Friday, November 11, 2011

What Program Do I Follow?

When I tell people that I eat low-carb, they often assume that I am following the Atkins program.  That is not the case.  I invented my own program based on the books I have read and my approach constantly changes as I continue to educate myself.  I think that some of the existing programs are a good starting point for developing your own lifestyle but I don't think that any one program is right for everyone.

So what do I do?  

At this time my lifestyle is a melding of  "The Protein Power Lifeplan" Dilettante and Hedonist approaches and "The Primal Blueprint."  I avoid sugars and cereal grains, especially wheat. I try to stay below 150g of total carbs a day, but I don't count them most days.  My preference is for organic whole foods, but in reality I still eat prepackaged food as long as the ingredient list meets my approval.  I don't have a fixed exercise program at this time.  I stay active as much as possible at work and home and I try to fit in workouts from one of my Beachbody programs when I have time.

What should you do?

Educate yourself, there are a large number of books, blogs and podcasts available.  Below are some of my favorites.

Blogs:
Mark's Daily Apple
Gary Taubes Blog
Fat Head
The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.
Wheat Belly Blog
Underground Wellness Blog

Books:
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
The Protein Power Lifeplan
The Primal Blueprint

Podcasts:
The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show
Low-Carb Conversations
Carbohydrates Can Kill
Underground Wellness Podcast

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