A Low-Carb Diet for Beginners

A Low-Carb Diet for Beginners

Do you want weight loss without hunger? Or type 2 diabetes reversal and other health benefits? Then a low-carb diet is a good choice.

You can eat all you need to feel satisfied – there’s no calorie counting required. No products. No pills. No surgery. Just real food.

A low-carb diet restricts sugary foods, and starches like pasta or bread. Instead you’ll eat delicious real foods, including protein, natural fats and vegetables.1

Low-carb diets just work. They’ve been used for over 150 years and just about everyone knows someone who has successfully tried it. Scientific studies now prove that compared to other diets, low carb is more effective.2 Below you can learn how to use low carb to achieve your personal goals.

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What is Low Carb?

A low-carb diet means you eat fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat. This is often called a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF).

Most importantly, you minimize your intake of sugar and starches. You can eat other delicious foods until you are satisfied – and still lose weight.3

Many high-quality scientific studies show that a low-carb diet makes it easier both to lose weight and to control your blood sugar. And that’s just the beginning.

Learn more about the benefits of low carb

The basics

  • Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
  • Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes).

Eat when you’re hungry, until you’re satisfied. It’s that simple. Here are examples of what you could eat:

Top 30 recipes

You do not need to count calories or weigh your food. And just forget about industrially produced low-fat products.

There are solid scientific reasons why low-carb diets works. When you avoid sugar and starches your blood sugar stabilizes and the levels of insulin, the fat-storing hormone, drop. This increases fat burning and makes you feel more satiated.

Who should NOT do a strict low-carb diet?

checklistMost people can safely start any kind of low-carb diet right away. But in the following three situations you may need extra preparation or adaptation:

If you’re not in any of these groups, you’re good to go. Great!


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What to Eat on a Low-Carb Diet

Here’s a quick visual guide to low carb. For details check out the links below. Let’s start with the foods you can eat all you like of, until you’re satisfied.

Low-carb diet foods: Natural fats (butter, olive oil); Meat; Fish and seafood; Eggs; Cheese; Vegetables that grow above ground

All the numbers are grams of digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces). Fiber is not counted, you can eat all the fiber you want.

All the foods above are below 5% carbs, as you can see. Sticking to these foods will make it relatively easy to stay on a strict low-carb diet, with less than 20 grams of carbs per day.

More detailed low-carb foods list

What to drink on low carb: water, coffee, tea, wine

So what do you drink on low carb? Water is perfect, and so is coffee or tea. Ideally, use no sweeteners, and a modest amount of milk or cream if you like (beware of caffe latte!).

The occasional glass of wine is fine too (low-carb alcohol guide).

Try to avoid

Here’s what you should not eat on low carb – foods full of sugar and starch:
Foods to avoid on low carb: bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, beer, soda, juice, candy

The numbers are grams of digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces), unless otherwise noted.

A more detailed list of foods to avoid


Visual low-carb guides

Meal plans

14-Day Low-Carb Meal Plan

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How low to go?

The fewer carbohydrates you eat, the bigger the effects on weight and blood sugar will be. I recommend following the dietary advice as strict as you can. When you’re happy with your weight and health you may carefully try eating more liberally (if you want to).

Here are three examples of what a low-carb meal can look like, depending on how many carbs you eat per day:

A strict low-carb diet is often called a ketogenic (or “keto”) diet.

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How Low-Carb Diets Work

What are you designed to eat?

Humans evolved over millions of years as hunter-gatherers, without eating large amounts of carbohydrates. We ate the food available to us in nature by hunting, fishing and gathering all the edible foods we could find. These foods did not include pure starch in the form of bread, pasta, rice or potatoes. We have only eaten these starchy foods for 5 – 10,000 years, since the development of agriculture. Our genes only undergo limited adaptions in such a relatively short time.

With the Industrial Revolution, 100 – 200 years ago, we got factories that could manufacture large amounts of pure sugar and white wheat flour. Rapidly digested pure carbohydrates. We’ve hardly had time to genetically adapt to these processed foods.

