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Ten Top Habits to Escape from Carbs, Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Low-carb diet success habitsDo you ever break your diet rules? Of course you do. We all do.

Why can’t you stick with it? Some think the key to success is willpower. But willpower is a limited resource. It won’t be sufficient to battle all temptations for months to come.

And yet, some people do succeed. They lose weight and they keep it off. How do they do it?

The latest behavioural research says your habits are the key. Once we acquire a habit, it becomes a certainty. Like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.

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How to Make Fabulous Sugar-Free Low-Carb Chocolate Eggs (or Bunnies)

Low-carb Easter eggsEaster is coming. Chocolate eggs are everywhere. As are the chocolate bunnies in golden foil. There are stacks upon stacks of them in supermarkets. Their bright wrappers silently scream at you to eat more sugar.

But we can’t do that. That would be against our low-carb principles. So what shall we do?

You know that chocolate doesn’t have to be loaded with sugar, don’t you? We can make our own perfect low-carb eggs and bunnies without using any.

So let’s say yes to chocolate and no to sugar.

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Low-Carb Scotch Eggs – a Perfectly Portable Parcel of Protein

Low-Carb Scotch Eggs - perfect low-carb breakfastThe Scotch egg is an all-time classic British recipe, beloved in its homeland. If you are not from Britain, you might find it a big baffling. But it really is a brilliant recipe. Basically, it is an egg wrapped in a sausage. Simple and clever!

It comes out as a small and perfectly portable parcel of protein and fat. Ideal for a low-carb breakfast on the go or a quick snack.

Traditional recipe calls for the breadcrumbs coating for the eggs. For a low-carb version, we just swap breadcrumbs for almond flour, or just skip this step.

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8 Ways to Blast through Low-Carb Flu and Dive into Ketosis

Banish Low-Carb Flue - Get Into Ketosis FastHave you just started a low-carb diet? Do you find yourself feeling exhausted and overcome by tiredness? Perhaps you are thinking that going low-carb wasn’t a good idea after all…

You might already know that these symptoms are not uncommon, especially if you are doing low-carb for the first time. Also known as “low carb flu” or “Atkins flu”, this phase is completely normal – although by no means pleasant. This condition usually happens when you cut your carb intake very sharply, to about 20-30g a day, in order to induce ketosis.

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7 psychological reasons for diet failure

Diet failure reasonsThe New Year Resolutions time is upon us again, and weight loss is on top of many lists. But we all know what happens next. By the end of January, these ambitions will be abandoned and most people will settle back into their old routines, disappointed and disheartened, only to repeat the whole sad cycle next January.

Why does it keep going wrong, year after year? I think the key to successful weight loss is not just what you do with your body. It is all in your mind.

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Low-carb chocolate orange cake

low carb chocolate cakeDecember is here, otherwise known as the low-carb nightmare season. Mince pies, cakes and all sorts of sugary treats are omnipresent and very hard to ignore.

One way to beat them is to make your own low-carb treats, which can be just as scrumptious and tempting as their high-carb counterparts.

This low-carb chocolate cake is based on a very simple basic recipe, made with almond flour and cacao powder. I then jazzed it up with some seasonal flavours – orange, brandy and a hint of cardamom and cloves. Finally, I used sugar-free dark and white chocolate drizzle to decorate it.

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Low-carb lemon tart

low-carb-low-carb-lemon-tart-300Lemon tart is a very simple recipe – basically just a shortbread crust and lemon custard filling. It is tangy and fruity and makes a great low-carb dessert, especially for those of you who miss eating lots of fruit.

Adapting the traditional recipe for a low-carb diet was quite easy. I just had to substitute white flour with almond flour, use sweetener instead of sugar, and make a couple of tweaks to the standard quantities to ensure it all stayed together. Lemons are naturally low in carbs so no issues there.

The experiment worked quite well and I am ready to present to you a low-carb lemon tart!

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