A low-carb diet is just what it says, limited to low carbohydrates in the diet. Carbohydrates come from bread, grains, rice, starchy vegetables and fruit.
Those who practice low-carb diet believe that a decrease in carbs results in lower insulin levels, which causes the body to burn stored fat for energy.
So if you go for a low carb diet, you focus on meat, poultry, fish, eggs and some non starchy vegetables. You should limit your intake of most grains, beans, fruits, breads, sweets, pastas and starchy vegetables. Some low-carb diet plans allow fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A daily limit of 50 to 150 grams of carbohydrates is typical.
To make your low carb diet effective, eat low glycemic carbohydrates such as fresh and canned fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. In particular, low glycemic foods include broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, peanuts, low-fat yogurt, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, peas, grapefruit, canned peaches, soy milk, pearled barley, dried apricots, cooked carrots and spaghetti.