March 24, 2016

How to Make the Perfect Low-Carb Salad

Mega Salad from Whole Foods, salad with lots of vegetables added
Need an Easter Short Cut?
 Toss Vegetables into Your Salad!
(photo: Zaskoda, CC BY 2.0)
Easter is right around the corner. 

Do you have your low-carb menu all set up and ready to go? 

Done your shopping yet?

Me neither.

Our holiday plans for this year are a bit up in the air. We have a close friend that is in the midst of buying a house and was hoping it would close before Easter. If so, then we won't be cooking at home this year, so I've been dragging my feet, waiting to hear . . .

Low-carb Easter menus are not that difficult though. With ham the traditional centerpiece and lots of hard-boiled eggs around, all you need to round out your low-carb meal is a super-nice salad and vegetables with a little bit of extra perk.

March 17, 2016

Kicked Out of Ketosis? The Dirty Little Secret About Ketone Testing Strips

If you hang out at low-carb forums for any length of time, you're bound to hear again and again how someone recently got kicked out of the state of ketosis and is looking for a fast way to get back in. 

Out of all the issues that you can have with a low-carb lifestyle, understanding ketone testing strips is one of the biggies.

I got kicked out of ketosis,” is one of the most common complaints I hear.

And while that may or may not be true, depending on the situation, there are a lot of misconceptions about the role that ketones and ketone testing strips play in a low-carb diet.

If you think that you've been kicked out of ketosis, listen up. Here's the dirty little secrets about ketone testing strips that you probably won't hear in a low-carb forum.

March 01, 2016

Why the Original Atkins Diet is Better for Weight Loss

Chicken Roasted Whole
Meat, Poultry, and Fish
are Unlimited on Atkins 72
Are you struggling to make Atkins 20 work for you?

If so, you are not alone.

There seems to be an ever-growing number of low-carb dieters who find themselves metabolically resistant to the current Atkins Induction Diet. While that can certainly be frustrating, especially if you've had success with the Atkins Nutritional Approach before, there is always a reason why the diet doesn't work.

I have never had a case where the diet could not be made to work,” Dr. Atkins wrote in 1972. “If the patient stops losing, there is always a specific something that is holding up progress. And invariably, it can be changed.”

That something can take ages to find and correct if you approach the problem by trying to figure out what the something is and then eliminate it. For that reason, it's often best to come at the problem from an opposite perspective.