The 5 most common mistakes on LCHF (teaser)

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Do you get a great effect from eating low-carb? Or is there a problem – do you have a hard time reaching your goal weight, are you hungry or do you feel bad?

In that case you could be doing one of the five most common mistakes on LCHF. In this short video I go through them.

Above you can see the first half of the video, with three of the mistakes. The whole video with all five mistakes is available on the membership pages.

The 5 common mistakes on LCHF

Have you made any of the mistakes or do you have any more to suggest?

How to eat LCHF
The Top 5 Tips For Weight Loss
How to Maximize Fat Burning – Dr. Jason Fung
How to Lose 150 Pounds on LCHF – Desi Miller
Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes
Dr Westman’s Guide to LCHF 2/5: How to Become a Fat-Burning Machine
 How to Do an LCHF Diet – Dr. Eric Westman
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  1. Amy
    Agreed! I am not a paying member and read only the free articles but do not disagree with the membership fees. Alot of time and energy goes into maintaining a website and answering questions, replies, and comments. I am very appreciative of what is free. So thanks!
  2. Karl
    You have a point Amy, there does need to be a charge..
    the five reasons most people fail was offered as the catch b4 the Doc came on.
    I did not hear him say what you say you heard......
  3. Ahmad Zahar
    I agree this membership blog. As a member it gives me some kind of credentials for me to refer too when friend and family ask matters about LCHF. It's difficult to explain lchf to newbies due to entrenched cholesterol doctrines promoted by medical sciences all these years. At least what I will say about lchf carries weight with this blog. I will surely become a permanent member of this blog. Thanks a million.
  4. celeste kelsey
    Dmding...My husband is a Type I Diabetic (I have early Insulin Resistance) and we have been following a LCHF diet for 4 years which is very similar to yours. My husband at 6' weighs 165 and consumes 12 oz of protein a day or roughly 75 gms. His HbA1c hovers around 5 (he still wants it lower). We use Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's protocol. Dr. Bernstein, is a Diabetologist and Endocrinologist. He is emfatic that most if not all Type I Diabetics also have under-active Thyrioids due to another auto-immune disease most likely Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I suggest you get your Thyroid checked. Ask your Doctor to check your TSH, Free T3, and Free T4. The Free hormone is critical. Many Doctors check Total T3 and T4. That will not tell you what you need to know. Look for results in the mid-range and NEVER accept a lab result that is relayed to you as "Normal." Learn what the range is and persue a number that is in range and one that makes you feel better. Also, most Hashimoto's sufferers and Low Carbers do not convert T4 (the storage form of the hormone) to T3 (the active hormone that does the work in your body) So we, yes, I have Hashimoto's also, take T4 and also take T3 to get our levels correct. This takes time to get balanced correctly so be patient and find a doctor who is willing to work with you. My husband had to change doctor's to find one that would test correctly. Sometimes a G.P. is willing to do that more than an Endo. Endo's sometimes have bigger egos and do not want to be told what to do. BTW, not only did my husband discover that he did have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis...but he also had Thyroid Cancer. Had he stayed with the original Endocrinologist who knows what might have happened. Educate yourself on Thyroid Disease...Thank God for Dr. Google. ;)
  5. Z
    I'm new to the site and am impressed with all of the amazing, easy to understand and free content available! I don't understand how others can be disappointed with the fee structure or teasers to membership.its quite clear everywhere in the site that this is subscription based so as not to rely on advertiser and product push. The fee seems quite reasonable given that there doesn't seem to be additional food products to buy. I'm curious as to how these complainers would suggest the site continue without subscription fees and manage to maintain content that is not influenced by advertisements? Or is this another excuse for those complainers to not take action to improve their own health?
    Thank you diet doctor team for all the great free content, especially the easy to understand graphical representations of what to eat in the different food categories and the amazing recipes!
  6. Annette
    I am so happy and grateful for the free information that I have found from Dr Andreas. After struggling with trying to lose weight for years and trying every diet programme, including a recent disastrous foray into the world of the Body Coach - I have finally found a programme which is making me feel less like a dieter, more like a human who can eat proper food, whilst at the same time yield results. I have lost 14.2kgs since I started in April - that's only a month ago! I am now following the five rules including getting more sleep and intermittent fasting which work for me. I still haven't paid any subscription fees but am considering it. I have told so many people about this programme as it works for me and I feel so normal. Good luck with it Dr A - its brilliant!
  7. Milo
    Well good luck. You don't really need this site or any guide to make this diet work. You just need enough discipline. 11 months ago I weighed 273 & was diagnosed w/type 2 diabetes. I went to 20g carbs a day, generally portabella mushrooms sautéed in olive oil. Also generally 1 1/2-2 pounds of either chicken, steak, shrimp or turkey cooked with liberal amounts of olive & grapeseed oils & coconut oil. I drank just over a gallon of water each day, no other fluids, no caffeine. 11 months later I weigh 181 lbs, 9% body fat & banished diabetes from my life. After a month you really don't miss carbs. I suspect most people's failings are universal in that they cheat. I also believe a key component is water, lots of it, preferably very cold & drinking nothing else. Giving up caffeine sucked but you actually adjust in a month or so. Also never needed big pharma meds for diabetes, control through diet & exercise alone. This can be done, I'm living proof.
  8. Sharon
    You don't work for free, do you? Niether should the doctor. He's paid lots of money and invested many years in educating himself. In doing so he has made himself a valued source of knowledge. He PAID to gain this knowledge why in the world would you feel you are entitled to get it for free? HE did the years of studying and research did a Google search. Please explain what makes you somehow eligible for a free education of medical weight loss and nutrition? I won't even mention the fact that he clearly states in various parts on his site that there is a free trial membership with options to purchase a full membership. Be realistic and ask yourself if you would EVER go to work for a full month and tell your employer ," no thanks, you keep my paycheck, I just enjoy GIVING away my time and services to the company."
  9. HK
    People are so selfish. How can you be mad at a doctor for not sharing every thing he knows for FREE ? Does YOUR doctor work for free ? If you want the "whole story" and are not willing to pay $9, then stop being lazy and go search for the info yourself on line and do your own research or you can go pay $100 for an office visit so you can ask a doctor all your questions. This guy owes you nothing. Everyone who is complaining, please include the info for YOUR free website...
  10. karin
    I want to lose about 55 lbs so how much will it take if i go on LCHF diet?
    Replies: #62, #86
  11. ShannonH
    I thought this was great information and the free advice is great. I've been in the LCHF diet for over 30 days with only a 10 pound weight loss. It's really great that the doctor is sharing as much knowledge as he is. Much appreciated
  12. Nick
    It's up to you and how disciplined you are. You can easily loose 3-5lb per week.. But not if you backslide on cake, biscuits, beer, ice cream etc...!
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  14. Sha
    I was reading this blog many years ago when Dr E was still being classed as a crazy dude for telling us to eat more fat. One theme on his site was that his advice will always be free.. And there would never be fees. He also used to personally answer these replies. Now I get that he's too busy to reply but he went back on his word with the fees. Shame
    Reply: #65
  15. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    Hello Sha!
    Everything that used to be free is still free, with no need to even sign up. In fact we have way more free content than ever, including all of our new low-carb guides, our new and updated two-week challenge and close to 400 awesome low-carb recipes.

