Before going forward, let me emphasize that I am not a fan of low carb diets. For starters, there’s no one-size fits-all nutrition plan. We all respond differently to certain foods and nutrients. Also, this meal plan is not to be confused with the Atkins diet.
This low carb diet doesn’t mean ‘no carbs.’ I’m a believer that your body, and more importantly your brain, needs a certain amount of carbohydrates each day. What I’m going to harp on is minimal carbs, and the timing of those carbs (notice the first meal will contain a decent amount of carbohydrates).
There’s no doubt that this type of diet will help you lose weight and can also help you get shredded. This plan would especially work well for someone training for a bodybuilding or physique competition (you’ll want to adjust the food amounts accordingly).
Low Carb Meals
4 whole eggs
2 turkey sausage links
half bagel with cream cheese
1 serving of cottage cheese
1 serving of almonds
Lean ground beef or steak
1/2 serving of rice
2 scoops of whey protein
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter
Critical Carb Timing
As I stated earlier, the first meal (breakfast) of my ‘Low Carb Meal Plan’ contains a little carbs. I feel this is important for energy first thing in the morning. I also included a little carbs in the middle of the day meal.
I’m using that as a post workout meal, but you can move those carbs to be in the meal after your workout if it’s at a different time. This is a crucial time to replenish your glycogen levels and start the recovery process so your muscles can grow. Carbs are essential here and should not be overlooked.
Remember, these meals can be moved around according to your schedule or preference. My low carb diet is really just a guide to help you create your own. We have to experiment and find what works for us. Just as important, what works now may not always work.
We have to know when to change up our nutrition plan. This diet may work well for you for a few weeks but you may find that you need to add more carbs back in after a period of time.
I also want to harp on the fact that losing weight should not be your ultimate goal. Many link this to low carb diets. Your first goal should be optimal health. And weight loss does not always equate to healthy. You also have to make sure you’re losing the weight from body fat and not eating away at muscle tissue. This is why starving yourself is counterproductive. Your body needs certain nutrients, so be careful with low carb diets (or any diet for that matter).
Train (and eat) with Passion,