Editor’s Note: Aside from researching slavery which has always been my hobby horse, low-carb and Keto diets are currently my other great passion in life.
This is what I had for supper last night.
If you are interested in trying out a low-carb or Keto diet in order to lose weight this summer, you will ideally want to eat as your main course at some point during the day a fatty meat with a generous side of green vegetables. I can assure you that you can do this while eating traditional Southern foods. In my experience, it only takes a few slight modifications to our diet.
Pork has always been the staple meat of the Southern diet. Southerners also love to fire up the grill or the smoker in the summer. The easiest way to lose weight as a Southerner during the summer on a low-carb or Keto diet is use your grill, smoker and oven to cook lots of fatty pork: bacon, smoked country ham, sausage, pork chops, ribs, pulled pork, etc. Then it is only a matter of tracking how much of it you need to eat to achieve your fitness goals while pairing it with a side of green vegetables whether it is cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, turnips, collards, bell peppers, salads, brussels sprouts, green beans, etc.
Growing up, I hated brussels sprouts and green beans because I always had them served boiled in my youth. It was only much later in life that I discovered how much tastier that both can be roasted in olive oil, salt and various spices and dipped into various sauces like french fries. Ditching the french fries in favor of roasted veggies alone will save you a tremendous amount of calories. It will also cut all the awful seed oil out of your diet which is one of the primary causes of heart attacks.
I had this for supper. I had the Arkansas Cracked Black Pepper Bacon, Scrambled Eggs and Broccoli for breakfast. As for snacks and drinks, I went with Grape Powerade Zeros, Oven Roasted Turkey and Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Sticks. Although I didn’t have any yesterday, pecans are also the best fatty Southern nut to eat. I would recommend buying them in bulk and grazing on them instead of potato chips.