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Fairly frequently I hear people talking about going on a "no-carb" diet, or asking me about it. What does this mean? Is it possible? Is it a good idea? I've recently updated my FAQ on the subject.

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January 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm
(1) Phyllis Bohren says:

I need a NO carb, no sugar, no cafein diet. Doctor’s orders. Lots of protein is prescribed. Help! Thanks.

January 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm
(2) lowcarbdiets says:

Phyllis, I would ask this question in the Forum where you can get more feedback than here in comments. I also would get very clear on exactly what your doctor was ordering. Sometimes when people say “no carb” they mean “no high-carb foods”, and would think that, for example, vegetables and nuts would be OK.

Best wishes, and I hope to see you in the Forum!

January 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm
(3) Fredia says:

If its not from an animal then it has carbs….lol but its the truth. All protein no bread, sweets, no salad dressing, mayo etc. I was on this diet lost a ton of weight but veered off of it and now going back on it. My sugar level balanced out (low-blood sugar) felt great when I was on this diet. It will work but you have to have a ton of will power.

January 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(4) lowcarbdiets says:

Not quite true, Fredia. Olive oil has zero carbs. :-) Actually, a lot of plant food has very little carbohydrate, and some animal foods (e.g. oysters, and even eggs) have a little. The trick is to put it all together in a way that works for you. The Forum really is a good place to talk about it.

January 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(5) jeng says:

Try the Fat Flush diet – it’s no carb, no caffiene, no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no preservatives or artifical sweetners.
It works!

February 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(6) Me says:

What is the fat flush diet?

April 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm
(7) Kelsey says:

No carb diets are a stupid idea. carbs are the main source of energy for the body. The body burns fat after carbs, true, but it will burn protein if your body gets desperate. that is in extreme. ]

breakfast is meant to be the biggest meal of the day for a reason. it prepares you for the energy needed throughout the day. carbs is an important part of that.

take up aerobics if you want to lose weight. go swimming and tone your body. not go on a no carbs diet.

April 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm
(8) lowcarbdiets says:

Kelsey, carbs are the main food for bodies that are not “keto-adapted” — in other words, bodies that are used to running on carbs. But after a few weeks on a carb-restricted diet, the body uses fat for energy just fine, and needs very little glucose.

May 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm
(9) JonB says:

There are individuals that have an enzyme deficiency that makes eating carbohydrates potentially deadly, so it is well documented that the body runs just fine on an extremely low-carb diet. That being said, not getting enough vitamins and minerals (or too many) can also be deadly over time. The fat-soluble vitamins (including A and E) are very common in animal tissue and can be toxic at high levels.
Most people would benefit greatly from just eliminating added sugar from their diets. Try to avoid foods with added sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, cane juice, honey, maltose, apple juice (mostly sugar, not really nutritious), fructose, molasses, glucose, and sucrose. Try to not just substitute artificial sweeteners, as they just maintain the ‘habit’ of eating sweetened foods, and may be bad for you in and of themselves. The starches, complex carbohydrates, and other sugars (most notably from dairy products) will help maintain energy and won’t hurt the diet.

May 11, 2009 at 2:51 am
(10) tranghUS says:

I am on this no carbs, no sugar diet for about a mont now. I lost nearly 8 pounds all naturally (I don’t exercise and sometimes just walk for 10 mins a day). My sister asked me how I can loose all that fat when I was eating very high calories and protein. I told her about the diet. It works for her too. Hey you always can use splenda if you miss the sweetness and if you miss hamburger, buy one, smell it and throw the burger away, eat the ham. I’m enjoying the diet because it works and I can eat a lot without counting calories. Imagine, just replace the sugar and carb by the foods of your choice. That’s simple. It’s ur call to make. It really works for me. Doesn’t hurt to try! Good luck.

May 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm
(11) Donna says:

I had previously tried every fad diet out there and was at a point of total frustration when a friend of mine made a bet that he could stick to the low carb diet longer than I. Being the competitive person I am I went to a bookstore and found this awesome pocket carb diary which had a list of all foods and carb content in the back of the book. Each page made you complete what you ate and how many carbs you consumed in a day. It also asked about exercise and water consumption. At the end of each week you were to register your weight. I was amazed that after the initial adjustment period of one week I did not feel hungry. I lost 65 pounds in 4 months without exercising. It was truly amazing. Strangly enough it is when you put something in your mouth that is high in carbs that your body craves it for the rest of the day. Avoid the carbs and avoid the hunger – and yes… there are plenty of options out there… I ate more food then I ever did on any other diet – another tip – do not see it as a diet but a way of life – diets come to an end – but good eating habits last forever. Good Luck – Smiles

May 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(12) HelpingtheHubby says:

Hey Donna… do you recall the name of this book. It sounds like something that would be really helpful for my Hubby. I have never been one who needed to lose weight, a few pounds here or there… But I was turned on to a No Sugar / No Carb Diet… and I am trying to find what I can do to help my hubby on this. We are both on the Diet together… So he is not alone and I am not eating things in front of him that he misses and can’t enjoy. I have more self control in the food arena. If you could get me the name of that book it sounds great!

May 28, 2009 at 8:22 am
(13) Anita says:

I have been on the no carbs diet, It’s the best diet I have ever been on. I have been on the diet for 13 weeks I have lost 10 kgs.

