Since starting this blog devoted to the benefits of low carb diets, I’ve received several pleas from readers asking where to start. I’ve been giving them this acronym: NSNG, courtesy of the wonderful Vinnie Tortich, who authored “Fitness Confidential: Adventures in the Weight Loss Game.”
NSNG equals: No sugar, no grains. And for those who think it also means “No fun,” well, you need to get a new definition of fun. We’re talking about sizzling steak, bountiful bacon, fabulous fish, awesome asparagus, magnificent mushrooms, beautiful blueberries, radiant raspberries, wonderful walnuts, elegant eggs, admirable avocado and perfect pistachios.
Is it easy to go NSNG? Not at first. And then it becomes as automatic as opening a can of cat food while your coffee brews (yes, my cats have trained me well).
Vinnie expresses the importance better than I: “STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR AND GRAINS.”
For some people, kicking the sugar habit will be the most challenging, while others will mourn the departure of grains. If you’re seeking an in-depth look at how our diets became so grain-heavy and why the healthiest approach revolves around a high fat low carb diet, read my interview with Nina Teicholz and her superb book: “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” by clicking here.
In addition, I recommend the following books for guidance:
- “I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook” guides you through precisely why and how to end your love affair with sugar. Great recipes combined with a detailed diet.
- “The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally” helps you overcome those “I need carbs NOW” cravings.
- For help with a Paleo-style approach to going grain-free, read “Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great.” Easy to follow recipes for everything you can desire.
- And for a detailed look at what to eat, what to avoid and how the American diet became such a mess, read the wonderful Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.”
Seeking inspiration from those who have gone before you? Click the links for details:
- Read about a 78-year-old Ironman who believes in a high fat low carb diet.
- Learn how a Texas man lost more than 150 pounds on a high fat low carb diet.