    Even the membership section is free to try for a month. Any membership fees after that are used to pay fair salaries to our 13 (soon 15) full-time coworkers and our many freelancers. I simply can't force our people to work for free, as I'm sure you understand.

    We use all revenue to the best of our abilities to pursue our goal of empowering people everywhere to revolutionize their health.

  16. Laraine
    I read all this in Dr Atkins book, years as ago, I lost over 4 stone, but have slipped this year! I am back on 2 or no carbs a day, we do NOT need them, so yourself, and your body a favour and eat protein, meat or fish and some veg! It IS hard at first, but protein is satisfying and fat is filling, I can easily eat a 150gram bar of chocolate, and then more, but not full fat cheese like Chedder!
  17. Laura
    Can you please help me. I need a more directed approach. I cannot find a doctor that can support my LCHF lifestyle and goals.
    I have BED and prediabetes with history of a positive experience with the LCHF lifestyle.
    I really need more support to get back on track
  18. Engkoun Quan
    So what is the number 2 and number 1?
  19. J. McDonald
    Ok you scared me with the fasting for 16 days joke, haha, but 16 hours, yes, I can certainly do that! I love these videos!

    Question - should we use those ketosis strips? I'm a newbie here and am wondering if I'm doing this diet correctly? 5 days since I've started!

  20. Kim
    First thank you Dr. Eenfeldt and to all your staff for all your hard research, studying and testing in order to bring this information to all of us. And no I would never expect all of it to be free. I work in the medical field and see first hand all the long hours that go into research, so $9 a month for a membership fee is pennies compared to all the time you and your staff have put in.. just wanted to say thank you and I will be changing my lifestyle of eating to the LCHF way of eating. Also I will gladly pay the membership fee to be apart of this awesome group. Thank you again..
    Reply: #71
  21. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Kim!

