Eating a low-carb diet is one of the most effective ways to lose weight, but to make it work, you need to cook your own meals as often as possible. Simply put, cutting carbs works because it usually means cutting out junk, like takeout or processed goods, and replacing it with fresh, lightened-up recipes you can make at home.
The ones you’ll find in this list make it easier to stay within your daily budget for carbs by reinventing classics like pasta and tacos, saving you prep time, or just generally keeping your meals flavorful and exciting, so you don’t cave to unhealthy cravings. More importantly, they do all that without tacking on extra calories, which ultimately determines your success on the scale. (You can calculate your target goal for calories here.) Keep reading for the recipes!