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How Do I Choose the Best Low-Carb Food Delivery?

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When choosing a low-carb food delivery service, consider the options that are available to you, including the delivery of prepared meals from personal chef services or low-carbohydrate options from local restaurants. If a vendor claims to offer low-carb options, find out the carbohydrate count for each menu option, and if possible obtain an ingredient list for each dish. When trying to order reduced-carbohydrate foods from a restaurant that does not specialize in low-carb foods, be careful in your food choices and don't be afraid to ask questions about recipes or to make special requests concerning the preparation of your food.

Some companies specialize in low-carb food delivery by preparing full meals consisting of reduced-carbohydrate foods and then delivering them to your home. In some cases, a low-carb food delivery program may be operated by a local personal chef who will prepare your meals and deliver them to you fresh. Another option is to choose a service that prepares and flash-freezes meals at a central location and then ships them to you. These low-carb food delivery services can be costly, but if you do not have the time to prepare your own food and can afford the cost, having your meals prepared and delivered to you can be very helpful in sticking with your diet plan.

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If you do decide to work with one of these programs, it's important to find out how the program's chefs define “low-carb.” Depending on the type of reduced-carbohydrate diet you are on, you may be restricted to anywhere between 20 and 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Ask for total carbohydrate counts for each meal so that you know if the service's cuisine is compatible with your diet. If the meals contain too many carbohydrates, look for another meal plan or ask the program if its chefs can create a custom menu for you.

Another option for low-carb food delivery is to work with restaurants that offer delivery service. The challenge is that it not always easy to determine the ingredients used in individual dishes. For example, many condiments, sauces, and gravies may contain starches and sugars. Before ordering a dish that looks safe, such as a stir fry or a dinner salad, ask if the sauce or dressing used in either of these dishes contains cornstarch or sugar. If so, ask for a substitution. The restaurants that are willing to patiently answer your questions and work with you to customize a dish are likely to be your best options for low-carb food delivery in the future.

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