In the 80’s, the fear of fat gripped the Western world. Low-fat products popped up everywhere. But if you eat less fat you need to eat more carbohydrates to feel satiated. And it’s at this time in history that our disastrous epidemics of obesity and diabetes started. The most fat-phobic country in the world, the USA, was hit the hardest and is now the world’s most obese country.

Today, it’s clear that the fear of real food with natural fat contents has been a big mistake.

The problem with sugar and starch

All digestible carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars in the intestines. The sugar is then absorbed into the blood, raising blood glucose levels. This increases the production of the hormone insulin, our fat-storing hormone.


Insulin is produced in the pancreas. In large amounts it prevents fat burning and stores surplus nutrients in fat cells. After some time (a few hours or less) this may result in a perceived shortage of nutrients in the blood, creating feelings of hunger and cravings for something sweet. Usually, at that point people eat again. This starts the process again: A vicious cycle leading to weight gain.

On the other hand, a low intake of carbs gives you a lower, more stable blood glucose, and lower amounts of insulin. This increases the release of fat from your fat stores and increases the fat burning. This usually leads to fat loss, especially around the belly in abdominally obese individuals.

Weight loss without hunger

An LCHF diet makes it easier for the body to use its fat reserves, as fat release is no longer blocked by high insulin levels. This may be one reason why eating fat produces a feeling of longer-lasting satiety than carbohydrates. This has been shown in a number of studies: When people eat all they want on a low-carb diet, caloric intake typically drops.

So, no counting or food weighing is necessary. You can forget about the calories and trust your feelings of hunger and satiety. Most people don’t need to count or weigh their food any more than they need to count their breathing. If you don´t believe it, just try for a couple of weeks and see for yourself.

Do you want to know more? Here are our top videos on the topic:

Health as a bonus

No animals in nature need the assistance of nutritional expertise or calorie charts to eat. And still, as long as they eat the food they are designed to eat they stay at a normal weight and they avoid caries, diabetes and heart disease. Why would humans be an exception? Why would you be an exception?

In scientific studies not only is the weight improved on a low carb diet – the blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol profile (HDL, triglycerides) are also improved. A calm stomach and less cravings for sweet food are also common experiences.

Here are the most common benefits:




Initial side effects

If you stop eating sugar and starch cold turkey (recommended) you may experience some side effects as your body adjusts. For most people these side effects tend to be mild and last a just few days. There are also ways to minimize them.

Common side effects in the first week:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irritability

The side effects rapidly subside as your body adapts and your fat burning increases. They can be minimized by drinking more fluids and by temporarily increasing your salt intake a bit. A good option is to drink broth every few hours. Alternatively, drink a few extra glasses of water and put more salt on your food.

The reason for this is that carbohydrate-rich foods may increase the water retention in your body. When you stop eating high-carb foods you’ll lose excess water through your kidneys. This can result in dehydration and a lack of salt during the first week, before the body has adapted.

Some people prefer to decrease their intake of carbohydrates slowly, over a few weeks, to minimize the side effects. But the “Nike way” (Just Do It) is probably the best choice for most people. Removing most sugar and starch often results in several pounds lost on the scale within a few days. This may be mostly fluids but it’s great for motivation.

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Low-carb myths

There are many unfounded fears about low carb, that are mostly based on myths and misunderstandings. Read all about them on our low-carb fears page, or choose a specific topic below:

The Food Revolution

This talk from 2016 summarizes the history and science behind the ongoing LCHF revolution.

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Several of the world’s biggest experts on the subject explain the theory and practice of carb restriction:

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Low-carb breakfasts

Breakfast is a great time to eat low carb – think eggs & bacon with coffee. And there are many more great options. Below are a few of our most popular low-carb breakfast recipes.

No fan of eating breakfast? On low carb you may not feel hungry in the morning. If so, it’s fine to skip breakfast – many people do.

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Low-carb meals

There’s no end to the amazing food you could have for lunch and dinner on low carb. These are the currently most popular low-carb meal recipes.

