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.

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

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

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

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