If you don't have immediate support, join an online forum or support group in which you can share your challenges and achievement. And, when it comes to achievements, mark them, celebrate them, and share them with friends. These are just some of the ways to gain positive reinforcement as you to take the first step to embracing an informed, low-carb lifestyle.

The new research is unlikely to end the decades-long debate over the best diet for weight loss. But it provides strong new evidence that all calories are not metabolically alike to the body. And it suggests that the popular advice on weight loss promoted by health authorities — count calories, reduce portion sizes and lower your fat intake — might be outdated.


While most beverages don't satisfy hunger very well, drinks blended full of air are an exception: They cause people to feel satiated and eat less at their next meal, according to a Penn State University study. Just be sure you're not whipping your smoothie full of sugary, caloric ingredients like fruit juices or flavored syrups, which will negate the health benefits.
Carolyn – what other things will make it seize? I have tried making frostings with unsweetened chocolate and found that “Just Like Sugar” made it a goopy, thick mess, I was wondering about cream or milk powder, would that make it seize? Maybe it would make it smooth out a little and allay the graininess? I also have sunflower lecithin since I do not do soy. Perhaps that would help a little.

 But besides the cost of buying healthier chocolate at stores let’s talk about cravings shall we?! Giving in to chocolate cravings can be the biggest downfall when it comes to practicing a healthy lifestyle and/or trying to lose weight. But not indulging in chocolate just because you might lead a sugar free way of life or think you can’t possibly have it now that you need to lose weight, could put someone into depression! The key factor here is not so much enjoying chocolate, but it’s about the kind you are enjoying .
Hi Lisa, I think you might end up with chocolate syrup if you use honey for the sweetener. You may want to look into granulated honey, which might produce a coarse or grittier texture to the chocolate, but you may still have a chance of getting the chocolate to solidify. If you need any help, please feel free to email me (acleanbake@gmail.com). And welcome to the site! I’m so glad you found me 🙂
Hi I’m only new to LCHF and you’re information has been amazing, thank you! I have one question though I’m doing well cutting out sugar, breads etc but just wondering do I need to portion control my meals? Typically I have a 2 egg one letter with cheese, spinach and mushrooms for breakfast. Then warm chicken salad with rocket, cucumber, tomatoes, Persia fetta and a poaxhed egg. Dinner yellow curry with brocoli, carrot on cauliflower rice. Snack a low carb cheesecake, nuts maybe a smoothie.
Harvard researchers examined the eating habits of 120,000 people for 20 years and found that yogurt was the single best food for shedding pounds: Over time, people who downed more of the protein-packed stuff lost pounds without trying. Meanwhile, a Nestlé Nutrition Institute study review found that consuming dairy proteins increases satiety, reduces food intake and keeps blood sugar steady. "Greek yogurt, which is strained to remove liquid whey, contains double the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt," Dubost says.
One thing to consider when you're shopping for sugar-free dark chocolate is the percentage of cacao in your chocolate. True dark chocolate products contain anywhere from 70 to 100 percent cacao, and the higher that number is, the richer and more bitter the chocolate will taste. Luckily, most sugar-free dark chocolates are sweetened with stevia and other sugar alternatives that help offset the bitterness of a high percentage of cacao.
