On a Modified Atkins/Ultra Low Carb Diet When You Can’t Exercise

While recovering from my eye-bag removal surgery, I am out of commission when it comes to working out.  So what is a girl to do to prevent any damages or reversal effects during this rest period?  After speaking to a wonderful friend of mine, she advocated a diet called the Ultra-Low Carb Diet, which is further detailed in the book, “Carb-Nite Solution”, written by John Kiefer.

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In a nutshell, this diet is similar to Atkins in a sense that you are eating very little carbs during this time.  This tool is specifically beneficial for:

  • Ongoing fat loss
  • Raising HDL cholesterol levels and lowering the LDL
  • Improving insulin sensitivity and prevent any sudden spikes in your glucose levels
  • Preserving muscle 

Muscle tissue is essential for healthy active metabolism so in order to fuel your muscles, it is important you eat protein.  By going on this low-carb diet, you avoid your insulin levels spiking and having these carbs turn into fat.  Your body is therefore set in a fat-burning mode because this diet essentially cuts off any avenue in which carbs can turn into fat.

Mini-Meals are essential – have six meals per day with protein in it!

  • This will keep your insulin level stable and will not put your body in starvation mode and storing fat
  • Your hunger will be controlled so you don’t gorge on food at the sight of it.  Ghrelin is a newly discovered hormone that stimulates hunger and cravings and when you consume carbohydrates, this can cause ghrelin levels to crash right after the meal and than spike up again.  When your ghrelin levels are high, that is when you get hungry and start craving food again.

What else can you eat besides protein?

  • Take a look at this list… as you can see there are a lot of vegetables included in the diet.  While some may be higher in carbs, it is still a safe food group choice if you are attempting to try this ULC Diet.

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  • For me, I’m more relaxed and my modified approach would be to just eat any vegetables I enjoy (even if it is higher in carbohydrates).
  • Another modification I’ve done is including yogurt.  As I’ve eliminated dairy from my diet, I recently bought a soy-based yogurt instead to get more protein in.

When can I start eating carbs?

  • I don’t know too much about Atkins but I believe after the induction phase (no carbs allowed AT ALL), you can start incorporating higher carb vegetables and some other dairy foods
  • As for this diet, I’m going to follow my friend’s advice and “carb cycle”
  • This essentially means going no/low carb for about a week and then replenishing the following day and eating good complex carbs in a 6-8 hour window frame
  • Then, you go back to the no/low carb phase for a few days and the cycle continues

Personally, I’m a carb lover.  I love starchy vegetables and oatmeal so this diet won’t do well for me in the long run.  However, I need to make some changes during this rest period and this is a good time for me to see whether my energy levels will change!

 

Happy protein-ing! Eggs are my new best friend.

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Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?

Yes – I went “under the knife”.. but this procedure didn’t necessarily require any stitching or opening of any wounds. Today, I did a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which is a scar-less procedure to remove the fat deposits under your eye, known as “eye-bags”.

Many of you who follow my personal blog know that I have no filter and have no shame in publicizing my private life (to a certain extent).  So I thought I would let everyone know of my decision to do this procedure after years of feeling extremely insecure of my tired appearance from my puffy eyes.

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As you can see, it definitely put years to my face and now that I’m about to start a new chapter of my life, I thought, “Why not start it with a new fresh face?”  I want to track my progress so today, I’m showing you a photo of what I look like right from the operating table and see how things go in the next few weeks.

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The purpose of this post is to hopefully eliminate some of this stigma with cosmetic surgery as long as you believe it is for the right reasons.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself whether you are the right candidate for cosmetic surgery.

1)     What is the real truth as to why you want to do this procedure?

  • Are you trying to fix a deeper psychological issue – for instance, some self-esteem issues from constant bullying?
  • Is the perception of yourself warped and you have convinced yourself that you are “ugly” or “fat” and therefore, you must fix it with cosmetically altering your appearance?
    • If so, having something done may or may not be the cure to your problems and perhaps, you should consult a professional to address those deeper psychological needs
    • Are you doing this to truly satisfy yourself or other people’s expectations of you?

2)     Is your body healthy (both mentally and physically) enough to undergo this surgery?

  • Depending on the type of surgery, some could really be taxing to your body.  Make sure you are physically well enough that you can recover with the least amount of complications
  • So make sure your immune system is ready to go as this will help aid the healing process much better!
  • Mentally, you must be ready to endure any criticisms or judgments from others and you must also be ready to look in the mirror and visually see a different person.

3)     Are you financially stable?

  • Some procedures can cost up to 10s of thousands of dollars while some are not as detrimental to your wallet
  • If you need to delay your rent payments or have a week of McDonalds to get this procedure done, you may need to rethink whether this is the most appropriate time

4)     How do you expect you are going to feel about yourself post-op?

  • Be real with your expectations.  Many may believe they will come out of the table looking like Barbie – some may not want to appear this way.
  • Just be ready to look different than when you walked into the clinic and trust that you have made the right decision

All in all, remember that you are beautiful no matter what.  Yes, everyone has his or her reasons and if this is what will make you happy and you are ready for it, than go ahead.  For me,  I was never bullied but definitely had numerous comments about how tired I look.  I was and definitely ready for change and this was the rich time for me.  But remember, get real with yourself first and know what you truly want before blindly getting a procedure done.