Optimum Nutrition Optimal Protein Diet Low Carb Bars now available!

Optimum Nutrition Optimal Protein Diet Low Carb Bars are now available in toasted coconut, fudge truffle, chocolate mint, and peanut butter flavor! From Optimum Nutrition, “All the goodness of our Complete Protein Diet Meal powder comes in a convenient and delicious high protein bar. The Complete Protein Diet Bar is still the same delicious protein bar you have grown to love, but is now gelatin free, sugar free, and is up to 60% lower in fat. 18 g of carbohydrates in each bar are from glycerine and other sugar alcohols. ”

Optimum Nutrition Optimal Protein Diet Low Carb Bars
Optimum Nutrition Optimal Protein Diet Low Carb Bars

NevadaManna Low Carb Chocolate Chips back in Stock!

NevadaManna Low Carb Chocolate Chips are now back in stock. These low carb, sugar free, reduced calorie mini semi-sweet chocolate chips not only taste great, they are also an excellent source of dietary fiber. Eat them alone or mix them into your favorite recipes like cookies, pancakes, crepes, brownies, muffins, and more!

NevadaManna Low Carb Chocolate Chips
NevadaManna Low Carb Chocolate Chips

Low Carb – The Many Variations

Low carb diets are known for being a great option for weight loss, but what does a low carb diet really mean? Is it as simple as lowering your intake of carbohydrates in order to lose a few pounds? Not necessarily, according to the powers that be in the diet world. There are many variations of low carb diets that can make it very difficult to know which one to choose. Read on to learn about the most popular low carb diets and the differences between them so you can better determine which one will work for you.

The Atkins Low Carb Diet

The most well-known, and likely still the most popular form of a low carb diet, The Atkins Diet has been around for decades and was the first of its kind. It allows for a very limited number of carbs in the diet, with the first few days being even more limited than later in the diet, and is likely the most extreme form of low carb dieting that people choose. It is the topic of much debate about whether the unlimited amounts of protein and limited carbs are healthy (although studies have shown that those on Atkins don’t have an increase in bad cholesterol, and in fact have an increase in good cholesterol instead). In addition, the process of putting the body into ketosis (a stage in which you consume so few carbs the body is forced to burn its own fat for fuel) can actually harm muscle mass and create a state in the body that offers quick results in a manner that is hard to maintain on a daily basis. However, it is still being debated and studied regularly, and there is likely a reason it is still the most-used low carb diet.

The Diabetic’s Low Carb Diet

For many, the entire reason for going on any type of low carb diet is due to a predisposition for (or even a diagnosis of) diabetes. However, this type of diet is not limited only to those that are at high risk of developing the disease. Adopting a healthy low carb diet and maintaining it is one of the best ways to keep this and other diseases at bay. Because carbohydrates are processed in the body as a sugar, lowering the intake of carbs naturally leads to more regulated blood sugar levels.

According to WebMD, one study showed that diabetics on a low-carb diet designed specifically with diabetes in mind were able to cut their insulin dependency in half over a 22-month period. The diabetics’ low carb diet is one of the low carb variations that is specifically designed to regulate blood sugar levels, and it is restrictive, but not quite as restrictive as the Atkins.

Low Carbs in Phases

The South Beach Diet is a popular type of low carb diet that utilizes phases to create weight loss and better health. The beginning requires a strict Atkins-style form of carbohydrate restriction in order to eliminate the sugar and starch cravings that most people typically endure. Once the beginning strict low carb phase is passed, healthy carbs can be reintroduced to the diet. Many believe that this type of low carb diet is one of the best variations because it may be easier to stick with over time than a more restrictive type.

