Monday, November 23, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking a Perfect Turkey for Low-Carb Dieters

Roasted Turkey Golden Brown
How to Roast that Thanksgiving Turkey with Crispy Skin
(Photo credit: Gerry, CC BY 2.0)

No matter which low-carb diet you're following, the turkey is the center of attention on your Thanksgiving Table. High in protein, turkey meat is a nice source of zinc, iron, potassium, and B vitamins. It also has no carbohydrates, so unless you have a metabolic defect in processing proteins, you don't have to limit your portion size. At least, not for the holidays.

Going back for seconds on turkey, or even thirds, won't throw you out of ketosis.

For that reason, learning to make the perfect holiday turkey can make the difference between serving up a great holiday meal and one that's just so-so.

However, most people have their own ideas about what makes a perfectly roasted bird. Ideas about baking it upside down or right-side up, soaking it in brine or injecting it with an herb-butter solution, sticking to organically grown versus a conventional turkey all fuel debates at turkey time.

Which is best?

It's simply a matter of taste and what you think you know about how turkeys are grown. Much of what you hear is myth, but there are definitely things you need to do if you want your turkey to turn out a certain way.

For example, extra crispy skin -- loved and endeared by most low-carb dieters -- requires you to air-dry the turkey in the refrigerator before popping it into the oven. With that in mind, here's the ultimate guide to cooking a perfect turkey for low-carb dieters.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Before You Reach for that Thanksgiving Roll . . . (Here's What You Need to Know)

Fancy Plate Filled with Croissants
Are the Consequences Worth Going Off Plan?

The holidays can be a difficult time to diet.

Office parties, family gatherings, and social events, as well as the holiday itself, puts you around food. Lots of food. And usually, the type of food that isn't found on any low-carb plan.

If you're new to a low-carb diet, it's hard enough trying to figure out how low carb works without having to add temptation into the mix, but newbies are not the only ones who might not understand the consequences that come when reaching for that Thanksgiving roll or small piece of pumpkin pie.

If you're considering going off plan for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, here's what you need to know in order to make a well-informed decision.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Are Low-Carb Meals and Snacks Gluten Free?

Teriyaki Stir-Fry Chicken and Cabbage
A Low-Carb Diet is Not Always Gluten Free
(Photo Credit: Richard Masoner, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The gluten-free community isn't very happy right now.

As those in the entertainment world continue to announce that they are going gluten free, not because they have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but because they want to shed a few pounds, we have a horde of groupies and those who have heard that gluten-free diets are great for weight loss deciding that ditching the gluten is an important way to gain better health.

Typically, a low-carb dieter would have no problem with that, but since a lot of these people don't understand what a gluten-free diet actually is, they have put together a weight-loss plan based on their own ideas and incorporated these distorted dieting habits into that new gluten-free diet. Unfortunately, those habits often tell them it's okay to eat a little gluten once in a while.

What has gluten-free folks riled up is that these so-called gluten-free dieters (by choice) are not cheating at home, behind closed doors. They do it in public, particularly after causing a big scene in restaurants where chefs, waiters, waitresses, and busboys are getting sick-and-tired of going to all of the precautions and extra steps it takes to prepare a safe gluten-free meal, only to have the diner order a piece of chocolate cake for dessert. "It's okay if I eat a little gluten once in a while," they say.

While a low-carb dieter would never do that -- at least, not in their normal frame of mind -- I've heard many within the low-carb community voice misconceptions about low-carb diets being gluten free, as if that was a fact. For many low carbers, that isn't true. Most people can't live without their low-carb tortillas, sweets, and baked goods, but what about those who shun low-carb products?

Are clean low-carb meals and snacks gluten free?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

5 Fantastic Ways to Use the Atkins Pre-Maintenance Plan Today

Frog Chef Holding a Meal Covered Up
How to Use the Atkins Pre-Maintenance Plan
When Times Get Rough

Thinking about pre-maintenance might seem premature for many low-carb dieters, especially since it's usually saved until you've shrunk down to 5 or 10 pounds from goal. However, there are times when this plan can be quite useful, even today.

Taking a moment to understand what the pre-maintenance phase of Atkins is, and isn't, as well as when it can be helpful to keep you on plan, will enable you to face important challenges in your life and empower you to make the best decisions when those challenges arise.

You don't want to lose all of the hard work you've accomplished so far.

And that can certainly happen if life interferes before you've gotten anywhere near your goal.

While you might think that you already know how to do Atkins and that pre-maintenance is simply more of the same -- but at a higher carb level -- no matter why you're moving from phase 2 to phase 3, keeping on top of your mental attitude is harder than you think.

Pre-maintenance gives you the opportunity to be in charge of what you eat, to handle life's complications, and this simple guide will help you mold the Atkins Diet into something you can live with to get you through the mishaps as well as for the rest of your life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

An Honest Discussion About Slow Weight Loss

Salmon Sitting in Teriyaki Sauce
Low-Carb Diets are Designed to Eliminate Hunger and Cravings

In my low-carb travels lately, I've run into quite a few folks who are very frustrated about how slowly they are losing weight on the Atkins Diet. These people expected the Atkins Nutritional Approach to perform in a way it wasn't designed for. Internet myths and rumors, comparing yourself to others, and misunderstanding the science behind why carbohydrate restriction results in weight loss can bring about tons of needless struggle and pain.

The more I read, the more I've realized that unrealistic expectations and misconceptions have reached epidemic proportions within the low-carb community. While some people do experience dramatic weight loss, that isn't the norm. Often, the people who find low carb easy are brand new to a low-carb diet and even dieting itself, so their body hasn't adapted to what they're doing yet.

The idea behind restricting carbohydrates isn't fast weight loss.

Low carb is about finding your personal carbohydrate tolerance level and then using that knowledge to get off the dieting merry-go-round, the carefree eating style that previously packed on the pounds, and move into a realistic, permanent lifestyle that's designed to improve your vitality and health.

What you might have forgotten is what brought you to the Atkins table. Maybe, you've spent a good portion of your life sampling every new diet scheme out there that promised to fulfill your dreams of happiness through achieving ultimate thinness. But, what did you get for all of those efforts? If dieting had worked, you wouldn't be reading this blog post right now.

So if you're frustrated with how slowly you're losing weight on Atkins, pull up a chair. Let's have an honest-to-goodness discussion about slow weight loss.

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