When you think of eating a low-carb diet, a lot of meat comes to mind. But, there's actually a plethora of foods (even dessert) you can chow down on in addition to grilled chicken and broccoli (though those healthy staples made it on our list too, of course). Just keep in mind that not all carbs are evil, and they're definitely not created equal.
"While decreasing your carbohydrate consumption can be helpful, especially for weight loss," says celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella, "it’s really quality over quantity that matters." So, incorporating "good" carbs packed with vitamins, minerals, and even natural appetite suppressants will help to promote muscle growth while still losing weight.
Still, there's no denying the weight loss-encouraging perks of cutting a percentage of carbs from your diet and focusing on low-carb eats. "A lower carbohydrate eating pattern is the best diet to burn fat you have stored on your body," says Colette Heimowitz, Atkins VP of Nutrition and Education. Consuming [minimal] high-fiber carbohydrates, healthy fats, and an optimal protein intake allows the body to be fortified with the nutrients it needs and keeps appetite in control, she says.
So, add these foods to your low-carb regimen to keep you satisfied while shedding the lbs. Bonus: there are even three "pasta" dishes.