Welcome to day three of my Six-Day Challenge for Book Lovers. Today is all about the body--specifically what we put into it.
I first learned about the science of low-carb dieting from Dr. Atkins’s book and have since read articles written by other doctors and nutritionists that have furthered the research on what is also known as the ketogenic diet. In a nutshell, the body metabolizes carbohydrates first. If you consume more carbohydrates than you expel in energy, they become fat. The fat you consume then has no chance to become anything other than fat.
One way to get around that problem is to eat low-fat foods and to exercise frequently. That’s the traditional way people have dieted in the past. But on the ketogenic diet, exercise isn’t necessary for weight loss, though it’s still important for good health.
On the ketogenic diet, you cut out most carbs, consuming primarily protein and fat. This turns your body from a carb-burning machine into a fat-burning machine. Not only do the fats and proteins you consume get metabolized, but so do the stored fats.
Good sources of proteins and fat include meats, cheeses, nuts, avocados, and cream. You can pair these with most green vegetables or with berries. Other vegetable and fruits tend to be higher in carbohydrates, so I avoid them while trying to lose weight. I also avoid all breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, and beans (except for green beans). It goes without saying that I also cut out sweets and sugar.
If you would like to try a low carbohydrate lifestyle with me, then today is all about getting rid of most of the junk food in your pantry and cupboards. If you haven't already decluttered these areas using the method from the previous days, today would be good time to reorganize the pantry and refrigerator.
The basic rule is that if it's white, don't eat it; if it's green, then consume it.
The first week is always the most difficult, because the body prefers the status quo and is resistant to change. Turning your body from a carb-burning machine into a fat burning machine will make you feel tired at first, and some people lose their momentum. The best way I have found to beat the first-week challenges is to consume as much fat and protein as I want. Believe me, the bingeing won’t last on a low-carb diet, because fats and proteins make you feel full.
After the first week, you can scale back to two or three meals a day. You can also institute a cheat meal once a week, to have something to look forward to. But for the cheat meal to not sabotage your diet, it must be eaten within one hour.
Once I reach my goal, I plan to have one cheat meal a day. By eating low-carb foods for the other 23 hours each day, I'll be able to maintain my weight.
1. Low-carb flour tortillas
2. Strawberries with whipped cream
3. Packaged salads.
4. Rotisserie chicken
5. Adkins Endulge Candies
6. Breyer's CarbSmart Almond Bars and Enlightened Keto Collection Mint Chocolate Chip
1. Clean out your pantry and cupboards of all expired and junk foods and reorganize it so that like items are with like items.
2. If you want to join my low-carb lifestyle, avoid carbs today and drink more water.
3. Post about your accomplishments in the group.
5. Comment with words of support on other people's posts.
If you'd like a month's worth of low-carb meal ideas, along with the recipes and other low-carb hacks, buy my ebook, Eva Pohler's Low-Carb Diet Hacks, for only 99 cents (limited time).