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Low-carb Diet Mistakes

The craze over low-carb diets is still going strong, but many people may not be doing low carb the right way. Molly Kimball, R.D., from the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, says there are common mistakes people make that they do not even know they're making.

Kimball says one mistake people make when it comes to low-carb living is an all-or-nothing mentality. She says: "They’re either on a low-carb diet, or they’re completely devouring the bread basket. Finding that middle ground is important for people so they can stay with something long-term. Not having carbohydrates at night is fine. But having a slice of whole-grain bread with breakfast or a little bit of carbs with lunch is fine, and they’re still keeping their carbs under 100 grams for the day."

Another mistake? Not counting sugar alcohols in the total intake of carbohydrates from foods. Kimball says: "Sugar alcohols are basically a type of carbohydrate that are not completely broken down; they're not completely digested. So legally on food labels, food manufacturers are able to say that you can subtract it from the total carbohydrates and it’s not included in net carbs. But it’s still causing your body to produce insulin. By not counting [sugar alcohols] in the carbohydrate content, you’re actually not counting the impact they're going to have on your insulin." However, she adds that you can subtract the total grams of fiber from the total carb count in every food (guilt-free). She says, "Fiber is a type of carbohydrate, but it is not digested at all by the body."

Another dangerous road to travel, says Kimball, is not taking into account the number of calories you're eating. She says: "All [people] look at is carbohydrates, but most of us still don’t take into account the calories of the nuts, cheese and beef. Whenever people do a low-carb diet, they tend to have a lot of saturated fat." So cut calories, not just carbs. Kimball says: "I think if you’re going to do a low-carb diet, chose lean proteins. Go with grilled fish, lean pork, lean beef or chicken. If you’re doing fats, choose healthier fats like nuts, avocados and olive oil. Limit the heavier saturated foods, fats like butter, and higher fat meats."

Kimball says, "Another mistake you can make is adding in all these newer low-carb treats, like low-carb chocolate and low-carb ice cream. The calories that they had initially cut out, they’re putting right back in with these low-carb versions of the traditional foods. So, again getting back to the idea that the calories do still matter. People often do stop losing weight when they’re adding in these low-carb treats."

Finally, when looking at the labels of low-carb foods, Kimball says to look at how that product is made to be low carb. She says: "If it lists ingredients like soy protein or oat fiber and that’s how they’re making it low carb, then great. If it’s just enriched flours and sugar alcohols then it’s really not a great low-carb product."

Drinking at least 64 ounces of water everyday is critical to your health and success while on a low-carb diet. Drinking 64 ounces of water everyday may sound like an easy task, it can get a little boring. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of all natural Steviva Brand Stevia Powder or 3 tb sp or Steviva Brand Stevia Blend. Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

Have a safe and excellent Labor Day Weekend and don't forget to stock up on all natural Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend is a ZERO on the Glycemic Index and contains no carbs, calories or chemicals.

Low Carb Sugar Free Ginger Salad Dressing
Serves: 8
Carbs Per Serving: 2g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
Effort: Easy

¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon ginger root – chopped
1 tablespoon chopped celery
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 ½ teaspoons tomato paste
1 ½ teaspoons Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Dash salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in blender container or wok bowl of food processor fitted with steel knife; process until almost smooth. May be kept refrigerated up to one week.

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