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Saturday, December 8, 2007

First Three Days

The first three days of any new eating plan are crucial. Low-carb is no exception. In the first three days, your low-carb meal plan should be low-carb to the extreme. These first three days should include lean meats, cheeses, eggs, and any other high protein snack with virtually no carbs. After those first three days, you can increase your amount of carbs slightly, and you should definitely increase your vegetable intake. The reason for the least carbs you can possibly consume is, you are trying to detox your body from the carbs that you have been eating up until this point. You need to get rid of all of the carbs that are currently in your body, and adding more carbs to it during these three days is going to hinder that process.

I sometimes will do a three day extreme like this if I notice that I am at a plateau in my energy levels, as well. Eliminating most carbs from my meals seems to give me an added energy boost. The reason for this is, carbs act as a feux energy. You quickly get a high from the carbs, but within less than an hour, you hit a low. For example, when you consume a bowl of pasta, you feel great for a little while, but then your energy gets so low, it feels like it's nap time. The less carbs in a meal, the less of a high you will be on, and the less likely it is that you will have a huge drop off in your energy level.

A three day low-carb extreme seems to help me kick start. Hopefully it will help you as well.

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