Monday, April 26, 2010

Has this fitness expert gone crazy?

Well, I think one of my favorite fitness trainers, Craig Ballantyne, may have gone crazy over the weekend.

Check this's the most OUTRAGEOUS fitness offer ever...

Men's Health and Women's Health fitness expert, Craig Ballantyne, is offering you a chance to "practically steal" his world-famous Turbulence Training fat loss program for only $1.

For 21-days you'll get to try the Turbulence Training workouts and all you pay is $1 during that time. Heck, that's less than the cost of a soda!

This program usually costs $39.95, but you can start a 21-day trial for only $1. If you like it, you'll be billed the remaining  $38.95 investment at the end of your 21-day trial period.

And nothing will be held back. You'll get access to the entire Turbulence Training for Fat Loss system, including a free 3-month membership into the Turbulence Training Inner Circle where you can ask Craig any question you want about your fat loss workouts and nutrition program.

You have nothing to lose. If you don't like the program, you can ask for your money back. So there is no risk to you.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

5 Strategies to TRIPLE your fat loss (FREE Download)

Fat loss "guru" Joel Marion just put up a page where you can download his brand new 27-page report, "5 Sneaky Tricks to TRIPLE Fat Loss Results" for the next 3 days--100% FREE:<------- FREE Download

27 pages of pure content; no catch (other than the fact that the page is coming down on Thursday).

Download your copy for FREE here:


To your success,

Arthur M.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Top 10 Diet Rule Experiment: How To Tell If a Diet Will Work For You

By Brad Pilon, MS

If you and I went to the local magazine stand and scanned the covers of the fitness magazines we would find dozens of ‘weight loss’ rules.

In fact we could spend the rest of the week reading magazines about the latest greatest weight loss tricks many of which may actually work for someone. But realistically there’s just no way you could actually follow ALL of them. So how do you know which ones are right for you?

The easy answer is you have to decide which rules fit best for YOUR life and then try to stick to just one or two that will make the most sense for you and have the most benefit.

This may be the first time in your life you become a scientist, and your experiment is you. Here’s what you do…

Browse any of the popular magazines, blogs, websites or anywhere you like to get fitness information. Read up on the diet and weight loss tips and tricks, these could be simple changes like not drinking calories, or a bigger philosophy like limiting the amount of carbs that you eat.

Make a top 10 list of diet strategies you’d like to try, and that sound doable to you. At this point add one new diet strategy to your life for two weeks. Record your bodyweight at the beginning of the two weeks and again at the end. If you haven’t lost any weight this strategy doesn’t work (for you). Discard it and move on to the next one.

This is the simplest way to tell if something will work for YOU. If the strategy you picked sounds like a good idea but seems too difficult for you to manage then it’s simply not a good fit for you in this stage of your life. If it worked for your friend but not for you that’s ok, there will be one that works just for you, this is why you make a top 10 list and try each of them, one at a time.

Let’s suppose you find one that works over a two week period and you don’t want to stop. That’s fine, just add the next one in the list, if you can handle more than one strategy at once more power to you and you’ll probably lose fat even faster. My guess is that sticking to more than one or two rules will be almost impossible, so it will be pretty easy to tell which strategy is really working.

For me the simpler the diet is the better, (which is the main premise behind Eat Stop Eat).

Even when you are following the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle you can still use the top 10-diet rule as a way to guide how you eat on your ‘eat days’.

The top 10 diet rule experiment is the fastest way to find dietary habits that work for you - after all you’ll never know until you try.

Brad Pilon is a nutrition professional with over eight years experience working in the nutritional supplement industry specializing in clinical research management and new product development. Brad has completed graduate studies in nutritional sciences specializing in the use of short term fasting for weight loss.

His trademarked book Eat Stop Eat has been featured on national television and helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat without sacrificing the foods they love. For more information on Eat Stop Eat, visit

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Want to get to Vince Del Monte's wedding?

LOL... I'm not kidding around.  Vince Del Monte is running the coolest contest I've heard of in a long time...

All the information is explained by his fiancé, Flavia, and him, in a short video on his website:

Flavia comes from a family of 16 sibling (all from the same parents) and Vince is Italian so he has a pretty big family too.  I guess all of his family and friends want to "look hot" for their wedding so Flavia and Vince created a DVD and a program that they will use to get ready for their wedding and that YOU can use to get super sexy and ripped for summertime.

This is not even the best part...

