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 old post on how to tell if you are in ketosis. Originally, it was written back in 2012. It contained a bulleted list of symptoms that could help you know if you are in ketosis. It also explained what you can do to ease the symptoms and make yourself more comfortable while going through the process.

I decided that since so many of you are struggling and don't know if you are in ketosis, I would give the post a major overhaul, so it will accurately reflect what we know today.

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.
  • Your clothes are still tight
  • the scale isn't budging
  • and your Ketostix are either still tan or barely pink.
Maybe, you're still craving those chocolate chip cookies the kids are eating. And maybe, you're having a hard time at work because you feel exhausted all the time.

If so, you might be wondering:
  • What am I doing wrong?
  • Why am I not in ketosis yet?
Ketosis occurs when the body has exhausted all potential sources of glucose. For most people, that happens in only a few days, but for others, the body can put up quite a fight before it relents and begins to use your fat stores for energy.

If you can't figure out why you are not in ketosis yet, here are 12 stumbling blocks that might be getting in the way:

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: