This page summarizes some of the science behind low carb / paleo diets:
The science of low carb
What do you think of this article that states that there is almost no difference in different diets?
What are your thoughts about this?
plese give me the diet plan to losse waitwe
no one has ever been able to prove you can eat any food in calories above your body's maintenance and lose weight.. I challenge anyone to prove it...
How about this guy?
But, you're not using very precise terms here. When you say "your body's maintenance" what exactly does that mean? By my definition (Basal Metabolic Rate) it has been proven. But I have a feeling you mean something else.
I eat lots of eggs, grass fed beef, salmon, other seafood, vegetables and salads. For desert I eat a piece of chocolate.
I just want to highlight this information from the NEJM study sited in Item 1 above.
Women did much better on the Mediterranean Diet over 2 years.
Among the 277 male participants, the mean 24-month weight changes were
−3.4 kg for the low-fat group,
−4.0 kg Mediterranean-diet group
−4.9 kg low-carbohydrate group.
Among the 45 women, the mean 24-month weight changes were
−0.1 kg for the low-fat group,
−6.2 kg for the Mediterranean-diet group
−2.4 kg for the low-carbohydrate group
The similar caloric deficit achieved in all diet groups suggests that a low-carbohydrate, non–restricted-calorie diet may be optimal for those who will not follow a restricted-calorie dietary regimen.
The present study has several limitations. We enrolled few women; however, we observed a significant interaction between the effects of diet group and sex on weight loss (women tended to lose more weight on the Mediterranean diet), and this difference between men and women was also reflected in the changes in leptin levels. This possible sex-specific difference should be explored in further studies.
Even diabetics fall of the wagon.. and they do get more damage by that!
And ofcourse one falls out of ketosis.. but if one is healty its not that important!
But if you are able to eat ketogenic for some months, then you are able to switch back without having transitation problems again!
Are you talking about cachexia? That's lean tissue wasting, associated with some pathology, including cancer. Here's an idea. If you go LCHF to combat cancer, and since we're talking about _cancer_ cachexia, won't you have a better chance of combating cachexia with LCHF too? Think of it as fuel distribution. LCHF returns fuel distribution back to normal, by giving less fuel to fat tissue, and more fuel to lean tissue. Not just fuel, also protein and all the other good stuff. The point is if LCHF gives more to lean tissue, right there you combat cachexia, whether you got cancer or not.
It's not just about cachexia either. It's overall health. LCHF will return you to a better overall health. If you return to better overall health, then won't cancer get weaker by comparison? Also, if you don't eat carbs, you'll give less fuel to cancer directly, since most cancers can only use glucose. And then, with better overall health, you'll be able to handle the cancer treatments better. Keep reading the blog and you'll find out just how much LCHF can do for you.
I'm not an expert so don't take my word for it.
At my highest weight I was 300 pounds and considering a lap band proceedure. I have Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea and I am sure I have metabolic disorder. I lost 60 pounds in 6 months on the low carb high fat diet. I stoped it and gained it almost all back. I was craving sugar, was tired even on thyroid medication it was awful. I got up to 178 pounds again and decided this had to stop. So last week I started the low carb high fat diet again. I have lost 7 pounds in 7 days. It is not all water weight. My shape is even a little changed. Even in just one week. I lost all cravings for sugar and carbs! I have eaten more healthy in this past week than in the last 4 years. I am not hungry. My mind is sharp as can be. I am active again I find it gives me energy. I eat eggs and bacon and ham and canadian bacon and cheeses and tons of vegetables. I found a popcorn with 9 grams of carbs per individual servings and pour lots of butter over it. I made a pizza tonight on a portobello mushroom instead of on crust. It was so filling it felt like I ate an entire pizza myself. I do not feel deprived in any way. I do miss fruit though. I love blood oranges and passed by them in the supermarket. I mean when you crave an orange that can make you fat over buttered popcorn what is that saying? This diet works!
It lead me here to LCHF as I looked for a real life pattern of implementation and a new way of eating. It lead my fruit, low fat tortilla chips, low fat dips and snacks, morning cereals, rice, bread, low fat soups and low fat frozen dinners, Smart Balance cooking oil and margarine etc etc. directly to the trash dumpster.
At 6'3" 325 lbs, eating as much bacon and sausage and eggs as I want for breakfast, beef (ground or otherwise) and roasted chickens with skin, cheese, butter on as many vegetables or meats as I like, suddenly I am never hungry and losing weight at the rate of 3-5 pounds a week on average. Holy Moly! I'm losing weight on a lifestyle eating change rather than a diet. The best part is it's free. The 94 pounds I lost through the Lindora weight loss clinic in CA 2.5 years ago cost me $1300 and I gained it all back in two years! ...Oh yeah it was a low carb regimen including many of their own low carb foods and snacks for sale, of course. What was missing of course was the high fat component. The long term maintenance foods they try to inculcate remained so foreign to my enjoyment of food that I could not follow that regimen. Trying to wing it on every low fat and "sugarless" concoction marketed to us by every food manufacturer in America led me right back down the fat road to ruin. EATING FAT DOES NOT CAUSE FAT, IT DOES THE OPPOSITE! Who knew?
I've only very occasionally suffered from heartburn throughout my life. The times I happened to get it was after continuous eating of take-outs, rich sugary foods and excessive drinking (duh) but even then one dose of ant-acid sorted it out in no time.
