Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Low Carb Chicken and Biscuits Using Carbquick

Low Carb Chicken and Biscuits Made With Carbquick
Carbquick Makes Great
Low Carb Chicken and Biscuits
Whether you're doing Atkins 20, Atkins 40, or any other low-carb plan, if you are not allergic to wheat or gluten intolerant, you can make a great low carb chicken-and-biscuits casserole using Carbquick Baking Mix.

At 90 percent fewer carbs than traditional Bisquick, these light-and-fluffy low-carb drop biscuits will only cost you 1-1/2 carbs each.

Low-carb biscuits baked on top of a simple chicken stew will add a nice homey touch to your low-carb meal. Making the gravy for this special dish isn't difficult, thanks to the convenience of cream of celery soup that weighs in at only 12.5 net carbs for the entire can.

While I used to use cream of chicken and mushroom soup when this recipe was first created, Campbell's has changed their cream-soup recipes, so I had to change mine too!

If you don't want to use canned soup, you can still enjoy this low-carb chicken casserole. The recipe includes a few alternatives you can use instead of processed soup.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Truth About LCHF Weight Loss

Why LCHF Foods are Not Helping You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals
Are You Following the
LCHF Diet Correctly?
Probably NOT!
I have a confession to make.

When I ran my Nutritional Ketosis experiment, I never looked at Dr. Phinney's and Jeff Volek's book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living. I didn't know they had a chart in there showing the four phases of effective LCHF weight loss.

I never watched a You Tube video where Dr. Phinney explained what Nutritional Ketosis was, how to reach that metabolic state, and what the four phases of a Nutritional Ketosis diet specifically designed for weight loss looks like.

Well, I did both of those things over the past few days, and my mind is totally blown.

HOW did LCHF, otherwise known as the Nutritional Ketosis Diet, get so twisted in the minds of the low-carb community?

HOW did the truth about LCHF weight loss morph into what it has become today?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Make 2016 the Best Low-Carb Thanksgiving Ever

Mega Low-Carb Guide for a Terrific Thanksgiving Feast
Tips, Tricks, Keto-Friendly Recipes
to Make 2016 Your Best
Thanksgiving Yet
Celebrations and food go hand in hand.

Whether it's a:
  • graduation party
  • special anniversary
  • birthday
  • or holiday
There always seems to be plenty of carby desserts, potatoes, pastry, and chocolate goodies around to try and coax you into going off plan.

Over the centuries, human nature has turned a vital fuel source into a culturally-endorsed feast of gluttony, but if you keep your wits about you and stay mindful of your aims and true desires, you can still make a low-carb diet work, even in difficult circumstances.

All you need are these tips, tricks, and keto-friendly recipes to help you make 2016 the best low-carb Thanksgiving ever. With the right attitude, focus, and purpose, you can make the holiday fun and memorable, even without the carbs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Still Hungry on Low Carb? Top 10 Reasons Why Hunger Hangs Around

Hungry on a Low-Carb Diet? 10 Reasons Why Salmon Leaves You Hungry!
Low-Carb is Good Eating,
So Why Are You
Still Hungry?
One of the major benefits of choosing a low-carb lifestyle is the way that restricting carbohydrates dramatically curtails your hunger pangs.

Instead of:
  • being obsessed with food
  • plotting out your next meal
  • fighting with your sweet tooth
  • and white knuckling your way through the afternoon munchies
most people who lower their carbohydrate load find themselves with a dwindling desire to eat. Hunger on a low-carb diet is relatively rare.

If you've never experienced being too busy to stop for lunch or forgetting to eat, a low-carb diet can introduce you to that pleasurable phenomenon. Many, many people report that they lose all interest in food once they enter into the state of ketosis.

But what if that doesn't happen?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What Halloween Traditions Can Teach Us About Dieting

Halloween Traditions Mirror Dieting and Weight Loss Misconceptions
What Can Halloween Traditions
Teach Us About Ourselves?
Halloween traditions have disintegrated for us. 

Since we live in a basement apartment right now, we no longer have kids knocking on our front door, yelling, “Trick or Treat.”

There's just silence.

Up to this point in our lives, hubby would purchase enough Halloween candy to over-spill a huge popcorn bowl, kick back in his hefty easy chair, watch the History channel, and eagerly listen for the tiny patter of footsteps and chatter to make its way to the front porch and ring the doorbell.

Each year, however, that pattering and chatter has grown more distant, until last year – when Halloween totally evaporated into the nothing.

Now, instead of a dozen kids bringing a smile to hubby's face on Halloween night, there is just us. October 31st will be like any other night now.

Halloween traditions will probably be rekindled once we move to Texas, where our granddaughter lives, but for right now, they are simmering on the back burner. These annual traditions are history for us, but not forgotten.

When you decide to enter a carbohydrate-restricted lifestyle, your old way of doing things disintegrates. The ideals, if you care to create them, change in substance, but not necessarily in purpose.

Purpose rarely changes unless you reach a point in life's journey where you are ready to look at the real motivations for what you do and re-evaluate those motivations. What people call purpose, such as going on a diet, is simply an ideal they have set up to wear over the top of their purpose like a Halloween costume.

That costume's purpose might be to help us look different to others, and possibly even different to ourselves, but wearing a mask doesn't change what we are.

Friday, October 7, 2016

How Do I Know if I am in Ketosis?

How Do I Know if I Am in Ketosis or Not?
Worried About Whether
You're in Ketosis or Not?
How do you know if your body is in ketosis?

I have been getting quite a few emails and comments lately from people who have been asking me exactly that:

“How do I know if I am in ketosis?”

After a bit of discussion back and forth, the conversation usually reveals that:

1) The ketone strips that Dr. Atkins recommended are only turning pink;


2) They are not losing much weight.

For that reason, many people believe they are not in ketosis. Since both of these ideas show a disconnect between:
  • the purpose of ketosis
  • weight loss
  • and low-carb diets
I went searching through the archives to see what I had already written.

During that search, I found this:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Why Am I Not in Ketosis Yet?

Kermit Need to Look at These 12 Stumbling Blocks to Ketosis
Kermit is Having Trouble
Getting Into Ketosis
Are you having trouble getting into ketosis?

Do you feel like nothing is happening even though you've been following your low-carb diet correctly and drinking lots of water?

If you're not in ketosis yet, are you confused because you don't seem to be making any progress?

Other people are losing a ton of weight doing:
  • Atkins Induction
  • Protein Power
  • Keto Diet
  • Nutritional Ketosis (LCHF)
but nothing has worked for you. You can't seem to get into ketosis no matter what you do.

Friday, September 16, 2016

7 Brutal Ways Low-Carb Dieters Torture Themselves

Barbecued Pork Ribs: Why Torture Yourself Eating Low Carb?
Can You Lose 15 Pounds in
2 Weeks Eating Spareribs?
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?

Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Lose Weight Faster on Your Low-Carb Diet

Eating Lean Meats Can Help You Lose Weight Faster on Low Carb
The Secret to Losing Weight
Faster on Low Carb
Are you looking for the secret to losing weight faster on your low-carb diet?

Yes, there's a way.

But first:

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 a large portion of its fat stores than if you only need 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 whatever it takes to speed things up.

While some people won't be willing to incorporate the following tips and tricks for faster weight loss into their diet 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 had 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 total.

I knew that 30 pounds was a lot of body fat to shed, but when I looked at how far I still had to go, I also knew that losing only 2 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 a secret to shedding the pounds that no one wanted to talk about?

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.


Success is a mindset you develop over time.