1. They are going to be having quite the feast - a feast that many people in the world never get to experience so they are donating 50% of the profits to the Canadian Food Bank! 

2. They are having a 8-week transformation contest, that ends June 13 and they are inviting the top transformation student, plus their guest to their wedding!

All the details are in this short and entertaining video:

This was way too cool not to mention to you, especially if you're a Vince Del Monte fan!  Here is your chance to party, celebrate and get your picture with him on his wedding day with his beautiful wife-to-be, Flavia.

3. In terms of the program... Vince told me that it's includes weight training, cardio and nutrition guidelines for men and women and for any experience level.

Vince is using it to fill into his suit and get six-pack abs.  Flavia is using it to get her arms defined and her stomach completely flat and firm.  You can count on the info being his best - I don't think Vince would use a non effective program for the biggest day of his life!

Check it out... the price is affordable for everyone because he wants to raise a lot of money for the Food Bank and give a lot of people the chance to enter the contest.

Good luck.

Arthur M.

P.S. You only have 9-weeks from now so HURRY!  He set up a 62% off discount until Friday April 16th at midnight.

Here is the link again:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Guide To Low Carb Sweeteners

There are some low carb sweeteners on the market, and then there are some other sugar substitutes that are not so low carb. In this guide we look at the most popular alternatives so that you can choose the one that will best suit you and your diet.


Marketed as Splenda in many countries, sucralose is an artificial sweetener produced by modifying sugar molecules. It has a sweetness of 600 times as much as sugar.

Sucralose is the low carb sweetener of choice for dieters because you can cook with it. Unlike many artificial sweeteners, it does not lose its sweetness at high temperatures. This means that combined with low carb flour substitutes, it can be used to bake low carb cookies, cakes and puddings.

If you buy the granulated version it contains bulking agents to contain the sweetness so that one teaspoon granulated Splenda has the same sweetness as one teaspoon granulated sugar. The bulking agents contain a small amount of carbohydrate and you will need to count these carbs in your daily total. It's about 0.5g carbohydrate per teaspoon, which is around one-tenth of the carbs in sugar.

Tablets for adding to hot drinks also contain some other ingredients. See packages for details. Liquid Splenda is pure sucralose plus water so it is carb-free.


Stevia rebaudiana is a plant native to South America that has very sweet tasting leaves. It has been used as a sweetener in Japan for many years. It is marketed either as an extracted chemical called Rebaudioside-A (brand names include PureVia, Truvia) or simply as powdered plant leaf. In the USA the plant leaf is not approved as a food but only as a dietary supplement, so you will find it in health food stores.

It is zero calorie and zero carb, but some studies have suggested that it does produce an insulin response so may not be so suitable for diabetics. It also has a slightly different taste from regular sugar, with a little hint of licorice that can take some getting used to, although some people like it right away. Stevia is chosen by many low carb dieters who want a natural zero carb sweetener.


Aspartame is the artificial sweetener most often found in diet sodas. Marketed as Nutrasweet and Equal among other names, it is a powder produced by combining two amino acids or proteins. It breaks down at high temperatures and stops tasting sweet so it does not work for baking.

Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols are neither sugars nor alcohols, but are a form of carbohydrate that is believed not to be absorbed by the body in the same way as other carbohydrates. They have names ending in -ol, e.g. maltitol, erythritol, xylitol, sorbitol.

There is debate about exactly what their effect is. In the absence of conclusive research, most low carb diets advise counting them as having half the carbs of sugar, i.e. 50g carbohydrate per 100g product, or 2.2g carbohydrate per teaspoon. This is still rather high so most people on a low carbohydrate diet avoid sugar alcohol low carb sweeteners and choose other sweeteners that have zero carbs.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Low Carb List Part 3: Other Foods

In part 3 of our low carb list we will look at the carb count of other foods. Here we have the higher carb foods plus miscellaneous items that may or may not be low in carbohydrates.


There are no sweet fruits with a net carb count under 5g per 100g. Raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are lowest (around 5.5g net carbs per 100g). Melons, including watermelon, have around 8g.

Most other fresh fruits are in the 10g - 20g net carb range, with bananas the highest. Dried fruits are much higher.


Unfortunately, there are no grains that make it onto the low carb list. Wheat, corn, rice, millet, barley, oats, rye, buckwheat (kasha) and quinoa are all high carb. They have around 60g - 80g net carb per 100g dry uncooked weight, or 20g - 30g net carb per 100g cooked. That is around 50g carbohydrate for a cup of cooked rice.