May 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm
(14) charlotte says:

i need a no carb and no caffeine diet to make me in perfect shape for summer. help!

June 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(15) Reba says:

Be careful about calling a “no carb” diet healthy. You are generally eating more foods that are high in fat which is not good in the long run for your heart. I know that it works however, when you choose not to eat vegetables and fruit – is that a good thing? And what is wrong with exercise. Losing weight and bragging about not doing any exercise is a bit severe. If you can, get out and walk every day. It is not only good for you but you feel so much better after. Moderation folks!

June 18, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(16) AngelLovesTony says:

I was on a no carb diet for a while, eating protein. Yes, it worked for a while until one day it dawned unto me that my heart has weakened by cholesterol from all the protein that I took.
Wishful thinking to hope for weight loss without exercise. Now I stick to exercising and eating a balanced diet, and if I’m trying to lose some pounds, just go for a smaller portion and avoid sugar in food and drinks.

July 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm
(17) Richard says:

Carbohydrates in the form of glucose can be synthesized in the body from other sources. Once a person is switched to a Low-to-No carb diet, this process initiates and becomes easier for the body to accomplish.

Protein, as far as sciences knows thus far, cannot be synthesized inside the body.

Low-t-No carb diets rely on the fact that the body is in a ketogenic state (ketone producing) that utilizes fat as the preferred energy source. In a non-ketogenic state, it is carbs that are the main source.

That being said, being ketogenic is not “normal” for most humans and therefore is not “safe” for some.

July 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm
(18) jellybean says:

use low carbs, low fat products and protein enriched (natural) foods such as tuna, chicken and oats/cereal – such as porridge for breakfast. Little and often, and drink a pint of water before meal times. Don’t eat carbs after work, replace your white bread with wholemeal or brown!

July 25, 2009 at 10:18 pm
(19) Alina says:

Well, I have a skin disorder(not serious tough, its just annoying) and I read elsewhere that it could be caused by the body not being able to digest certain foods.I’ve tryed lots of other treatments and none seem to work thus I have turned to diet. So though I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds, I mainly want to try this diet to see if it produces any results if not, its back to te drawing board . . .

August 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(20) Aimee says:

I have been on the NO carb diet for a week now. I have lost 8 pounds which was primarily water weight. The first 3 days were fine-I don’t have a problem not eating carbs. I tested my Ketone level and it was between moderate and large which is very indicative that my body was adjusting to the diet! (My husband bought Ketone strips at the pharmacy-they are little plastic strips with a square pad at one end you pee on to test the level of Ketones in your body-somebody explained the Ketone level stuff above.)
After the third day and still now, however, I have been really dizzy (especially at night.) I know I’ll get over it – my body is just going through shock as it is learning to burn fat instead of carbs-but I was curious if anyone else experienced this and how long it lasted.

August 3, 2009 at 9:00 pm
(21) Corina says:

I have been on the no carb diet for two weeks. On the third and fourth day, I felt dizzy and faint. I was fine after that. I hope that helps

August 5, 2009 at 3:42 am
(22) Aimee says:

Thanks Corina- I’ve been on it 8 days now and am still dizzy. I don’t eat very much during the day (just snack on cheese slices) and at dinner have been having stuff like steak, cheeseburgers without the bun, or chicken and a broccoli, cream, and cheese mixture my husband makes. I’ve been drinking lots of water. However, my dizziness remains as well as headaches later at night (I tend to go to bed around 3am and get up around 1 or 2pm.-Maybe my sleeping pattern needs to change not only because it just is a crazy pattern to have but also because it could be inducing my headaches and dizziness?)

August 31, 2009 at 4:01 pm
(23) Pat Power says:

My Husbands doctor has told him that he is not to have sweets,bread,rice or any starch, caffine or dairy can someone please tell me if there are any receipes that I can find

September 7, 2009 at 1:35 am
(24) luli says:

i have been on this no carb diet for 6 days now and lost 6 pounds already sometimes is really hard im not really a meat person i just notice is really hard to sleep at night and the headache the only good thing is that im drinking water like crazy i hope this keep working my goal is to lose 50 pounds more

September 7, 2009 at 1:40 am
(25) abigailkrouse says:

the “no-carb” diet has helped me so much! it made me feel so much better( also because i excerzised!). it made me less self consious all around. i was actually able to talk to people without feeling that they were staring at “fat”. It is a good diet, if you do it correctly! don’t get me wrong, but you need to have the WILL POWER!!!!!

September 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm
(26) Nancy D says:

I guess the problem is what suits one person won’t always suit another and the issue is to find the right “diet” but make it a weight loss program that is a change in lifestyle and eating habits rather than just an all out diet. I know people that a low carb diet was exceptional for them and others where it just wasn’t the right choice.

September 23, 2009 at 11:58 am
(27) SarahW says:

For those who are dizzy try drinking some broth or something of the sort. I did a lo carb diet and lost 20 lbs before having to stop it for some other issues but the doctor who ran the program said drinking broth helped due to the salt intake. You may be putting your electrolytes out of wack by drinking so much water.

