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Tip #5 - Watch out for the protein bars and lc chocolate. I know many people like the convenience and/or the “treat” of having them but just remember, they contain various sugar alcohols (sorbitol, maltitol, etc.) that for many people, act just like sugar in the body. Especially to us lowcarbers.  We eat very small amounts of sugar/starch so we are extra sensitive. Some people are also very sensitive to glycerine.   Myself, I prefer a small square or two of real, dark chocolate (70% or higher) or some berries with whipped cream as a treat.

Tip #6 - READ LABELS! You will be both shocked and dismayed to find out exactly how many products, foods, packaged treats, etc. have added sugar. Things you never think about such as ketchup, salad dressing, cough drops, cough syrup, etc. Reading labels must become second nature. Also, watch out for other names for sugar such as HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), fructose, corn syrup, honey, dextrose, maltose, and juice concentrates. The closer to first on the ingredient list, the more it has.

Tip #7 - EXPERIMENT WITH FOOD! Creativity in the kitchen is one of the keys to making this woe fun. How can you be bored making dishes like mushrooms in garlic, zucchini lasagna, or salmon with lemongrass cream sauce? Don’t be afraid to try new things and use ingredients that you’ve never tried before. You’ll be surprised at what you may discover you like.

Tip #8 - Manage expectations. Most people enjoy a large loss at first but that usually slows to a moderate pace after the first couple of weeks. Don’t get discouraged. That’s just how it works. Some people lose 10 pounds a month easily and others (like me) usually only do about 5.  Whatever pace your body sets, just roll with it. Fighting it only makes things more difficult.

Tip #9 - Take your measurements the morning you begin. Trust me on this one! There will be times when the scale doesn’t move or, it only goes down a pound or two in a month but you will have lost an inch from your waist and another inch from your hips.  Never go by just the scale. Always measure yourself or chart your progress on pant sizes.  Buy a pair of pants in the next size down and try them

on every 2 weeks.  One week, you'll be surprised that they fit!  Then, you buy the next size down and do it again.

Tip #10 - EXPECT A STALL! It happens to almost everyone so don’t panic. I stalled (or should I say “paused”) for three weeks after induction. It drove me crazy but I stuck with it and finally started losing again. Have faith in it. It WILL pan out.

tips & tricks - continued