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Read This Before Starting a Low-Carb Diet

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9/7/2017 12:12:20 AM

ZRIE014's SparkPage
helpful
9/7/2017 12:11:04 AM

ZRIE014's SparkPage
thanks
9/6/2017 4:50:39 PM

ROBBIEY's SparkPage
I love carbs in moderation.
9/6/2017 12:02:48 PM

KDUCKSTER's SparkPage
How unfortunate SparkPeople chose to publish this article as part of a weekly newsletter. It's full of half-truths and downright lies.

The author states, "When there is a severe deficit of carbohydrates, the body has several immediate reactions, one of which is that it starts using protein as a fuel source. Ketones, a by-product of incomplete fat breakdown, begin to accumulate in the blood. As a result, there is a loss of energy, as well as nausea, headaches, bad breath, dehydration and constipation. Long term usage can bring about nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition and increased risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancers, diabetes, gout and kidney stones."

Unfortunately, they also don't let readers know the loss of energy, nausea, headaches, etc are a totally temporary condition known as "low carb flu" that occurs when an individual makes the big switch and cuts down carbs. This is due to the body starting to use fat for energy and not excess sugars in the body. It can be avoided by ensuring enough salt and fluids in the diet during the first couple weeks. And there is absolutely NO research supporting there are nutrition deficiencies, heart disease, cancers, etc. As a matter of fact, a high-fat, low carb diet can actually radically improve Type II diabetes, help prevent cancers and reverse the progression of metabolic syndrome. How is it possible this organization allowed this article where the author obviously made up their own "facts"?

9/6/2017 12:02:46 PM

1CRAZYDOG's SparkPage
Good review for me about carbs.
9/6/2017 11:10:13 AM

AIYANASMAMA's SparkPage
Thanks for the info
9/6/2017 11:04:15 AM

MORTICIAADDAMS's SparkPage
I'm glad to see some people faulting the parts of this article which are not supported by medical evidence. Doctors put their patients on lower carb diets for a purpose and it isn't because they are bad doctors. Prescribing diets is legally their responsibility.
9/6/2017 7:13:37 AM

MYBESTNOW's SparkPage
Yeah! This is what we all need to know. There are 3 types of carbs: starch (complex carbohydrates), sugars (simple carbohydrates), and FIBER! Good job of explaining each of their roles in the body!
9/6/2017 5:28:22 AM

BIKE4HEALTH's SparkPage
Very helpful information...wish I would have known this years ago
9/5/2017 11:07:57 PM

ASCIESZKA's SparkPage
Thank you very much. Great info!
9/5/2017 10:38:37 PM

AMARANTH13's SparkPage
A low carb diet doesn't increase the risk for diabetes, it actually lowers the problems you get from it if you already have diabetes. The ADA now approves of low carb diets as well as their used-to-be-touted-as-the-only-right diet high carb diet. Everyone is different, everyone's ideal diet is also different, no size fits all, including high or low carbs.
9/5/2017 10:18:06 PM

RAPUNZEL53's SparkPage
Thanks.
9/5/2017 10:02:57 PM

SUNNYBEACHGIRL's SparkPage
This advice is not good for pre diabetics, type 2 diabetics or people who have trouble managing their starchy carb portions.
9/5/2017 10:02:53 PM

_CYNDY55_'s SparkPage
Thanks very much, Great Info!
9/5/2017 8:05:17 PM

JUSTEATREALFOOD's SparkPage
I PERSONALLY THINK IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE HELPFUL IF THE AUTHOR WOULD WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT HOW TO EAT A NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIET instead of articles about how scary and harmful low carbohydrate diets are.


I am a DISTANCE ATHLETE who used to be PRE DIABETIC until I switched to a low carbohydrate diet.

I eat an UNPROCESSED, REAL FOOD diet now, getting most of my carbohydrates from vegetables and berries. I have no issues with blood sugar or energy levels.

I eat 4-6oz of meat once a day and 2-3 eggs once a day. So clearly NOT A HIGH PROTEIN diet.

I eat whole food fats. Avocados, EVOO, butter, heavy cream, fats in nuts, seeds, eggs and meat

And I have NEVER BEEN HEALTHIER!

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