Low Carb Questions & Answers

Low-Carb Questions & Answers

Some questions about low carb are very common. Here you can find answers to them. To jump down to each category of questions, just click the topic:

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Weight Loss


I’m not losing weight as fast as I want to or I have plateaued. What to do?


There are a few things you can think about in order to lose weight, where the ones that might have the greatest impact are:

  • Eat a strict low-carb diet with less than 20 grams of carbs per day.
  • Eat only when hungry and avoid snacking.
  • Try intermittent fasting.
  • Sleep enough (7 or even 8+ hours per night) and avoid excessive stress.
  • Note that as you get closer to reaching your ideal weight, the rate of weight loss will most likely slow down. It’s normal to reach a temporary plateau at some point. Also weight fluctuations of several pounds happen every day. This is all OK, just keep on doing what you’re doing.

    However if your weight loss stops for many weeks or even months, or if you want to speed it up, here are more things to consider: How to Lose Weight

    Do people who stop a low-carb diet and return to their old eating habits regain weight fast? Can low-carb diets cause “carb intolerance”?

    When following low-carb diets people lose more weight than on other diets (on average). So it is logical that when people return to their old diet they regain more. It is simply a bigger step in the wrong direction, compared to going off other diets.

    There’s no evidence for the speculation that low carb would cause carb intolerance.

    However, a temporary “cheat day” may lead to filling up stored sugars in the body (glycogen), which binds more water, adding weight. This water weight (perhaps 1-2 pounds) quickly disappears within days when you go low carb again.

    How do I STOP losing weight?

    For some people it is very easy to drop a significant amount of weight on low carb. Normally weight loss stabilizes within the normal weight range, as long as you eat when hungry and don’t starve yourself.

    However, if you’re concerned that you’re losing too much weight, then you have several options:

    • Eat often, at least three times per day, including plenty of protein, and lift weights to put on muscle.
    • Eat slightly more carbs (like low-glycemic fruits, sweet potato etc.) to put on a bit more fat.

    To summarize there’s normally no need to stop a low-carb diet to stop losing weight. This will happen anyway, as you reach what your body perceives is the right weight for you.

    Should you want to, is it possible to gain weight on low carb?

    It’s very hard to gain fat mass. But it’s clearly possible to add lean mass, like muscle. Check out our guide here:

    How to Gain Weight on Low Carb


     

     


     

    Diabetes and Blood Sugar

    Is a low-carb diet good for people with diabetes type 2?

    Yes. In diabetes type 2, the body has a hard time to handling all the sugar in the body. The body produces a lot of the hormone insulin, to take control high levels of sugar in the blood by depositing the sugar in the cells. More and more insulin can be required for this, in a vicious cycle resulting in insulin resistance and consequences of high insulin (including weight gain).

    By following a low-carb diet, you reduce blood sugar levels, insulin levels and your need for medication. So yes, a low-carb diet can be very beneficial for patients with diabetes type 2. It can even start reversing the disease.

    Note though – this is very important – that if you are taking medications, especially insulin, you need to monitor your blood sugar levels closely when starting a low-carb diet, and adapt (lower) doses as appropriate to avoid low blood sugar. You should of course consult with your doctor, ideally he or she has knowledge about how to reduce medications on a low-carb diet.

    Learn more:

    Is a low-carb diet good for people with diabetes type 1?

    Yes. It can help stabilize blood sugar levels, and reduce the need for high insulin doses (also helping with weight loss if needed, as a bonus).

    Be very careful when starting a low-carb diet, as you’ll have to adapt your insulin doses. Big changes may be needed, e.g. a reduction by 30-70% depending on your specific situation. This can only be done by testing sugars and adapting insulin doses to your specific needs.

    Learn more: Type 1 Diabetes

    Should I be worried about low blood sugar on low carb or while intermittent fasting?

    Generally, you don’t have to be worried as long as you feel fine. Sugars can be slightly lower than normal on a low-carb diet, especially when you are in ketosis. In this situation the brain can rely on ketones for fuel and does not have quite the same need for glucose. So if you feel great you probably have all the blood sugar that your body needs.