I like this chocolate very much. There is no taste difference between their sugarless chocolate and chocolate with sugar. I gave this product only 4 stars on account of one problem that I have experienced. Sometimes the chocolate I have received has been exposed to excessive heat and has turned white. As any chocolate lover knows, the taste of such heat damaged chocolate his horrid. If I point this out soon enough after receiving the shipment they make good with a new shipment. Once I only discovered the issue several months after the purchase and they declined to send me a replacement shipment. So, what I do now is go through each box I order and check a few bars to see if there is heat damage.
A 20-year prospective study of 82,802 women looked at the relationship between lower carbohydrate diets and heart disease; a subsequent study looked at lower carbohydrate diets and risk of diabetes. Women who ate low-carbohydrate diets that were high in vegetable sources of fat or protein had a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease (4) and about a 20 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, (34) compared to women who ate high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets. But women who ate low-carbohydrate diets that were high in animal fats or proteins did not see any such benefits. (4,34)
Chocolate is very sensitive to temperature and humidity. Ideal storage temperatures are between 15 and 17 °C (59 and 63 °F), with a relative humidity of less than 50%. If refrigerated or frozen without containment, chocolate can absorb enough moisture to cause a whitish discoloration, the result of fat or sugar crystals rising to the surface. Various types of "blooming" effects can occur if chocolate is stored or served improperly.[70]
I’m sorry the pastry cream has proven pesky, Douglass. Sometimes it takes “taking it too far” and scrambling the eggs to see how much cooking the mixture can take to thicken. Unfortunately, that’s not very fun. Thank you for sharing the name of the thickener you used. I will check it out and try the recipe with your thickener. If I like it I will tweak the recipe. I’m glad you like the recipe despite the challenge with the pastry cream. Thank you so much for your helpful comment. Enjoy your day. -Kim
Made with 100 percent cacao, this chocolate bar is completely free of soy, gluten, dairy, and sugar — there's not even a touch of a sweetener. The bar itself weighs about 3 ounces, which reviewers mention lasts quite a while considering one or two bites of this rich chocolate bar is enough to satiate even the strongest chocolate cravings. In this pack, you'll get two chocolate bars for $12, which is a bit pricier than a generic store-bought option. But, most reviewers agree that after tasting this bar, they'll never go back to eating other chocolate. One reviewer raves, "I've gone to the absolute dark side — this is a quality chocolate, smooth, creamy and delicious."
Start the Atkins 40 program by eating 40 grams of net carbs, 4 to 6-ounce servings of protein and 2 to 4 servings of fat per day. As you approach your weight loss goals, start to increase your carbohydrate portion size. By offering flexible eating options and a variety of food choices, it is simple to follow and easy to lose weight on Atkins 40 from day one. Your daily carbs can come from all food groups and you can choose to eat anything from the Acceptable Foods list below. With Atkins, you have the opportunity to customize your diet plan to achieve your weight loss goals in no time.   
I just made this however I did not use any sweetner. My mixture was quite thick and it was difficult to figure out how much in grams a cup of cocoa powder is for mine it was 90 grams. Is there any way to make it more of milk chocolate bar? I also only have Erythritol Powder for my Sweetner would this work in the recipe? If so how much of it would i need.

