diet, you would not be able to each cottage cheese at all. Instead, substitute the cottage cheese for a handful of nuts or olives.

Once you learn what is acceptable and what is to be avoided on any diet plan, it becomes easier to start mapping out your own meals.

You can look at other sample daily menus. You can use an online nutritional analysis calculator to count your carbs, protein, and calories. There is no guesswork needed.

Need More Food? Need to Adjust Your Menu?

Calories can be varied most easily by adding and subtracting protein and fat. If you feel you are getting hungry, you could use more fat to cook your eggs or salmon, add cheese to your morning omelet, use more dressing on your salad, or add butter to your vegetables.

If your particular carbohydrate needs are higher than this, then add more carbs. You can use the Atkins carbohydrate ladder as a guide. If you need fewer carbohydrates, omit the melon at snack time and the strawberries on the lunch salad.

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