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Answers to Some FADQs (Frequently Asked Dieting Questions)

At Elevation Medical Weight Loss we tend to take a somewhat relaxed approach to meal planning, as a result we are often asked a wide range of questions regarding the finer details of our recommended diet. I am going to address a couple of the more common questions that seem to come up at least once a week.


Does it matter when or how often I eat?

Yes, and no. Generally speaking, what matters most for weight loss is a consistent calorie deficit; however there are a few instances where timing your meals can be beneficial. If you have adopted an intense exercise routine, then you may find it beneficial to eat directly after your workout. Eating after exercise helps to limit the negative effect that carbohydrates may have on you, because your body will use them to replenish your muscles rather than to add to your stored fat. That being said, aside from affecting and being affected by your workouts, meal timing is a personal matter and your ability to mentally stick with you diet matters far more than any minor impact made by a poorly timed meal.


Do artificial sweeteners count as carbs?

Yes artificial sweeteners (AS) are processed by your body in a similar way to sugar, what makes them different is that a calorie worth of AS can be 2-200x sweeter than a calorie of sugar. That means that it takes a lot more AS to have the same impact on your body as sugar. Despite this, we do advise you to avoid AS where possible since not only can consuming excess AS cause you to retain water, but also because in some people merely tasting sweetness can induce an insulin surge, even in the absence of sugar (this is called a psychosomatic effect, and it is believed that as your insulin sensitivity improves you become less susceptible to this effect).

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Grilled T-bone Steak & Asparagus

Hi there! Summer is here and that means grill-season.  Here, we present you a serious 3-ingredient steak recipe that does not require any steak sauce.

the 3 ingredients are: Worcestershire sauce, lemon wedges, & any steak seasoning/rub

Grilled T-bone Steak & Asparagus
Prep time: 10 min, cook time ~12 minutes.

Ingredient calories Fat Carb Protein
12 oz T-bone steak (cooked into 10 oz) 544 cal 34 g 56 g
8 oz asparagus (about 15 spears) 43 cal 9 g 6 g
½ tsp oil to drizzle on asparagus 20 cal 3 g
½ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp steak seasoning/rub
2 slices lemon 4 cal 1 g
3 strawberries 6 cal 1 g
TOTAL 617 cal 37 g fat 11 g carb 62 g protein


  1. Heat grill on medium high until hot.
  2. Drizzle 1/2 tsp oil on 8 oz asparagus to place on the grill.
  3. Rub steak seasoning on both sides of the steak. Throw on the grill.
  4. Drizzle on a moderate amount of Worcestershire sauce on the side that is facing up. Squeeze a wedge of lemon to tenderize the meat and for flavor.DSC_1215
  5. After 5-7 minutes, flip steak and asparagus over.  Drizzle Worcestershire sauce on top.  Squeeze a wedge of lemon on top and leave it on the steak.
  6. Grill to your desired level. We like ours medium rare 🙂
  7. Enjoy your quick dinner!