July 26, 2012

Role of Insulin in Weight Loss

Low Carbers Eat a Lot of Cheese Even Though it Spikes Insulin
Cheese Spikes Insulin Levels
If you’ve read any of the low-carb books written by Dr. Eades or Dr. Atkins, you might have developed a serious dislike for insulin. 

For those with metabolic issues, insulin often sits at the heart of the dysfunction.

What most low carb dieters believe is that insulin causes the carbohydrates you eat to be stored as body fat. Lower your insulin levels, they're told, and your body will burn your fat stores instead. 

Unfortunately, that isn’t how the role of insulin in weight loss works. Here's the truth:

July 24, 2012

How Important is Ketosis?

How important is Ketosis
to a Low Carb Diet?
In 2012, the low-carb community began awakening to the reality of ketosis and its importance in achieving your weight-loss goals. Up to that point, ketosis was just taken for granted.

But was this awakening just another trick to get the scales moving again?

Was the low-carb community buying into just another deception as to what ketosis actually is and does for you?

Most of the theory taught about ketosis, insulin, and low-carb diets is pure imagination. It started as hypothesis (a guess as to why low carb works) and evolved into theory as more and more individuals blindly accepted the hypothesis as fact.. What many low-carb advocates believe has never been proven to be true.

The difference between hypothesis and theory is how many people believe it. Neither hypothesis, nor theory, is truth. Hypothesis has a small group of believers and theory has a much larger group of advocates, but hypothesis and theory both function only in the world of imagination.

So what's the truth about ketosis?

How important is ketosis to a low-carb diet?

July 19, 2012

What Can I Eat on a Low-Carb Diet?

Low Carb Chocolate 
Cream Cheese Pie
One of the main goals of switching to a low-carb diet is to learn how to make healthier food choices.

But let’s be honest.

Most of us were raised on peanut butter and jelly spread on a couple of slices of fluffy white bread, a glass of kool-aid, and a Ding Dong. At least, that’s what lunch was like for me as a kid.

When I first became converted to low-carb diets at the age of 19, it was with a Big Mac in one hand and a large, sugary, Dr. Pepper in the other.

When you’re 19 and overweight, the Atkins Diet works miraculously.

July 14, 2012

How Does Alcohol Affect Ketosis?

Alcohol Does Not Kick You Out of Ketosis!
How Does Alcohol
Affect Ketosis?
Whether you are anticipating the holidays or you are on Atkins Induction and breaking the rules with a drink now and then, you might be wondering how alcohol affects ketosis.

Many people cannot make it completely through Phase 1 of the Atkins Nutritional Approach without having a drink with dinner, after dinner, or while socializing.

Alcohol plays a huge role in many of our lives. We have a drink when we come home from a hard day. We have a drink when we go out to dinner or want to celebrate a special occasion. We even have a drink when we just want to relax and kick back with a few of our friends. 

Alcohol is just as interwoven within traditional American society as food is, but if you’re attempting to follow a low carb diet, what does that mean?

How does alcohol affect ketosis?