How is it going? Having any "bumps in the road" as you try to change your way of eating? Some of them may be from common mistakes that many people make. If you're having trouble and want some support, check out our Low-Carb Discussion Forum, which has lots of knowledgeable people in it. Also this week, a chance to send a message to the New York Times about the benefits carb reduction. Have a great week - Laura
Whenever we start on something new, we can assume that everything won't go perfectly smoothly. Even for low-carb "old-timers", bad habits can creep in. I've recently revised my list of the Top 10 Low-Carb Diet Mistakes. Check them out so you can head problems off, hopefully before they start!
Last week there was an interesting article in the New York Times magazine about our bodies' responses to weight loss, which has had quite a response (mostly negative) from the low-carb community. Gary Taubes has even gotten together a petition to the New York Times for us to sign. Here's my take.
These 12 days of menus are suggestions to get you started on a healthy low-carb diet. For the most part, they each fulfill a full day's requirements for vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They range between 20 and 50 grams of net carb (total carb minus fiber) and from 1500 to 1700 calories, with ideas for modifications.
Seems like a simple question, but "what is a low-carb diet?" has been answered in a number of different ways by diet authors and researchers. What does this mean to you? Here are the basics of three main approaches, and the benefits of each.