Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Beginner's Guide to Low-Carb Diets

T-Bone Steak on the Grill
Everything You Need to Know Before Starting a Low-Carb Diet!
If you're thinking about entering into the low-carb lifestyle, you are going to need a reliable guide you can depend on to help you get started.

Whether you want to shed the fat that's clinging to your hips and belly, lower your risk for heart disease, or eliminate those nasty cravings that always strike as soon as you sit down to watch your favorite television show, this easy guide to low-carb diets will eliminate a lot of the confusion and misconceptions you might have.

There are many low-carb programs to choose from, and each plan has different restrictions. That can easily get confusing, especially if you try to start a low-carb diet by just winging it, using the bits and pieces you've collected from various places. You can really get yourself into a mess.

Before you begin, you need a strong understanding of why carbohydrate restriction works and what you can expect to achieve in the first month or two.

In addition, this basic guide will clear up any misconceptions you may have about dietary ketosis, insulin, protein, and calories. It will walk you step-by-step through the foods you can eat and offer advise on how to incorporate each food group into your life.

While no single diet program is right for everyone, the following beginner's guide will give you a great head start on the basics of low-carb eating, so you can go on to fine-tune the diet to fit your particular needs later on.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Perfect-for-Summer Low-Carb Fruit Lists for Keto, Atkins 20, Atkins 40, and Atkins 72

Low-Carb Fruit Platter: Oranges, applies, blueberries, raspberries,kiwi
Low-Carb Fruit Platter Helps You Stay on Plan

It's been in the 90s this week, so I've been looking for creative ways to serve cool and inviting dinners when hubby gets home from a long, tiring, hot day. While we've been eating a lot of sliced strawberries over the past few weeks, and couldn't resist coming home with a small basket of plump, red raspberries this past weekend, summer ushers in a wide variety of tasty fruits that make the perfect side dish to accompany your fish or chicken.

Being on a low-carb diet doesn't mean you have to pass up Mother Nature's delicious fruit bounty all summer. It just means you have to be careful and selective when adding fruit to your meals and snacks. You have to stay aware of portion sizes and keep your fruit indulgence within your personal carbohydrate tolerance level.

While those of you on Atkins Induction will have to wait a bit before returning fruit to your diet, if you're doing the Keto Diet, Atkins 20, Atkins 40, or even Atkins 72, I have a special treat for you.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Heard About the Egg Fast to Break a Stall? (It Works!)

Decorated Easter Eggs
Egg Fast is the Hottest Low-Carb Stall Buster

If you've stalled on your low-carb diet, or you just want to give yourself a hefty shove in the right direction, you might consider doing an egg fast. An egg fast is a short-term dieting intervention method created by Jimmy Moore in 2010. Originally called a Low-Carb Eggfest, by following the protocols he set up for himself, Jimmy was able to lose 28 pounds in 30 days.

You do need to like eggs, of course.

That's a no-brainer, as the majority of your protein on this fast comes from eggs. Jimmy did allow himself a little bit of hard cheese, some grass-fed butter, and a diet soda here and there, but for the most part, this is a low-carb egg diet that's specifically designed to get the scales moving in the right direction again. It wasn't set up to be a crash diet, although some people have used it that way.

Over the past week, I've read a lot of material on this highly effective weight-loss fast. I was more than a little curious as to the science behind why the egg diet works, and why most of the people who do this fast for 3 to 5 days are seeing so much success, without regaining a lot of it once they transfer back to a regular low-carb diet.

I have a few ideas about why this works and what might be really going on, which would be useful for those who don't particularly want to eat eggs three times a day, but first, let's take a close-up view of the original egg fast itself.

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.

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