It seems that almost everyone hoping to lose weight has either tried or considered trying a low-carb diet recently. Whether you choose the Atkins diet or a Keto meal plan, there are many different low-carb diets to suit your individual health goals. From weight loss to glowing skin, low-carb foods have many potential health benefits. (They may even lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as chronic illnesses such as diabetes!)
Even if you’re just curious about lowering your carbohydrate intake, we’ve made a convenient list of some low-carb foods to help get you started. Give them a try and if you like how they make you feel, then join the low-carb lifestyle! Our selection is geared toward promoting healthy-looking skin in particular, so you can enjoy good health and natural beauty!
7 Skin-Loving Low-Carb Foods
01. Nuts, Seeds and Flax
Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans, as well as seeds such as flax seed, contain helpful omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been proven to manage oil production and hydration of your skin, prevent premature aging, prevent acne, and support a healthy cell membrane (for soft, wrinkle-free skin!)
Packed with natural anti-inflammatories and omega-3s, seafood such as salmons, tune, and mackerel also offer nutrient-dense benefits that may help prevent acne breakouts and keep skin toned and balanced.
03. Olive Oil
Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil helps maintain supple, moisturized skin. It also contains omega-3s and antioxidants. Use a tablespoon a day as a salad drizzle or when you cook.
04. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy dark green vegetables such as kale, swiss chard, or spinach contain many skin-loving nutrients, including vitamin A and omega-3s. Salads are typically low-carb, so fill up!
05. Berries (Limit Quantity)
Fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries contain free-radical-fighting antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by UV rays, stress, or environmental toxins. Antioxidants also help prevent premature aging and wrinkles.
While berries typically don’t fall into the low-carb lifestyle, eating a few once you’ve lost your designated weight will help keep your skin supple. Another skin-loving fruit is avocado, which is a low-carb favorite! Eat avocado with an omelet of eggs and bacon or sausage in the morning (skip the bread), and you’ve got an energy-packed, healthy breakfast to keep you going throughout the day!
06. Green Tea
Drinking freshly brewed green tea helps fight DNA damage and combat the signs of aging thanks to its anti-inflammatory antioxidants known as catechins. Three glasses of green tea is recommended per day, but be wary not to drink caffeinated green tea before bed. The best way to get your green tea intake is to swap it out with coffee in the morning.
Healthy-looking skin benefits from proper hydration, so be sure to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day to flush out toxins and send nutrients where they need to go throughout your lovely layers of skin.
If you’re trying to lose weight and promote healthy-looking skin, limit your daily intake of carbohydrates to 20 to 60 grams total. Stick mainly to eating proteins, such as meat, poultry, fish and eggs, as well as some non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms, and cauliflower. Follow the low-carb diet for at least three months to see the best results.
What are your favorite low-carb foods? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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