The benefits of a ketogenic, low carb diet have been known for decades, and it has been proven time and again that cutting carbs to minimal levels in your diet can transform your body, by making it burn its own fat for fuel in a natural reaction called ketosis.
A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fat, with moderate levels of protein, and highly restricted levels of carbohydrate obtained from green vegetables. Ketogenic diets include any low carb eating plan, probably the most famous being the Atkins diet.
When most people picture what someone who is doing Atkins, or following any other low carb diet eats, it generally involves a lot of meat, eggs and cheese. Is it therefore possible to find a healthy, vegetarian low carb diet?
How to Follow a Low-Carb Diet as a Vegetarian or Vegan
In fact, it can be quite easy to put together a varied and safe vegetarian low carb diet. How easy depends on just how strict a vegetarian you are. If you eat fish and shellfish, you should have no problems at all. Oily fish like salmon and tuna are great options when it comes to a semi vegetarian low carb diet. You are also in a much better position if you eat eggs and dairy. You can then make a lot of satisfying, protein rich meals with eggs, such as omelets and crustless quiches. Nuts are another good ingredient to use in a vegetarian low carb diet, though you can’t eat them in unrestricted numbers because they do contain some carbs – though they are a valuable use of your daily carb allowance because they are rich in oils, fats and nutrients.
Those following a vegetarian low carb diet may find they need to use the pre-prepared low carb products (such as low carb snack bars and shakes) that are on the market more than meat eaters. This is because meat eaters can get a varied and interesting ketogenic diet from natural whole foods by eating meat and poultry, whereas vegetarians, who have less choice when it comes to natural low carb foods may find that they need to mix in products like these to keep their diet from becoming boring. This is all down to personal taste and choice though, and it is safe and healthy to follow a vegetarian low carb diet without these products.