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Low-carb snacks

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Low-carb bread

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Shopping list for beginners

Print this list and bring it to the grocery store:

  • Butter
  • Heavy cream (40% fat)
  • Sour cream (full fat)
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Meat (minced, steaks, stew pieces, fillets, etc.)
  • Fish (ideally fatty fish like salmon or mackerel)
  • Cheese (preferably high-fat)
  • Turkish yoghurt (10% fat)
  • Cabbage (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, etc.)
  • Other vegetables that grow above ground
  • Frozen vegetables (broccoli, wok vegetables, etc.)
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts

Clean out your pantry

Want to maximize your chances of success? Especially if you have difficult cravings / sugar addiction, it’s smart to throw out (or give away) sugary and starchy foods, low-fat products, etc. These include:

  • Candy
  • Potato chips
  • Soft drinks and juices
  • Margarine
  • Sugar in all forms
  • Bread
  • Wheat flour
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Everything that says “low fat” or “no fat”
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies

Why not do it now?

The Serpent in Paradise

Be very skeptical of special “low-carb” products, such as pasta or chocolate. Unfortunately these products usually work poorly. They have prevented weight loss for loads of people. They’re commonly full of carbs once you see through the creative marketing.

Carb FictionFor example, Dreamfields’ “low carb pasta” is almost pure starch, which is absorbed more or less like any pasta, albeit slowly:

How about low-carb bread? Be careful: if it’s baked with grains, it’s certainly not low carb. But some companies still try to sell it to you as a low-carb option. Here’s an example:

Low-carb chocolate is usually full of sugar alcohols, which the manufacturer does not count as carbs. But roughly half of these carbs may be absorbed, raising blood sugar and insulin. The rest of the carbs ends up in the colon, potentially causing gas and diarrhea. Furthermore, any sweeteners may maintain sugar cravings.

If you want to be healthy and slim, eat real food instead.




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Low Carb is Fantastic for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Normalizing Blood Sugar

Do you have type 2 diabetes? If not, you most likely know someone who does. And low carb is fantastic for treating type 2 diabetes.

DiabetesTestF9-reversedIt only makes sense that eating less of what turns into blood sugar (carbohydrates) makes it easier to keep blood sugar down. Low carb may be so effective that people with diabetes need to reduce their medication – especially insulin doses – immediately.

A better blood sugar from day 1. Less need for medication. And weight loss as a bonus. Low carb is a fantastic treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about Low Carb and Diabetes

PS: People with type 1 diabetes can also benefit from a low-carb diet. Learn More

How to Lose WeightHow to Lose Weight

Losing Weight Effortlessly
on Low Carb

Some people lose weight fantastically well on low carb, immediately on the first try. Perhaps the weight even stays off forever.

For others it can be a more of a challenge. Do you want to lose more weight or lose weight faster? There are many things you can do to improve your chances.

Read more about How to Lose Weight


Blood Pressure


Normalizing Blood Pressure on Low Carb

An elevated blood pressure reliably drops on low carb. This can be clearly seen in scientific trials, and it’s a very common experience for people trying it.

In fact, this effect can be so marked that people on blood pressure medication may end up feeling dizzy and tired from too low blood pressure. They’ve basically become too healthy for their medication!

If this happens you’ll have to reduce the dose of your blood-pressure medication, or stop taking it completely, with guidance from your doctor.

Learn more about Blood Pressure and Low Carb


Side Effects on Low Carb

Avoiding Side Effects on Low Carb

Do you struggle when starting low carb? Do you get a headache, leg cramps, constipation or any of the six most common side effects? It’s usually possible to avoid them – and feel great while losing weight.

The main solution to most common problems when starting low carb is to increase the intake of water and salt. It’s even better to do it preventatively during the first week. If you do, you’ll most likely not experience any of these problems, or they’ll only be minor.

Learn about the 6 common side effects on low carb – and how to cure them



Times 1984 and 2014

1984  Fear of Fat →
2014  “Eat Butter”

Chances are you’ve heard that a low-carb diet will kill you. This as a low-carb diet normally means we eat a higher proportion of fat instead.

This old idea is based on the belief that natural fat is not good for us. Even though humans have always been eating fat, somehow it’s supposed to mess up our bodies, raising our cholesterol and giving us a heart attack.

The good news is that we now know that this idea was simply wrong. Check out these two covers of TIME magazine. The first one is from 1984 – the start of the intense fear of fat. Instead of natural food we got lots of low-fat products, loaded with added sugar and starch. This, not so coincidentally, marked the start of the modern obesity epidemic.