    If you’re not feeling well, you should eat something straight away, and break any fast.

    If you’re on medication, like insulin, low sugars is a sign that you may have to reduce doses (especially if you get any symptoms).

    High blood sugar in the morning – why?

    Elevated blood sugars more or less exclusively in the morning is a common concern. This is known as “the Dawn Phenomenon” and occurs due to hormonal effects in the morning. It may actually be even more pronounced on a low-carb diet, compared to other diets.

    Many people get surprised as their average sugars (measured by A1c) goes down nicely on low carb, blood sugars are great during the day… but morning sugars may stay elevated.

    This is normally a natural phenomenon, caused by a morning elevation of cortisol and other hormones that cause the liver to release glucose, thus raising blood sugar levels. This can be thought of as a way for the body to prepare you for getting active again, after sleeping.

    Learn more: The Dawn Phenomenon – Why Are Blood Sugars High in the Morning?


     

     


     

    Food, Hunger and Cravings

    Can I eat XYZ?


    There are a few foods that don’t contain too much carbohydrate, but which might not be optimal for health, craving and weight loss reasons. These include:

    • Dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese. Fattier ones such as butter and heavy cream are better. Learn more
    • Sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, acesulfam-K and stevia. Tend to keep one’s sweet tooth alive, possibly causing cravings and overeating. In some cases they also contain quite a lot of carbs. Learn more
    • Nuts – some contain quite a lot of carbs, and they can easily cause overeating due to unconscious snacking. Low-carb nuts guide
    • Oils that are high in omega-6s, ex. canola and soybean oil, might be inflammatory and not optimal for health.
    • Alcoholic beverages that contain quite a lot of carbs. The best options are low-carb wine and pure spirits. Low-carb alcohol guide
    • Fruit. This is candy from nature, that contains a lot of sugar. Low-carb fruits guide
    • Low-carb cookies/bread/pasta. This is not a good idea, given that the vast majority of these low-carb “carb substitutes” are packed with carbs. Examples:

    I’m constantly hungry and craving food in between meals. What should I do?

    You’re not supposed to have to be hungry between meals on a low-carb diet. Here’s what you should try: Eat more food at meals. Especially eat more fat.

    Add more fat to your meals, until you feel satisfied. Add butter to food. Add olive oil to salads. And perhaps check out our low-carb condiments recipes for more inspiration.

    Also make sure to have some delicious and high-quality source of protein with most meals.

    You’re not supposed to be hungry all the time. If you are, you’re not eating enough. You’re not eating enough fat.

    If I’m lowering carbs and even limiting protein… What do I eat?

    Usually, there is no need to limit protein, it is fine to eat a “normal” amount. Just don’t overdo it with protein, remember that LCHF is supposed to be a low-carb and high-fat diet, not a high protein diet.

    For a standard low-carb meal, you remove the carb-heavy ingredients, like rice. You then add some vegetables and some healthy oil or fat-based sauce. But there are plenty of other options.

    Here are many delicious examples of what a meal can look like: Low-Carb Recipes.

    I’m craving carbs. Can I have a cheat meal – or a cheat day – once in a while?

    Only you can decide – cheating can be a good idea for some, and a terrible idea for others. It also matters how you cheat. Check out our guide:

    A Guide to Low-Carb Cheating

    I’m really struggling with cravings for carbs, even when I’m not hungry. What should I do?

    Learn more about sugar and carb addiction

    Do you need to eat resistant starch on low carb to feed your gut bacteria?

    Unknown, but there appears to be some potential benefits of doing so


     

     


     

    Cholesterol


    I have high cholesterol. How can I lower it?

    First of all, you may not need to worry about lowering your cholesterol. Without a doubt there has been too much of an emphasis on total cholesterol during the last few decades. Total cholesterol, by itself, says very little about your future chance of health.

    That said, if your cholesterol is abnormally high – e.g. over 400 mg/dL (10 mmol/L) – you may want to do something about it. If so check out our guide, focusing on elevated cholesterol on a low-carb diet.

    Elevated Cholesterol on Low Carb

    Is it really bad to have high cholesterol?

