A recently published study showed that even people who Have normal body mass index (BMI) yet have bigger waistlines have a higher risk of disease. Excess carbs and sugar are responsible for belly fat. Improving body composition is the key not body weight necessarily. If you go low carb and you have fat to lose, it will help you get it off. Don't worry about whithering to nothing, that doesn't happen.
REASONS TO REDUCE CARBS
I wonder if the new Nutrition Facts labels could back fire. What if the food processors decide to use more artificial sweeteners to avoid posting big sugar numbers on the label. Artificial sweetener use is at best a questionable way to cut back on sugar. The new label rules might trigger an explosion the amount of fake sugar use. I never expect the food industry to do the right thing.
This article in the New York Times helps dispel the "breakfast is more important than any other meal" myth.
The point is, just eat when hungry. Your body will tell you when you need more fuel. If you feel the need to eat just after you wake up, fine. If you aren't hungry till noon, that's fine too. Eating when not truly hungry may cause weight gain. Forcing a meal down simply because of what the hands on the clock point to say is kinda ridiculous. It so happens that the notion that breakfast is "the most important meal of the the day" originated (no surprise here) with Kellogg's. Industry funded studies always give industry favorable results.
If you do like breakfast (like I do), do not eat cereal and drink OJ. Sorry, Kellogg's and Minute-Maid. Go with, eggs or meat or full fat dairy like cheese. After a nice omelette, I am not usually hungry again until supper. Yup, I usually feel well fueled all day long after a nice high fat breakfast.
Blackberries blended in. I was called on to "bring dessert" for the family Mother's Day gathering. One problem. I haven't been eating dessert since starting my low carb high fat lifestyle. What to do?... I visited, Ditch the Carbs, found a recipe for blueberry cheesecake using stevia. Blueberry were very pricy at Costco this week but blackberries weren't so into the cake they wen't. I used Truvia instead of stevia because it's what I got. In principle I've not been utilizing much artificial sweeteners because, sweetness makes me want to eat more of something that, without the sweetness i wouldn't choose to eat or at least not that much of. Stevia and erythritol on paper look better than other non-caloric sweeteners. No insulin bump, so it is my sweetener of choice. I'll have to wait to taste the finished product once I get to Cherry Hill tomorrow but I can tell you what I licked off the the mixing bowl was sooo good... Cravings? perhaps...
I am super excited about a Costco find today, sous vide beef. While I've been hearing about this stuff for a while and I heard it is sold at fancy restaurants I've never tasted it because I don't go to fancy restaurants. I also haven't invested in the whole sous vide kitchen hardware.
What is this sous vide thing anyway? It's a extremely precise way of cooking meat so that it comes out super juicy, evenly cooked at just the right doneness. Meat is put into plastic vacuum bags and then cooked in water at the desired temperature for a long time. This costco beef lists beef, salt and pepper as it's only ingredients, no sugar or funky oils. It's perfect paleo/LCHF food. Only thing is, It doesn't say it's grass feed or organic so let's go ahead and assume it isn't either.
I took it up a notch by drowning it in bearnaise sauce. I made a batch from the very easy recipe at Diet Doctor.com. Thanks Andreas! I was in heaven.
Eric Sodicoff MD
Member: Obesity medince Association