March 15, 2017

Are You Getting Enough Protein to Avoid Starvation? (Part 10 of How I Lost Over 100 Pounds)

[This is part 10 of a multi-series on How I Lost Over 100 Pounds Tweaking the Atkins Diet. If you didn't read part one, you can do that by clicking on the above link. There, you'll also find links to the other posts in this series as they become available.]

If it's been 8 to 12 weeks, or more, since you started your low-carb diet and the pounds aren't coming off as quickly as you think they should, it's time to consider tweaking what you're doing to make it work better.

In part 9 of this series on how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins diet, I shared with you exactly what I did to get the scales moving downward. Since I'm only 5 feet tall and post-menopause, I don't need anywhere near the amount of calories that you might need to stay above 50 percent of your maintenance calories.

Eating less than 50 percent of your maintenance calories is how starvation is defined within the medical community, but there are other important aspects of starvation, such as protein intake, that can trigger the starvation response within the body, even if you're eating plenty of calories.

So, how do you know if you're eating enough protein to avoid starvation mode?

March 07, 2017

10 Invaluable Low-Carb Tips for Newbies

If you are new to the whole low carb thing, but not necessarily new to dieting, you are actually in a better place than most beginners.

The major difference between low carb and low-calorie plans is the amount of dietary fat you eat, so if you've restricted fats in the past, you'll be grateful that you don't have to live on skinless chicken breast and plain vegetables for the rest of your life. You actually get to eat the skin on your chicken and put real butter on your vegetables.

A low-carb lifestyle comes with health benefits that can also be valuable, such as balanced blood glucose levels, lower triglycerides, and improved insulin sensitivity. Restricting carbs helps reduce your hunger and cravings for nutrient-depleted foods. This makes dieting simpler and easier to stick with long term.

Newbies can also expect to . . .

March 01, 2017

Can Low Carb Get Rid of Belly Fat?

I've been getting a lot of emails and blog comments lately from people who are trying to use a low-carb diet to get rid of belly fat.

Some of these individuals have 30 to 50 pounds to lose, but most of them are only 10 to 15 pounds overweight. A few are normal weight or even underweight for their age and height but are still trying to use carbohydrate deprivation to shed stubborn fat pockets.

If you are frustrated because the belly fat just won't go away, this blog post shares the truth about belly fat and gives you 5 essential steps you can take right now to help yourself succeed.