Friday, September 16, 2016

7 Brutal Ways Low-Carb Dieters Torture Themselves

Barbecued Pork Ribs: Why Torture Yourself Eating Low Carb?
What's up with low-carb dieters these days?

I really need someone to explain it to me. I'm at a total loss to understand.

I realize that dieting is difficult, that it requires you to give up a lot of your favorite foods, revamp your lifestyle, and substitute those old food habits with healthier alternatives, but c'mon.
  • I mean, do you really expect to drop 15 pounds in only a couple of weeks?
  • Do you enjoy all of the pain and misery you are bringing upon yourself due to these false expectations and fantasies?
  • Did someone, somewhere, tell you that low-carb diets are a quick weight-loss scheme?
Or what?

Where did that idea actually come from?

Why are so many people coming here to this blog with the idea that if they don't shed some water weight and perhaps a little muscle tissue during the first week or two, then low carb isn't worth the effort?

This self-torture doesn't make sense to me.

Whether its 3 days, 8 days, 2 weeks, or a month, choosing to torture yourself about what your body is or isn't doing won't make the body fat come off any faster.

Low carb diets are not crash diets!

The only way you “might” lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks is if you're seriously obese and have never gone on a diet before in your entire life. While some people do experience those types of results, they are the exception to the rule. They are not the norm.

So how about you?
  • Are you torturing yourself by being miserable because you don't like what your bathroom scale is saying today?
  • Are you letting that number on the scale control how you feel and act?
  • Is that number so important to you that you're allowing it to determine your self worth?
This isn't something that just popped up this week. It's been going on for a while now, but I'm really struggling to understand where your head is at, so please help me:

Here are 7 brutal ways that low carbers have been torturing themselves lately. See if you can recognize yourself doing any of these things. If so, please tell me why living in the misery of self-pity just for the sake of weight loss is so appealing to you.

I really want to understand what's going on here.

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Lose Weight Faster on Your Low-Carb Diet

Want to Lose Weight Faster on Your Low-Carb Diet? Eat Lean Meats!
In general, a low-carb diet doesn't cause you to lose weight any faster than a low-calorie diet does, unless you have a lot of body fat to get rid of.

People who fall into the obese category can lose a bucket-load of body fat during the first few months, on any diet, but there is a biological reason for that. For most folks, the body limits the amount of body fat it is willing to take out of storage because it doesn't know how long your dietary restriction is going to last.

If you have a 100 pounds, or more, to lose, the body will be more willing to give up lots of its body fat than if you only needed to shed 20 or 30 pounds. People lose weight at various rates, even on low carb.

Sound disappointing?

It doesn't have to be. Not if you're willing to do what it takes to help coax your body into speeding things up a bit.

While some people won't be willing to incorporate the following tips and tricks for faster weight loss into their plan, if you have only been losing a half a pound of body fat per week, you might be feeling frustrated and totally lost by now.

I know, I was.

After the first 4 weeks on the Atkins Diet in January of 2007, I lost only 2 pounds. That's it! And, the same thing happened again the following month. In fact, by the end of the first 6 months, I was only down a mere 30 pounds.

I knew that 30 pounds was a lot of body fat to shed, but after looking at how far I still had to go, I also knew that losing only 5 pounds a month, on average, wasn't going to give me enough motivation to stick it out long-term.

That's when I decided to go on a research mission to see why there was so much variability within the low-carb community. What made the difference? Was the speed at which you drop the weight only about individual metabolism, or was there something else going on?

Here's what I found out:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What to Expect if You Cheat On Your Low-Carb Diet

Man With Fingers Crossed Behind His Back
I've been digging into the archives here at Kickin' Carb Clutter and came across this old blog post about the various consequences you can expect to experience if you cheat on your low-carb diet.

I don't really like the word cheat.

If low carb is truly your way of life, if you have actually committed to a low-carb lifestyle, there really isn't any cheating going on. You might have days where you eat more carbohydrates than you planned, but plans are like that.

No matter how structured or detailed your low-carb intentions are, resistance of some kind is going to rise up to oppose what you really want to do. If you're like most folks, the pleasure of the moment often supersedes your long-term target.

Success on any low-carb plan is tightly connected to how well you follow the program. While that might sound obvious, it's much more difficult to pull off, so take a few minutes and think about that.

Success isn't about setting goals or having lots of willpower to push through temptation.

Nope.

Success is a mindset you develop over time.

Friday, August 19, 2016

What Can I Eat on Atkins Induction?

Pile of Fresh Summer Vegetables
Atkins Induction is Not Zero Carb
It Now Allows Vegetables
Whether you're doing Atkins 72 or Atkins 2002, Atkins Induction is going to be the strictest phase you have to pass through on your journey to health.

In 1972, the introductory phase allowed for less than 10 full grams of carbohydrates per day.

Just:
  • 2 cups of loosely packed greens
  • couple of raw vegetables to make that salad tolerable
  • couple of eggs
  • and a few ounces of cheese
was all the carbohydrate you got. 

Today, the Atkins Diet allows 20 net grams for the initial 2-week period called Induction.

Compared to the average American diet, which consists of 300 to 500 carbohydrates per day, your carbohydrate intake during this first phase of the Atkins Diet is going to be extremely restrictive. 

There is no getting around that.

Induction serves a specific purpose, and 20 net carbs per day has been found to be a highly reliable limit that accomplishes that purpose for most people.

However, the restrictiveness does scare a lot of folks. 

If you're new to low-carb eating and come from a dietary background that was super heavy on carbohydrate, you may find it difficult to plan your meals. If you're following the Atkins Nutritionals Inc. guidelines, you might be confused as well. Those on an extended Induction plan might be bored to tears by now.

In this post, I'm going to try and help you dissolve your fears and clear up your confusion by showing you what you can eat on Atkins Induction, as well as how to make Phase 1 fun and exciting.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Struggling on Induction? 5 Fail-Proof Strategies to Help You Conquer Phase 1

The Atkins Induction phase is the most difficult phase of the diet.

It severely cuts your daily carbohydrate level to 20 net carbs, forces the body to use its glycogen stores for fuel, and eliminates most of the foods you're used to eating.

The degree of water loss that accompanies all of that can be quite a shock to both your body and mind.

While the:
  • euphoria
  • lack of appetite
  • stable blood sugar
  • and dramatic weight loss
that accompanies the state of ketosis can provide plenty of motivation to get you through those first carb-free days, if the mind decides to fight against you, the Atkins Induction Diet can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Unrealistic expectations about how quickly you believe the pounds should come off are the kiss of death on a low-carb diet, especially if you haven't really decided to make low carb your new way of life.

Mindlessly going through the first two weeks and depending on the scale to pull you through can really do a lot of emotional damage if you don't understand how and why the Atkins process works.

The Atkins Diet isn't about instant gratification.

It's not about losing 5 or 10 pounds every single week.

If you're treating Phase 1 like it's just another weight-loss diet, you won't have the strength to face down those brownies and tell yourself, "NO!" when they start calling your name.

All of those stories about fast weight loss is just that: a bunch of stories. Low carb isn't any quicker at shaving off the pounds than any other nutritional approach.

But what it does do is make dieting easier.

So, if you're struggling to stick to the acceptable list of Atkins foods, and you don't seem to be able to go even two weeks without cheating, here are 5 fail-proof strategies to help you conquer Phase 1 of the Atkins Diet.

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