Low Carb Living

What do you need to know to successfully eat low carb for life?

Dr Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, knows more about this than almost anybody. He has researched adaptation to very low carb diets (and exercise) for a long time. Here he shares this knowledge, as well as insights from traditional cultures who never ever ate a lot of carbs. Do you for example know what pemmican is?

Dr Phinney’s book: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living (2011).

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  1. Brad Midgley
    Dr. Eenfeldt, should I be concerned about my immediate family eating high fat along with me? They are still eating moderate carbs (much as I try to get everyone to join LCHF). It seems from this chat with Dr. Phinney that their saturated fats will be accumulating, not getting burned off. Is low fat a safer path for people who aren't willing to cut out carbs?
  2. Galina L.
    #50
    Ray, There is a lot of self-report evidence from people on internet who practice VLC diets, there are several posts on the physiological IR on the Hyperlipid blog, for example here is http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=36840063&postID=82072345..., if you go there, don't forget to check comments and other posts devoted to PIR on Hyperlipid.
    If you just Google Physiological IR, you will get plenty of results.
    It looks like that liver sometimes produces too much sugar without high insulin for some people, especially when they exercise in a fasted state. Blood sugar control is more complex that the idea - eat less sugar - get lower blood sugar. I noticed a prominent PIR when I get not only adopted to ketosis, but also got adopted to prolonged fasts. It also causes great increase in physical stamina and high energy, so it feels as a positive development, but my FBS often around 110, if I don't eat and exercise, it could be even go to 121. I was never a diabetic, or pre-diabetic, before keto-adaptation my fasting BS on a mixed diet was something like 93, when I started LC, it became 72. If I eat more carbs or snack before going to bed, FBS going down, but I may feel less optimal . So, is is not black and while.
  3. Galina L.
    I started to edit my comment, when I finished, I received a message "You are not allowed to edit", so sorry for typos.
  4. Micki
    On the point MorePorkPlease brought up: "Cheating with a bagel even once sets you back weeks, not just a couple of days. "

    Dr Eenfeldt who was the interviewer in the vid. sounded surprised or even bit sceptical at the statement that one cheat will set you back several weeks.

    From a weight loss point of view it also doesn't rhyme with what I've read on forums; i.e. ppl sometimes cheat, put on 2kg and then 2-3days later the weight is off and weightloss continues.

    I am still fairly new (2.5 weeks) to LCHF and haven't cheated but I also noticed that despite eating good size meals (very fatty very low carbs) my weighloss was noticable on the scale already the second day and had continued at a steady pace since then. (6+ kg in 15 days)

    Seems that instant water loss can't count for the steady and fairly rapid weight loss so I am thinking I went into Ketosis quickly. I also felt my body temp was up when going to sleep at night and unfortunately quickly developed what is called Keto breath (could perhaps be the protein intake as I eat more eggs and tuna now.)

    So anyway, to me it seems weightloss may start fast and should probably do so also after a cheat day.
    So if I am at a good weight or getting closer to me target weight and have good blood values, what is really the fear of having a cheat day?

  5. Jacqueline
    Nadine #19 The low carb forum called Pig2Twig is very good. supportive and has some great recipes. There are a few Aussies who log in.
  6. Milton
    @Micki (54): "what is really the fear of having a cheat day?"

    I don't find them to be a problem, personally. The problem I can see for some people is that certain foods or certain experiences with foods might trigger a binge. Otherwise, I consider cheat meals and cheat days to be a good way to stay on an eating plan that is working for me.

  7. Zepp
    @51
    My experience of healty peopel that get more fat in there meals is that they do react on the higher energy and eats less, they do get more satisfied on a smaler volume.

    Perticuly children that not so use to eat of old habits, they dont come screaming about snacks.

    If they are healty and have a normal apetite they juste do get full for a longer time!

    I should be more woryed about if they take a lot of there energy from soft drinks and candy!

  8. Our kids here in the US getting a head start... (on diabetes)...
    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/25/10234671-students-to-see...
  9. Nads
    Jacqueline, there is also apinchofhealth.com.au which is a long-established low carb Australian forum, with research pages etc.
  10. Nads
    Brad, #51, personally, I am ok with my family having carbs (actually I've increased my carbs as I've tried it for 4 months and I need some energy back - I'm one of those people who need more carbs I think) as long as they don't eat fructose / sugar. I think most of the cholesterol / health issues are because of fructose / sugar.
  11. Sherrie
    Hello

    apinchofhealth, is my forum but it doesn't have an .au because it's not a business:

    http://www.apinchofhealth.com :)

    It is well known for T3 to go up at beginning of very low calorie diets, it goes up initially and then T3 falls. Perhaps the same thing can happen.

  12. Micki
    Hi Sherrie.
    .com stands for "commercial" site .au just means it is Australian.

    Good to see lchf getting some attention down under as well as the diet otherwise is very much chips, bread and beer.

    Would you mind iclarifying what T3 stands for?

  13. Sherrie
    Hello Micki :)

    In Australia we have to have an ABN to have a .au meaning you need to be a sole trader, business or company, also the name of your business etc governs your domain name.

    T3 is one of the thyroid hormones, it's the one you want to look after most: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triiodothyronine

    You don't want to be low in this, it basically just slows everything down, of course it goes both ways :)

  14. Stephanie
    Wondering if there were or are any studies on low carb diet and hormone levels, particularly LH and testosterone production. Also, any information on this diet with male infertility or pituitary adenoma?
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