Put Down That Brownie! Just One Bite Can Knock You Off Plan
It is very important for low carb dieters
to stick to the exact plan prescribed in
a book or by a doctor or dietitian.
Taking even "one bite" of something
that is not on the plan can easily
ruin a dieter's progress on a low
This is especially important in
the early "no carb" phase of
many low carb diets.
For instance, in the "induction" phase
of the Atkins diet, taking even
one bite of carb-rich or sugar-rich
sweets will not only knock a
low carb dieter out of ketosis--
and prevent the massive and rapid
shedding of fat--but it will also
increase cravings for more carb-heavy
foods, making it harder for dieters
to stick with the plan in following
If you are on a low carb
diet or are planning to start
one, it is important for you to
think ahead, so you don't
fall into this trap.
If you are planning to eat somewhere that
you cannot control what is being served
(i.e. a friend's house or your parents'
house) during the early, "no carb"
phase of your diet, it is a good idea to
come up with a plan ahead of time.
You may want to either tell your host
that you are on a special diet--or
simply wait until the upcoming week
to start the first phase of your
low carb diet.
When you get into the later phases
of your diet, you will have a little
more flexibility. If you are planning
to eat at a friend's house, you can
save up some of your carbs from the
week (if your diet allows it) and then
use them at your friend's house.
No matter what your plan is, it is
important that you stick to it. Decline the carb-heavy meals
when they do not fit your
There has probably never been
a single low carb dieter who hasn't
been put in this situation. But then
again, there probably aren't too
many successful low carb dieters
who don't know how to say no.
Next time someone asks you if you
want dessert, remember: even "one
bite" can ruin all your hard work.
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