One of the main elements sugar adds to cookie recipes is, of course, sweetness. When you’re baking with sucralose or SITR, less is more, as they tend to be about twice as sweet as sugar. Sugar free cookie recipes for diabetics often contain far less sweetener than their full-sugar equivalents, and this is not a mistake. If you like your cookies extra-sweet, feel free to add a little more; unlike sugar, which changes form when exposed to high heat, sucralose and SITR don’t need to be measured precisely for the finished product to come out well. Their main function in sugar free cookie recipes is to add sweetness, and they have little impact on the rising, spreading, or texture of the finished cookie.


I stumbled across this recipe on both Facebook and Pinterest and decide to make it for a get-together with non low carbers… Everyone LOVED it! If someone else had made this and told me it was low carb I would NOT have believed them! The only things I did differently in mine was I subbed in Splenda as I did not have stevia glycerine, and split the dessert into 2-8 inch pie pans.
While the crust is cooling, make the chocolate pudding layer. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, almond milk, sugar-free dark chocolate, butter, and powdered erythritol. Cook over medium-low to low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is melted and sweetener dissolves (about 5-10 minutes). Be careful not to get the heat too high to avoid burning the chocolate.

These easy low carb pumpkin muffins are made with almond butter and require no flour whatsoever.  They are also completely dairy free and sugar free, sweetened with some stevia powder. These flourless pumpkin muffins and keto and paleo friendly!Easy Flourless Pumpkin Muffins to make I go … [Read more...] about Flourless Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins
What’s better in the summer months than making a fabulous dessert to serve to family and friends that takes just minutes to whip up and uses just 5 ingredients or less?!! NOTHING better than that for a busy mom like me, and that’s why this collection will rock your world! Super easy, super tasty, and all super healthy too! Natural sugars from fruit is used in some, but all have NO added sugars, making these the best treats for any family!
Hi Cyn, The numbers are general guidelines but will vary depending on many factors, such as activity level, insulin resistance, weight and more. There is no single magic number, just conventional recommendations that are a good starting point. I will have a macro calculator coming soon that will help determine what is best for each person, but even then it’s an approximation. The only way to know for sure is to test. If keto is your goal, it’s usually best to start lower and then see if you can stay in ketosis when increasing.
Made with a unique whey protein blend, this fudge-flavored protein bar boasts 20 grams of high-quality protein and virtually zero sugar. Reviewers love the soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture of this bar, with one fan writing: "This is the only low sugar, high (and high-quality) protein, and gluten free protein bar that I've found. To top it off, it tastes very good, and this particular flavor is pleasantly chewy, rather than dry like many protein bars." You'll get 10 bars for $22, making it an affordable buy if you're looking to cut back on sugar and boost your protein intake as well.
Hi Barb, That can definitely be it. Losing when you are close to goal can be more difficult. It could also be that your body’s healthy weight is a little higher than what you’d like – which doesn’t mean you can’t lose, but makes it more difficult. If just eating Keto foods isn’t working, double check the macros for your weight and see if the amount you’re eating needs to be adjusted. You’ll find more help and support in our support group here.
For many people, when trying to lose weight, the answer seems obvious: eat less. Less food means fewer calories, which in turn means less weight, right? But that's not always true. Depending on what you're eating, it's very possible that even if, for example, you skip a meal, you're still making up those calories via snacks or other meals. Further, when your body isn't getting enough calories, it can go into starvation mode.
I personally don’t count anymore as I want this to be as easy and sustainable as possible. I have had years of counting calories and points, and this is incredibly liberating. I just don’t eat any sugars, grains or high carb foods any more so I am incredibly low carb all the time. When I was starting out I counted, just to see where my carbs were coming from and it was an eye opener. And yes you are correct, to go into ketosis anywhere between 20-50g carbs/day. Find out what works for you.
Hi Leila, I think you could, but I haven’t tried it. I’d recommend a powdered sweetener (Swerve Confectioner’s or Sukrin Melis) if you do this, so that the chocolate pudding layer is smooth. The replacement for the dark chocolate in the pudding layer should be approximately 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tbsp butter, and 3 tbsp powdered sweetener (may need to adjust to taste). Let me know how it goes if you try it!
Absolutely go for the wine! As long as you go for an unsweetened wine and limit yourself. I only have a glass at the weekends as I know all my good intentions go out the window once I’ve had a glass and it’s harder to say no to more dark chocolate. If your weight loss ever stalls, you may need to reassess how many glasses you have as the alcohol will always be metabolised before anything else so weight loss will often stop. As for gluten, all my recipes are naturally gluten free because all my recipes are grain free. Read my post on Gluten free vs Grain free to truly understand. Beware of GF products because they are so high in carbs because they are made with rice flour, tapioca starch etc. And remember, gluten free junk is still junk 😉 Good luck Mary, keep coming back and asking questions.
Hi Tara. You are not missing anything, as I subtract erythritol. I don’t subtract all sugar alcohols because some do affect blood sugar. But erythritol is well studied and found typically not to. Most people do subtract erythritol because of this but since your son has such a specific issue, I honestly cannot give you advice with this, it’s too serious. That said, I do have another reader who’s sone suffers seizures and they do follow the keto diet and I know she makes him things with erythritol (Swerve). From the sounds of it, you ARE already following a keto diet if he’s that low in carbs. But again, I do not feel comfortable giving you any advice with regards to this except perhaps to say that you should investigate the reasoning behind NOT subtracting the erythritol on the diet your son is on. good luck and I am so sorry. I wish I could help more. 

Less sugar means better digestive function for most people, since sugar feeds “bad bacteria” that can thrive in the gut. The result of a diet too high in sugar and carbs can mean the development of candida virus, IBS and worsened symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. Plenty of vegetables, quality proteins and healthy fats, on the other hand, can act like fat-burning foods that also help nourish the digestive tract and reduce bacterial growth.
This sounds wonderful! I’ve had the original version with sugar, before, and it is really good. I haven’t made this yet, but I’m going to cook the crust on a cookie sheet, so it will be easier to plate. If I decide to make the chocolate whipped cream version, I will use dissolved gelatin in the cream, to keep the whipped cream stable. Where I live, this dessert is called “Fat man’s dessert”. Decades ago, the school lunch ladies made a dessert like this, with a Graham cracker crust, but they flavored the chocolate pudding with peppermint. It was yummy, too!

