Find a dietary plan not just a diet
There is a big difference between a dietary plan and a diet, in my mind. A dietary plan is an all-encompassing way of eating which is a long-term change that will fundamentally transform the way you eat for the rest of your life. Your dietary plan should include short-term and long-term boundaries. A diet is a short-term way of eating to hit a goal. Most people are looking for a diet they can get on to lose weight. The one thing that I have learned is, there is no quick fix to weight loss and getting healthy. Most people spend their whole lives doing diets. Obviously, they are not successful, because if the last diet was successful, they would not need the new one.
The way I see it, a diet tells you what to eat, whereas a dietary plan tells you how to eat to be healthy. A dietary plan will give you guidance, you will be able to apply to many situations. When you walk into your local fast food restaurant, you will find the foods that fit into your plan. Diets are rigid and tend to set hard parameters. A dietary plan offers guidelines and an understanding of what to look for when you are off plan. Low-carb is a general way of eating, using macro nutrients as guidance on what you should stay away from, it could be used as a diet. Dr. Atkins new Diet revolution is a dietary plan, The Rosedale Diet is a dietary plan and Protein Power is a dietary plan. Yes you can use any of these as a diet, what I am asking is for you to look at these as a dietary plan.
This plan is for you
I am following a ketogenic/High Fat, Low-Carb lifestyle. I am following the plan laid out in Keto Clarity now, but I don’t think everyone should do what I am doing. The reason I am eating this way is because of my personal and family history. For my long-term health, I need to avoid carbohydrates at all cost. This is not you, this is not your situation, and your body may be able to handle paleo. Your body might be able to process carbs and never have an issue. That is the reason I suggest you find a plan that sounds right to you. Give the plan at least 60 days before you decide if it is truly right for you.
There are a lot of plans in the Low-carb world and I have listed some of them below. A Low-carb Life is not a plan. It is a resource, at best, everything you find on this site are just opinions backed by what we have learned. The thing to remember is, these plans are the starting point on your road to healthy living. It is not the final destination. If you are just trying to lose a few pounds, then you have come to the wrong place. This is about helping people who are ready to live healthier. Healthier being defined by blood pressure, HDL, cholesterol, practical size, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, body fat percentage and your endurance. If these health markers are going in the right direction, then those following a Low Carb plan, are a lot healthier than a lot of skinny people.
An Example of my daily Meal Plan when following “A Low-Carb Life”.
- 2 eggs, 2 TBS sour cream, 1 slice of American cheese, pinch salt, 1 tsp pepper.
- 3 strips of Bacon
- 16 oz. water
- 3 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. lime
- 1/8 tsp. stevia
- 2 tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pot roast
- Grilled Chicken thighs and legs
I admire people who stand the storm of criticism when they push forward with an idea that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. People like Columbus and Newton could envision what others could not see. They saw there was a truth, others refused to recognize. This is why I admire Dr. Robert Atkins. He stood his ground in the 70’s and 80’s when everyone called him a quack. Even though he didn’t have all the scientific evidence to support his plan, he knew in his heart he was right. He knew fat was not making people fat. The whole concept of you are what you eat, does so much damage to the truth about food.
I always recommend people reading Dr. Atkins book as an introduction to a low-carb lifestyle. It is a good starting point. Even though Dr. Atkins talks about ketosis, he doesn’t explain all the benefits of eating high fat foods, he hints at it. I think starting with The Atkins plan will get you down the road far enough that you can then decide what will work for you long-term.
Below are a few plans that I know about, that you may graduate to after you have done Atkins for a few months. Or you may want to explore one, if you have previously tried Atkins. I am not endorsing any of these plans, I am just making you aware of other resources. The more plans you understand, the better your chances are of being successful, living A Low-Carb Life.
Plans we recommend
- Dr. Atkins new Diet revolution
- The Rosedale Diet
- Protein power
- The Primal Blueprint
- Adapt program
- KETO Ketogenic Diet
- Smart Fat
- Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution
- The Life Extension Revolution
- Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet