Low-carb diets are great for weight loss and losing belly fat in particular, but sticking to them for every meal and snack is . . . really hard. The trick is to find a few low-carb snack options that’ll keep you full between meals without getting in the way of your goals. But just because a snack is low-carb doesn’t mean it’s healthy; studies have shown that ultraprocessed foods can lead to weight gain, and there are a lot of them in the low-carb sphere. So which snacks will help you lose weight? We asked the experts, aka dietitians, what low-carb snacks they reach for and recommend when weight loss is the goal.
But before we begin, one thing to remember: “In regards to carbs, the focus should be on quality, not necessarily quantity,” said New York-based dietitian Rachel Fine of To the Pointe Nutrition. In other words, obsessing over the exact amount of carbs you’re eating won’t help you as much as focusing on what those carbs actually are, i.e. processed or all natural. “Carbs should come from plant-based, minimally processed, carbohydrate-containing foods,” Rachel said. As Shana Spence, MS, RDN, of The Nutrition Tea, told POPSUGAR, “Carbohydrates aren’t bad for us. Carbs are what our bodies and our brains run on for energy. The ones that people need to avoid are highly processed and saturated with sugar.”
With that in mind, read on for low-carb, dietitian-approved recipes and recommendations for high-quality, low-carb snacks to keep you full and, as part of a healthy diet, help you lose weight.