Monday, January 08, 2007

Weight Loss Success Kent Altena's Atkins Videos Are Back With Low-Carb Cheesecake

It's 2007 now and everything seems to be coming back to normal again following the busy holiday season. With that in mind, I've been feeling like there was something missing lately and then it dawned on me--WHERE DID ALL THOSE EXCELLENT ATKINS VIDEOS FROM KENT ALTENA GO?

For those of you new to my blog, Kent is a fellow 200-pound weight loss success thanks to the low-carb lifestyle and released a series of incredible "how-to" videos for people starting the Atkins diet in the Fall 2006. In case you missed them, Kent addressed:

- The Basics Of The Atkins Diet
- What Do You Eat On Induction?
- Is There Loose Skin After Weight Loss?
- Getting Through The Atkins Flu
- How Much Weight Can You Lose On Induction?
- Making Mashed Faux-tatoes w/Cauliflower
- Accountability In Your Weight Loss Efforts
- Cheating On Your Low-Carb Diet
- Exercise While On Atkins
- Low-Carb Pizza Recipe
- Should You Load Up On Carbs Before Running A Race?
- The Role Of Water When You Are Low-Carbing
- The Right Kind Of Supplements To Take On Atkins
- Kent Runs And Completes His First Half-Marathon
- A Low-Carb Holiday Survival Guide
- Debating The Value Of Counting "Net Carbs"

As you can see, Kent was quite prolific in the few months he was doing these amazing videos on YouTube. But since early November, there's been nothing but crickets. Dead silence. I chalked it up to the holidays, so I decided to contact Kent this week to see if he would be resuming his videos again.

He answered my e-mail and even posted this at his blog to explain his absence:

It’s been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog. As I said to Jimmy Moore, the reduced sunshine, early sunsets, and everything that imples (like no opportunity to workout outside after work) saps a lot of the energy to do the extra stuff. Rest assured though, I haven’t lost the low carb energy or drive to exercise completely.

He went on to say how the half marathon really took a lot out of him, but now he's hitting the new year with a fresh set of legs and a new perspective about what is important to him in 2007. He plans on running in another half marathon this year and is shooting for his first full marathon at the Des Moines Marathon on October 21, 2007 which he hopes to finish in less than four hours (something he says will take "a lot of hard work"). YOU CAN DO IT, Kent! What an amazing accomplishment to shoot for as a former 400+ pounder. You make all of us low-carbers so proud!

Although his videos have been scant, that doesn't mean he has stopped educating people about the Atkins diet. He just finished presenting a speech about his success to a group of weight loss group called TOPS and was well received. Although it was only supposed to last about 30 minutes, it actually lasted three times as long because of all the enthusiastic questions people had for him. That's awesome, Kent! I experienced the same thing last January when I spoke at Low-Carb Central in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area (it's hard to believe it was one year ago this week I was that was fun!).

Kent has promised to produce more of his sensational videos very soon and started off 2007 with a delicious low-carb cheesecake recipe video for everyone just starting off on the Atkins diet to enjoy!


In the most humble voice he could muster up, Kent said his cheesecake is "better than any no-bake cheesecake mix that you would buy in the store." Proud, aren't we, Kent? LOL! Just kidding. If this recipe is anything like your other ones, then I am sure you are RIGHT!

Here are the ingredients for the cheesecake itself:
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup vanilla flavored sugar free syrup
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy cream, whipped

And here is what you need for the crust:
3 ounces almond flour, 3/4 cup
3 tablespoons flax meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda

Wanna know how to make this cheesecake that has only 2g net carbs with the crust?! Then scamper right over to Kent's blog and read all about it! Be sure to leave him a message about his cheesecake recipe video and suggestions for future videos. I'm sure he'd love to hear from you!

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