Sunday, July 31, 2011

Exercise and the Atkins Diet

Physical exercise is essential for Atkins diet success. Without exercise, your body isn’t configured to process carbohydrates successfully. Research has shown that sedentary individuals have extreme insulin reactions to even moderate amounts of carbohydrates. This means that exercise doesn’t only help you lose weight, it will help you keep it off too. Exercise will teach your body how to process the carbohydrates in your diet. When you exercise regularly, you’ll be able to eat more carbohydrates over time because your body will use them efficiently.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Atkins and Appetite Suppresion

One of the most common, and surprising, effects of following the Atkins diet is appetite suppression. Many followers of the plan report that the between meal hunger pangs they used to experience fade away very quickly. This makes it easier to stay on the diet and continue to lose weight. While other diets have their followers starving between meals, the Atkins diet offers relief from constant hunger. The Atkins diet, with its specific combination of foods and ingredients, has powerful appetite suppressing effects.
The first key component is the amount of protein in the Atkins diet. Protein, more so than carbohydrates, has the power to satiate hunger. If you’ve ever eaten a carb heavy meal and then felt hungry afterward, you know that carbohydrates don’t have much staying power. Protein, when combined with a small amount of healthy fats, can keep you feeling full for long periods of time.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Atkins and Diabetes

The Atkins diet principles lay the foundation for a healthy, more balanced way of eating than the standard American diet. Its emphasis is on using good carbohydrates in balance with adequate protein. This is in stark contrast to what most Americans eat on a daily basis. The average American eats lots of processed foods that have hidden sugars and highly processed carbohydrates. This has put most Americans on the road to diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions. What is sad is that diabetes has a predictable set of stages and that they can be easily recognized.
The road to diabetes has to do with something called the glycemic index. All carbohydrates are rated on this index with regards to the level of insulin reaction they produce. Foods that have a high glycemic index rating will cause your pancreas to release a lot of insulin to break down the amount of sugars and carbohydrates (which produce high amounts of glucose). The refined carbohydrates and sugars that make up the vast majority of the American diet rank very high on the glycemic index.
We are able to more readily digest these foods as children, because our bodies function more efficiently in our youth. There may have been side effects, like weight gain and mood swings, but they didn’t stand out. As we age, however, these symptoms begin to grow and become more prevalent. The nation-wide obesity epidemic is a result of high-carbohydrate diets and unstable blood sugar levels.
Many people who are overweight are also insulin resistant. Insulin resistance means that the insulin is not doing its job in removing glucose from the blood stream. The pancreas gets over worked and it releases massive amounts of insulin, sometimes 20 times more than the body actually needs. This results in the blood sugar dropping to extremely low levels. This sets off a chain reaction in the body that leads to a release of adrenaline to correct the blood sugar problem.
With age, blood sugar and insulin difficulties become more aggravated. The condition is called “hyperinsulinism” and is a precursor for type II diabetes. It is normally accompanied by high blood pressure and high triglycerides.
After years of using a high-carbohydrate diet, you will finally become fully diabetic. Insulin is the body’s primary fat creator and extra pounds usually accompany late onset diabetes. Pre-diabetic conditions, if not treated effectively, will lead to diabetes indefinitely.
However, there are easily identifiable warning signs to diabetes that appear early. Your family doctor can perform insulin level tests that will let you know if you are at risk for pre-diabetic conditions, and studies show that low-carb diets like Atkins can help. Controlling your blood sugar is one of the most effective methods to controlling pre-diabetic conditions.
The Atkins diet helps effectively control blood sugar. The combination of proteins, fats and good carbohydrates will keep your body satisfied without the roller coaster effect. Controlling carbohydrates in quantity as well as type will help limit the insulin spikes. This will let your pancreas work in the way that it was meant to be, and it will decrease the likelihood of your developing pre-diabetic conditions. It’s a vicious cycle that, if left unchecked, can lead to diabetes later in life. When the Atkins diet is followed effectively it produces stable blood sugar throughout the day and helps you stay off the road to diabetes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Low carb diet Vitamins

Just a word about vitamins on a low carb diet.  I am on the Atkins ongoing weight loss portion of my diet and take the following vitamins:  Multivitamin, B complex with C, (Grains and fruit are limited at this time) Omago 3, (I don't like fish).  For more information visit my website:  My Low Carb Diet

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18,2011

Monday is weigh in day and I lost 2 lbs.  A total of 25 lbs. in 3 months and 1 week.  I am very pleased with this because I had the weekend off work and usually eat a little too much when I'm off.  I used the low carb wraps I bought from Netrition and made bacon, lettuce and tomato wrap and an egg salad wrap.  I also had a cheese burger off the grill with lettuce, tomato, mayo and low carb ketchup.  In the wrap it tasted like a burger king whooper, one of my favorites.  I guess you can tell I'm really pleased with these wraps. 
Have a great low carb day.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July15, 2011

Weighed this morning and lost another 1.5 lbs. Only weigh twice a week, Monday is weight in and somewhere in the middle to keep myself on track.  I have been working all week so its not too hard to stay "legal".  Lets hope this week end is good, I really want to be at a grand total of 25lb lost.  Will grill some burgers and fry up some summer squash.  Maybe cucumbers & tomato with italian dressing. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 11, 2011

Three months on my low carb diet today,  weighed in 23 pounds lighter.  Didn't lose anything from last monday, :(  thats it for the peanut butter, I guess I can't handle it.  I have gone a week or so in the past and not lost anything and then all of a sudden 5lbs gone. If this happens to you, keep the faith. 
I got the products I order, tried the tortillas, not bad. At least now I have something to wrap stuff in.  Haven't eaten bread in 3 months.  I like Netrition  for low carb products, Have a great Low-Carb day.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 10, 2011

Another good day, had to work and I never eat too much when I'm working.  I made some sliced summer squash fried in butter, yummy.  I try to get carbs from vegies as much as possible.   

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 9, 2011

Had a great day, had an Atkins shake,  pork loin and broccoli and a large salad with lettuce, egg, ham, and ranch dressing.  A couple of tsp. of chunky peanut butter to top off the day.  I can get carried away with the peanut butter, its hard to stop.  Weigh in is Monday, we will see. 
I also take a multi vitamin, omega 3 (I hate fish) and a B complex with C. (Grains & Fruit).  I feel pretty good, Monday will be 3 months. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8, 2011

Just orderd some low carb products from netrition .  Bought low- carb tortillas (bread subsitute), cheese cake mix, soy trail mix, chili cup, ready to heat pizza crust, all low carb. I'll let you know how everything tastes. Products you may want are low carb ketchup, Atkins shakes are great and so are the bars.  Only eat two a day.  Another thing to talk about is net carbs.  Subtract Fiber from carbs and you get net carbs.      

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 7,2011

After being on my low carb diet for almost three months and losing 23 lbs.  I have decided to post my day to day trials and tribulations.  I have tried many diets over the years and being hypoglycemic, have a low tolerance for carbohydrates.  What happens is, I eat carbs my blood sugar rises and crashes within about an hour  and I crave more sweets.  It is a pre diabetic condition along with obesity.  I know longer have cravings for sweets, but when I'm tired or stressed I still use food.  I try to make low carb snacks and have them available at all times. 
I also created a website with articles, videos and products to help with your low carb diet.