Eating Like a Caveman

The paleolithic diet is one type of low carb diet that offers a variation that goes by one simple rule – eat like a caveman. This variation on the low carb diet requires that you eat as you would long ago, before so many processed foods were readily available. Sugars and other modern day foods are banned, and meats are allowed in abundance (just as it would have been during paleolithic times). While dieters on the “caveman diet” typically show success in weight loss and health, in some ways it is more limiting than the Atkins form of low carb diet. Atkins promotes protein bars and other store-bought processed foods as part of the daily low carb diet, but the paleolithic diet frowns on these types of foods. Eating in an all-natural way that is also low in carb is of course a healthy option in most cases, but it might not always be easy to stick with.

Whatever type of low carb diet you choose to follow, you are sure to experience weight loss if you stick with it. And of course, it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider to make sure that any diet you consider undertaking is safe.

When you do choose your preferred variation of a low carb diet, be sure to stop by our store at Linda’s Diet Delites to find a variety of low carb snacks, mixes, breads and more!

Thyroid Disorders and Low Carb Diets

It is estimated that some 59 million people in the US suffer from a thyroid condition, many of whom may not even realize they have the condition.

The thyroid gland is one of the biggest endocrine glands in the body and is the shape of a butterfly and located in the neck.  Its purpose is to control how the body spends energy, makes proteins and how it reacts to hormones.  It also produces the triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones which control our metabolism.

Most sufferers of thyroid conditions suffer from an under-active thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism, which can cause a range of problems including weight gain, low energy levels, sexual dysfunction, infertility, hair loss, anxiety and depression.

An over-active thyroid or hyperthyroidism is much less common but can also make patients struggle to lose weight.  People with both of these disorders often find that traditional low fat, low calorie diets not only don’t work for them in terms of weight loss, but in some cases can actually make their condition worse.

Using Low Carb Diets to Lose Thyroid Disorder Weight Gain

People with thyroid disorders will typically find it extremely difficult to lose weight, but many have found that by sticking to a low GI or low carb diet they can effectively control their weight.

Supporters of low carbs diets believe that people with malfunctioning endocrine systems can greatly benefit from the metabolic changes that a low carb diet brings about.  The low carb diet’s ability to make the body burn fat without starving it of calories has helped many thyroid disorder patients to lose their excess weight.

Some people however, have found that extremely low carb diets have been detrimental to their weight loss, as they have suffered problems processing the large amounts of protein they were consuming. Some patients with thyroid issues also found that they were consuming too many calories for there to be a positive effect on their metabolism.

Many have found the South Beach, low GI diet more beneficial to them than the much stricter Atkins diet since it advocates lean meats and a wider variety of fruit and vegetables.  It is important to note that no diet alone will help you lose weight if you suspect you have a thyroid problem, a low carb diet should be used in conjunction with prescribed medication and exercise and the advice of your doctor.

Is a Thyroid Disorder Stopping You From Losing Weight on a Low Carb Diet?

From a different angle, some dieters who already on low carb diets such Atkins, suddenly find that they are having trouble losing weight, or are actually gaining weight instead.  We have found that quite often a thyroid problem is the reason for this.

A thyroid disorder can happen at any time and as you age it becomes more likely. The thyroid gland suddenly stops producing enough of the hormones needed to regulate your metabolism. Where before you found you were making great process towards your goal weight on your low carb diet, suddenly the weight loss stops or reverses.

Luckily hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are easy to diagnose. One way to do this is to track your temperature over the course of a few days.  By taking your oral temperature four to five times a day over several days you can see what your average temperature is.  An average temperature below 98ºF usually indicates an underactive thyroid; other symptoms of hypothyroidism include dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, depression, lack of energy and insomnia. Your doctor will be able to test to see if you have the condition and give you the appropriate medication which should kick-start your low carb diet again.


Where The Primal Diet Fits In With Low Carb

primal dietPrimal dieting is becoming more and more popular among those looking to lose weight and improve serious health conditions, like osteoperosis. Read about the similarities and differences between primal and low carb diets.