    Thank's for your positive feedback! :)

    First thank you Dr. Eenfeldt and to all your staff for all your hard research, studying and testing in order to bring this information to all of us. And no I would never expect all of it to be free. I work in the medical field and see first hand all the long hours that go into research, so $9 a month for a membership fee is pennies compared to all the time you and your staff have put in.. just wanted to say thank you and I will be changing my lifestyle of eating to the LCHF way of eating. Also I will gladly pay the membership fee to be apart of this awesome group. Thank you again..

  22. Jeanne
    At the age of 25 I had thyroid surgery for what they called a toxic thyroid. I had nodes that couldn't be controlled by medication so surgery was the only answer to save my life. I have been on this diet for months and all I have been seeing is fluctuation and of course after reading some of the comments on this site I have learned where I have been going wrong. Sad that the videos I have watched didn't address why I have not lost more weight than what I already have. I see that drinking a lot of water is key and portion size for protein and by the advice of my doctor who started me on this diet only wants me to have no more than 70 grams of carbs. I have reduced it down to 0 carbs and I am still not losing more weight. Now after reading some of the comments I have learned to drink more water. The videos should just tell you the most important parts for success and stop eluding to or just giving partial information about this program. I have been fighting weight issues all of my life and I thought this would be the end of my searching but even when I do heavy fasting and cut the portion size of the protein minus any carbs have I not seen better results. My mistake is not drinking plenty of water which the videos leave out so now I have cut out cheese, all carbs and will start drinking more water will I make one last attempt to lose weight through this diet. Wish me luck.
  23. Gee Anne
    The fee of $9/month to have access to all of this information is a steal! It's .30 cents a day to be able to not have to go searching all over the internet for the information I am needing at that time. Remember that a lot of the other blogs are written by non-medical people who are giving you their opinions but not facts supported by medical research. Plus there is TONS of free information at dietdoctor if you don't want to pay the monthly fee. Plenty of free information to get you started and going for quite some time.

    A few years ago I paid $10/week to attend WW and have access to their information. People who do Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig and other plans pay way more than that. I get a whole lot more information and tools on this website AND the information is from doctors who work in the medical fields for which they are dispersing information just looking at the free information and recipes. I would have no problem upgrading to the paid plan and plan to do just that once I am done with the 2 week challenge. Plus, you can stop your membership at anytime so if you don't think it's worth it after one month, you can opt out. And you get the first month free so you aren't even out any money if you don't like it. More than worth it and at quite a reasonable price if you ask me.

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  25. Cassiejo
    Hello I am a new member even though I have been LCHF for eighteen months. I am at my ideal weight now. So why have I joined now? Well I've often been on diet doctor website for ideas and recipes etc and after watching lots of different podcast on U tube which I found often informative decided I trust this website. Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with bowel cancer to have an operation next week to have right side of colon removed. Luckily scan shows no spread touch wood. What's annoying me is I have three 'preload bags of carbs' to drink before my op just bags of sugar! Plus white toast for breakfast. I haven't had sugar for months so feel I will be dancing on the ceiling! Won't see anaesthetist until admission so feel I have to obey rules as I'm in a vulnerable position. But do wonder how archaic the research is and whether it was funded by product manufacturer! My post op diet could be difficult as well all white starch! I've become obsessive I think but have loved this way of eating!
  26. Marisol
    I am into my second week of the 2 week challenge and the change is nothing short of incredible! I'm down 5 lbs, and two inches off my waist, but honestly the most impressive part to me is the lack of hunger. My sugar cravings are GONE. I have never in my life experienced something like this! As a self proclaimed "candy-holic" I have a bag of candy in my desk right now (forgot I had and I need to toss it lest my kids find it!) and I truly, truly DO NOT CARE. Previously I would have felt an insatiable compulsion to eat it, and now, nothing. Staggering. I have energy, I am clear headed (a miracle as I have ADHD), I'm not wandering into the kitchen to just eat whatever whenever. To top it off, I have my meals PLANNED OUT FOR ME! As a wife and mom who is in charge of making food decisions for everyone, it had become boring and routine and a chore to figure out "whats for dinner" the fact that someone has taken away those burdensome chores for me is an absolute God send. Last but not least, the food is DELICIOUS and real and clean and natural, everything I always wanted to put together but couldn't seem to figure out on my own. So:
    Convenience: A+
    Does it deliver on claimed results: A+
    Is it scientifically backed (I'm a biologist): A+
    Is this sustainable in real life: A+
    I'd say Diet Doctor and his staff that work hard on this website and membership service are incredible providers of life changing content. and OMG, $9 A MONTH?! That is an incredible price for the crazy huge amount of information, and service that this site provides. I am happily a paying member. Thank you Diet Doctor team for all you have done, for all you have put together. Your hard work is appreciated and worth so much. Just look at how many people you have helped. Don't let the few complainers outshout those who are happy with your work! I'd say this website (and it's membership fee) is as completely satisfying as butter! *wink*
  27. Danielle
    With a diet so high in fat, can I anticipate my cholesterol to skyrocket? Especially LDL?
    Reply: #80
  28. James
    This Diet is one of the more intelligent program that I have seen, I know everyone wants something for nothing. I have been on the program for about a week and I've reduced my insulin intake by 12%, the saving in that alone more than pays for the program. I seen several registered dieticians and was instructed in the so called pyramid of grains, protein, fruits and vegetables, which did nothing to improve my diabetes II. I am absolutely confident if I follow this program my health will improve.
  29. Kitty
    Interested in knowing if anyone has had success with LCHF vegan keto eating plan. Hard to know where to start and I'm nuts-ed-out at the moment. Animal products aren't an option for me at this point.
  30. Steve
    Eating fat and cholesterol does not cause increases to blood lipids. Eating a sugary diet with lots of carbs WILL cause unhealthy levels of lipids. There's lots of research and documentation for this.
  31. Linda McDonald
    Video seems pretty straight forward to me, no "bait and switch", I agree. Dr. Eenfeldt has to earn a living also!