Anything made from grains will also be high in carbohydrates. This includes bread, pasta, couscous, popcorn, rice cakes, etc.


Whiskey, vodka, rum and gin are distilled spirits, which are virtually zero carbohydrate (until you add mixers).

Wine has around 3.7g carbohydrate per 5 fl oz serving (2.5g per 100 ml).

Regular beer has about 10g carbohydrate per 10 fl oz serving (3.6g per 100 ml). Light beer has around half of that.

Herbs And Spices

Most herbs are made from green vegetables so they can be included on your low carb list. Spices are often made from ground seeds and can be higher. Usually you would not use them in large enough quantities to cause a problem but check labels and count the carbs in your daily total.

Packaged And Processed Foods

When buying packaged and processed foods, always check the label for the nutritional information. In the USA and Canada, carbohydrates shown on labeling include fiber. Fiber is not digestible, so this can be subtracted from the carbohydrates to arrive at the net carbs of the food.

In most other countries including the UK, other EU nations and Australia, carbohydrates shown on labeling are already net of fiber so you should not subtract anything.

If you are not sure how this is done in your country, look on a food label to see whether the fiber is right under the carbohydrates and indented (you should subtract it) or somewhere else on the label, not associated with the carbohydrates (you should not subtract it).

There's another thing about American food labeling. In the USA, food labels are allowed to show 0g carbohydrate for anything under 0.5g, so for example eggs can be labeled 0g carbohydrate although they are not zero carb. These small amounts can add up. Online nutrition sites such as Fitday will have a more accurate count. However, this is not an issue in most other countries, including Canada, where food labels are accurate to the nearest 0.1g.

All of this information may seem complicated if you are new to low carb dieting. Most of us are so used to thinking about calories, it is hard to just forget about calories and start thinking carbs instead. However, you will probably be surprised how fast you come to have a feeling for which foods are likely to be low carb. To speed up this process, it is important to count your carbs accurately at first and make your own low carb list of your favorite foods.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Low Carb Foods Part 2: Low Carb Vegetables

How you use this low carb vegetables list will depend on which of the many low carb diets you are following. If you just count carbs and aim to stay under a certain daily total, then you will need to weigh your foods to have an accurate count at first.

Cup measures are not so accurate for vegetables because it makes such a difference how you chop the food. You can get a lot more broccoli in a cup if you cut it up small!

However, if you prefer to use cup measures, you can do it accurately by weighing one cup of a food, cut in the way that you normally cut it, and making a note of the weight and carb count per cup. Then in future you will know how many carbs you have in one cup of the food the way that you prepare it.

If you are following the Atkins diet, you have the list of low carb vegetables for induction in the book. You can add other veggies after induction. The lists vary a little in the different editions of the books so we will not reproduce them here. Just keep in mind that you should have a minimum of two cups of vegetables on induction and more later. Also, vegetables should account for more than half of your daily carb count. This means at least 11g net carbs from veggies if your daily carb level is 20g.

Low Carb Vegetables List

Green vegetables are mostly low carb (under 5g net carbohydrate per 100g), with the exception of kale, peas and beans. There are also some non-green veggies that are low carb. Here are some examples. Carb count is net carbs (not including fiber) per 100g of raw item.

Under 2g: lettuce, spinach, bok choy (pak choi), asparagus, endive, watercress.

2g - 2.9g: arugula (rocket), zucchini (courgette), summer squash (marrow), green bell pepper, celery, radish, eggplant (aubergine), tomato, mushroom, cauliflower, kohlrabi.

3g - 3.9g: cucumber, green cabbage, white cabbage, red bell pepper, jicama, okra, parsley, string beans, green onion tops (spring onion tops).

4g - 4.9g: broccoli, turnip, yellow bell pepper, fennel, snow peas (mange-tout).

Medium And High Carb Vegetables List

So that there is no confusion, we are including here some of the vegetables that do not make it onto the low carb vegetables list. Some of the medium carb vegetables, such as onion, can be included in a low carb diet in small quantities.

Medium carb vegetables (between 5g and 12g net carb per 100g) include onion, leek, green peas, kale, red cabbage, pumpkin, carrot, rutabaga (swede), winter squashes, celeriac.

High carb vegetables (over 12g net carb per 100g) include potato, corn, beans, lentils, parsnip.

