Nutrition

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Low-Carb Meal Delivery - Choosing the Right Plan For You

While following a low-carb eating pattern can lead to long-term results, they often are short-lived. But choosing low-carb low-carb meal delivery and learning how to the choose the right plan for you can lead to lasting, sustainable results.

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When considering a low-carb diet, Atkins meal delivery may have come to mind. In fact, one of the most successful and popular eating plans over the past few years has been low-carbohydrate eating patterns.

But why might you follow this sort of diet plan or something similar? How can you sustain it? Balanced, low-carb meal delivery from bistroMD might just be your ticket to health!

What Is a Low-Carb Meal Plan?

Carbohydrate, or more casually known as a carb, is one of the three macronutrients, with protein and fat being the other two.

Carbs are naturally sourced from whole grains, fruits, veggies, milk, legumes, nuts and seeds. In their natural, wholesome form, carbs are excellent sources of fiber, offer essential vitamins and minerals, and bare a number of health benefits.

However, food manufacturers also add refined carbohydrates to processed foods in the form of sugar or white flour, including into white breads and pasta, cookies, cake, candy, and sugar-sweetened sodas and drinks. Unlike naturally-occurring carbs, these sort of products offer empty calories and hold little to no nutritional value.

A low-carb eating pattern moderates carbohydrates like grains, starchy vegetables, and fruit and emphasizes non-starchy veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fat sources.

How Low-Carb Diets Work

Carbohydrates are often the body's primary source of energy.

During digestion, sugars and starches are broken down into simple sugars then absorbed into the bloodstream, where they are known as blood sugar (glucose). From there, the glucose enters the cells with the help of insulin released from the pancreas.

Some of this glucose is used by your body for immediate energy, fueling all of activities. Extra glucose is stored in the liver, muscles, and other cells for later use or converted to fat.

A low-carb diet works to regulate blood glucose levels and use glucose more effectively, along with prompting long-term health benefits.

Benefits of Low-Carb Foods

People often prepare and choose low-carb meals and foods to lose weight and change overall eating habits. Some low-carb diets may have health benefits beyond weight loss, such as reducing risk factors associated with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Even beyond reducing the risks, a low-carb diet can help manage existing health conditions. In fact, people following a low-carb diet have shown marked improvements in blood sugars, blood pressures, triglycerides, and HDL cholesterol levels.

So not only can a low-carb diet spark weight loss, but have a profound impact in overall health in the long-term. Unfortunately, though, lasting results may be difficult to sustain.

The Difficulty of Going Low-Carb

While many people have short-term success, many also find following a low-carb difficult to keep up for a number of factors.

First off, restricting carbs from the diet can lead to fast weight loss, though this can cause unpleasant side effects and nutrient deficiencies. Not only is carb deprivation risky, especially without direction of a primary care provider, but unsustainable.

Furthermore, others find it challenging to prepare meals that are both low-carb and enjoyable. It is difficult to be creative, as it involves careful counting of the amount of carbohydrates in a meal and it can make it a difficult diet to stick to.

So if you love the results of low-carb dieting, but do not enjoy cooking the meals or taking the necessary time to ensure that the food you are eating is low in carb, consider bistroMD’s low-carb meal delivery service.

Why Choose bistroMD?

bistroMD helps break down barriers of long-term success by offering low-carb meals delivered straight to your doorstep!

Go Low-Carb with Ease

The benefit of low-carb meal delivery is simple: You have someone else do all the work for you and the delivery of meals arrives at your door already prepared! And not to mention, low-carb prepared meals delivered straight to your home are easy to order.

Choosing the right plan for you begins by selecting a plan that works for your dietary needs and preferences. And to honor schedule flexibility, choose from a full plan of 7 days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus snacks, a 5-day lunch and dinner only plan, or somewhere in between.

From there, bistroMD takes care of all the work, including the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning, and delivers low-carb meals that will last you all week long. All you do? Simply pop in one of bistroMD’s low-carb meals into the microwave for a few minute and enjoy!

Plans are Scientifically-Balanced and Expertly-Personalized

Meal plans are not only moderated in carb, but customized to meet personal needs and preferences and balanced to ensure life-long, lasting results.

Healthy meal plans produced with fresh, all natural ingredients and backed by science and research of founding weight loss physician Dr. Caroline Cederquist. With over 20 years of medical expertise in her field, Dr. Cederquist works with a team of Registered Dietitians to ensure nutritional requirements for healthy and long-term weight loss.

Every meal is doctor-designed and dietitian-approved and provides a scientific balance of complex carbohydrates, whole grains and fiber along with lean protein and healthy fat ratios. In fact, each meal contains 1,100 to 1,400 calories daily with 40 to 50 percent of total caloric intake from lean, adequate protein, 20 to 25 percent of calories from healthy fats, and 30 to 35 percent from complex carbohydrate.

Ultimately, bistroMD focuses less on calories and carbs and places greater focus on macronutrients to create a balanced diet customized specifically for you.

Endless Low-Carb Dieting Options

Rest assured meals are not only rich in nutrients, but ample in flavor. And thanks to its 200 rotating menu options, you will never feel limited to low-carb foods for all cravings and times of the day.

And those oftentimes perceived "off-limit" foods, including waffles, pasta, and cheesecake? They are also on the menu! Don’t believe us? Here is just a glimpse of our certified low carb meals and snacks:

• Breakfast: caramelized mushroom and onion frittata, bacon and potato egg scramble, blueberry waffles with mixed berry compote, smoked chipotle pork and eggs, Mediterranean chicken crepe, Greek omelet with fruited quinoa

• Lunch and Dinner: beef and vegetable stew with burgundy wine, blackened chicken with creamy smoked paprika sauce, meatloaf with honey bourbon glaze, roasted tofu with ancient grain salad bowl, lasagna with garden marinara, oven friend cattish with spicy tomato leek sauce, Thai green curry chicken, grilled salmon with creamy pesto

• Snacks: glazed cinnamon bun bar, teriyaki beef jerky with pineapple, crunchy almond puffs, vanilla bean cheesecake, southwest nacho chili crisps, decadent chocolate cherry bar, kickin' honey mustard pretzels

Embark on your very own health journey today with bistroMD always in your corner!

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Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on February 18, 2019.

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