October 27, 2010

What to Expect

Author: Scott D. Irwin

By now you should be reading the first seven chapters of New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great and beginning to think about what you will eat for the first two weeks.  The first two weeks are called “induction,” a process where you begin to mentally and physically adjust to the low carb lifestyle.  During this time, your body will begin to burn fat instead of relying on carbohydrates for fuel.  Therefore, it is important to induction correctly and ensure that you get most of your 20 net grams of carbs from vegetables while still getting your protein.

Unfortunately, many people suffer “side effects” from induction.  This post aims to prepare you for them and give you tips to avoid them.

  • Dizziness, and Headaches: Don’t skip meals and be sure that you eat three full meals a day.  If you still have headaches or dizziness try eating smaller meals and more of them – perhaps four to six a day.
  • “Smelly” Urine: During induction your body may enter ketosis, a state in which your body will burn fat instead of carbohydrates or glucose.  This usually ends in a couple weeks as you add more foods and carbohydrates back into your meal plan.  Be sure that you are drinking at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, more if you exercise or have a job where you are active all day.
  • Bad Breath: This may be the result of ketosis as above, however with changes in the Atkins diet this is more and more uncommon.  You should be sure that you are eating enough vegetables and drinking enough water.

You can avoid these pitfalls by following the rules for induction, following the tips above, and moving off of induction after two weeks.  Check out New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.

Note: If you have not done so already, I urge you to consult with your doctor and discuss all available options.  I am not a medical doctor, nor do I play one online.  My goal in writing these posts is to give you things to think about and experiment with.  Your mileage may vary (YMMV).

 

October 26, 2010

The Kickoff

Author: Scott D. Irwin

In my last post I wrote that I had been dealing with chest pains and pressure in my chest, but I had other symptoms that concerned me.  A loss of appetite and light headed-ness.  While talking with the cardiologist after the stress test, I mentioned to him that my HDL/LDL cholesterol numbers were lower than normal and, as he guessed, my triglycerides were high.  Why is this important?  Well…. Read the rest of this entry »

October 25, 2010

Let the Journey Begin…

Author: Scott D. Irwin

In March of this year I went to see the doctor after having pressure and pain in my chest for the past week.  The doctor sent me to the emergency room, where after two hours they could find nothing wrong.

During a visit to the cardiologist I was to do a stress test.  I found myself standing on the treadmill with the cardiologist staring at me….from head to toe over and over again.  Just by looking at me he could tell I had high triglycerides (fat in the blood).  The giveaway?  My stomach.  After finding nothing during and after the stress test, he suggested I modify my diet to consume no more than twenty net grams of carbohydrates a day and exercise.

Twenty net grams of carbs?  …. and so my journey began.  This website aims to give you an insight into my journey while providing you with recipes and fitness information.  My hope is that it will inspire you to eat healthier, exercise, and have fun!  My next post will tell you what I did and how the first week went.

October 25, 2010

Welcome!

Author: Scott D. Irwin

This website is dedicated to helping you lose weight and live a low carb lifestyle, complete with exercise.  Check back often for articles, recipes, and more!  As we get rolling we’ll be adding new features, such as a community and more.  Feel free to create an account…and don’t forget you can use OpenID (Yahoo, Gmail, Myspace, and more).