    In the absence of other risk factors a raised total cholesterol is not necessarily a bad thing. Several studies even show that women with high cholesterol live longer than women with low cholesterol.

    The risk of heart disease is more influenced by many other things, like smoking, blood pressure, and blood sugars. When it comes to cholesterol it’s important to not just look at the total level, but also at the rest of the cholesterol profile, e.g. HDL (high is good) and triglyceride (low is good) levels.

    Learn more about cholesterol

    What do to if your doctor wants to put you on statins?

    Statins are mainly a good idea to reduce risk of heart attacks in people who already have heart disease (although the benefit might be much smaller than you would guess).

    In people without earlier heart disease the risk of side effects from statins (like muscle pain, weakness and doubling the risk of diabetes) often outweighs the chance of benefits. Ask your doctor how big the benefits are likely to be for you.

    There are also steps to greatly improve your cholesterol profile even without taking medications. See this guide about lowering cholesterol naturally.

    It’s likely that statins are way overprescribed, to people who do not benefit from them, in order to increase profits. Perhaps you’d like to watch one of these documentaries for some perspective on it:

    Statin Nation4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars79%4 stars13%3 stars2%2 stars2%1 star1%79 ratings791:02:45Statin Nation 24.7 out of 5 stars5 stars86%4 stars4%3 stars3%2 stars3%1 star3%65 ratings651:15:35


     

    Medications


    I’m taking this medication, will it prevent weight loss?


    There are certain medications that might make it harder to lose weight, but not necessarily prevent weight loss. The most important are:

  • Insulin
  • Other diabetes medications
  • Cortisone
  • There are other medications which too might interfere with weight loss, you can read more about that here: How to Lose Weight: 10. Review Any Medications

    If you’re doing everything right and not losing weight while on one of these drugs, it might be a good idea to consult your physician to see if it would be possible for you to either lower your dose or quit the medication all together.
     

     

    The Science Behind Low Carb


    Is there scientific proof that LCHF is good for weight/blood sugar/cholesterol/blood pressure?

    Yes. Learn more

    Is There Science to Support Low Carb? – Interview with Dr. William Yancy4.4 out of 5 stars5 stars64%4 stars21%3 stars7%2 stars1%1 star4%64 ratings6424:04Also feel free to watch this interesting interview with a doctor who’s been doing some high-quality research on the topic:

    Why are so many Americans obese?

    Because many people eat too much ultra-processed food and highly-refined carbs. Learn more

    Does insulin play a role in weight gain / loss?

    Yes, insulin – the fat-storing hormone – plays a crucial role in weight gain and the development of common obesity. It’s a biochemical fact:

    Is Obesity Caused by Too Much Insulin? – Interview with Dr. Ted Naiman4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars85%4 stars10%3 stars3%2 stars0%1 star1%190 ratings19025:27Hyperinsulinemia – What Insulin Does in Your Body – Ted Naiman4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars85%4 stars5%3 stars2%2 stars1%1 star4%255 ratings25545:29

    Learn more

    Why are Asian people thin, despite eating rice?

    First of all, there is now a huge epidemic of weight problems and type 2 diabetes in countries like China and India. So it’s no longer true that these people are necessarily “thin”.

    But it’s true that these countries traditionally had very lean populations. Probably because they don’t eat a lot of sugar or refined starch, plus a few other reasons. Learn more

     



     

    Common Fears About Low Carb

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    For our full guide to low-carb fears check out this guide:

    Top 14 Low-Carb Fears (And Whether You Should Be Worried)
     

    I fear XXX…

    What is the biggest fear that people have when starting a low-carb diet? We recently asked our members this question. Here are the results:

    Other answers include some brave people having no fear at all, concerns about safety, losing sports performance as well as the fear of losing too much weight.

    So what can be done? Here’s our guide to conquering these fears

    Is saturated fat dangerous?

    No. That’s an old and disproven theory. It’s been a mistake from the beginning. Learn much more in the interviews below, or check out our science page for references.

