How to Burn More Body Fat

Today I’m going to give you a few tips for burning more body fat on a daily basis. In order to lose weight, you want to become a fat burning machine. There are many ways to do that, most of which are not difficult at all. Here are some things you can do every day that will help you burn more fat.

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Foods to Eat to Avoid Insomnia Part 2

I hope you had a great weekend. I had my first grandson early Friday morning. I’ve been pretty much living at the hospital all weekend. I will have zero issues with insomnia when I sleep in my own bed on Monday night. I’m exhausted, but elated at the same time. He’s a cutie. So, I’m cheating and posting a blog about something I’ve already researched. Here’s a picture of the cutie pie.

Last week, I wrote part I of foods to help you avoid insomnia. Today, I’m going to add more foods to that list for you. Not all of these are super low carb, but you can incorporate them into your diet depending on  your low carb lifestyle choice.

Banana

It’s a little known fact that bananas also contain tryptophan. This fleshy fruit can be prepared in a variety of ways and contains enough tryptophan to help give you a noticeable and natural feeling of calmness. It’s also super easy to just eat on it’s own. Add some peanut butter for a dose of protein.

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Carb Cycling and Keto

What is carb cycling with a ketogenic diet? As you probably know, the ketogenic, or keto diet, requires you to follow an extremely low carb diet. It is usually 20 net carbs a day, though some people can remain in ketosis with as many as 50 net carbs a day. There is a lot of talk about “cheat days”, where you eat what you want, as well as doing carb cycling. Carb cycling is where you have some days where you increase your carbohydrates a small amount, then go back to the lower carb days for the rest of the week.

Why You Might Want to Try Carb Cycling

There are many excellent benefits to carb cycling, from helping with your mentality about being on a low carb diet, to opening up the food options available to you. If you are someone that struggles with those 20 net carbs a day and really miss extra fruit and other healthier carbs, carb cycling will be perfect for you. Every few days or so, you can enjoy a little more carbs and eat some of your favorite healthy foods, but you get right back into ketosis on the lower carb days.

It is also good for people who keep hitting plateaus. Many people find that if they can confuse their body every few days with different carb and calorie amounts, it is easier to avoid or get out of those weight loss stalls.

What to Be Careful of

Carb cycling sounds like a great idea, but there are also some challenges. The first challenge is that if you use it as an excuse to binge, you could end up hurting your body instead of helping it. This can lead to cravings of sugar and high carb foods you used to enjoy. It can also make it harder to get back to the 20 net carbs the following day. It is best that you start slow, only going for the healthiest higher carb foods on a carb up day.

How to do Carb Cycling

The way you do carb cycling is really up to you. It is often an experiment to figure out what works best for your body and your comfort level. Some people might do a carb up day every 3-4 days, while others like to do them once a week or even every two weeks. If you are doing good on your keto diet and you haven’t hit plateaus or struggled with cravings, try just every two weeks. Then if you have a week where you are craving something else, don’t stress and have a carb up day.

Tips for Success

To help the carb cycling option work for you, you should not do the first carb up day until you have been in ketosis for about a month. This is a good amount of time to get used to this way of eating before you increase your carbs. At that point, carb up slowly, going up to maybe 50 net carbs, then gradually higher if it doesn’t affect you too much. Take it slow and keep close track of what you eat.

I hope that this helps those of you that are struggling with your low carb lifestyle. I tend to try to stick to once a week for a carb up. Sometimes it’s more. Sometimes I don’t at all. It really just depends on the week.

I hope you’re having a great week. Talk to you soon,

Tammy:)

 

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Foods to Eat to Avoid Insomnia Part 1

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was crazy!  I was busy doing volunteer work all weekend and was at the mercy of the people who were feeding me. Of course, my lunches were not low carb. I didn’t sleep very at all even though I was super tired. I think it was because my body was not getting the nutrients that it is used to getting, so it effected my sleep. Hence, the inspiration for my blog post today.

Having trouble sleeping is one of the most frustrating things to deal with, whether you can’t fall asleep or you have difficulty staying asleep. Lack of sleep is not only frustrating because it causes a lot of fatigue and restlessness during the day, but it can also affect your physical and mental health.

While there are pills and medications that can help you sleep, you might want to look at the natural remedies first. One great option is to look at your diet, focusing on foods that are known to relax you and help you sleep better.

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Instant Pot Low Carb Chili

I am so ready for it to feel like fall in Texas. You can probably tell from my recent posts, Lol. I’m ready for cozy sweatshirts and sweaters. I’m ready for cooler temperatures, which also means soup and chili.

You may be fine with meal planning for the spring and summer months, but when it comes to fall and winter you may run into some issues. Certain fruits and vegetables are not as readily available and we want more hearty meal options. This can be difficult for a low carb eater. One of the ways you can combat this is to use your Instant Pot to create low carb soups and chili’s. If you aren’t sure how to take your traditional soups and chili’s and bring them to a low carb status while using the Instant Pot, here are some ideas.

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