Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Danger in Setting Weight-Loss Goals

Football Player is Landing on His Right Hand, Holding Football with Left Hand
Setting Weight Loss Goals Can Cause You to Crash and Burn

From the moment we entered this world, people have been pushing their ideas and suggestions at us.

One of these suggestions is that we need to set goals.

The idea of setting weight-loss goals is driven by the belief that we will receive a certain reward for having achieved the goal. Being different than we are now is supposed to bring approval and relieve our feelings of anxiety and insecurity.

We hate where we are now, so we have a low-carb weight-loss action plan that will enable us to get the fast results we're hoping for.

Whether that happens or not, that's what we believe, so we experience this insatiable desire to achieve our goal. It's almost like an obsession, at times. The urge to get what we want, when we want it, in return for our efforts, is just that strong.

Goals can motivate you to stick to your weight-loss plan. That's what we've been told. The reward factor will give us that little boost in courage we need to keep going. However, there are several negative effects that occur when you grasp onto the iron rod of goal setting, and these effects can be dangerous to your low-carb diet.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Yummy Eggplant Lasagna Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free

Lasagna in a Nice Crock Serving Dish
How to Make Lasagna With Eggplant Instead of Noodles

Turning low carb into a lifestyle won't work very well unless you can find new dishes that are just as tasty, or more so, than the ones you left behind. Chucking the breads, cereals, tortillas, and pasta dishes can also bring a lot of emotional upheaval for those who are severely attached to sandwiches, burritos, tacos, and spaghetti.

The trick to making a low-carb diet work better for you is to find healthy ways to bring back the foods you miss the most, such as lasagna.

While that process might be quick and simple if you can tolerate the wheat-protein based low-carb pastas on the market today, switching out those gummy noodles for healthy slices of eggplant can be a tastier option.

No, really.

You can make a yummy eggplant lasagna without the noodles by simply substituting ultra-thin slices of partially-baked eggplant and covering them in a traditional, spicy meat sauce and cheese. Once you get the hang of making this unforgettable eggplant lasagna with ground beef or turkey, family and guests won't be able to tell the difference between your low-carb gluten-free version and the real thing.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Why Am I Not Losing Weight on Atkins Induction?

Man Taking Aerobic Class in the Gym
Not Losing Weight on Atkins Induction?
Here are 12 Metabolic Areas You Can Explore

If you're on Atkins Induction, but not losing weight, you might think that the Atkins Nutritional Approach isn't working this time around. While it can certainly feel like you're wasting your time depriving yourself of carbohydrates, a low-carb diet isn't magic. There are specific, metabolic reasons why it works better for some people than others.

Unlike a typical, low-fat, low-calorie diet, Atkins Induction was created to help you enter the dietary state of ketosis easily and effortlessly. As such, it works best for those who are insulin resistant, but even those who are insulin sensitive and suffer with carbohydrate cravings or are prone to binge can benefit from the hunger reduction that occurs when burning fats for fuel.

I never recommend weighing yourself when you're on Induction. It's better to wait until Atkins Phase 1 is completely over. That way, you won't be tempted to let daily water fluctuations and other biological processes control your mood or attitude for the day.

If you can't do that, and you feel frustrated and worried because you're not losing weight on Atkins Induction, here are 12 metabolic areas that you can explore:

Monday, April 18, 2016

Is the Keto Diet and Nutritional Ketosis the Same Thing?

Wide Variety of Barbecued Meats: Hot dogs, steak, chicken kabobs, and pork chops
What's the Difference Between the Keto Diet,
Nutritional Ketosis, and the Atkins Diet?

Recently, a reader asked me if a low-carb diet was a Keto Diet. They were greatly confused about what a Keto Diet was and hoped I could clear up the confusion for them.

Over the past few months, many of the thought-leaders within the low-carb community have latched onto the word “keto” and are using it as a synonym or nickname for the state of ketosis or for a ketogenic diet in general. This has caused a lot of confusion among low-carb dieters, especially since many health professionals have also begun using the terms “keto” and “ketogenic diet” to represent the more popular low-carb programs, such as:
  • Nutritional Ketosis
  • Atkins Diet
  • Protein Power Lifeplan
When speaking of keto or ketogenic diets, these people are simply referring to the same low-carb high-fat plan they have always supported. They are not talking about anything new.

While there is nothing wrong with what people within the low-carb community are doing – a low-carb diet by definition is ketogenic since it causes ketones to be created by the liver – the low-carb, high-fat diet that has been linked to the word “keto” recently is NOT the Ketogenic Diet that I talk about on this blog.

The Keto Diet is something completely different.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Why Am I Not Losing Weight on Atkins 40?

Salmon with Sour Cream Dressing and Mixed Steamed Veggies
Not Losing Weight on Atkins 40?

Atkins 40 is the latest Atkins Diet specifically designed for those who are insulin sensitive, rather than insulin resistant. This makes the Atkins Nutritional Approach more adaptable to every metabolic type than it was before.

From the very beginning of this low-carb diet, you can eat from all food groups on the acceptable foods list and even start at a higher carb count than those doing Atkins Induction. Like the Protein Power Life Plan, there is no carbohydrate ladder that you need to adhere to. You are free to make your own choices within your personal carbohydrate tolerance.

For that reason, Atkins 40 can be an easier way to implement the Atkins Nutritional Approach because it comes with less deprivation and more flexibility than Atkins 20. 

Unlike previous diets that told you exactly what to do and when to do it, Atkins 40 seeks to place the control over what you eat in your own lap.

This freedom allows you to design a personalized weight-loss program, fine-tuned to match your likes, dislikes, and food intolerance, but if you're expecting it to work exactly like the old Atkins plans, you'll probably be disappointed.

Atkins 40 takes a totally different approach to weight loss. While it lowers insulin production, it also allows for a richer carbohydrate intake than prior plans. That can affect the way your body sheds excess pounds, so if you're not losing weight on Atkins 40, here are some things to look at that might make your Atkins Diet more successful.

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