    Is Saturated Fat Bad?4.6 out of 5 stars5 stars80%4 stars6%3 stars5%2 stars3%1 star4%118 ratings11807:29The Big Fat Surprise – Nina Teicholz4.9 out of 5 stars5 stars91%4 stars3%3 stars5%2 stars0%1 star0%58 ratings5810:36The Myth of Vegetable Oils – Nina Teicholz4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars83%4 stars9%3 stars1%2 stars1%1 star3%55 ratings5509:30


     

    Will the brain stop working without carbohydrates?

    Does the Brain Need Carbohydrates? – Answers to Common Questions4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars85%4 stars8%3 stars3%2 stars1%1 star1%61 ratings6105:56Certainly not. The brain runs fine on carbs, but it runs equally fine on ketones, made from fat. In this way you use your very energy-hungry brain to burn fat for you, 24-7. Not a bad thing.

    Check out the video to the right for more details from some very smart doctors.

    Can’t red meat give you cancer?

    This is highly unlikely, although favoring unprocessed meat is the best choice. On the contrary, replacing meat with processed carbs may be one of the worst things that you can do for your health and weight.

    Another interesting interview topic:

    Can Red Meat Kill You? – Nina Teicholz4.9 out of 5 stars5 stars92%4 stars6%3 stars0%2 stars0%1 star1%65 ratings6514:55

    Read more: Do Unhealthy Meat Eaters Live Shorter Lives?

    Is salt dangerous?

    No. At least not in moderate amounts. Learn more

    Can you get osteoporosis (weak bones) by eating low carb?

    No. Learn more

    What about gallstones and LCHF?

    High fat food can give you short-term trouble if you already have gallstones. Low-fat food gives you gallstones in the long term. Learn more

    Can you get hypothyroidism on a very low-carb diet?

    No, hardly on a well-formulated low-carb diet, meaning that you replace the energy from carbs by eating more fat. In scientific studies on LCHF there are no problems with the thyroid and low-carb doctors generally report seeing no new thyroid issues in patients going strictly low carb.

    However, starvation can lead to hypothyroidism, and if you remove carbs AND fat from your diet you will be starving. So you do need to eat carbs or fat to fuel your body.

    Podcast: Livin’ La Vida Low Carb: Do Low-Carb Diets Lower Thyroid Function? Let’s Ask The Experts!

     

     


     

    Low-Carb Side Effects


    I’m getting XYZ side effect – should I be concerned?


    There are a few side effects that are quite common during the first few weeks when your body adapts to a low-carb diet. These are usually temporary, and nothing to worry about (even if they can be unpleasant). These include:

    • Induction flu
    • Dizziness
    • Leg cramps
    • Constipation
    • Bad breath
    • Heart palpitations
    • Reduced physical performance.

    The trick that usually works in ameliorating these problems is drinking water with salt (and maybe some squeezed lemon).

    However, if you use blood pressure medications and you feel dizzy, it might be because low-carb diets can reduce blood pressure and you may thus need to lower your medication.

    If you want to learn more about how to treat these specific side effects and other less common ones, use this guide:

    Common Low-Carb Side Effects & How to Cure Them

     



     

    Ketosis, Ketones and Ketogenic Diets

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    Is it dangerous to be in ketosis?

    No, ketosis is a natural state, and normally safe.

    People often confuse ketosis with ketoacidosis. This is a dangerous state, caused by a shortage of insulin, that mostly happens to people with type 1 diabetes who take too little insulin.

    There are also certain instances when you might need to be extra careful, such as during breast feeding or if you’re on some other medications for diabetes.

    Why am I not in ketosis despite eating low carb?

    The most common reason why people don’t achieve ketosis is due to too many carbs (maybe because of hidden carbs, or the dreaded carb creep, which is where you after a while eat more and more carbs without noticing).

    Another big obstacle to getting in to ketosis is eating too much protein. To be in optimal ketosis, you should aim approximately for one gram of protein per kg desired body weight.

    Insulin resistance can also make it harder to get into ketosis.

    Learn more about how to get into ketosis

    Do I need to be in ketosis to lose weight, or to burn fat?