So, I normally don’t comment on recipe blogs only because there’s like already enough comments and people get general ideas. But I am making the exception this time because this method is AWESOME! I was going to go 1.5 times the guide and do a 9×13 but opted to go 8×8 instead just to be sure it was tasty. Now I wish I’d done the 9×13 because on Christmas Eve, the vultures in my family swooped down on this so fast, it didn’t have a chance of living through it. I swapped in hazelnut flour for the pecans because A. I didn’t have pecan flour, B. I did have hazelnut flour, and C. Chocolate and hazelnut – need I say more? 🙂 The other thing worth noting is that I didn’t use parchment in my glass pan, just sprayed it well with coconut oil spray and even the first piece came out nice-n-neat. The crust was almost like a nice thick crunchy butter cookie and the other layers were awesome. One of the best desserts I’ve ever found and made. Happy also you re-did it not to include xanthan gum. I hate that stuff. 🙂 Much appreciated for this!


Think about it: That tablespoon of maple syrup in your salad dressing, the honey in your Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce, the generous drizzle of ketchup on your burger. Despite many people’s best efforts, that sugar still manages to creep into so many healthy dinner dishes. But meals can be just as tasty and easy to make without the slightest hint of added sweetener. We’ve rounded up 25 added-sugar-free dinners proving just that.
It is important to harvest the pods when they are fully ripe, because if the pod is unripe, the beans will have a low cocoa butter content, or sugars in the white pulp will be insufficient for fermentation, resulting in a weak flavor. After fermentation, the beans must be quickly dried to prevent mold growth. Climate and weather permitting, this is done by spreading the beans out in the sun from five to seven days.[54]
The simple fact is that many of us eat more carbohydrates than our bodies can handle. We can see this with diabetics who eat too much of a certain food and lose control of their blood sugar. The aim of a low-carb diet, therefore, is to reduce the consumption of carbohydrates to keep our GI in check, while maintaining good nutrition and achieving sustainable weight loss.
^ Jump up to: a b O'Keefe, Brian (1 March 2016). "Inside Big Chocolate's Child Labor Problem". Fortune.com. Fortune. Retrieved 7 January 2018. For a decade and a half, the big chocolate makers have promised to end child labor in their industry – and have spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort. But as of the latest estimate, 2.1 million West African children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. What will it take to fix the problem?
Great questions Melissa. I think the gentle sweet is an erythritol and stevia blend and is granulated, correct? I would try using just a little less of the super sweet blend and taste after all of the ingredients have been added. If you need to, add as many doonks of powdered sweetener as you need. If you have the regular GS, use the same amount as specified in the recipe and then add 2-3 doonks, tasting as you go.
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Besides Nestlé, a number of notable chocolate companies had their start in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Rowntree's of York set up and began producing chocolate in 1862, after buying out the Tuke family business. Cadbury was manufacturing boxed chocolates in England by 1868.[14] In 1893, Milton S. Hershey purchased chocolate processing equipment at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and soon began the career of Hershey's chocolates with chocolate-coated caramels.
What raises blood sugar? The simple answer is carbohydrates. So why not just yank them out of your diet like weeds in your garden? Why not quash blood sugar by swearing off bread, pasta, rice, and cereal? Been there, done that. The low-carb craze is on the downswing, and that’s a good thing because over the long haul, very low carb diets simply aren’t good for you, as you’ll discover in this chapter. That doesn’t mean it’s not smart to cut back on carbs—but don’t go crazy.
This decadent no bake chocolate tart is all sugar free, dairy free and low carb! It can also easily be paleo!Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse A few days ago I uploaded a recipe for my keto chocolate mousse which is completely dairy free and sugar free.  I decided to make that recipe again to make … [Read more...] about Low Carb No Bake Chocolate Tart with Raspberries
Yes, it will work and you should store them in an airtight container (probably a ziploc bag) in your freezer. Try to get as much air out as possible. The vanilla is liquid and chocolate does have a tendency to seize with added liquid. It can depend on the quality of the chocolate and the vanilla. Can you find vanilla bean paste or powdered vanilla? That might help. If not, try adding the vanilla in with the cocoa butter so it’s in the recipe earlier. Or leave it out altogether although I really like the flavour better with vanilla.
Found these chocolate bars when they used to come thru Costco once a quarter. Wow they are good! I'm a milk chocolate fan, my hubby is a dark chocolate fan... they were cheaper there but worth it. With only 2 net carbs for the whole chocolate bar, it satisfies anyone who can't do the sugar. Many of the sugar free chocolate has a lower grade maltitol and it gives some unpleasant side effects if you eat too much, this candy does not. I went with the dark chocolate no flavor and it's $10 more (was for a bday so I went with the favorite), don't understand why that is...
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