Thursday, February 26, 2009

After Atkins weight does not have to happen

A study that came out recently says that to lose weight calories count. It pays to read the details at :

Why is this so important ?

Because most of us who gain back the weight lost on the Atkins diet have done so by leaving Atkins and not counting calories. The after Atkins diet gain can be prevented by simply watching calories. The downside to Atkins is that we get used to not counting calories, however this is crating a bad habit that can sink our efforts the second we leave Atkins, though this does not have to be the case. This is why I would suggest that even when doing the Atkins diet watch your calories to prepare for the day when you are no longer on the Atkins low carb diet plan.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Is The Flat Belly Diet an Atkins Option ?

The abdomen is one of major trouble spots on the body according to our mirrors and our bathing suits. Who wouldn’t want a sexy midriff to show off in the summer time? This diet is designed to help you lose that hard to reach belly fat without doing any crunches.

This diet was developed mainly for women. Getting a tight midsection is hard for women particularly after childbirth. Part of regaining your body is to lose the belly fat.

Here are some of the basics of this diet program. The Flat Belly diet hits both types of body fat: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcu fat is the type that everyone sees on your body or over the top of your pants. Visceral fat accumulates on your organs and can cause health problems just like too much of the obvious fat.

Many women experience bloating issues. During the menstrual cycle it’s the worst. You’d think you swallowed a beach ball some days. Getting rid of excess gas and fluid is not easy without pills. The Flat Belly diet teaches you to deflate using food choices.

Begin your journey to a flatter belly with the 4-Day jumpstart program. Some people have lost as much as seven pounds during this introduction phase. Food choices include those that help reduce the bloat and Sassy Water which is a signature drink created for the plan to hydrate your body and soothe the GI tract. You’ll drink a recipe of Sassy Water every day.

During the jumpstart phase you’ll be told what foods to avoid that are causing you to have a bigger belly and bloating. The main culprit is salt. Salt, or sodium, is a natural substance found in the body. Too much of it and the tissues retain more water for balance.

Eating too many carbohydrates like donuts, bagels, and other processed sweets irritate the intestinal tract. Even raw veggies can do it. Cooked veggies take up less room in your system. Gum and gassy foods are also avoided. Any foods that make you swell up or swallow air work against you.

The guidelines are simple. You eat a total of four 400 calorie meals a day every four hours. One snack is allowed either in the morning or in the evening. Each meal has to include a measure of monounsaturated fats. Fruit smoothies with belly flattening ingredients are a great tasting snack.

The diet also advocates exercise. Exercise is one half of any eating program and keeps the body in shape. You don’t have to do crunches but there are other stomach trimming exercises to make those muscles strong to complement your new flatter belly.

This has become a popular diet plan. The foods you eat are nutritious for the entire body. Some vegetables are eliminated because of gassy properties but there are enough included to satisfy daily requirements.

Give this plan a try. At the least you will be getting healthier and losing weight. At most, you will have found a sort of Holy Grail for women who struggle with the belly fat pooch.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just one bite - why trigger's can kill you

It is clear to me that I have only lost weight by eliminating triggers. My worst diet trigger has been eating foods with sugar in them. After I eat sugar my cravings increase and it usually ends with a binge of 1,000 plus calories.
My advice to you if you suffer from binges that are killing your diet efforts is that you try to analyze after a binge or diet crash what the first bite was that triggered the event. If you are able to do this you can then turn your failure into a learning experience.

Friday, February 6, 2009

List of low carb foods on a budget

Are you trying to do a low carb diet on a budget. First consider that the low carb diet will reduce your cravings and you should be eventually eating much less, which means much less money. Can you even begin to calulate the amount of money you have spent on cake, cookies and products full of sugar?

Ok so here is the list:

  1. Eggs

  2. Tuna

  3. Luncheon meats

  4. Spinach

  5. Cauliflower

  6. Lettuce

  7. Tomatoes

  8. Beans

I know I left some things off the list like hot dogs, because I don't think we should ever eat them for many reasons.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Most important letter on a diet


Well actually spelled WHY.

Your big "why" will determine whether you will be able to withstand the doubts and stay the course till you have reached your goal. So have you thought about why you want to lose weight?

The more reasons you have and the more compelling they are the more likely you are to keep on the straight and narrow.

So I suggest that you get an index card and start to list your reasons why you must lose the weight now. Do not leave anything out.

Would you like to see my WHY card ?

More energy,Clearer head ( sugar zombie ), More confidence, Look good, Lower blood pressure, Make more money, Feel happier, Live longer, Stop cravings, Fitting better in an airline seat, No knee pain, No joint pain, More stamina

By the way this is something better done off the computer, yes write it with a good old pen. Then start reading it out loud several times a day.

Next time that craving hits you will start to think "why eat this and loose all these potential benefits".

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Number one way to beat cravings

My elimination of sugar from my diet has been the reason why I have lost over 30 pounds. In fact my best run of dieting that I have had for years has come when I realized that even fruit was my downfall. So now I am eating very basic proteins and vegetables and the weight is dropping off pretty quickly.

What is even better than losing weight is losing cravings. It feels like someone gave me back my sanity. I eat at meals and pretty much nothing in between. My thoughts are not dominated by what I am eating next or what I could be eating or want to.

If this sounds too good to be true I suggest you try it for three days and tell me your results.

Monday, February 2, 2009

When to eat alone

Recently I made the following observation. When I am psyched and in the low carb zone ( perhaps Ketosis ) my cravings are usually few and far between. So the best thing I can do is keep my eyes and nose away from temptation by eating alone. Far too often observing someone else eating too much gives me a relative license to cheat. It goes kind of like this, "Heck I am not eating half as much as they are !". Totally forgetting that my scale does not give a flying leap the next morning that I ate less than person X. We have to realize that the scale does not grade on a curve !