I’m watching my calories now as well as carbs, in order to get my last 20 lbs. off. Low carbing alone just isn’t working to do that, as I was stalled at the same weight for two full years! No amount of tweaking of Atkins was getting my last 25# off. Every other day now, I restrict my total caloric intake drastically (500-600 calories); then every other day, I increase my caloric intake to 1600-1700 calories. I’m hoping that will keep my metabolic set point so confused it can’t implement countermeasures to hang on to the weight I still need/want to lose. In a sense, what I’m doing is very much like Intermittent Fasting, so I hopefully reap many of the benefits one gets with that approach to eating. But my attempts at IF last year didn’t suit my hunger needs nor our daily routines and schedule.
With a lot of help from glucomannan powder (from the Konjac tuber), which is virtually a pure fiber, zero value food, I am able to make smoothies and puddings that are extremely filling for those low-calorie days. I’ve even been known to have a glucomannan powder smoothie on my higher calorie days, as they are so satisfying and filling. Glucomannan or Konjac is the very same substance that shirataki noodles are made from, if you are familiar with those. Today’s smoothie took the place of breakfast and easily got me to lunch without any intervening mid-morning hunger pangs. These would also be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. This recipe isn’t suitable until Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) berries and nuts level.
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1 c. unsweetened frozen raspberries (I buy Great Value brand at Walmart)
1 pkt. stevia
2-4 drops liquid Splenda (if needed due to tart berries, or other sweetener = 2 tsp. sugar)
7 ice cubes
1½ c. cold water
3/4 tsp. glucomannan powder (optional, but thickens it up)
DIRECTIONS: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend a couple minutes until nice and smooth. Pour into a serving glass and ENJOY!
VARIATIONS: You can add 1-2 T. protein powder if you like, or 2 T. heavy cream, or coconut milk, but those variations are not calculated in the stats below. Of course, other berries can be used as well. When you get to the higher fruits level, you can make these with watermelon, canteloupe or peaches as well. Sometimes I add 1 scoop of low carb homemade vanilla ice cream.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 1 very large serving which contains:
1.6 g fat
32 g carbs, 18.4 g fiber, 13.6 g NET CARBS (using fewer raspberries will lower carbs)
3 g protein
13 mg sodium