September 24, 2009 at 2:32 am
(28) ilovemyhusband says:

I’ve been on a no carb, no sugar, no dairy diet for 3 weeks now and I feel great! I started because I had gained so much weight from taking birth control, however after the 2nd week I noticed that my regular daily breakouts had stopped and I hadn’t had a bump in days…so that was motivating to say the least! But the results were shocking I started losing within 4 days. Sweet! This no carb healthyness ended up being the best idea yet. This is for sure, the way to go if your looking for results and better health. I think its still important to get your heart rate up for at least 30 mins a day and listen to your body(like if ur feeling dizzy or sick, maybe this isn’t the diet for you)…

Never risk your health just to look good… no matter how tempting it may be! LOL

November 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(29) Gene Logan says:

I have never dieted a day in my life but wanted to loos a few pounds on my stomach for my 40th birthday (vanity). Although relatively slim i still had a modest gut i wanted to get rid of. I cut out 95% of carb, all sugars and sweets, and ate mostly lean meat and green leafy vegetables (small portions every 2 or 3 hours faithfully). I supplimented fiber and multivitams.

I didn’t know what to expect or even bother to weigh myself but i stuck to it. 30 days later I looked up and my gut was completely gone…I was shocked, stunned and amazed. Not only did i loose my gut i started loosing fat everywhere. 60 days later people thought i was dieing of cancer.

Loosing weight is easy! The only problem i had was super monster sugar cravings.

Good luck to all.

November 17, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(30) Kaz says:

Serious over production of bacteria (candida) caused bloating and upset stomach (IBS) plus increased asthma symptoms due to mucoous menbranes being affected by the bacteria – recommended a LOW CARB diet but asked to keep off all carbs for 2 weeks AMAZING felt lighter and well for the first time in years, did have some dizziness and sleep problems and a sugar craving ( i actually did the no carbs for 3 weeks and now i am feeling very blue and tired and this is due to the body processing the protein differently and low blood sugar)…..so beware and just follow a LOW carb diet and get plenty of excercise and remember everthing in moderation

November 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm
(31) Emily says:

So what happens to your body if you complete cut out the carbs and don’t eat any carbs isn’t there an long term effect on your body

November 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(32) mac says:

for some valuable info on this
http://zerocarbpath.blogspot.com/

December 7, 2009 at 10:43 am
(33) tryin4myself says:

i need help losing weight.. im very new at this and need form help and advise on how to do this no carb diet i need to lose 50 pounds by the end of jan.. can any one help me ???

January 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(34) Stephanie G says:

You’re never going to lose 50 pounds in one minth, unless you cut off a limb. Try eating high protein, low carb and start exercising. Increase your fiber intake, remove ALL refined sugar and simple carbs, and keep your fat grams minimal.

January 15, 2010 at 1:39 am
(35) dez says:

THE TRICK PEOPLE , IS TO CUT OUT CARBS INTIALLY TILL YOU LOSE ENOUGH WEIGHT THEN ADD ON CARBS SLOWLY TILL YOU STOP LOSING , CUT AND ADD TILL YOUR BODY CAN MAINTAIN ITS WEIGHT – CHECK ATKINS WEBSITE
AND YES , THE FAT IS NOT GOOD, BUT AS YOU ADD THE CARBS BACK, YOU START CUTTING THE FAT DOWN, SO IT WILL EVENTUALLY BE VERY HEALTHY AND BEST OF ALL IT WORKS! I LOST 5KG IN 5 WEEKS!!

January 15, 2010 at 1:41 am
(36) DES says:

I LOST 5 KG IN 5 WEEKS WITH ATKINS DIET, LOW CARB…ITS WORKS

February 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(37) bethca says:

what kind of meals can you eat that are “No carb” not low carb but absolutely zero carbs?

April 1, 2010 at 8:50 am
(38) patricia says:

This is to the lady that needs a diet with no carbs. Check out the grapefruit diet on the web Mayo Clinic Diet
BREAKFAST:
1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
2 Eggs any style
2 Slices of bacon
Black coffee or tea, no sugar
LUNCH:
1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
Salad and or raw veggies (any dressing, {not low fat or fat free})
Meat (Cooked any way)
DINNER:
1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
Meat (cooked any way) Vegetables (any green or red, may be cooked in butter or Seasoning or a salad as above) Black coffee or tea, no sugar
BEDTIME:
(opt) 8oz Tomato juice or skim milk
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. At any meal you may eat until you are full, and you can not eat anymore. You must eat the minimum listed listed at each meal.
2. Do not eliminate anything from the diet, especially don’t skip the bacon at breakfast or omit salads. It is the combination of foods that burn the fat.
3. The grapefruit is important because it acts as a catalyst that starts the burning process.
4. Cut down on coffee, it affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning process. Try to limit to one cup each meal.
5. Don’t eat between meals, if you eat the combination of food suggested, you will not get hungry.
6. The diet may eliminate sugars and starches. Fat does not form fat, it helps burn it, so you can fry food in butter and use butter generously on vegetables.
7. Do not eat desserts, breads and white vegetables of sweet potatoes. You may double or triple helpings of meat, salads or vegetables. Eat till you are stuffed. The more you eat the more weight you will lose.
8. There may be no weight loss in the first 4 days, but you may lose 5 pounds on the 5th day. You may lose 1 and 1/2 pounds every two days until you reach your goal.
9. DRINK EIGHT 8oz GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY. 1/2 GALLON.