    No, you don’t have to be in ketosis to lose weight. And your body is always burning some fat, whether you are in ketosis or not. The difference is that in ketosis you burn more fat.

    Top Tips on How to Lose Weight

    A Quick Guide to Ketogenic Diets
     

     


     

    Can XYZ Follow a Low-Carb Diet?


    Can people with diabetes eat low carb?

    Yes. Diabetes is too much sugar in the blood, so by eating less carbohydrates that turn into sugar in the body, you can start reversing type 2 diabetes.

    People with type 1 diabetes can also benefit from low carb.

    However, you’ll have to monitor your blood sugars closely to avoid hypos, since the need for insulin drops on low carb.

    How to Reverse Your Diabetes Type 2

    Can people that have had their gallbladders removed eat low carb?

    Yes. Learn more

    Can kids eat low carb?

    Sure. Children are better off ditching sugars, starches and refined junk food, and eating real food such as healthy fats, meat, poultry fish, vegetables, nuts and low-glycemic fruits and berries instead.

    This is a very nutritious diet for their growing bodies. But there is usually no need for children to follow a strict low-carb diet. Just let them have real food.

    How to Raise Children on Real Low-Carb Food

    Can women who want to get pregnant eat low carb?

    Yes. It can even be a good way to boost fertility, since a common cause of infertility (PCOS) can be caused by too high insulin levels, caused by consuming too many dietary carbohydrates.

    What to Eat to Get Pregnant – Dr. Michael Fox4.5 out of 5 stars5 stars73%4 stars15%3 stars7%2 stars0%1 star3%26 ratings2613:06

    Can women eat low carb during pregnancy?

    As far as known it seems to be safe to eat a LCHF diet with real food when pregnant. Many people have done so successfully. However, no scientific studies have ever investigated putting women on low-carb diets during pregnancy, meaning it’s hard to know for certain.

    For this reason we recommend not doing a strict low-carb diet during pregnancy, unless there is a specific reason to do so. It may be wise to do a more liberal low carb diet with more than 50 grams of carbs per day.

    When you’re eating real low-carb food such as natural fats, meat, poultry, fish, sea food, vegetables and berries you give both your own body and the baby enough nutrients to be healthy.

    Can women eat low carb during breastfeeding?

    A diet consisting of real, natural food is a great way to give both yourself and the baby plenty of nutrients to stay healthy and keep excessive weight off. However, we don’t recommend a strict low-carb diet, since it, in very rare cases, might cause a condition known as ketoacidosis.

    Our recommendation is that women make sure that they eat at least 50 grams of carbs per day when breastfeeding to stay safe from this rare complication.

    Eating Low Carb when Breastfeeding

    Can healthy, slim people eat low carb?

    Yes, definitely. There will always be health benefits to eating real food and ditching refined food, sugars and starches. If you’re healthy and slim you can take a more liberal approach to your carb intake however.
     


     

    How Much Should I Eat?


    OK… but how much should I eat?

    The short answer is that you should eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re full.

    You shouldn’t stuff yourself full, or go uncomfortably ravenous between meals. This is usually easy for people who stick to a low-carb diet with real food. Counting is usually overcomplicating things. It’s better to instead (re-)learn how to listen to our bodies.

    Why don’t you advice people to count calories?

    How many carbs should I eat?

    When trying to lose weight, the less carbs, the better. Ideally less that 20 grams of carbs per day (a strict low-carb diet).

    People that are healthy and slim usually don’t have to go that low, they will be just as well off with moderate (20-50 grams) or liberal (50-100 grams) low-carb diets.

    How much protein should I eat?

    Once again, there is usually no need to count protein intake as long as you stick to natural low-carb food and eat until satisfied. If you’re losing weight (if that is your intention), there is no need to worry about having too much protein.

    However, if you’re not being successful in losing weight, then you might benefit from counting and moderating intake to around one gram of protein per kg of desired body weight. If you’re an athlete or working out, then you might benefit from a little bit more protein.

    How much fat should I eat?

    If you’re limiting carbs and moderating protein, then you should eat enough fat to feel satisfied. Once again, you shouldn’t eat so little fat that you’re hungry between meals, but you shouldn’t force feed yourself until you’re stuffed either.
     