The second cover is more current, from 2014. It says “Eat butter” and the story is about how scientists are now realizing they were wrong to fear fat. What a difference 30 years make!

Just about everybody already knows that low-carb works for weight loss (and some other things). The good news is that we now also know it’s safe… and likely even a very healthy way to eat.

Learn more about the obsolete fear of fat

Learn more about the causes of the obesity epidemic




The unnecessary fear of fat and cholesterol started the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Modern science shows what the mistake was.

We thought that all cholesterol was harmful. That a low cholesterol was always good, and that a high cholesterol was always bad. This was wrong. The truth is – as usual – more complicated.

More important than having a low cholesterol is to have a good cholesterol profile. To have a lot of the good protecting HDL-cholesterol, for example. And how do you get that? Well, the easiest way is to avoid sugar and flour, and instead eat enough fat to feel satisfied.


Avoiding fat and instead eating a lot of easily digestible carbohydrates often causes a dangerous cholesterol profile: small, nasty, dense LDL particles and a shortage of protective HDL-cholesterol. This is probably why low-fat foods seem to cause more heart disease.

Read the science showing how low-carb high-fat improves the cholesterol profile

Read all blog posts on cholesterol


Answers to Your Questions

Low-carb questions and answers

Do you have questions about anything low-carb related? We have ready answers to all common questions – and more.

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  1. Check out our 300+ low-carb recipes.

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  2. Here are two of the top studies showing more weight loss and improvements in risk factors on low carb:

    Similar results have been found in meta-analyses of all studies, for example this recent analysis:

    PLOS ONE 2015: Dietary Intervention for Overweight and Obese Adults: Comparison of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets. A Meta-Analysis

    For many more studies on the topic have a look at our low-carb science page:

    The Science of Low Carb

  3. Does this sound to good to be true? Many people think so initially, and then they experience it for themselves.

    The reason is that our weight is hormonally regulated. Eating fewer carbohydrates lowers blood glucose, lowering the fat-storing hormone insulin. This often makes it way easier to access and burn excess body fat, without hunger or calorie counting.

    Learn more


  1. Jamie
    Does anyone have an answer for Connie 4284? Or is there an answer? This is alarming if credible.
    Replies: #4302, #4316, #4345
  2. Maximum muscle growth and optimal health is most probably not the same thing. But of course you can have muscle growth with a LCHF diet.

    In Peter Attia's blog, you can find a lot of interesting reading concerning matters that are related to ketosis and training.


    Does anyone have an answer for Connie 4284? Or is there an answer? This is alarming if credible.

  3. Sharon
    I have been reading a lot about resistant starch and the benefits to the gut. Would cold potato salad have enough resistant starch to make it low carb? Thank you
    Reply: #4351
  4. silverfish
    Hi, iam a newbie & a prediabetic. I am very thankful to stumble upon this site & have learnt a lot from many of you . Kindly advise whether there is an urgent need of medication for me. My readings of 20 Apr 16 are as follows:
    Cholesterol=8.67 mmol/L
    LDL-C =5.60 mmol/L
    HDL-C =2.78 mmol/L
    Chol : HDL ratio = 3.12
    Triglycerides = 0.65 mmol/L
    Me & my doctor was alarmed by the rise as my results as per 10 June 15 was:
    Cholesterol = 6.90 mmol/L
    LDL-C = 4.40 mmol/L
    HDL-C = 2.20 mmol/L
    Chol : HDL ratio = 3.14
    Triglycerides = 0.58 mmol/L
    Back then in 2015, I ignored doctor’s advice for medication as I have confidence in lchf diet which I started end of 2011. Should I now change or modify my diet? Are too much fats a cause of cholesterol rise? My current diet is below 30g net carb (usually around 22g & rarely exceeds 25g) with lots of fats. Please share your thoughts. Thank
  5. Hi Silverfish!

    I would not worry so much, cholesterol readings can vary. Why not do a new check after the summer.

    If you follow the link below then you will get some suggestion how to lower the values.

    Personally I also think that eating less dairies can help (if you are having a lot today?)

