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Friday, May 27, 2005

The Worst Possible Food You Could Eat On Low-Carb

We all have our favorite foods, even those of us who are on an eating plan that other have described as "extremely restrictive."

This has always amused me because the foods choices on most other "diet" programs such as low-fat/low-calorie programs are a lot more limited in their food choices than low-carb is. Plus, the foods on low-carb are so incredibly delicious and satisfying even while you are losing weight. BONUS!

But there is one food that you should absolutely avoid completely when you are on a low-carb lifestyle (or ANY weight loss plan for that matter!). The worst possible food you could eat when you are livin' la vida low-carb is a doughnut (check out the carb content -- it'll astound you!).

Not only are they chock full of sugar and white flour, but they can be extremely addictive, too. Have you tried just eating one of these, especially when they are hot and fresh? Impossible!

As the top baked dessert in America today, it's hard to avoid this innocent-looking food that can literally destroy your low-carb progress. With doughnut shops on nearly every corner, these little morsels of carbiliciousness show up in all sorts of places -- the office, at church, at parties and even in your own home!

Don't succumb to the temptation to have even ONE of these bad boys. It's just not worth blowing your low-carb plan by giving in to this empty pleasure. Plus, you'll feel so guilty after taking one bite that you won't mind eating two or three! Why not? You've already blown it, so what's it gonna matter?

Does this sound like your rationalization for eating something like a doughnut you know you shouldn't have? It's exactly what I told myself for so many years whenever I would go on a diet. "Just this one time," I would always tell myself. What a big fat lie! This proved that I wasn't being serious about my bringing my weight under control and that's a dangerous position to be in.

Until you can make the choice to completely abandon foods such as doughnuts forever, you will never climb out of that deep pit you are in as a result of your weight problem. Make up your mind now that this is important enough for you to do that you will commit to refraining from eating anything that could derail you from achieving anything but incredible weight loss success.

Does this mean you'll never, ever get to eat a doughnut again? That really depends on you. If you can eat one every once in a while and not let it have an effect on your weight, then go for it. But most of us who have been under the heavy hand of the fat bug for our entire lives don't need to put anything in our mouths that will be detrimental to the cause. In the end, you'll never miss 'em! I sure don't!

I haven't had a doughnut in over a year and a half now. I used to be able to eat a half-dozen of them very easily. That was a whopping 200 grams of carbohydrates I was putting in my mouth! EEEK! I shudder at the thought of ever doing that again! But those days are long gone.

This story from USA Today claims that low-carb must not be working for people since doughnuts are selling as well as they ever have.

As I noted in a blog post yesterday, there is not necessarily a correlation between increased sales of carb-loaded foods and the veracity of the Atkins diet.

The media often uses this comparison, but it's an invalid argument because the two are not connected in any way. Perhaps those people who are not on a low-carb lifestyle are buying MORE doughnuts than they previously did or have started buying doughnuts now whereas they had not done so in the past. That would explain the increase, not a sudden disinterest in the low-carb way of eating!

In an interview section of the article, a doughnut expert is asked to explain why more people are eating doughnuts now than ever before even in the midst of a move to eat healthier and the popularity of the Atkins diet.

"Doughnuts represent a timeout from dietary considerations. They are not a staple; they're a treat. And sometimes, diet or not, you just have to have a doughnut."

Actually, no, not everyone must have a doughnut! Most of us low-carbers avoid them like the plague because they represent everything that's wrong with food on our new way of eating. Too much sugar and flour spells doom and danger for anyone doing low-carb. It's just not worth the trouble that will surely come from eating doughnuts.

After all, a doughnut is the worst possible food you could eat on low-carb! It's better to let others eat them while you enjoy a sugar-free dessert instead. You'll be glad you did.

5 Comments:

Blogger Levi said...

Jimmy, while I come from a slightly different perspective from your being a protein power advocate, I agree that donuts are one of the worst things you can eat. Not only because of the carbs, but because of the refined grains which have been linked to autoimmune disorders. Just as bas it that almost any donut that you will get from a major grocery store or donut chain will be filled with trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease and other serious health problems. Even the USDA has finally caved to pressure to add trans fat content to labels, but this won't go into effect for a little while. They say that no amount is within a healthy range, something that they don't suggest for even saturated fat. I will occasionally partake in carby deserts on special occasions, but I always try to stay far away from donuts, muffins, and cakes that I suspect (and can usually confirm via the "partially hydogenated" on the label) are filled with trans fats...

5/29/2005 5:50 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for the added info, Levi. All the more reason to stay away from donuts like the plague! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

5/30/2005 11:07 AM  
Blogger LowCarbRecipeBox said...

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7/02/2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Yep, and I've featured them too!

7/02/2007 1:25 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Here's an comment from LowCarbRecipeBox:

Jimmy,

There are low carb recipes for doughnuts you know. :)

HERE and HERE!

Happy Low Carbing!

Laura :)

7/02/2007 1:27 PM  

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