Avocados And Olives

Olives and avocados are technically fruits, not vegetables. However, unlike other fruits they are low carb foods and make great salad ingredients. We are including them here so that they are not forgotten.

California (Hass) avocados have just 1.8g net carbohydrate per 100g. Florida (smooth skinned) avocados have 2.2g. So both types are low carb.

Olives have around 3g net carb per 100g. However, be careful to check packaging when buying olives to make sure that there are no added sugars. Olives in salt water or oil with no added ingredients can be added to salads along with low carb vegetables.

Part 3 of our Low Carb Foods List will cover other foods.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Low Carb Foods List Part 1: Protein Foods

Here is a low carb foods list for anybody following a low carbohydrate diet. The carbohydrate count that we are using is net carbs per 100g (3.5 oz) weight, not per serving, because serving sizes vary. Carb counts come from the USDA database and we cannot be held responsible for any errors.

For your convenience, we have grouped the foods according to how they are usually used in cooking, not by their botanical classification (so for example tomatoes and olives are with vegetables, and quinoa is with grains). The list is in three parts. Here in part 1, we cover protein foods and fats.

Meat, Fish, Eggs

Meat and fish are the stars of the low carb foods list. Most meat and fish is zero carb provided it is not processed.

Processed meats like bacon, ham and sausages may contain added sugar or other ingredients, so check the labels. Oysters, mussels and organ meats (liver, kidneys etc) have some carbohydrate and are best eaten only occasionally.

Eggs are low carb. A large egg has 0.4g carbohydrate per egg.

Meatloaf, fish cakes, etc contain bread or flour and other high carb ingredients. Avoid them, along with anything coated with breadcrumbs or batter, and meat that has been prepared with barbecue sauce or other sauces that usually include sugar.

Dairy Products

Milk contains lactose or milk sugar which is high in carbohydrate. Milk has around 5g carbohydrate per 100 ml (12g per cup), so it is usually restricted on low carb diets. However, the lactose is mainly contained in the skim part of the milk, so cream and products made from cream can be low carb.

Heavy (double) cream is a good addition to your low carb foods list with 0.4g carbohydrate per tablespoon (2.8g per 100 ml, 6.6g per cup). However, what is sold as cream in Canada is not pure dairy cream but more like American half and half. It may have a much higher carb count.

Butter is almost zero carb (0.1g per 100g).

Cheese varies according to the type and the method that is used to make it. Hard cheese (cheddar style) is often almost zero. Other cheeses can be considerably higher. Check labels.

Unflavored yogurt with no added ingredients has around the same carbohydrate content as milk. Whole milk yogurt is a little lower in carbs than skim milk (low fat) yogurt. This is because the skim milk contains more lactose. However, a lot of yogurt contains added fruit, sugar or other high carbohydrate ingredients, so check labels.


Liquid oils such as olive oil, canola oil and sunflower oil are zero carb. Coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature in cooler climates, is also zero carb.

Spray oils may contain added ingredients that gives them a carb count, so check the label. But anyway, spray oils were designed for low fat diets and are not necessary when you are eating according to the low carb plan.

Nuts And Seeds

Flax seeds (linseeds), which are very high in fiber, are extremely low carb. Some low carb diets recommend taking one tablespoon of ground flax seed per day to add fiber to the diet.

Pecans are the lowest carb nut with 4.3g net carb per 100g.

Walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazils, macadamias, filberts (hazelnuts), sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are in the medium carb range (5g to 12g net carbs per 100g).

Pumpkin seeds and cashews are higher (14g and 27g respectively).

Part 2 of our Low Carb Foods List will cover vegetables.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

3 Hormones you MUST Address for Fast fat Loss

It seems like most fat loss programs focus on one main thing: to burn fat, you have to expend more energy than you take in.

Such a focus makes sense of course, because if there is a universal truth to fat loss, that’s it.

This is what we call "energy balance." In order to lose fat, you have to create what we call "energy debt" or "energy deficit" – that is, eliminate the balance and instead be on the negative side of the balance scales.

Of course, that works very well for "beginning" fat. However, success doesn’t last forever.

As anyone who’s ever been on a diet and exercise program of any kind can tell you, at first it’s pretty smooth sailing. Eat less, do more, lose fat.

And then it stops! And as those same people can also tell you, it usually stops suddenly.

Of course, the first instinct people have is a very natural one…to simply do more of what was bringing them success in the first place.

So they eat even less and do even more.

And…have no results.

You see, what these people fail to realize (and what most fat loss programs fail to address) is...