When I started a low carb. diet 3 weeks ago I started getting heartburn pain after 3 or 4 days and it continued on and off, mostly on, for the following two weeks. Clearly something was not right with my diet. Turns out what was wrong was I was eating low carb. and low fat. Quite literally the day I introduced high fat into my diet the heartburn stopped.
I am finding it a hard mental adjustment that eating so much fat is a good thing but I do love it!
Recently I had lab tests done for a life insurance policy, and all my numbers looked really good except for my Total Cholesterol (289) and my LDL(200). My HDL looks great(75) as well my LDL/HDL ratio (2.68). All my other numbers are great and I feel good. I should clarify that I have always had higher numbers for these 2 readings, but never this high, even though I have lost alot of weight since my last test.
I am concerned that all the fat I am consuming is causing these elevated cholesterol numbers and increasing my risk of heart disease, but also thought I read somewhere that LDL might be increased when on LCHF and is a false positive. I also understand that there are other tests that may need to be conducted to get a more accurate picture (LDL Particle size?). Also even read somewhere that is may also just be a biproduct of my rapid fat loss since the fat is mobilizing in my blood stream, and LDL can stablize once you go to maintenance mode and have lost the weight
I have asked my doctor his opinion but afraid he may not understand LCHF or benefits of ketogenic diets. I am afraid he's going to want to put me on statins, which I don't want to do.
Can you provide any insight to understanding these cholesterol numbers.
First, 289/75= 3,8
Its the best risk evaluation on a standard lipid panel.. it should be 6 or less, better if its 5 or less. very good if its 4 or less..
You got very high HDL!
APOb/APOa1, or NMR is the new golden standard for accessing risk of future CVD!
Here you can read and learn more.. frome a cardiologist!
I'm worried though.. someone pointed out to me the 'Cholesterol' issue that one might get when on this diet, and that it could be very unhealthy. My father also follows me in this diet, and i'm worried i'm making him sick!
could this LCHF be to good to be true after all ?!
response is much appreciated!
On a LCHF diet HDL generally goes up; ldl generally drops or stays the same; ldl particle size improves and TG drop. Blood pressure usually gets better too.
Nearly all risk factors for heart disease improve on LCHF diets.
If you have looked at those young guys at Internet that overeats and hardly dont gain any weight, there metabolic rate goes up and they burn calories by futile cycles!
Santos FL, et al.:
No critical appraising of the included RCTs. Research synthesis reaped a major flaw: the studies were meta-analysed in forest plots by changes from baseline – not against the controls. This explains the greater effect sizes than expected, and probably represents a fatal flaw: in effect, only the intervention arms of the RCTs were included in a before-after comparison. An excellent example of a bad research.
RESULT IN REALITY: Reducing saturated fat in diets did not reduce mortality, despite reducing the risk of having a cardiovascular event by 14 percent.
RESULT IN REALITY: Single-nutrient RCTs have yet to evaluate whether reducing saturated fatty acid intake lowers the risk of CHD events. For polyunsaturated fatty acid intake, most of the RCTs have not been adequately powered and did not find a significant reduction in CHD outcomes.
RESULT IN REALITY: 5–23 years of follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. However, the research is epidemiologic and does not offer any other reason for CHD or strokes, it merely states that evidence is lacking and more should be gathered.
Kratz M, 2012:
RESULTS IN REALITY: "Although not conclusive, these findings may provide a rationale for future research into the bioactive properties of dairy fat and the impact of bovine feeding practices on the health effects of dairy fat." Research was also sponsored by dairy industry.
UTTER NONSENSE THIS WHOLE PAGE! Not a hint of science here.
This page shows no reasoning on HOW the hell these low carb diets work in the body - and from what I gather they only work due to restricted portion sizes and calories.
I suspect 'Hclf' is trolling, but they obviously haven't bothered to read the LCHF for beginners page.
Is there ANY evidence of LCHF diets achieving the same results?
 Esselstyn, Caldwell B. "Resolving the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic Through Plant‐Based Nutrition." Preventive cardiology 4.4 (2001): 171-177.
Lchfhp diets do not work as well on non reduced caloric intake. Duh! You need to reduce energy intake to induce fat burning. Immediate movement to lchfhp diets with caloric reduction was very painful and diets stopped fast. But...if use lc hf hp diets with no caloric reduction first the change in food types was more comfortable. Then i moved to reduction and it worked well.
Very easy and high fat reduced hunget pangs. So did high protein. Lost 2 pounds a week easily on average though weekly amounts diferred.
Exercise: if i didnt have night snacks and walked 3 miles after waking at a good clip it reduced my hunger needs and increased metabolism for much of the rest of the day. Working out on this diet through a weightlifting class resulted in increased muscle and reduced weight. This in my opinion is the best way to go. Much of that class was just walking on a treadmill with typical low level weigjt work, not bulk packing. Im pretty sure you need increased calories of low carb high protein to get serious bulk. But even on calorie restriction of 1200 calores a day i developed stremgth and lost weight with few cravings.
Yes there must be vacation days. Why? Because if you down that piece of cake at your friends birthday party and get guilts- you areore likely to drop the entire diet out of petfectionism. So yeah there will be mistakes. Its the AVERAGE calorie and carb reduction youre looking for within reason. Ie: 3000 cals followrd by 300 over and over probably is a bad idea! I also found it easier to maintain with nut fats and meat fats, though i never skimp on butter. Fruit carbs seem to be much better than wheat and sugar carbs if they have fiber. Well thats all folks
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