Drinking On A Low Carb Diet

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drinking beer on a low carb diet

I am not a big drinker but I do enjoy beer or wine occasionally. So one of the first things I wanted to know was could I drink beer on a low carb diet? And the answer was NO!

It isn’t recommended because beer is very high in sugar and carbs.

Well, that stinks! ¬†ūüôĀ

Drinking¬†Beer really isn’t an option if you want to lose weight on a high fat, low carb diet. Also, sadly many wines and mixed drinks are high in carbs as well.

But,¬†here’s¬†some¬†good news:

You can drink on a low carb diet.

Most spirits are very low in carbs. So you can have an alcoholic beverage from time to time. There is no need to go without when you are at a party or family get together.

Drinking on a low carb diet is something that you can do occasionally and still lose weight.

My go to mixed drink is a Rum and diet coke. Now normally I would never drink a diet coke as I prefer to not using artificial sweeteners, but I can’t drink straight rum, so this is an alternative.

I find that I can deal with it and I actually find it very satisfying.

My boyfriend prefers gin and soda water with a twist of lime. Tonic is high in carbs so he does the soda water (club soda). He says it isn’t beer, but it does give him a bit of a buzz.

But sometimes you just gotta have a craft beer. (At least I do)

I really enjoy a nice IPA beer especially at social gatherings so I knew this would be a challenge. But losing weight and getting healthy was the most important thing to me.

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to the beach for a week and we decided that we would drink beer on one or two days. And we limited it to only two drinks each.

What I did that day was to totally limit my carbs to very strict. Normally I stay at around 30% but since I knew I would be drinking beer in the afternoon, I ate very clean the entire day prior. I had bullet-proof coffee in the morning, and 2 eggs for lunch. Then for dinner along with the beer, I had a green salad with a steak. I added a pad of butter to the steak.

At the end of the week, I still ended up losing 1 pound even with drinking the beer. But it isn’t something that I will do often as I really enjoy seeing a 2-pound loss on a normal week.

So my recommendation is this. If you want to drink, I recommend spirits or very dry wine.

And if you do choose an alcoholic beverage that is high in sugar, adjust the rest of your carbs and plan on what you will eat that day.

Important Tip: I learned a hard lesson the night after drinking alcohol and that was leg cramps. It wasn’t fun waking up with severe Charley horses in my legs. I learned that when you drink alcohol you need to really increase your water intake as you can easily become dehydrated. I learned this the hard way.

So stay hydrated by drinking lots of clean filtered water.

Down Another 3.5 Pounds! Yeah!

cropped-127228-20160329-e1459257295890-1.jpgI’m feeling pretty ecstatic today. I just weighed myself and I have dropped another 3.5 pounds. And it feels great.

I have a few other things that I want to mention for anyone who is thinking about doing a high fat, low carb diet.

One is a bit of a vent. And that is when people ask me what I’m doing to loose weight and then they want to criticize me when I tell them that I’m doing.¬†I know that I should have a thicker skin and not take it personally.

The world has drilled into peoples heads that calorie counting and low fat is the way to lose weight. They believe what they are told, even though most people are over weight or obese because of eating this way.

I get it.

I was the same way for many years. I mean eating more fat to lose weight went totally against what I did for years.

But now I know that eating more fat, makes me skinny! Yes, it does!

Yesterday I was talking to a friend who commented on how thin I was getting. She said that she could hardly believe how good I looked. She asked me what I was doing.

I told her I was doing a low carb high fat diet. And she said that her doctor told her that the low carb isn’t healthy. So she eats low fat because that is the healthy way to do it.

I wanted to say to her, “and how is that working for you?”. But I didn’t because I know it isn’t her fought. I mean we all want to do what our doctors say.

But what if the doctors have is all wrong?

I simply told her that I would never eat low fat again because I don’t want to eat products that have had sugar and often times other chemicals added to their products.

I feel like in many cases doctors prefer to just write out a prescription rather than help people fix the problem.