After a certain point, simple energy deficit
no longer covers the tab.

It becomes more about what type of deficit.

Speaking generally, you actually have to eat closer to maintenance calorie levels (instead of far below) and expend more Calories through exercise.

Even then, things don’t always happen as quickly as you want.

Final Phase Fat Loss

You see, once you’ve hit a fat loss plateau or when you’re trying to lose the last few pounds (like I was when I was dieting for the beach house), fat loss becomes less about energy balance a more about hormones.

You see, some hormones, such as Leptin, actually control the majority of your general fat loss efforts and all of the factors thereof: appetite, satiety, "starvation mode." However, assuming you’re eating enough and trying to create an energy deficit through training, Leptin isn’t the issue.

In Final Phase Fat Loss though, you’re never on a severe diet, so you don’t have to worry about Leptin.

There are other hormones however, which are a bit more insidious in their effects on your physique. They don’t just determine IF you gain fat - they determine where you gain it, and whether you’re able to lose it from those areas.

Those "problem" areas on your body are there for a reason.

"Problem areas" are created by your hormonal environment, and it’s your hormones that force your body to have particular fat storage patterns.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the three most common types of regional fat storage, and the hormones that cause them.

Back Got Back: Low Body Fat Storage

Final Phase Fat Loss

One of the most common types of fat storage that we see in women is the "pear shape" - fairly thin on top but heavy on the bottom (and IN the bottom, if you know what I mean).

This is so common that we often refer to a "pear shape" as a body type. This is true to an extent, but this type of fat storage is also heavily dependent on the female sex hormone estrogen. This is one reason why you see this type of fat storage primarily in women.

High levels of estrogen are awesome for enjoying Grey’s Anatomy and makin’ babies, but terrible for fat loss - which is why women usually have more trouble losing fat than men.

However, anyone—male or female—with high estrogen levels will have trouble losing fat, especially from the lower body. In essence, the higher your estrogen levels, the greater the likelihood you’ll store fat in your lower body; mainly in the hips and thighs.

And yes, it IS possible for men to have high estrogen levels. Unfortunately, outside of having to deal with a declined rate of fat loss and lower body fat, these guys ALSO have to deal with the ignominy of man-boobs.

On the whole, estrogen related fat storage is a pain in the ass (get it!?) but it is not completely unmanageable. You see, you can offset this phenomenon with certain types of training.

No worries, ladies (and gents!), I’m here to help.

In addition to helping you lose fat stored in the lower body, these specifically designed workouts will also be great for fat loss in general. Essentially, they’re great for burning calories and for shedding lower body fat through estrogen management. Combine the two and the result is rapid fat loss, with a heavy concentration on lower body fat stores.

Muffin Tops: No Love for the Love Handles

Final Phase Fat Loss

Probably my least favorite incarnation of regional fat storage is love handles and lower back fat. This is, of course, because I personally suffer from such.

Even when I am in lean condition - I’m talking shredded pretty much everywhere else - I store some fat in my love handles and lower back. It used to take me an extra 3 weeks to get rid of it!

The reason I tend to store fat this way is because of how my body reacts to certain hormones, and because of the effect those hormones have on fat storage.

When I was a fat kid and ate lots and lots of goodies, I screwed by my endocrine system a wee bit. Nothing too serious, but a decade of eating rapidly digesting carbs followed by, well, followed by more rapidly digesting carbs, made my insulin spike and crash and spike and crash all over the place.

On top of making me fat in that immediacy, it also completely had a pretty negative effect on the way my body processes and handles insulin period.

The degree to which you are able to process and respond to glucose (sugar) in your body is called insulin sensitivity. The higher this is, the easier and more efficiently your body utilizes carbohydrates for energy, and the less like you are to store carbs as fat.

On the other hand, insulin resistance is the opposite; you don’t deal well with carbs. And anything other than a low carb diet pretty much means you’re gonna hang on to some fat.

And, to make matters worse, as I mentioned previously, there are regional effects. It’s been shown that people who store fat in the love handles are generally very insulin resistant - and therefore it can be reasoned that insulin resistance leads to love handles and lower back fat storage (which of course, means that insulin resistance makes it very hard to lose fat from that area as well).

I’m sure many of you out there who have been heavy before are experiencing much the same problems that I used to have.

The good news is that insulin resistance (and the resulting regional fatness) can be mitigated with certain types of training. For example, with careful planning and selection of exercises, you can start to whittle away at your love handles and lower back fat while you increase insulin sensitivity.