THIS DIET IS SAID TO BEEN GIVEN TO HEART PATIENTS NEEDING TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST FOR BY-PASS SURGERY.

ALL SOFT DRINKS NEED TO BE DIET AND CAFFEINE FREE.

YOU MAY NOT HAVE: White onions, potatoes, celery, peas, cereal, carrots, corn, starchy vegetables, bread, noodles, rice, potato chips, pretzels or fruit or diet dressing.

YOU MAY HAVE: Red onions, bell peppers, radishes, broccoli, cucumbers, green onions, leaf spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, chili (no beans) mayonnaise, any cheese, hot dogs, cole slaw, regular salad dressing, green vegetables, 1tsp nuts, dill or bread and butter pickles.

IMPORTANT
STAY ON DIET 12 DAYS AND STOP FOR 2 DAYS
Works out great to start on a Monday because you will have every other weekend off of the diet. I lost 60 punds in 2 months. it really works.

April 4, 2010 at 11:48 am
(39) shelea says:

Hello, I really want to loose around 20-30 pounds and would like to do it in 10 weeks. I am thinking about trying this low-carb or no-carb way of eating(dont like to say diet cuz then I feel deprived) but I am totally stupid when it comes to food.. 1 website you go to tells you that this is healthy and anouther site tells you its not that healthy, so can someone please tell me what I can and cannot eat???? I do exercize at least 1hour a day and sometimes more so that is no problem ,its just what do I put in my mouth and what do I avoid. Thank you in advance!!!

April 7, 2010 at 6:50 am
(40) tash says:

I have been on every diet known to man! 4 years ago, I discovered the low carb diet. I lost 10kg’s in just 2 weeks, then succumbed to my survere bread and chocolate cravings, and gave up. Started again 2 weeks ago, and this time have had no cravings, no headaches, no dizziness and feel fantastic. So far I have lost 8kg’s. I know you shouldn’t weigh yourself everyday, but I do because I’m seeing results that keep me on track. I also write my weight down everyday & weigh in the morning. I have been eating a lot of eggs on this diet. Does anyone know what a healthy limit of eggs per day is?

May 24, 2010 at 2:45 am
(41) Elise says:

2 eggs per day should be fine.

June 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm
(42) Nadia says:

Apparently as long as you relieve yourself i.e. poo, each day then it doesn’t matter how many eggs you eat (within reason of course)

Also watch out for ‘sugar free’ drinks etc. Stuff like that tends to contain chemically enhanced sweeteners such as Aspartame that may affect the body’s metabolic activity as well as a host of other functions.

June 19, 2010 at 8:11 am
(43) Liz says:

WAY TO GO DEZ!!!

Hi everyone.

I just want to say that I was shocked when I read this blog. I work in nutritional supplements business which obviously means that I work with athletes.

Here many are using a No carb approach with NO exercise *shock* No carb diets ARE NOT TO BE A LIFESTYLE DIET.

No carb diet associated WITH EXERCISE is to help you burn body fat UNTIL you are close to your desired weight. Then you should return to a low carb diet.

Even ripped bodybuilders do not stay No carb all the time! The best solution for those who are out of shape is.

Learn what the atkins diet really is… and get up off the couch! It is a combination of what you do in 3 parts.

The main 2 parts are :
1) what you do at the table
2) how much exercise you get
3) nutritional supplementation

I do not want to offend anyone here but if you find yourself 50 lbs or more overweight you have been neglecting yourself for quite awhile…. it should take awhile to get back. No quick fixes.

Furthermore, anything that you do short term should be backed up by a long term lifetime change (diet and exercise programs included) or you risk just going back to the same process that got you where you are at.

June 23, 2010 at 12:54 am
(44) Derrick says:

No carb is a way of life for me! It actually saved my life! Before going on it I weighed 195 lbs at 5’8″ I had severe IBS that wouldn’t allow me to eat hardly anything and a blood pressure as high as 154/93. I stayed hot all the time and was always bloated. After 4 wks on the diet I lost 24 lbs. My blood pressure dropped to 130/74. I never felt bloated when I ate. I always felt full throughout the day and energetic and for the first time since I was 11 I could eat and not worry about IBS. It literally cured it! The past 3 wks have been rough on a personal level and I’ve strayed from the diet, losing the will power due to stress and depression and gained 4 lbs back, but I’m starting back on it as we speak and incorporating 30-60 minutes of cardio into it. I’m also doing a colon cleansing. Breakfast was my favorite time. I would have bacon and eggs mixed with cheddar cheese, butter and pepper. Having 2-3 eggs and 3 slices of bacon would fill me up for a good 5 hours. After that I’d have a huge piece of boneless, skinless chicken breast and would melt a slice of cheddar cheese on it for taste and some pepper (yes, I love pepper) If I didn’t have chicken, I’d choose another meat like steak or pork chops or ground beef patties…any kind of meat. That would fill me up for several hours and would take me to my last meal for the nite, which would be fish because it was light. I would only drink water and I always took my vitamins and minerals and had flaxseed oil for the omegas 3, 6 and 9. If I ever was hungry in between meals, pepper jack cheese sticks always did the trick for me. The only drawback is that you get constipated on this diet due to all the meat and cheese, so taking a mild sugar free laxative, fiber powder or drinking a teaspoon of castor oil will do the trick and help cleanse you even more. For those with IBS like I had, I will tell you that carbs, whether sugary or starchy will hurt it. This “diet” or as I call “way of life” will eliminate it, trust me. Don’t let people tell you that you need low fat and more carbs. Your body needs fat and saturated fat is better than you think. Google it. Don’t worry about cholesterol so much. It too is not as bad as you think. Google it also if you don’t believe me. Your body uses protein to burn fat and your body will also use your stored fat for energy so it’s a double whammy. Carbs are what the body stores as fat unless you use it with exercise so unless your working out or you have no fat to use for energy you dont have to have carbs. What do you think primitive people ate…the fat of the land…meat, and they didn’t die because of it. One last thought. Before the mid 1950′s America wasn’t afraid of saturated fat and cholesterol. They ate more of it back then (think about that commercial with the “Buttertons” who had sticks of butter sticking out of their potatoes), but were healthier than we are today. Cholesterol levels were lower and percentages of people with Coronary Heart Disease was also lower than today. Makes you wonder hey? My tips: NO sugar added or natural, NO starch, NO carbs, monitor sodium intake if you have high blood pressure, eat nothing that is hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated so read your labels for ingredients, drink only water and enjoy all the meat you want and get that protein. Add some cardio, at least 30 minutes 3-5 times a week and your set. Once that fat is gone, stick to the diet but add SOME carbs for energy when you hit those weights and build that muscle.