    This video is a teaser, not bait and switch. Dr. Eenfeldt says right up front this is only the first half of the video.
    When you link to a trailer for film X it is a teaser. But if you link to a teaser for film X and part way through it becomes an ad for film Y or some political cause, then that is bait and switch. Bait and switch is when a car dealership advertises car X for a great price but when you come in they have none in stock and they push car Y at an unfavourable price. "Bait and switch" is an unfair trade practice and it is inappropriate to label this video as bait and switch.

  32. iznalee
    It's not "Bait and Switch". but how much did you willing to pay the hospital bill instead of invest with little money for your own health. Prevention is better than cure.
  33. Julianne
    I am turning 70 this year. My mother (deceased) had Type 2 Diabetics and I think Thyroid, but had no medication. I had my children in my late 20’s. Both boys were 10.5 lbs and 11lbs born. My weight problem began in my forties as I became less active. . I tried various diets, went to the gym, cut out fat, went to WW, counted carbs. Nothing I tried worked. I have not succumbed to diabetes (even though I have the gene). But I did watch to some extent the food I put in my mouth. . Everything to no avail. Five months ago I hit 96 kgs and felt terrible. Had no energy, looked terrible. I was devastated. Time to do something. Both my husband and I decided to see a Nutritionist. She diagnosed us as being ‘Insulin Resistant’. She put us both on the Keto Diet with a 20gm max of carbs and directed us to the Diet Doctor site. In the three months we had both lost around 16 kgs each. And it was not hard. I love my meat, cheeses, olives, avocados, nuts, butter, cream. It suited me fine. I found lots of receipes from Diet Doctor site and it turned our lives around . I am now 80 kgs (178cm tall) and have never felt like this for such a long time. My energy levels are up and I sleep all night. I do not want to lose any more weight at the moment, so have increased my fat intake to get the calories. But what makes it worthwhile is the fact I do not consume any sugar or carbs which ultimately go into the blood stream and diverse all around the body. If cancers are present in the body they are not getting the sugar that they need to grow. If you are eating correctly you are never hungry. Intermittent fasting works wonders too. My last meal for the day is usually over by 7pm. If you don’t eat until 7am you have fasted for 12 hours. If your first meal for the day is around 11 or 12, even better. The extra four to five hours in which you haven’t eaten gives the body time to start cleaning itself inside and hopefully eradicate any growths etc. I hope my personal spin on my journey might help someone out there to make the decision The diet doctor is a wonderful site for all your information you will need. Good luck.
  34. LauraBeth Culbert
    What about Carb Cycling? In this case, carbs will NOT be less than 20 g carbs every day. The carbs will fluctuate based on whether it's low, moderate, or high carb day. What do you think of this?
    Reply: #85
  35. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What about Carb Cycling? In this case, carbs will NOT be less than 20 g carbs every day. The carbs will fluctuate based on whether it's low, moderate, or high carb day. What do you think of this?

    We do not recommend carb cycling, especially if one has blood sugar issues. High carb days will result in the blood sugar and insulin roller coaster again which is what we are trying to avoid. Most people see the most success with keeping consistently very low carb.

  36. Paula
    Whatever you’re prepared to put into it. 😉
    Good luck with your weight loss 👍
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