Low-Carb Doctor: Cut The Products, Calories, and Portions For Weight Loss

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ July 24, 2008

One of the most fascinating things I have noticed since I began blogging about the healthy low-carb lifestyle back in 2005 is how amazingly diversified the low-carb community is about the “proper” way a low-carb diet should be done. The definition of “healthy low-carb living” varies depending on who you talk to. In fact, if we had a room full of 100 low-carbers I would bet you’d have at least 50 or more different versions of livin’ la vida low-carb. And that’s okay because individualization of the diet is what makes it work in the long-term.

Some people believe you should only eat whole foods all the time. And for the most part, that’s a good philosophy to live by. In fact, if you look at my low-carb menus then you will see that’s precisely what I eat the vast majority of the time. Of course, I also like to add in some chocolate and other treats from time to time to enhance my low-carb lifestyle. It’s what helped me lose 180 pounds in 2004 and I’ve been doing it ever since.

So, imagine my discouragement to see the following recommendations for getting my weight to reduce from my low-carb doctor this week:

1–no low-carb “treats” or substitutes for otherwise high-carb food (although sugar-free Jello and other desserts such as we allow our patients would be okay in limited amounts)
2–foods should be chosen from those listed on the “No Sugar, No Starch” guide we give patients
3–adequate protein (as determined from lean body mass) should be consumed, but care should be taken not to exceed protein requirements
4–portion-control and calorie-restriction should be implemented, as determined by BMR

Click here to find out what I think about this advice from my low-carb doctor for helping me bring down my weight.

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