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LOSE IT! The LCHF way Volume 28 -Nov-18

LOSE IT! THE LOW-CARB WAY MUCH MORE THAN A MAGAZINE It’s the chance to get your life back! GET READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE with Lose It Volume 27. In ‘Low-Carb Lowdown’ you’ll find all you need to know about the benefits of egg yolk and going low-carb for optimum fertility, and clinical nutritionist Ruth Marcus answers the burning question: ‘Is low-carb safe for kids?’ With all the lifestyle dietary options around these days, things can get confusing. In “What’s in a name?” Ruth also talks about the key differences between LCHF, Keto, Paleo, unpacks the criteria for a safe dietary lifestyle and advises low-carbers on finding their personal dietary ‘fit’. Be inspired by Bregda Mostert, who dropped not only loads of kilos, but all her meds too! Can fasting (‘The New F-Word’) fast-track weight-loss? Short answer: YES. We’ve got some great tips from people who did it. Cookbook writer Ine Reynierse shares the family health history that changed her relationship with food, plus some delectable recipes from her cookbook Eat Lekker – For Goodness’ Sake. We try out electro muscle stimulation (EMS) training to find out what this fitness fix can do for your strength development and how it works. And in ‘10 Ways to beat sleeplessness’ we discover just how lack of sleep directly affects our eating habits, health and state of mind. Volume 27 is jampacked with 35 great recipes for every occasion, so go on, have that occasional chocolate treat (‘Now & Again Treats’) – you deserve it! In other words, this issue has all you need to know about low-carb living and super recipes to keep you on course: that’s why Lose It – The Low-Carb Way is not just a magazine; it’s a chance to get your life back!

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hello holidays!

We all love holidays – the only tiny problem is keeping on track food-wise with so much temptation around.Even apart from the food itself, there is something about spending time with friends and family that makes us think every meal is a special occasion, so any indulgence is justified. And then, of course, there’s the ‘well-meaning’ friend or relative who presses food or drink on you – ‘Oh go on: just this once. Don’t be so boring!’. We’ve all got that person in our lives, but we don’t need to listen to them.HERE ARE 5 THINGS WE’VE FOUND THAT HAVE HELPED TO KEEP US MORE OR LESS ON TRACK WHILE ALSO HAVING A GOOD TIME.1 REMIND YOURSELF HOW UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING BLOATED REALLY IS: it’s unpleasant to be too full, and…

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our experts

CLINICAL NUTRITIONIST RUTH MARCUS has a master’s degree in obesity and weight management. ‘Eating low-carb is the best way to find food freedom!’ she says. Call 083 307 8036 or email your questions to ruthmmarcus@gmail.comBLOG AUTHOR NICKY PERKS ( is the cofounder of Banting Buddies, which offers personalised coaching to those wanting to lose weight and get healthy.Please share your low-carb success stories, recipes, restaurant reviews, tips, questions and concerns with us via, @loseitmag (Twitter and Instagram) and We look forward to hearing your insights and experiences!PHOTOGRAPHS: LIZA VAN DEVENTER, ANÈL VAN DER MERWE, GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES, MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA ■…

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low-carb lowdown

Get healthy – fast!If you don’t suffer from an eating disorder, fasting for various lengths of time offers a good route to increased energy and weight loss. Also, says nephrologist Dr Jason Fung, who heads up Toronto’s Intensive Dietary Management programme, it results in less loose skin than other forms of weight-loss: bonus!Most diets concern themselves with what we eat, he says, when they should also be looking at when: ‘Here’s my best single tip for weight loss. It’s so simple and obvious that even a five-year-old could have come up with it: Don’t eat all the time!‘Unfortunately, most nutritional authorities tell you the exact opposite. Eat six times a day. Eat lots of snacks. Eat before you go to bed. Eat, eat, eat — even to lose weight! It…

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iron more than just a mineral

(ILLUSTRATION: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)Who would have thought - oyster are a great source of iron, not just an aphrodisiac!The minerals in our diet are essential for a variety of bodily functions; without them, the body simply wouldn’t function. Although they are all vital, we don’t need equal quantities of each, and minerals are grouped accordingly. Macro-minerals or major minerals are what we call those needed in larger amounts, while those we need less of are micro-minerals or trace elements.WHAT IS IRON?Iron is one of the micro-minerals. It forms part of haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps blood carry oxygen throughout the body.Anaemia (lack of haemoglobin in the blood) is a common disorder that often goes undetected, even though it currently affects around 1.62 billion people worldwide. The…

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in it for the long run

SHAYNA’S WEIGHT GAIN STARTED TOWARDS THE END OF HER TEENS.beforeFOR YEARS RONALD BATTLED WITH YO-YO DIETING.‘I would do a 12-week diet and lose 20kg. Then I would think, “Well, I’ve achieved my goal” and then binge-eat and put all the weight back on in just a month.’– Ronald SmithRonald Smith’s weight problems started during puberty, fuelled by a family who loved to gather around the dinner table. ‘I come from a very big family. My grandmother had 11 kids, so we’d have very big family get-togethers, where we would eat a lot.’ His sister, Shayna, agrees. ‘We loved hearty meals and our carbs – we loved food in general. Dinner was a variety of calories and there was no skimping on the cheese sauce,’ she laughs.Shayna started picking up weight…

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8 top tips for eating in restaurants without blowing your diet

Just because you want to lose weight doesn’t mean you can’t be social and enjoy eating out with friends and family! But your decisions before, during and after that meal will determine whether your diet remains relatively intact. From a psychological perspective, relaxing the rules a little when enjoying a meal out can be a helpful strategy to recharge your motivational battery and keep you going towards your goal.The key is to choose your treat wisely. For some, this means having a glass of wine with your meal, but no dessert. For others, it could entail skipping starters, having only protein and salad for mains, but enjoying a shared dessert. There might be occasions where you don’t feel the desire to go off your plan at all. One ‘less than…