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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

You CAN have your cake and eat it too!

Who says you can't live a little, even if you're on a
low carb diet plan?

According to Jimmy Moore, the king of low carb bloggers,
you CAN have your cake and eat it too!

Just remember, everything in moderation! Just because a
food is low carb or low calorie doesn't mean that you can
eat extra servings. That's NOT the plan.

Eat sensibly, excercise at least three days a week and
drink plenty of water. Now THAT'S a plan!

Crumbly Carbquik Low-Carb
Crumb Cake
Jimmy MooreMay 9, 2006

The following is a reprint from the
blog "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb":

A low-carb crumb cake? Are you
serious? OH YEAH!!!

Who says you have to stay away from cake when you are
livin' la vida low-carb? One bite of this crumbly Carbquik
Low-Carb Crumb Cake (thanks to Elaine at
Low-Carb Connoisseur for sharing this recipe) with just 3g
net carbs per slice will convince you that this lifestyle may
not be as bad as you think it is! Really, it's the best thing
that ever happened in my life.

So go ahead, give it a try. What's the worst that could

You may just find this way of eating to be the most delicious
and healthy thing you have ever done to control your weight
and improve your health. YOU CAN DO IT and recipes like
this will help you get there. ENJOY!


1 1/2 cups Carbquik
1/2 cup Splenda
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 whole egg

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup NOW Foods Unsweetened Coconut
1/3 cup Brown Sugar Twin, packed
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons half and half

- Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and dust with Carbquik
an 8-inch square pan or 9-inch round pan.

- Beat all ingredients except Crumb Topping in large
bowl on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.
Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
Pour into pan.

- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in
center comes out clean; cool slightly.

- Make Crumb Topping; spread over cake. Set oven control
to Broil.

- Broil about 3 inches from heat about 3 minutes or until
golden brown. Stir together all ingredients.

Servings: 8
Net Carbs Per Serving: 3g
Total Preparation Time: 40 minutes

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Monday, May 08, 2006

What about protein and protein bars, shakes, etc?

I just got back from the gym. I weighed myself while
there and, although I know it's only a number, I still
tend to gauge my progress with it.

When I think about it, that's totally wrong!

Muscle weighs more than fat and I can tell by my
waist line that I'm definitely changing my body
composition. And that's what it's really all about.

I bought a protein bar at the gym, one of my personal
favorites , a Tri-O-Plex chocolate coconut. Mmmm-Mm!
They're great when you nuke em for 15-20 secs., gets
em nice and soft!

What I've actually sort of stayed away from recently
are the shakes, or Meal Replacement Powders (MRP's).

I'm not sure why, probably because lunch is ready
when I get home and I like to sit down to a decent meal
before heading off to work.

Besides, the gym owner told me that unless I'm going into
a competition (which I'm not), then normal food should
be sufficient.

Which brings me to the actual thought behind this whole
post. I like eating and drinking the bars and MRP's, BUT
they aren't necessary for a healthy, low carb diet!

You CAN eat regular food and still lose weight and live
a healthy lifestyle AND even build muscle.

I like to bring one of the protein bars to work for a snack
because it keeps me away from the candy bars. High
protein (30g), low carb (16g). Great.

So there you go. Personally, I highly recommend a good
protein bar as a snack replacement along with a normal
food intake.

Good luck with your diet!

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Low Carb Diet – Is It A Good Way To Lose Weight?

Here's an interesting article that delves a little into the
facts and science behind a low carb diet plan.

When undertaking a low carb diet plan, it's good to
know WHY it works because there really is a sound
scientific approach to losing weight.

Featured Article
Low Carb Diet – Is It A Good Way To Lose Weight?

It is a true fact that the people following a low fat diet
loose weight drastically. But the recent clinical studies
prove that people reducing carbs steadily, loose weight
still rapidly. Look at the negative and positive aspects
of the diet before committing to it.

There are different kinds of diet introduced by the
medical experts such as Atkins diet, South Beach Diet,
the Zone Diet, Sugar Busters, and Protein Power diet
etc which aim at reducing the consumption of fatty foods.
The two main ingredients that increase your weight rapidly
are the refined flour and sugar. They increase the glucose
levels in the blood, and helps pancreas to produce more
excessive insulin. Due to the excessive amount of insulin
the carbs are easily converted into fats. When your food
comprises of low carbs, the pancreas produces less of
insulin. The unnecessary storages of fats are burnt and
you swiftly start loosing weight. When you stick to the
low carb diet the level of glucose in the body is less and
you are less prone to diabetes.

Due to the increased level of insulin production, hormonal
changes take place and you develop blocked pores in your
skin. These problems later lead to skin diseases like acne,
pimples, whiteheads etc.

Some people cannot simply desert the carb rich foods because
they are strongly accustomed to the taste. Such people must
use substitutes like breads with wholesome grains. You can
continuously enjoy with your favorite dishes while reducing
your weight.

Apart from abiding to a particular diet pattern, it is also
important to plan an exercise routine. As far as possible,
keep a track of your weight and gradually increase your
exercise duration. Make sure that you are strictly following
your diet pattern you have chosen.

Low carb diet is a very good way to lose weight.

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Complement your low carb diet with plenty of excercise!

So have you started your low carb diet plan yet?

Unfortunately, it's rather difficult to stick with ANY
type of diet. So here's my suggestion. When going
low carb, remember to get plenty of excercise! It'll
transform your physique quicker and give you more
incentive to stick with a diet.

Here's the deal. No matter WHAT you eat, you still
have to use more calories than you take in in order
to lose weight and maintain weight loss.

It's really that simple.

Expend more than you consume.

I've been hitting the gym on a more regular basis the
past three weeks and I'm noticing my stamina and
energy are rising again. I've been limiting my carbs,
but not totally eliminating them from my diet.

BUT I've also started doing more cardio.

And here's a little trick I read about from an older
body builder who was trying to reduce the stress on
his knees while getting a good cardiovascular workout.

Use a treadmill and set the incline as high as you can
handle it! AMAZING! My friends, I have sore joints.
Shoulders and knees. But when I first started back to
the gym a few weeks ago I took this gentleman's
advice and started doing the treadmill for 23 mins.
at a crack with a speed of 3.7 and an incline of 4.5.

Now three weeks later and my speed's only up to 3.9
but the incline's up to 6.5! What a difference!

I'm able to get my heart rate up within the cardio
training zone (as prescribed by the chart on the
treadmill), work up a good sweat and still have my
knees feel OK. It's more of a brisk walk than a run.

I've noticed that although I haven't lost any weight,
my pants are fitting better. This is usually what
happens when I first start back to the gym because
I'm replacing fat with muscle and muscle weighs more
than fat.

Another thing is that doing the treadmill on a steeper
incline targets your butt and thighs. Strengthening
your legs is an awesome way to shed fat because
they are a major muscle group and don't forget that
muscle is an active tissue and uses energy even in
a resting state. Unlike fat that just sits there.

So go ahead and give that a try. Hit the treadmill
for about 20mins. and set a small incline to begin
with and gradually increase it as you get accustomed
to it and it starts getting easier to complete the time.

Just remember to always take heed of your body!
STOP walking if you feel faint or dizzy. Always drink
plenty of water.

And eat a high protein, low carb diet to help maintain
muscle growth.

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