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Low-Carb Videos: The Basics of Low-Carb Eating

Low-Carb Basics and Nutrition

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Updated July 17, 2013

These videos deal with some of the basics of low-carb eating and nutrition. Through them, you can learn how to get ready to go on a low-carb diet, how to avoid some of the common mistakes, and how to eat in a way that is low-carb and healthy. For more information along these lines, click on the "Getting Started" and "Health and Nutrition" tabs at the top of the page, or check out:

1. How to Prepare for a Low-Carb Diet

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Jonathan Stewart has some solid information about transitioning to a low-carb way of eating. One thing is for sure: deciding that "tomorrow is the day I will go on a low-carb diet" before developing some strategies will not be likely to set you up for success. For example, you may be someone who makes changes more successfully by "easing in" than by "plunging in."

2. How to Find Your Body Fat Percentage

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Before starting a weight loss diet, it's important to get accurate measurements of your starting point. Weight and body measurements are obvious, but it's important to remember that your real goal isn't actually to lose weight, but to lose fat. This video demonstrates how to use the caliper (skin fold) method of determining body fat percentage. Also see other methods in Are you Losing Fat, or Just Losing Weight? and check out these charts showing optimal body fat percentages for adults of different ages. Note: Body fat percentage is not the same thing as BMI (body mass index).

3. Common Mistakes in Low-Carb Dieting

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If we know ahead of time where people tend to go wrong, we can avoid some of the potential pitfalls. This video tells you how to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make on a low-carb diet. For more, check out my article, Top 10 Low-Carb Diet Mistakes.

4. Laura's Low-Carb Food Pyramid

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(video currently unavailable) This video reviews (in sort of a mechanized way!) some of the important points of the "Low-Carb Pyramid" I developed. For more complete information, check out my illustrated guide to my Low-Carb Food Pyramid.

5. How Much Protein Do You Need?

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(video currently unavailable) How do you know how much protein you need? This video is based on an article I wrote about protein needs. In the article, I go into more detail about whether it's possible to eat too much protein.

6. Nutrition Labels for a Low-Carb Diet

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When limiting carbohydrates in your diet, it is vital that you understand how to read a nutrition label. Labels can give you a lot of good information, but they can also lead you astray if you don't know the things to be wary of. Surprise: food manufacturers don't always have your best interests at heart. This video has a lot of the basics in it; for more detailed information, see my Low-Carb Guide to Food Labels.

7. What is the Glycemic Index?

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(video currently unavailable) The idea of the glycemic index is that it gives foods a number that tells you how likely it is to raise your blood sugar. Unfortunately, it is far from pin-point accurate, but can give you a general idea. See Also:

8. The Dangers of Fructose

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(video currently unavailable) Fructose has become a serious problem in our food supply, as sugary drinks and other added sugars are becoming such a large part of the American diet. Most added sugars are at least half fructose, which can cause negative effects in our bodies. For more information, see:

9. What is Ketosis?

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(video currently unavailable) Ketones are produced when our bodies are using fat for energy, and low-carb diets are generally ketogenic, because we are burning up fat instead of carbohydrates. For more information, see the article this video is based on: What is Ketosis?
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