I would rather just give my body what it needs and let it heal from all the crap I fed it over the years.

I prefer to eat real food, no processed or packaged food. I eat meat, cheese, vegetables that grow above the ground (avoiding root vegetables and starchy veggies), nuts, olives and berries. In other words.

I eat real food.

I love seeing the scale numbers go down. I feel so inspired to help others do the same.

If you are thinking about trying a high fat low carb diet, then understand that this is very healthy. You will feel great and the pounds will come off.

Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Results

We all have times when all of a sudden the weight loss seems to stop, or slow down. This is called a weight loss plateau. It can be very frustrating.

I can assure you that if you are eating lots of high-fat foods and low carbs than the weight loss will come. But sometimes it fluctuates. Sometimes I will go 3 or 4 days with no weight loss and then suddenly I’ll lose 2 pounds in one day. The most important thing is to keep moving forward with your diet.

But if you want to shake things up a bit and get some quicker results then you may want to add my secret weapon which is intermittent fasting.

Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is when you abstain from food for a period of time. It can be 8, 12, 16, 24 or even longer hours.

Now if your reaction is like mine when I first heard about fasting, you may be shaking your head because starvation isn’t good for anyone. Even Hugh Jackman has used intermittent fasting.

But let’s get one thing straight. Fasting is NOT Starving. In fact, fasting is a very popular practice that many people do around the world as a way of cleansing their system or others do it for religious reasons.

And guess what. You are already fasting right now. Each night when you go to sleep you are fasting for at least 8 hours. And if you last ate at 6 pm the night before and ate breakfast at 10 then without any real effort, you just fasted for 16 hours. You were already fasting and didn’t even know it.

Why intermittent fasting works for weight loss

It is actually pretty easy. When your body doesn’t have any glucose stores left to burn as fuel, it will switch over to fat burning. This will cause you to lose weight. Typically your body will go into fat burning after 8 hours. So even if you only want to do a short fast, you can get some good results.

If you are not sure about fasting or if you can do it easily, try what I did.

Here is how I use intermittent fasting for weight loss.

When I am going to fast, I will have my last meal at around 6:00 pm. Then I don’t eat again until I have lunch at 1:00 in the afternoon.

The easy part is that for a good 8 hours of this 19 hour fast, I am sleeping. Duh! So that makes it easy. Then I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning. I also drink lots of water throughout the day. I tend to lack salt in my body so I add just a bit of salt to my water and a lemon wedge just to give it a bit of flavor. If I feel like I really need something to help me get through the fast, then I will sip on bone broth.

When I first started fasting, I would tell myself that I could eat earlier, like 10 or 11. Then I would try to see how much longer I could go. And I found that now I can easily make it until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

My boyfriend can fast for 24 hours a few days a week. He only eats dinner.

I think it really depends on the person and what works for you.

You may not feel that intermittent fasting weight loss is for you and that is okay. It is a personal preference. I only do it because I find it helps me drop weight a bit quicker. Plus I really feel great when I fast.

My Favorite High Fat Low Carb Snacks

If you are following a high fat low carb diet like I am, you may have discovered that after a few weeks you really don’t crave snacks. At least that is what has happened for me. I really don’t have a need to snack in between meals.

But I found that some high fat low carb snacks really helped me get through the first couple of weeks. Here is my list of my favorite hflc snacks.

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Home Made Parmesan Kale Chips

Kale chips! Kale chips are super easy to make. I follow the recipe by Robert Irine for Parmesan Kale Chips. They come out perfect every time and are yummy. Really they are better than buttered pop corn.

Cheese Chips! These are simple to make and perfect if you want something crispy to chomp on.

Nuts are a quick and easy snack, but be careful. If you eat to many you could be packing on too many carbs. I stick with the Brazil and macadamia nuts as they have the least amount of carb.

Cheese and Pepperoni is also something easy to grab on the run. If you want something pre-packaged then buy some full fat string cheese sticks.

