If you're trying to lose weight, a low-carb diet may be an effective way to go, but you don't have to go as low-carb as some diets, like Whole30 and keto, suggest. In this low-carb meal plan, we show you how to lose weight with recipes inspired by the Mediterranean diet that are rich in fiber, which will help you to stay full and satisfied. And while this Mediterranean meal plan is low in carbs, it's not so low that you miss out on key nutrients, like fiber, vitamins D and E, and calcium. In these Mediterranean recipes, you'll find nutritious sources of carbs (berries, spaghetti squash and Greek yogurt) as well as healthy fats (avocado, walnuts, almonds) and lean sources of protein (shrimp, salmon and eggs).

Turn the light on in the oven (only the light). Pour 3/4 cup (180 ml) of the warm water into a bowl. The temperature should be about 40 °C/ 100 °F, but no more than 45 °C/ 110 °F. If you don't have this option on your oven, preheat the oven to the lowest setting (mine is 50 °C/ 120 °F). Open the oven for about 30 seconds to cool down slightly before placing the yeast/dough inside and close the door.

A great low-carb alternative to bread or a standard bun, these English muffins are also free of grains, dairy, and soy. “Unlike many gluten-free or low-carb products, they’re made with quality ingredients that you use in your own kitchen,” says Jones. and they have just two grams of net carbs a serving. “They have a good blend of fiber, protein and fat to keep you satisfied,” she says.
Your body uses carbohydrates as its main fuel source. Complex carbohydrates (starches) are broken down into simple sugars during digestion. They're then absorbed into your bloodstream, where they're known as blood sugar (glucose). In general, natural complex carbohydrates are digested more slowly and they have less effect on blood sugar. Natural complex carbohydrates provide bulk and serve other body functions beyond fuel.