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Thursday, June 5, 2008

To Begin With...

How to get started on the low-carb lifestyle...

The first thing that you need to do if you are considering cutting back on your carb intake is do a little bit of research on what low-carb dieting means. There are many versions of low-carb diets out there, and without doing the proper research, it will be difficult for you to predict which version will give you the best results. You can research in a number of different ways. You can ask people you know what they know about low-carb. You can join forums online, and ask all the questions you like. You can do Internet searches to find out information about low-carb. There are also a lot of books on low-carb dieting that you can buy.

The best books on low-carb are written by Dr. Atkins. He is the leader of the low-carb craze, as it is so often called. He has some fantastic books that explain low-carb in detail. I recommend buying at least one of his books, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to go ahead and purchase more than one. All of his books contain information that is important, and the information contained in each one differs. My favorite is Atkins for Life, which contains great information, as well as six month's worth of meal plans.

After you have purchased some books, you need to brush up on the low-carb lingo. For example, the word induction is a word that many people may not know. If you have no book to tell you what induction is, you can find out what it is here.

Finally, once you have learned the terms that you will need to be familiar with for the low-carb lifestyle, you need to begin to shop for your new lifestyle. The first thing to make sure that you have on hand is canned tuna fish. Tuna is, ounce for ounce, one of the highest sources of protein around. Peanut butter is something that I like to keep on hand. Fresh vegetables and peanuts are also great to have. Ground beef is wonderful to have in the freezer because it is so versatile. It can be made into almost anything. I also like to have cheeses in my refrigerator always. Any kind of cheese will do. I love them all.

Hopefully this will help you to know where to begin now that you have decided to go low-carb. The next post will help you to know what to do once your induction phase is over. Come back, and find out.

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