Low-carb meals are huge right now, and there’s a good reason for it: For many women, cutting back on the carbs is an easy way to lose weight.
For starters, most of us consume way more carbs than we actually need for energy, which means many of them end up being stored as fat, explains Beth Warren, R.D.N., founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food. She also notes that a diet that’s too-high in carbs can set you up for blood-sugar spikes, crashes, and lots of cravings—all with weight gain as a result.
Plus, when it comes to the benefits of low-carb meals, there’s the whole fullness factor to think about. “Foods that tend to be low in carbs are usually high in protein and fat, which can help you to feel fuller longer and reduce your overall caloric intake,” says NYC-based certified dietitian nutritionist Gina Keatley, C.D.N. Your body also uses about 30 percent more energy to digest and absorb protein compared to carbs, so you end up burning more calories simply by eating lean proteins, she says. #science
That said, it can be tough to find low-carb meals that aren’t just veggies dressed up as carbs. (We’re looking at you, zoodles and cauliflower pizza crust!)
Luckily, people are sharing their best low-carb meals on Reddit, and there are actually some good options in there. Here are our favorites.