June 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm
(45) Liz says:

Derek,

No carb are you always under 20g a day? do you exercise regularly?

July 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm
(46) Joy says:

YOU WILL WANT TO READ

I did a low carb diet, just to see if the no carb thing really worked. Well, I basically just ate no bread, and sugars. I still ate veggies, and salads with whatever dressing. My breakfast though had to be bacon and eggs. That made it so I was not that hungry during the day. I just mixed one meat with some kind of veggies for each meal, and by the 12th day I had lost 9 lbs. my basic day was..eggs and bacon for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch, and veggies and steak(some meat) for dinner…and, when I got a craving for sweets I even had a piece of chocolate. I ate 3 times a day, and if I did get hungry I would just keep some fruit around to snack on. By the end of the 5th day or so I really was not that hungry, or even craved anything unhealthy..including bad carbs. It is true though, once you eat those bad carbs in the morning, it makes for your whole day to be that much harder to stay away from them! so no temptations;)

note: also it seams like 9 lbs is a lot, and usually overweight people lose faster than not, BUT I am 5’8” and at this time i was 158lbs and got to 149lbs so really, I was still in my healthy weight scale before I started. So if you just need to shed a couple lbs it really works..and if you need to shed a lot it works even better. Taking 100% carbs out I do not believe is healthy. It is a crash diet if you ask me. We are suppose to eat veggies and such, and if you go on a NO carb diet you are basically just eating fats and no fruits or veggies, and in the long run it could cause some damage. SO HERE YOU ARE I TOOK OUT THE BASIC FOOD THAT MAKES YOU TIRED AND GAIN EASY WEIGHT, AND DOING IT IN A HEALTHY WAY, AND I STILL LOST A GOOD AMOUNT OF WEIGHT. HOPE ALL THIS HELPS FOR EVERYONE. OH, AND ADDING GRAPEFRUIT WITH your basic 3 MEALS HELPS A LOT MORE TOO! I DIDN’T DO THAT OR WORK OUT. SO IMAGINE IF I HAD;)

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

September 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(47) Adrian Anderson says:

No carb diets might be useful in the short run to help lose weight, but in the longer term they are EXTREMELY unhealthy. Ms. Dolson, while I respect your highschool teaching career and BS in Physical Therapy – you are not a doctor or a nutritionist. To be honest, neither am I. I’m just in my clinical years pursuing my medical degree (MBBS).

It is true that eliminating carbs forces the body to keto adapt, but many tissues rely on glucose and not KETONE BODIES. So in actuality even in keto adapted physiology, glucose is needed and is gotten by breaking down fat and converting it to glucose, converting amino acids from proteins in the diet to glucose (hence the need to eat all that meat) or in worst cases…breaking down skeletal muscle (which is bad).

Sure you lose weight fast but to keep it will raise your LDL cholesterol levels tremendously! Putting one at risk for cardiac disease, especially ischemic heart disease leading to myocardial infarction (heart attack). The heightened LDL is itself a greater risk factor than merely being overweight. I don’t want to hear about so called lean meats. If their lean and you were eating them in moderation (as in the normal diet) you’d be fine. But in this low to no carb diet you’re eating these meats as the main source of energy (for the protein) and in the processes atheroma-tizing yourselves.

With all the saturated fat coming in via the meat products your triglycerides will also shoot through the roof, which is yet another risk factor. Thirdly, animal products are extremely low in fiber which has its own negative connotations…besides constipation people. Like for instance raising risks for colon and various gastrointestinal cancers. Not to mention that high fiber foods help decrease LDL cholesterol and make your heart healthier.

Moderation is the best way, with good exercise etc. Not cutting out carbs and eating meats etc. to one’s content.

There are so many negatives about this new “way of life” that I don’t have time or space to get into it. People, please, for your own safety read appropriately, ask a doctor (A REAL ONE, NOT THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG) and be informed. I have seen on the wards people living these no carb diet, getting obsessive and taking it overboard – wasting away due to muscle loss.

