The first thing that all of us usually look at to jump-start an active lifestyle are low-carb foods. A low-carb diet is basically low in carbohydrates, primarily found in sugary foods, pasta and bread. Instead, you eat real foods including protein, natural fats and vegetables.

Studies have also shown that low-carb diets result in weight loss and improved health markers, and almost everyone knows someone in their family or their workplace who has successfully tried and tested the low-carb regime. Mostly because it is super easy to do and does not even require buying any special or expensive food products.

Here is our list of the best and the bad low-carb foods that you need to start thinking of for a well-rounded diet plan.

The good ones

1. Eggs - One large egg contains 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and less than 1/2 gram carbs, all in a simple 72-calorie package. Remember to eat your yolk as it lowers your risk of heart disease and also packs important nutrients, including vitamin D, lutein and choline.

2. Soy - Whether it's in the form of tofu or soymilk, soy is a good choice when you require more protein for little carbs. A 3.5-ounce serving of extra-firm tofu has 10 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbohydrate. One cup of soymilk has 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of carbs. But make sure you are drinking the unsweetened version.

3. All the nuts - Think almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. The best thing about them is that they're also a great powerhouse of fiber, without giving you any of the carbs.

4. Cauliflower - This particular veggie has stolen the limelight for being the most popular low-carb food, especially among the Keto community. Mash it like potatoes, or throw it into some rice bowls and stir-fries for a healthy, fuss-free, low-carb meal.

5. Berries - The clear winners since they are low in both sugar and carbs, and high on fiber , keeping your body energized. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are all great picks.

And the bad ones

1. Quinoa– Yes,we know how often we all have been told that quinoa so healthy for us. Quinoa's one of the grains with the biggest fan following, thanks to its high protein and fiber content. But it is important to remember, that it isn’t so low in carbs. One cup of cooked quinoa has 39 grams of carbohydrate, so make sure to plan that into your day or generally avoid it on a low-carb diet.

2. Bananas- While they are nutritious, they don’t do much for people on a low-carb diet. Bananas have 25g carbs per 100g serving, so you should not consider eating them when on a low carb diet.

3. Low-fat foods - When you remove fat from products, sugar is usually added as a cheap alternative. So low fat products finally become both high in sugar and carbs. By removing the fat, you also remove fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K. Fat actually makes you feel fuller for longer, and is necessary for good brain health, too.

4. Sweet potatoes - They are starchy veggies, which means they pack in a lot more carbs. If you still want to, pair it with chicken, fish and a green veggie for a well-rounded, low-carb meal.

5. Beans and lentils - Peas, corn, beans and lentils are not vegetables and hence contain more carbohydrates than vegetables. Not the best low-carb options out there, unless you control your serving portion.

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