February 28, 2015

The Truth About Sugar Substitutes

Tray of sugar substitute packets
What is the Truth
 About Sugar Substitutes?
(photo frankleleon, CC BY 2.0)
I get a lot of questions about sugar substitutes.

In general, artificial sweeteners are allowed and even encouraged on most low-carb diets.

Low-carb diets, in general, claim that sugar substitutes don't raise blood glucose levels, so they won't interfere with fat mobilization.

The only caution I've heard over the years is to not use aspartame and count the little packets as 1 carb each.

However, I drank diet soda with aspartame when I lost over 100 pounds, and I suffered no ill effects from it. That isn't true for everyone, however, so you'll want to pay attention to how your body personally reacts to sugar substitutes.

February 12, 2015

How to Work Low-Carb Vegetables Into Your Diet

Variety of Low-Carb Vegetables
Need to Eat More Veggies?
Get Loads of Low-Carb Ideas!
If you listen to the media and other anti low-carb advocates, you're going to think that the Atkins Diet (or any low-carb diet for that matter) is nothing but:
  • greasy cheeseburgers
  • T-bone steaks
  • full-fat cheeses
  • and piles of bacon
While the foundation of a low-carb diet is an adequate amount of protein and plenty of healthy fats, the greatest volume of food you eat on a low-carb diet is vegetables.

The Atkins Diet in its true form was designed to be a meat-and-vegetable diet. It is not a zero-carb diet. It isn't even a high-fat diet. Eating protein and fat in the same proportions as found in nature is what Dr. Atkins prescribed, so fibrous low-carb vegetables are actually the mainstay of a low-carb diet.

If you haven't been eating plenty of vegetables, this post can help you make an essential course correction. By the time you finish reading, you'll know how to make vegetables pleasurable. You'll also have dozens of recipes and low-carb food ideas to spice up your meals and get your low-carb eating plan back on track.