It took time to gain these pounds, it will take time to get it off and make sure it stays off. The faster you lose it, the faster you regain it. Your hypothalamus (part of the brain controlling appetite) through the leptin mechanism and others (read it up, use Wikipedia) will force you to eat more to regain what you lost. Believe me, statistically over 90% of people who lose weight unnaturally quickly (like in no carb diets, gain it all back AND MORE).

Be careful, make wise choices, make SAFE choices, love yourself and best wishes! Here’s to you and a truly healthy lifestyle change!

September 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(48) Adrian Anderson says:

One more thing. You have a habit of using STUDIES to support your claims. Anyone can do a study, whether that study is reputable and conforms to accepted scientific convention is another matter.

Out of curiosity, can you please provide me with details of some of these studies, who carried them out, what year and whether they were peer reviewed? What controls were put in place etc?

September 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(49) Adrian Anderson says:

To Derrick. Google it? Lololololololol! OMG! Google it? Lololololol! Okay, when I told people here to check Wikipedia for information on gluconeogensis that was because gluconeogensis dynamics are well known as FACT. I told them to read up and asking a DOCTOR is always best…

Derrick, the total crap that’s out there on the internet should be a prime concern for anyone looking to make a lifestyle change. Saturated fat is better than you think etc…ALL the studies carried out by reputable bodies as well as COMMON SENSE have shown it is BAD BAD BAD BAD. Polyunsaturated is okay in moderation, MONOsaturated fats aren’t as bad as saturated….

God, my prof was right. :-| Desperate people will reach out to anything…always can and always will *sigh* Fad diets will always be in. And speaking of FAD. To the person who posted the Mayo Clinic Diet…I hope that was the one they released in late 2009. That was the first and only real Mayo Clinic Diet ever. The ones from before were all NOT affiliated with them and they got so fed up of the unhealthy nature of those diets that they released a statement last year.

Also, the so called enzymes and catalysts in grapefruit were the talk of the town since the early days of fad dieting with the famous Scarsdale Diet (read it up). It has been shown to have little basis in reality! Hell, hot peppers raise your metabolism but they don’t do it by much and the effect dissipates in less than half an hour. The only REAL way to NOTICEABLE increase the basal metabolic rate (BMR) is to EXERCISE, increase physical activity…or like, LIVE in a sauna :P .

September 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm
(50) Adrian Anderson says:

Oh and you do lose the weight during the first four days. It’s just that most balances/scales are sensitive to detect it. And then the last feather on the camel’s back lifted and ….PRESTO, five pounds off!

Okay, I’m leaving this place now. Ms. Dolson…I hope you and all these misinformed people here…get some maturity of thought and quit seeking QUICK fleeting gains…er…losses.

And to all those complaining of weakness, dizziness, lack of sleep, headaches…take notice of what your body is trying to tell you! It’s unnatural and unhealthy!

And as for some people saying that before agriculture became big people used to live on almost all meat etc…well they had a VERY active lifestyle to help counteract SOME of the negatives. They had to HUNT their game, expending much energy to catch it. Not buy it at the supermarket. We don’t wanna emulate them people of those ages, we wanna move forward and IMPROVE. They also barely lived past their 20s before agriculture (its one of the evolutionary reasons why kids mature sexually so soon before their minds are mature – to carry on the species). Do we wanna emulate THAT to?

Man, peace out!

October 12, 2010 at 5:56 am
(51) nat says:

Adrian ,

I believe you have no knowledge on the burning of fat, you uneducated fool.

I and i hope many like me dont believe anything they read without studies to back up there claims.

Grains were never supposed to be ingested. Excess carbs cause illness.

And dont reply to me saying you work in some kind of health/sport etc job (i didnt bother reading your full post so i dont know if you mentioned it) i will still believe you have no idea.

So, do me a favor and go eat a very high carb meal! ;)

October 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm
(52) Adrian Anderson says:

Grains were never meant to be ingested? Really? Go read up on human history you UNEDUCATED FOOL. Grains are primarily STARCH/AMYLUM. If we weren’t ingest them you dumb FOOL then we wouldn’t have all those salivary amylases AND pancreatic amylases (enzymes fool) to digest them.

The body’s main source of energy has always been starch. And before you argue about protein, FOOL, then go read up some studies about long term excess protein intake and renal failure…not to mention that proteins also make us appear prematurely AGED LIKE MISS DOLSON when we just put in more and more amino acids, often with excess exercise, and then build more muscle (actin and myosin and troponin proteins) that then denature and make us all look saggy and old…like ageing ex bodybuilders.

You know what. Screw it, I HOPE you guys catch a heart attack. More money for us in the medical field.

October 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(53) ~B says:

Wow. That’s special. I’m glad you aren’t my doctor… you gave up on the lot of us in, what, a handful of posts you found challenging?

I know it’s weird…perhaps even completely opposite of whatever you learn in medical school. Many of us wrestle with the idea too, after decades of low-fat diet training.

For your information, there are many of us, myself included, who have been told BY OUR DOCTORS to follow this way of eating – if not to reverse the endocrine disaster of PCOS (in my case) – then to avoid a future of horrific illness, obesity or diabetes. More and more health care professionals are finding that carbohydrates can kill.