  6. David
    When I started with my low carb diet I really felt a big difference in my energy level and how I slept, but now those feelings have seemed to wear off. Is this normal? Do I need to drop the amount of carbs to under 20 again? My weight is ok (could be a little lower), but I would love to recapture the energy back.
  7. silverfish
    Hi Peter, Thank you for your advice. I will try lowering my intake of fats & hopefully it will not affect my health as I am in low carb.
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  9. silverfish
    For the past 1 year or so, I have tried to increase my weight on lchf. I doubled my fats intake to the point that I may have overconsumption of fats. My weight remains 44+kg(I am 153cm). Does anyone knows the possible reasons for not being able to increase weight? Also, is there any side effects for over consumption of Fats?
    Reply: #4357
  10. Ezra
    Hi, I was wondering if it is okay to eat bulgur in LCHF diet?
    Reply: #4313
  11. Hi Ezra!

    Sorry to say but it contains to much carbs.

    What to eat with LCHF:

    Hi, I was wondering if it is okay to eat bulgur in LCHF diet?

  12. Ezra
    Thank you for your response Peter, I've tried the montignac diet before for about a week, and I feel like LCHF diet is the same principle, In Michael Montignac's book I remember him talking about integral break, I would like to have more information about that, is it ok to eat it? I've been searching on internet however I could not find anything that could be helpful. Thank you very much!
  13. Cathy
    I know a few people who have had heart attacks and died after losing weight with LCHF. Perhaps it was a magnesium deficiency. I have nutrition software on my computer and have found that unless one is careful to eat nuts and a lot of broccoli or spinach every day then the RDA for magnesium is not met. I just started LC and am taking a daily multivitamin just in case.
  14. JOSHUA
  15. Nicole
    There might be a page on here addressing this, but how can I do this lifestyle if I shouldn't have any dairy?
  16. Tim

    one of the biggest question I have is, "if your not in ketosis, and thus burning fat for energy, can you still lose doing low carb if your calories are the same?

    Meaning if your not in ketosis is low carb just about calories then?

    when i was in ketosis on atkins phase 1 i was eating more calores than on my normal crap diet, but i lost 90 lbs and cured BO, CHolesterol, MY eyesight, and other issues (yes i gained it all back and am worse now)

    but right now i am doing MOSTLY low carb and am not in Ketosis, so can i lose weight this way if my calories are up

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  18. Sharon
    How does our homocysteine level respond to a LCHF diet. I must say I've been eating this way for years. I've been reading high levels seem to be the cause of many ailments. I'm 71 and have never taken any meds other than for infections or a knee replacement due to osteoarthritis.
    Great work!!
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  20. linda simpkins
    Unsubscribe from this program at once Linda simpkins
    Reply: #4325
  21. Gavyn
    So, when someone states " high levels of ketones in the bloodstream are dangerous, and low amounts of glucose in the blood can be detrimental to the brain" without any reference to specific studies, I tend to ignore them.

    If you want further information and evidence, get yourself a copy of "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" written by two doctors (Jeff S. Volek PhD RD and Stephen D. Phinney MD PhD) who go into detail backed up by scientific evidence and studies. A great read, easy to understand.

    And finally, if you look at Dr Ann de Wees Allen's credentials, there is further reason to ignore her comments given her background.

  22. 1 comment removed
  23. Linda,

    I emailed you yesterday about this, and I canceled your membership.

  24. Em
    Is itchy skin a low carb side effect?
    I did not read about it on the site. Am I the only one?
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  26. Jagdish
    Won't the intake of so much butter and other fats will increase in cholesterol...
    Reply: #4330
  27. Simon
    So happy that I found this website.
    I m Asian from Singapore.
    Using the information that I had read here, been able to lose 8 kg in 2 months and I m weighing 81.5 kg n standing at 1.83m.
    Ideal weight is 75 kg and I believed I can do in another 4 Mths time.
    Diet consist of coffee with butter for breakfast n sometimes eggs with cheese.
    Lunch will be some mid joint wings 10 pcs
    Dinner will have some meats.

    First 3 weeks feel terrible and had flu with sore throat.
    But right now totally felt normal again.