     


     

    Sugar Addiction


    What is sugar addiction?

    Are you struggling with cravings for food or sweets? Many, many people are. All over the world, people are unaware of the fact that they’ve become addicted. Addicted to something that’s added in almost everything. And there is no way to avoid it completely; you need to eat, in order to live.

    In our video course, sugar-addiction expert Bitten Jonsson, RN, presents insights and advice on how to stop food and sugar cravings. She’s been helping people with addictions for decades, as well as battling with her own, to get them under control.

    Do you experience a loss of control when you eat, especially sugary foods? Processed foods perhaps? Then take a look at the video and start taking the control back.

    What Is Sugar Addiction? – Bitten Jonsson4.5 out of 5 stars5 stars74%4 stars14%3 stars4%2 stars2%1 star4%359 ratings35906:35

    How do I know if I’m addicted to sugar?

    It’s not entirely easy to know if you’re really addicted, of if you simply have some bad habits. Habits are relatively simple to change, but an addiction may even need professional help. At the very least an addiction requires other tools to bring it under control.

    In this video our addiction expert Bitten Jonsson discusses using a simple 1-page screening test to discover if you could be addicted to sugar or other bad carbs.

    How Do I Know if Addicted – Bitten Jonsson4.4 out of 5 stars5 stars75%4 stars9%3 stars4%2 stars5%1 star5%109 ratings10904:25

    What should I do if I’m addicted to sugar?

    Watch our full sugar addiction course to get required insights in how to get your addiction under control. There really are many things that need to be done right, to maximize your chances of success.

    After having watched the course, here’s what to do today to get started:

    1. Join a support group on Facebook or elsewhere.
    2. Clean out your pantry (free guide via the low-carb challenge), and avoid exposure to junk food etc. as much as possible.
    3. Get shopping lists and meal plans, available by signing up for the low-carb challenge.
    4. If you need a distraction: take a walk and enjoy nature.
    5. Drink plenty of water, or coffee/tea with coconut oil in it between meals.

    Best of luck!
     


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    1. Hi Debbie!

      If you are a member then we have three Vegetarian meal plans (3 *1 week):
      https://www.dietdoctor.com/member/meal-plans#vegetarian

      If you are not a member then you make your own meal plan using our vegetarian recipes.
      https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes?s=&st=recipe&kd...

      Best of luck! :)

      Can I participate in your low carb plan if I am a vegetarian? I've been one for 5 years and weigh more now than I ever did. The problem is that I have been eating processed foods that are specifically high in protein but also are loaded with carbs like protein bars. I'm not a good vegetarian because I never learned how to get enough protein. I end up eating pizza and burritos way to often along with vegetables. Help. It's almost impossible to find a diet plan that is made for vegetarians. Is there a way to follow your low carb plan with the guidance a vegetarian needs? I'm desperate.

    2. Moideen abdulla
      Why calorie counting is not required in LCHF diet meant for weight loss?
      Reply: #203
    3. Hi Moideen!

      Read this:
      https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-lose-weight

      Why calorie counting is not required in LCHF diet meant for weight loss?

    4. Cinnamon
      Can you have honey? I always use honey in my tea, plus it helps with allergies. Thanks.
    5. Tanya
      Hello

      I was wondering abut Adrenal fatigue and the inability to lose weight, even on a ketogenic diet. Is there something that can be taken to help with Adrenal fatigue that you can take on a ketogenic diet?
      Thank you