Further, the mainstream food we eat is so LOADED with awful chemicals; excitotoxins like MSG or ASPARTAME…the very quest for health is undermined by “diet” products that just make the problem worse, or misguided eating programs like the Food Pyramid that suggest umpteen servings of fruits or carbohydrates a day. The thing is, it just doesn’t work for EVERYONE.

A naturopath recently explained it to me like this: If you drive your car, which runs on diesel, up to a gas station that offers diesel, regular, jet fuel or rocket fuel, you could really choose any one of those things to fill up your tank with. You might even get a little ways before your engine craps out. SOME vehicles might run fantastic on them…but if you’re meant to run on diesel, you’d better fill up that way.

As jealous as I am of those who can eat bread and potatoes and stay slim and healthy, I guess our diesel is low carb. I congratulate those who have found success, and wish YOU, Mr Future Doctor, even more success…in learning that there are always exceptions to the rule. Your patients will need you to help them find their fuel…more than ever with the obesity EPIDEMIC that is plaguing society.

All the best,
~B

December 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(54) laerke says:

Dear everyone!

Meny years of dieting, and “jo-jo” weight. I got really sick. I was diagnosed with ms, and had 3 attacks 1 month apart. After a lot of reading a lot about ms, I decided to for different reasons ( allergi-overveight and the ms.) to take a test with “Healthscan” Gerald send me a diet plan, and belive me it was a NO CARP diet plan :-)
Being on this diet for a year now, Not a single attack!!!!!!!!!
40 years of allergi is gone and 35 kilos lighter. Have more energi then ever before. The best year of my life,

If it is unhealthy, then so be it, I have never been healthier!!!

Please excuse my english, being Danish, I do my best ;-)

With lowcarp love to everyone.

Laerke

April 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm
(55) lyndsey says:

so, i was trying to look for more foods to eat with LOW carbs and i came across everyone’s comments. I truly believe that everyone’s body works differently to a low or no carb diet. I personally lived off of FISH, MEAT, EGGS AND SALAD AND APPLES… for a period of 8 months about 4 yrs ago. i lost 89 lbs in that 8 month period. i was healthy, happy and excited, then i got pregnant. i gained 60lbs and was very upset with myself. now here i am, 4 yrs later and 100 lbs over weight. so yet again i started with NO carbs for first week, LOST 11 LBS. now on my 2nd week and i am allowing 15 carbs per week. i feel great. i ride my exercise bike for 2 hours a day. 1 hour in morning, 1 hour before bed. The hardest part was letting my ice tea go.. ha WATER !! WATER WATER all day long.. ahhh.. but im seeing results and my body feels great !! so anyone who says it in unhealthy i beg to differ !! my blood pressure is slowly getting better is normal, which has been high for over 3 yrs. i think it all depends on the person and how u work carbs in or out of your body !! i wish everyone gl that is trying it !!

April 9, 2011 at 12:50 am
(56) cherryblossom says:

I am eating low carb and low sugar no more that 100 grams of carbs and no more that 20 grams of surgar…the reason some people feel faint when first starting the low or no carb and surgar count is because your body is not use to not having it. So you can’t just stop having carbs or sugar totally it has to be gradual. And our bodies need sugar natural sugar at least 20 grams a day. So if you feel dizzy eat an apple or some fruit that is good sugar. I hope this helps

May 22, 2011 at 10:08 am
(57) Jolanta says:

I just found this site while looking for answers to my intestinal dilema… Very interesting, please check it out!
http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/index.htm

July 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(58) Gabrielle says:

Hey guys,
I’m 14 right now, and am currently trying to be much healthier. I really want to start getting in shape and eating healthier, and I don’t know which foods in general to eat, and not eat.
But the horrible thing is my family has already stocked up on mounds of fruit yoghurt cups and food like that.
I’m trying to get in shape by school, and I feel like to get me started, I should go on a ‘no sugar or carb’ diet, or a detox diet for a week or two, then go back to my normal phase?
What do you all think?

July 17, 2011 at 9:33 am
(59) John says:

Diet IS 90% of what you look like. You can spend an hour on a treadmill to try to burn off the calories in a candy bar. Is exercise the way? I think not. I spent 2 hours in the gym everyday and was still fat. I stopped eating garbage and I’m not anymore. Don’t eat processed food. ALL Processed foods are bad!!!! High Carbs and Sugar. Yuck!

July 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm
(60) Mary says:

HAHA carbs are ok in moderation, it is not the bodies maine energy component which i have been reading, The paleo diet is a great idea for anyone who agrees, I have lost weight because my body is no longer confused with the sugar from carbs being absorbed in my fat cells. Humans lived on Veggies and meat fat since the beginning of time, Cave man diet is a great idea (paleo diet) they were stronger and healthier than we are today. Now we can order pizza to our front door or even have groceries delivered? that’s insane! we used to hunt for our food exercise exercise, now we are short and fat. Carbs are ok in moderation but MEAT is what we have been eating for our energy source since ancient times, go ahead the paleo diet worked for me I have never been in better shape! and remember to take lots of vitamins! especially vitamin C…… I am 22 with 2 kids and look and feel great :D

July 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(61) Mary says:

i forgot here is the link to http://paleodietlifestyle.com/ I believe carbs should be cut out for weight loss and maybe having a serving every once in a while after you reached your goal, but not the recommended servings on the pyramid ;)

July 28, 2011 at 3:17 am
(62) natalie says:

hey guys iv been on this diet for 9 days now, currently eating no carbs, sugar, wheat, dairy, tea coffee. its so hard! i suffer dermatites on my hands as well as asthma and bad sinus so hoping this will help flush my system and even lose weight. (this is due to my occupation, which i dont want to give up) does anyone have any recipe suggestions or websites with good recipes???