Cream Cheese and Celery is quick and easy. My Mom made these for me as a child and I love the flavor combination.

Pork Rinds I love pork rinds because they have a huge amount of fat and will usually cut my cravings within a few moments. It is also nice there there are often a good variety of flavors. But you really got to watch the labels. I actually found some that had sugar in it.

I have found that it is sometimes difficult to find pork rinds in my local stores. So when I do find them, I buy at least 10 bags. But I also found that it can be much for cost effective to just buy them online in bulk. My favorite brand is Pork Clouds.

Need some more ideas? Then you gotta check out the amazing low carb snack ideas in this Everyday Low Carb Snack Recipes For Extreme Weight Loss Book by Linda Stevens. It is full of 37 different recipe ideas for some quick and healthy snacks.

Are you doing low carb? What is your favorite snack?

What is a Ketosis Diet?

If you are researching a high fat, low carb diet then you have probably heard people talk about being in Ketosis.

But what is a Ketosis Diet?

Ketosis is a term used for what happens when the body uses fat for energy because there isn’t any glucose to use. And this is a good thing if you want to lose weight.

When you stop or limit the amount of sugar (carbs) and increase the amount of fat you eat, your body will being to use your reserved fat for energy and this will help you lose weight.

So A Ketosis Diet is when someone limits the amount of carbs that they eat and increase the amount of fat that they eat. When you eat more fat and less carbs you will be in a fat burning mode which means your burning fat, not glucose!

And this is great because you will see a difference on the scale and how you feel as well. This state of fat burning is called Ketosis.

I can pretty much tell when I’m in Ketosis because I see the scale move, however an easy way to tell is to simply use some Keto Sticks.

Using a keto stick is pretty easy. The best time to use it is first thing in the morning. (You simply pee on a stick. It isn’t rocket science. The darker the stick is, the more keto’s you have in your systems, meaning you are in Ketosis.

The Keto Stick will tell you that you are in Ketosis, meaning you are now a fat burning machine! You don’t have to use Keto sticks, but I find them motivating.

Can you lose weight when you are not in Ketosis? Absolutely! But I find when I’m in Ketosis, I am a fat burning machine!

If you want to learn more about Ketosis, than I highly recommend watching “The Case for Nutrititional Ketosis” where Dr. Stephen Phinney explains what happens to the body when you are in nutritional Ketosis (strict-low carb diet) and how to use it to lose weight and possibly reverse diabetes.

I hope this helps to answer the question, What is a Ketosis Diet?

What are your thoughts about Ketosis? Have you ever done an extremely low carb (Ketosis) diet before? What were the results? I’d love to hear from you.

 

High Fat Low Carb Diet Daily Inspiration!

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I love my scale!

I Bog love my scale! When ever I have a goal wholesale nba jerseys to accomplish, I find it helpful to keep inspired. And I do that by connecting with others who are also doing a low carb diet like me.

So for my high fat low carb diet daily inspiration I do a few things.

First I weigh myself daily. Now some people feel that this isn’t a good thing as it can be frustrating con because the scale and move up on some days. But for me, it wholesale jerseys keeps me motivated.

I have realized that the scale does go up, but it always goes down. The last two week my weight has been pretty consistent. It will go Lose down 2 pounds, then up 1, then down 1, then down 1, then up 1, then down 2. I just find keeping a and log of my weight keeps me focused.

I simply uploaded an app on my phone to keep me on track.

Hugging my boyfriend daily(several times a day) helps too. I am so proud of him. He is on track to reversing his diabetes! But the thing that is really neat is realizing that I can get my arms further around him. His “beer belly”, doesn’t get emissions in the way like it wholesale jerseys did 2 weeks ago.

And the Miami Dolphins Jerseys last thing that keeps me motivated is reading stories about other people who are having success. I read success stories at dietdoctors.com, blogs and YouTube videos. This keeps me motivated.

(March 31st, down 10 lbs)