    6. Azadeh
      Hi,
      I will finish my 2 weeks challenge in 3 days. How should I eat after this period? should I just increase my carb intake to moderate level which is 20-50g? and if yes, for how long I have to be on the moderate level until I go to the next level which is 50-100 grams carb a day? My main goal is to not gain back the weight that I have lost during these two weeks. Thank you
    7. Zeemum
      Hi,
      My question is this- is it ok to be in ketosis while you have an hormonal implant in arm for birth control and not get pregnant? I see this diet really helps with high fertility. I dont want to have anymore kids. Am i safe? Its jadelle contraceptive to be precise.
      Is it ok to take acv and lemon in place of tea and coffee?
      Thanks in anticipation of your good response
    8. Kelley
      is peanut butter allowed.
    9. Kathy W.
      Can I do this plan if I have a food sensitivity to Eggs & Gluten & Dairy (except small amounts of cheese at a meal)?
    10. Janine
      Can I have oatmeal for breakfast?
    11. Dorothy Fain
      Since I have been on the low carb, high fat diet, I have noticed that I am not sleeping as well, any suggestions!!
    12. Junior Stidam
      What all can i drink?
    13. Chris Wooten
      I am stopping my Weight Watchers program. I would like to begin a low cab diet now and still prepare for a true beginning on Sunday. What can I do today?
    14. Chantal
      Hello,
      My husband and I started the diet ketogene 10 days ago, we have loose 6-8 pounds in 10 days. We are very happy and motivated but also a bit scared

      we are mesuring our acidity and it's very high 5.6, eating so much meat and dairy product (cheese and heavy cream)
      The high acidity and atopic dermatitis comming back for my husband are not a good thing
      And for myself high acidity and scarring hairlost omg
      Can you help us? We have to decide for a membership to your website

    15. Marg
      I don't see anything on this site regarding drinks or diet soda. I usually like to drink soda and lemon with ice. sometimes its nice for a change. Am I able to drink Coke Zero on the 2 week challenge along with the daily water requirements?
      Reply: #219
    16. Gennady
      I have a question about long-term effects of LCHF diet (especially the strict keto variation) - there is some coverage (a lot of it related to a rather interesting dietary movement in Poland which dates back to the 1970s called the Optimal Diet - which is, in fact, a type of LCHF nutrition scheme, suggesting that nutrient ratios should be as follows: 60 units protein to 180 units of fat to 30 units of carbs) of deficiency of mucins reported for long-term followers of this regimen.

      Deficiency of mucins is not a nice thing, especially given its cancerogenic effect on the gastrointestinal tract if it is in effect for long periods of time (grossly simplified, of course, but basically due to the lack of protective coating that mucus forms).

      If I am not mistaken, mucins are glycoproteins and thus, by their very nature, are dependent on glucose for their formation and mucin deficiency effects are well documented in reasearch on starvation.

      In this context at least two questions arise (perhaps they have already been looked into by the medical community that supports the LCHF approach):

      1. Are dietary carbs (many researchers suggest that a moderate amount of starches may take care of the problem) essential for the body's synthesis of mucins in quantities that are sufficient for performing the necessary protective functions?

      2. Can the mucin deficiency problem be solved by the body internally, through the metabolic pathway of gluconeogenesis from dietary protein, for example?

      3. Subsequently, are there any recommendations about the lowest safe threshold of protein consumption? Do common LCHF recommendation take this problem into account?

    17. Matthias Lojewski
      Good morning. Thank you for all this web page and help. My pressing question is the post work out meal after e.g. HIIT workout in am on empty stomach or a weight lifting workout. So far I have heard from well regarded training coaches to not consume fat directly after a workout. I really appreciate you time. Thank you.
    18. Andrew
      Im following the recipes and the diet plan but if making 2 portions of high calorie meals and having one for lunch the next day the calorie intake seams very high.
    19. Dave
      Hi Marg

      Apologies; no answer but I raised this question last month and it doesn't appear to be listed here... I made the point that there are many Keto-related sites that say drinking *any* fizzy drink - even, or especially, if it's Zero Carb - is a complete No-No - (it's clearly the devil's drink). Yet, nowhere have I seen any evidence - or even any opinion - given for that view. It would be nice to get a response from someone who knows... someone from the site maybe?

    20. Taylor Young
      I can't find information as to whether a high-fat diet would be bad for someone with Liver Cirrhosis and only 15% liver function (or so I am told)
      I am going on this diet anyway, but was hoping someone might have an answer.
    21. Tracey Van Driest
      Hi, am I supposed to subtract the fiber from the carbs when I'm counting to stay under 20 carbs a day? Avocados seem fairly high in carbs otherwise.
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