August 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm
(63) Lola says:

If your looking for a fabulous diet that focuses on low carb low sugar intake the South Beach Diet is an amazing way to go. The first two weeks you cut out all sugars and carbs (including fruits) to regulate insulin levels. The first three days are def. a challenge but when your body adjusts to the new way of eating you will be amazed at how much energy you have. The Dr. discusses the difference between good carbs and bad ones and it is chalked full of delicious recipes. Its the first diet I have stuck to. It was a challenge because I was starving myself for years in hopes of fitting in with my active, and fit family. However the starvation just ended on binge eating and gaining fifty pounds over five years and at 20 years old it makes having a healthy social life difficult and often times heart wrenching. I have recommended this diet to so many people and they often make excuses as to why they can’t cut out carbs and sugar, and honestly if you want something bad enough you will do what ever it takes to get there. All it takes is a little determination and a lot of fun :) So if your looking for a low or no carb diet cut them out for two weeks, then work back in *healthy* carbs and sugars, not all of them are bad.

December 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(64) stephanie says:

artificial food 100% causes cancer..
get it through your heads that what you put in to your body is what causes the conditions of your health. stop being blinding by advertising. get a backbone. learn to think for yourselves. “diets” are so pointless. You veer off of them, do fine for a while, promise yourself you’ll start again tomorrow. stop torturing yourselves people! eat real food! fresh eggs, fresh cheese, even fresh bread in moderation. lots of vegetables, and homemade soups.

no one wants to hear this, and everyone will be upset that i told the truth, but really, its your own faults for being so silly. stop eating food you can’t digest and you will feel much healthier and the weight loss? that will come. but who cares really! your healthy. get health.

April 11, 2012 at 11:28 am
(65) Krista says:

Please check out the book called “lean for life” by Sophia Graff. There is a low carb diet plan where you eat up to 10 servings of fruits and veggies per day. You can stil loose the weight and be in ketosis. It is a good happy medium and much healthier than no carb diets. I lost 30 lbs and my husband lost 40. Not only that but we like the “diet” after it is done. You feel better not eating all of the carbs that come from processed food and sugar after u get used to it.

April 13, 2012 at 7:55 am
(66) Purple91 says:

Ive seen alot of different perspectives on low carb diets. I personally believe that if you cut out junk food, fast food restraunts, potatoes, bread, and rice, and get an hour a day you should be fine. For me, doing that with smaller portions and walking for an hour or two a day helped me loose almost 20lbs in a month! Fad diets never work but low carb isnt a “fad diet” for most it is a way of a healthy life :)

January 12, 2013 at 10:45 am
(67) Taylor says:

What are the foods that I can’t eat on a low carb diet I need to lose weight in 2 months I need someone’s help

January 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(68) fawn says:

I am 5’4″ and 195 lbs. I carry my weight very well. I dont look as heavy as i really am. Since the summer i gained over 20. I have been diagnosed with PCOS and is causing me major problems. My doctor has put me on a restricted diet. No carbs. No sugar. For 6 months. @least30mins of exercize and work up to an hour.
1 week down, dont know my weight as i dont have a scale but my clothes are already fitting different. I can see physical differences as i started exercizing a week prior :)

March 17, 2013 at 6:20 am
(69) Harvz says:

I have reduced my sugar intake and have lost a heap of weight in just three short months. It was tough to start with, but now I am feeling great and more motivated than ever. Lowering my carb intake was also part of the plan, and I agree with much of what has been shared here as well. Thanks you.

March 25, 2013 at 10:45 am
(70) Heffman says:

Let’s say I am a medical expert but what I am going to write is my opinion not to be taken as advice. I believe sometimes we need to step back and simply think. I have been on zero carbs for five weeks and feel great. I had my buddy check my labs and they were the best they have been in years. I find many people say things like this diet can kill you! Over the years diet “experts” have been wrong over and over again. First, exercise is a great way to improve muscle bulk/tone and improve cardiovascular fitness. As a sole means to weight loss it is poor. Though muscle burns more than fat, most people overestimate this increased “burn” because it is not all that much more. They also overestimate how many calories they “burn” when exercising and tend to eat more after a workout. That being said, let us remember one basic fact. The body was designed to store energy as FAT. If the body needs energy and does not have carbs, it is then designed to use said fat to produce energy. Common sense dictates that if the body could not survive off of fat stores WHY WOULD IT STORE ENERGY AS FAT! Yes, if you are not careful you may also lose lean muscle mass, but the addition of weight bearing exercise and enough protein should mitigate this. Also, do not starve yourself as the body will fight starvation. But to say the body cannot survive off of its fat stores for energy really underestimates the bodies ability to adapt and use energy that it chose to store as fat.

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