The better news is that I’ve figured out a specific series of training sessions that will do just that.

The One, the Only: Belly Fat

Final Phase Fat Loss

Without question, the most common type of regional fat storage is belly fat. If this isn’t you, it’s someone you know.

Abdominal fat storage obviously has a lot to do with your diet and overall body fat level; that should be obvious but it never hurts to touch on it.

Outside of that, it’s hormones baby, hormones.

The one we’re talking about here is cortisol. This hormone has been in the media a lot in the past few years, and I’ve talked about it a bit, so by now you know that cortisol is sometimes called a "stress" hormone.

That moniker is more appropriate than you know.

Basically, that means your body will produce cortisol (and encourage belly fat storage) under conditions of nearly any type of stress - both emotional and physical. So to combat cortisol, it’s not enough to just get more sleep or stop drunk dialing your ex-girlfriend (although that helps, I’ve heard).

Instead, it is of far greater effect to combat cortisol through resistance training.

Now, if you’re observant, you may have noticed what seems to be a contradiction.

As I said, cortisol is also produced through physical stress. In fact, training is actually one of the primary means through which your body will produce this sneaky little hormone.

Additionally, because cortisol has been linked to overtraining and has a catabolic (muscle wasting) effect, producing too much of it through training is certainly counterproductive.

It’s important to note, however, that long duration cardio and extended lifting sessions are what produces the most cortisol, and I always recommend against those.

Instead, short, intense training sessions using a particular type of training modality will help to counteract the effects of cortisol; both the muscle-wasting effect and the cortisol related belly fat storage.

Are you ready to fight these hormones?!

If so, click * HERE * to learn more and find out about using specific types of training to combat the nefarious three hormonal nemeses by producing hormones that offset the effects of estrogen, insulin, and cortisol.

So, what are you waiting for?

Cross the finish line, and get to the Final Phase!

I’ll see you on the other side,



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Low Carb Pasta: Does It Exist?

Is there such a thing as low carb pasta? The answer is yes ... and no. Most pasta is made with grain flour and it is not possible to take out the carbs. However, some manufacturers claim to alter or coat the carbohydrates so that most of them are not digested.

Whether you buy regular pasta made from refined wheat flour, or whole wheat pasta, or special gluten free pasta made with corn, or even expensive health food store varieties made from old fashioned grains such as spelt, it is always going to be high carbohydrate according to most calculations. Here are some examples.

Regular spaghetti: 71g net carbohydrate per 100g (3.5 oz) dry, uncooked product.

Chinese-style egg noodles: 68g net carbohydrate per 100g.

Corn pasta: 68g net carbohydrate per 100g.

Whole wheat spaghetti: 62g net carbohydrate per 100g.

Low carb pasta, e.g. Dreamfields: 63g net carbohydrate per 100g (9g digestible).

According to the Dreamfields website, only around 9g carbohydrate per 100g of their dry low carb product (5g per 2 oz serving) is digestible. This means that most people on low carb diets can incorporate a little of this pasta into their diets. This is great news for any pasta fan!

There is also a type of noodle that is not just low carb but zero carb. These are called miracle noodles or shirataki noodles. You will find them at Asian markets and online stores.

These carb-free noodles are not made from grains at all. They are made from konjac root and they are almost all fiber. Konjac is an Asian plant that is cultivated in Japan. Its main component is a water-soluble dietary fiber called glucomannan. As you probably know, fiber fills our stomachs without being digestible. Therefore it has no carbs and no calories.

Some varieties of shirataki noodles are made with added soy in the form of tofu, and this type will contain a few carbs. Check labels, but they will almost certainly still count as a kind of low carb pasta for your diet.

Shirataki noodles and other konjac root products are often used in weight loss diets. In Japan, they are also used as a remedy for intestinal troubles. Studies have been published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that suggest they can reduce cholesterol, and also reduce glucose levels in diabetics.

These 'miracle noodles' have no taste of their own so you will want a strong sauce. They also have a slimy texture that some people do not like and a fishy odor when you open the pack. However, the odor belongs to the water that they are preserved in, not to the noodles themselves, so you can get rid of it by rinsing the noodles in boiling water before you use them.

Shirataki noodles do not taste like Italian pasta but many people love them and they are certainly worth trying for anybody on a weight loss diet. They are best served with Asian style fish recipes or meatballs and low carb pasta sauce.


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