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Low Carb Breakfast Ideas
Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas
By Mr Breakfast

Breakfast provides our bodies with the fuel we need to start our day. That is an undisputed fact. However, the type of fuel we should burn can be a major issue of contention.

The base principal behind low-carbohydrate diets is that, for people attempting to loose or maintain weight, the fuel we should burn first is fat. To the mind, that sounds like a no-brainer. Our bodies have a different idea. The human metabolism will attempt to breakdown carbohydrates before fat. The theory popularized by Dr. Robert Atkins of The Atkins' Diet fame - and supported by a great deal of research - is that if carbohydrates are limited in our diets, fat will become the fuel of choice and the result will be weight-loss.

Dr. Robert Atkins The main thrust of low-carb-diet-dissention - painfully oversimplified - is that we've all been raised in a low-fat/low-calorie dietary world. Fat has always been public enemy number one. Now carbohydrates are the reason 65% of us aged 20 to 74 are overweight? To those resistant to change, it is like being told Saddam Hussein was never the bad guy. It was Mexican President Vicente Fox, who we always thought of as a friend.

Recent reports that Dr. Atkins, the most visible proponent of low-carb diets, died obese have given the diets' debunkers a louder voice.

Low-carb dieters are often fanatical in support of their programs, pointing to credible research and personal results as reasons why. To these dieters, breakfast is a friend. The eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese limited by low-fat/low-calorie diets are anything but off-limits. Conversely, breakfast foods that were commonly considered healthy such as oatmeal, wheat-flakes and citrus fruits are not allowed.

Whether you agree or disagree with the low-carbohydrates craze, we can say this: the movement has resulted in a plethora of interesting new recipes. The craving for carbohydrates can be strong and attempts to recreate carbohydrate-rich recipes without carbohydrates have resulted in creativity unseen since low-fat recipes were introduced.

Creative cooking and variety are key components of any successful diet. Low-carb dieters have more choices than they may realize.

Omelets And Other Egg Dishes

The good news for "low-carb-ers" is that many - if not most - of their favorite egg dishes are still allowed. A two-egg omelet with a modest amount of meat (ex. 2 slices of bacon), an eighth of a cup of cheese and a fistful of vegetables usually contains less than 10 grams of carbohydrates.

A common misconception of low-carb diets is that they don't allow vegetables. In truth, there are only few vegetables (corn, potatoes, etc) which must be completely avoided. Many low-carb diets actually encourage vegetable consumption after the first few weeks of the diet.
Pancakes And Waffles

The market is becoming saturated with pricey low-carb pancake and waffle mixes. Many are being criticized as tasting bland, but their mere existence proves how powerful the desire for these breakfast favorites can be.

To create low-carb "from-scratch" versions of pancakes and waffles requires creativity. In books and magazines and on websites like, professional and amateur low-carb chefs are giving the world some wonderful, sometimes strange, new takes on familiar dishes.
Hash Browns

Potatoes are bad news to low-carb dieters. Hash browns have to be nixed.

Or do they?

Every so often, a food item we know and love becomes several food items we may or may not know and may or may not love.

In 1930, a candy bar named after a horse was introduced... Snickers. In the last ten years, the crunchy Snickers Bar, the almond Snickers bar, the Snickers Marathon energy bar, Snickers Mad Mix, the Snickers ice cream bar and Snickers bar ice cream have all been introduced.

For better or worse, that time has also arrived for hash browns.
Other Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes

There is one last bit of good news for low-carb breakfast lovers. Recent opinion over caffeine has changed. Once shunned by Dr. Atkins and his colleagues, coffee is back on the breakfast menu. Most modern variations of the Atkins' diet now allow caffeinated sugar-free beverages.

So drink your coffee and stay sharp. Choose your diets with an alert, educated mind. And treat your taste buds with the respect they deserve. Their only job is to make you happy and to help you recognize poison. All they want in return is variety, especially at breakfast.

This article was written by Mr Breakfast (aka Eddy Chavey).

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