    Been on diet which I believe less than 20 gms carbs which a lot of asian can't do as we need rice in our diet.

    Going to change my clothes altogether when my idea weight of 75 kg is reached.

    Tq lchf

    Reply: #4355
  28. Simon
    I just check with doctor 2 weeks back.
    Told him bout my high butter consumption and he was mentioning that butter does not increase cholesterol level

    Won't the intake of so much butter and other fats will increase in cholesterol...

  29. Premaks
    What would be a modification of LCHF for a person with gout. Combination of LCHF and gout diet?
    Replies: #4341, #4344
  30. Scot
    My wife and I are interested in going LCHF however we are unable to use the current version of the 2-week challenge. My wife is T2D and an ovo-lacto vegetarian of 30+ years with the chances of switching to meet being very slim. An ovo-lacto vegetarian is able / willing to eat eggs and some dairy products. She does not drink milk as she is mildly lactose intolerant. She would be willing to eat "some" bacon however not in great quantities and certainly not in quantity equivalent to a hamburger. Would it be possible to provide a 2-week challenge "document" for an ovo-lacto vegetarian or viable meatless/meal substitutions for those in the existing 2-week challenge document?

    My presumption is that the meal plans have been developed to provide the greatest opportunity for both macro and micro nutrients. I am not a nutritionist and so a pre-provided meal plan would be very helpful in terms of designing post-challenge meal plans.


  31. Maria
    Can we have brown rice please
    Replies: #4334, #4354
  32. Hi!

    Rice is not a part of a LCHF diet (it's OK only in very small amount), it contains a lot of carbs.

    Can we have brown rice please

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  34. Scot
    I'm looking for information explaining "the correlation" between a) salt and weight loss while in ketosis or b) salt increasing the level of ketosis in a low-carb-high-fat diet. I understand that salt must be increased due to the kidneys ability to "release" or filter salts with the decrease in insulin. What I do not understand and can not find is any reference explaining how increasing salt increases ketosis or fat loss.

    I see several individuals throughout the web posting that this does in fact seem to be the case but I do not see any literature explaining it. Can anyone offer a link to a reference preferably from a Dr (medical or a professor).

    Very respectfully,

  35. Fayaz
    I am struggling to completely understand how fruits can or cannot be part of Ketosis. Please help.

    For one, Ketosis is when carb intake and fructose/glucose is low, correct? So how is it that two people I know went on a complete fruit in the morning and veggies in the afternoon with very restricted fat intake, lost about 20kg?

    I started pretty well on the Ketogenic diet but now ive come to a grinding halt after losing 5kg, and i dont know if taking too much fat (using butter mostly) could be the culprit. Or should i try the fruits and veggies diet as they did to see real results?

    One thing i know Ketogenic diet keeps me satiated and energetic. But i need to lost weight. thats my priority.

    Reply: #4358
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  37. Brian G
    I'm on day 6 of Keto diet. I'm 52 & 2 1/2 years ago I was 320lbs. At 5' 8", combined with my age I was in horrible shape. I was getting qualified for key man life insurance and... Bp was 200/110. Oh $hit..doctor was freaking out, Bp medicine followed. I got after it (exercise and diet) and got down to 200lbs in 2 years. Personal trainer 2 week and daily cardio. No candy/chips but definitely not Keto.

    I've put on 25 lbs since my bottom 200 lb. I've recommitted to exercise, trainer 2week and hiking 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours a day on an intermediate trail first thing every morning before breakfast. I strength train early evenings, Tuesday / Friday. I've recently been giving an opportunity to work from home and discovered Keto. I've lost 10lbs in 6 days.

    My question is: with my exercise regime, does it matter when I eat my carbs? I'm definitely in Ketosis, actually got the strips to make sure but my body was telling me after day 2. I'm eating around 25g of carbs (I don't count veggies) and 120g-150g of protein. Should I eat a little more ( protein/carbs) because of the exercise and when should I eat them?

    My goal is to get down to 190 lbs and build more muscle. Not trying to be shredded, just healthy and fit.

    Reply: #4340
  38. Hi Brian!