As you know, diet fads are a mainstay of modern culture; it seems that a new one springs up every year, and for a time, dominates the diet industry. Low carb and gluten free diets have proven to have longevity — mainly because they work — but the newest “fad” diet is actually one that has been used before — by primitive man. The so-called “primal” diet is becoming increasing popular among people who are looking to lose weight and even fight terminal diseases, like cancer.

The primal diet was coined by nutritionalist Aajonus Vonderplanitz, and it focuses on eating high amounts of protein, little or no sugar, and raw foods that have not been cooked or otherwise processed through methods such as Pasteurization. Like the low carb diet, it has plenty of detractors: the medical industry continues to seek to destroy any revolutionary diets that seek to challenge the high carb, low calorie diet — even if a diet like the primal diet has been literally millions of years in the making!

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Moist Muffin Goodness: ThinSlim Foods Low Carb Low Fat Squares

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ThinSlim Foods Low Carb Low Fat Squares

The sweet, moist, dense taste and texture of a freshly-baked muffin now comes in a low calorie, low fat, and low carb square. Is ThinSlim foods’ new square diet heaven?

When it comes to desserts and snacking, tt’s not too often that you can triangulate low carb, low cal, and low fat together with great taste and texture. In an almost mystical new turn, however, ThinSlim has manage to create the ultimate diet dessert with their new squares.

The seemingly nondescript name is in many ways perfectly-suited for these new desserts, since they really cannot be co-opted by any one school of diet: the low carbers will love them because each one is just 2 grams of net carbs. The low cal people will be blown away by the fact that they are only 40 calories each. And low fat gurus will appreciate the mere 1 gram of fat per serving.

But all dieters will appreciate their taste.

Snack cake  manufacturers like Hostess, Little Debbie, Bimbo, and even the Philly-based Tastykake have all dreamed of crafting a diet square like this. All of them have tried, but the taste and texture never live up to expectation. ThinSlim’s new square, however, seems to capture everything you’d want in a diet snack cake while still preserving the fundamentals of whatever diet you subscribe to.

Currently, the ThinSlim squares come in three flavors, almond, banana, and peanut butter. They are most definitely worth a try, and are 100% guaranteed by ThinSlim not to raise blood glucose levels, citing that all of the nutritionals have been lab tested and verified.

Take a look at Linda’s Diet Delites’ selection of ThinSlim squares here!

The 2012 Low Carb Diet New Year’s Resolution

Whether you’ve tried a low carb diet before and fallen off of the wagon, or you’ve dieted before but never tried low carb, 2012 is the year to make a low carb New Year’s resolution. Here’s where to begin:

Every year, dieting and losing weight tops Americans’ list of New Year’s resolutions. The revelry of the holidays — and all of the fattening delicacies it brings with it — combined with the pitfalls of the typical low carb diet, usually leave people feeling and looking heavier this time of year. And yet, the New Year’s resolution diet quickly becomes a viscous circle — a revolving door weight loss and weight gain. By this time next year, you’ll most likely be the same weight or even heavier, and the only thing you’ll have to show for it is a few months of starving yourself.

Time to turn your New Year’s resolution into a diet revolution.

The “Diet Revolution” was the term coined by Dr. Atkins, the nutritionalist who first popularized the low carb diet back in the 1960s. He wrote several books about his Diet Revolution, and revealed that the big problem in Americans’ diets is not fat or calories, but rather carbs and sugar. He argued that modern man’s diet has shifted from a high-protein diet to a high-carbohydrate diet, and that our metabolisms are not capable of handling all of the extra carbs and sugar we consume. Thus, the only way to get back to a healthy weight is to switch from a modern high-carb diet to a more primal low carb diet.

I emphasize the term “primal,” because it has quickly become the new popular term in low carb dieting. Atkins himself never used that term, though he did talk about primitive man, and how their diet was healthier than the diet we currently engage in. Whether you’re looking to start a low carb or “primal” diet for your New Year’s Resolution, here are a few starting off tips: Continue reading The 2012 Low Carb Diet New Year’s Resolution