Low Carb Supplementation Plan

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I love finding new resources to assist in my Low Carb journey to lose weight for good. One of my friends, JayCee Botha, told me about a great book called Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer to Drugs by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, M.D. I’ve only glanced at it so far, but I’m looking forward to reading all of it. I have never been very good at taking vitamins because there are so many different ones out there and I never know which ones I should take for me. This book helps you create your own program with nutritional supplements that work for your body and it’s different conditions.

If you want a “basic supplementation plan” than Dr. Atkins also shares a great weight loss/weight maintenance regimen in his well-known book called Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Revised Edition on pages 303-307. He talks about using the Atkins Basic #3 Formula, which is a multivitamin, on pages 303-304 where you will see a LONG list of 35 different ingredients. He recommended that you take this multivitamin 3x a day, one with each meal. I checked to see if you could still buy the Atkins Basic #3 Formula and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I emailed Atkins customer service at www.atkins.com to see if they knew where I could find it. They replied to me and told me that they no longer produce this multivitamin, but that there is a similar one made by Dr. Hoffman. You can buy this multivitamin, called the Foundation Formula, at his website: http://www.drhoffman.com/page.cfm/285

I’m currently taking a Centrum Multivitamin but as soon as I run out I will buy and try out the Foundation Formula.  Bayer also had a One-A-Day CarbSmart, 50 Count Multivitamin, but I think it has gone off of the market.  It's no longer listed on their website: http://www.oneaday.com/  It's nice to know that we have some supplement options to aid in our Low Carb Lifestyle.  If you know of any Low Carb Multivitamins that I have not listed above please feel free to share in the comment section below.  What is your current supplementation plan?

Preparation and Planning

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It is so hard to get back into the swing of things when you get home from a vacation.  I have to accept it, my vacation is over and I’m back to reality.  Today was my first day back at work and it was crazy.  It’s amazing how much catch up work there is to do when you are away.  Despite the craziness, I’ve learned that being prepared in life helps keep everything in order.  One thing I do every night before I go to bed is prepare for my next day at work.  How could I tackle tomorrow if I didn’t prepare for it?  I think that preparation applies to every part of life.  Without preparation and planning, nothing would ever get accomplished and life would be crazy.


Have you ever had to prepare for a presentation at school or work?  Dieting is just like a presentation.  First, you have to do the research on what you are going to talk about.  Second, you have to outline everything.  Third, you write the presentation.  Fourth, you present the presentation.  Last, you celebrate because you got through it and it’s over.  I know that before I started eating lowcarb I did lots of research on lowcarb diets.  First, I read Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, Protein Power, and South Beach Diet and I found that the Atkin’s Diet would be the easiest for me to stick with to accomplish my weight loss goals.  Second, I outlined and highlighted important points in Dr. Atkin’s book to help me know what to eat and why.  Third, I got rid of any kind of food that was not lowcarb.  Fourth, I went out and bought the food I needed to start my new way of eating.  Fifth, I start eating lowcarb.  Last, I accomplish my weight loss goal and celebrate.  I haven’t gotten to the last step of achieving my goal, but I know I will get there someday soon. :-)


In order to accomplish your weight loss goal you must be prepared.  Don’t start a new way of eating without being ready.  I know in the past when I just started dieting without being emotionally and physically prepared I always fell off of it and quit.  I finally decided that preparation was the most important part of getting me ready, emotionally and physically to win, and now I'm focused on accomplishing my goal more than ever before.  Be prepared and you will succeed!     

Low Carb Books

Lindsey Pennington - Monday, August 17, 2009
While I was on my vacation I started reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Haubes.  It is a great book if you are one of those people that wants scientific evidence of how eating lowcarb is healthy.  He goes into great detail on the history of dieting and what has worked and what has not worked for effective weight loss and health.  I'm not finished reading the whole book, but I'm looking forward to the knowledge and information that Haubes shares about eating lowcarb.  I would not describe the book as a feel good book, but more as an educational book on the history of dieting and how it relates to dieting today.  He uncovers why eating lowcarb is in fact healthy and why eating lowfat, lowcal is not the healthiest and most effective way to lose weight.  I will give you more details on the book when I'm finished reading it. 

I had two exciting things about my day today.  The first thing that I'm excited to share is that I've lost another pound.  I've lost 19lbs total in 2 months and 1 week.  I can't believe I'm almost halfway to achieving my goal weight.  The second thing I'm excited to share is that I bought Jimmy Moore's book called Livin La Vida Low Carb a week ago and it came in the mail today.  I can't wait to read his book.  It's always nice to read a success story about losing weight, but it's even more exciting to read a success story about losing weight by eating lowcarb.  I've read Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution book by Dr. Robert Atkins multiple times and it has some great success stories throughout the book, but I've never read a whole book on a person's lowcarb story from start to finish.  I've already glanced through the book and I know it's going to be a great read.  I love finding new books to read!  Do you have any good lowcarb books that you recommend?