    If you don't lose weight the coming weeks then you could try to cut down on carbs and protein. A good idea is to eat just 2-3 times a day with no snacking in between, that's probably more important than when you eat.

  39. Tam

    Unfortunately, when on a HFLC diet, the ketones fight against the purines for excretion....and win.
    One way to help the purines excrete is to up your potassium intake. I did this through bananas.
    But, as you know, gout is a very personal thing and everyone is different. Good luck !

  40. Apryl
    I am so glad I found this forum. I need help!!!!!! I am 35 yr old female at 175 lbs, I am 4'9 in height. My husband and I started the LCHF diet Sept 1st, we have been keeping a journal of everything we eat and weighing once a week. He has already lost 9 LBS and I've only lost 3. He has about 30 carbs a day where I only have about 20! I try to keep my calories around 1500 a day. I'm going to continue on but it sucks that my metabolism is slow!! Any word of advice to speed up the weight loss for me.
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  42. Deborah conner
    Gout is assiciated w high fructose --- and as we know, sucrose is half fructose. Fruit is usually high in fructose. So the low carb diet is a go. Try it. When the studies in 2010 came out linking fructose w gout, I put down my sunny glass of Orange juice and haven't had a gout flare since. I had suffered kidney cancer and gut issues (even had a sigmoidectomy), high inflammation and positive markers for autoimmune disease. The cancer was the easy part: surgically cured (10 years!), but the other issues had docs stumped. I ate the healthiest diet I knew, read studies , all out for good science (I'd studied biology in college). The gut is better w probiotics (I use align, cultured from breast milk; I wasn't breast fed all, so -- who knows?l) and my gut has been good now for years. But it seems inflammation is at the heart of so many conditions. Low carb is working for me, and I'm hopefully excited my next blood tests will be good. If you're concerned about purines, adapt the diet. But I urge you to try it.
  43. Patrick Sweeney
    Yes. I have been using a high fat low carb diet for 10 years plus. I've gotten more strict with it (80% fat, <50gram carbs daily) since I started the Cycling the Seven Summits Project two years ago. I can work hard for 8-10 hours and never hit the wall or bonk. It's clear we need more science, but what is out there clearly shows a benefit of ketosis and I'll take some science over lots of opinions any day - his blog was nothing more than opinion. You can hear about some of the details of HFLC when I interview one of the leading experts on our Adventure Hub here: http://www.pjsweeney.com/resources/how-to-adopt-high-fat-low-carb-hfl...
  44. Diana Floyd
    I have been low carb high fat way of eating since May of 2015. My a1c was 9.1 now it is 5.4. I have lost 70 pounds. No more acid reflux. No more IBS. No more fatty liver. My fibromyalgia is a lot better. No more stinky farts. No more vomiting (used to be very regular.Life time change ♡.
  45. Tina
    I have been eating low carb for the past month. Keeping total carbs between 20-25 grams per day. The first week I lost a nice amount, which I had expected. (Almost 5 pounds, looking to lose about 25 more.) After that, the weight loss ground to a halt. Down .4. Up .2. Down .4 this week. I am totally ready to jump ship and go back to a more traditional type weight loss plan. Oh, I've been in ketosis much of the time as well, checked by the urine stick which I understand is not perfect. Anyone tell me why remaining low-carb is in my best interest? Thanks!
  46. Peter
    Hi all,

    ok just wondering if someone can help me, I am going to try this again as I've added a few KGs

    no when I look at the recipes and they look awesome then I see its lets say like 10G carbs per serve and that sounds ok as I am doing the strict low carb for now so below 20G a day ,but then it might say 4 serves in that recipe so now its 40G of carbs my issue is I could eat half of that easy as some are not real big serves and still be hungry.

    am I reading it right? please help

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  47. Wendy
    I would like to start this diet as a trial for migraine prophylaxis. All the medications I have tried including two anti convulsants which are prescribed for migraine prophylaxis are ineffective. I know that the Ketogenic Diet has been used to treat epilepsy, and the mechanisms for Epilepsy and Migraine are similar. I have read a study where LCHF has helped to significantlyreduce migraine attacks. My only concern is that my BMI is currently 22.7 and I don't really want to go any lower. Any thoughts would be gratefully received please.
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