Best of 2019: our top new guides

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Happy New Year, dear Diet Doctor reader! We’re here to help you start off the year on the right foot.

To do that, let’s first take a look at what we learned in the past year. Is a carnivore diet healthy? What’s the easiest way to lose weight on low carb? And how exactly do you break a long fast?

Find the answers to these questions and many more, in our ten most popular guides of 2019. It’s the refresher you need to start a new decade of healthy living:

#10 — The skeptical doctor’s guide to low carb

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Low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) nutrition saw a popular resurgence in 2018 as the ketogenic diet was the most “googled” diet of the year. In this guide, Diet Doctor sorts fact from fiction to help skeptical healthcare providers learn more about keto and low-carb nutrition for diabetes and other conditions.

The guide for doctors skeptical of low carb

#9 — Understanding HbA1c — the long-term blood sugar

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Have you recently had an HbA1c blood test? It is very likely that at least once a year, if not more often, you will have one. It is a very common test, but many people don’t really understand how it works and what it means.

Understanding HbA1c — the long-term blood sugar

#8 — Guide to red meat

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Is red meat healthy or harmful? Should you enjoy it freely on your low-carb, keto diet, or limit your consumption? Depending on which expert you ask, those questions may receive a very different answer. However, has a truly strong link between red meat and heart disease, cancer, or other diseases been established?

Guide to red meat

#7 — A user guide to saturated fat

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For decades, consuming saturated fat has been considered an unhealthy practice that can lead to heart disease. But is this reputation warranted, or has saturated fat been unfairly demonized?

A user guide to saturated fat

#6 — What you need to know about insulin resistance

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Do you have insulin resistance? This in-depth, evidence-based guide will explain what it is, why it happens, and how to get it diagnosed before serious conditions like type 2 diabetes develop.

What you need to know about insulin resistance

#5 — How to break your fast

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Intermittent fasting helps with weight loss and diabetes. But how do you break your fast? This guide tells you what you need to know.

How to break your fast

#4 — Six ways to kick nasty leg cramps to the curb

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Do you experience crippling leg cramps on your low-carb keto diet? Do you awaken in the night with a sense of dread as the unmistakeable tightening starts to creep over toes, a calf muscle or a foot arch?

Six ways to kick nasty leg cramps to the curb

#3 — How to lose weight on low carb

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Losing weight on a low-carb diet is easy once you know what to do. Read on to learn how to achieve your weight loss goals with low carb.

How to lose weight on low carb

#2 — How sugar may damage the brain

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Most people have heard that sugar is unhealthy, but how exactly does it work against your good mental health? When you eat concentrated sources of rapidly-digestible carbohydrates such as sugar, flour, fruit juice, and processed cereal products, your blood sugar (glucose) can spike sharply.

How sugar may damage the brain

#1 — The carnivore diet: is it healthy and what do you eat?

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T-bones for breakfast, ground round for lunch, rib eyes for dinner — does this sound like your dream menu? Or your worst nightmare? Is eating a diet that consists only of animal products a simple, healing way to eat or an overly-restrictive regimen that borders on an eating disorder?

The carnivore diet: is it healthy and what do you eat?