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Read This Before Starting a Low-Carb Diet

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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!
9/5/2017 7:30:15 PM

MOOMSHINE's SparkPage
One of the better Carb articles I've read in a long time. I'm low-carb by nature, and by birth, so am delighted to find I'm doing it right! 8-)
9/5/2017 5:47:32 PM

DMEYER4's SparkPage
very informative article
9/5/2017 5:37:28 PM

STR458II's SparkPage
I cut way back on carbs from 45-60% down to 25% making my choices fiber rich. I feel so much better.
9/5/2017 4:41:05 PM

PAMBROWN62's SparkPage
Excellent article. I cannot live with no carbs. I believe carbs are necessary but like with any food you choose the best items and practice portion control and moderation so that you achieve a bslce you can live with.
9/5/2017 4:27:32 PM

GEORGE815's SparkPage
Diabetes has taught me that all carbs are not created equal.
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9/5/2017 3:48:06 PM

"French fries...are examples of over-processing that turns that nutrient-rich vegetable into a high-calorie, nutrient-lacking creation." --- not sure how cutting a potato into strips and cooking it can cause it to be come "high-calorie" and lacking in nutrients. I understand some food loses nutrients when cooked, but no one ever said cooking a carrot turned it into junk food.

It is the fat that the author doesn't like not the "Over-processing."
9/5/2017 2:33:29 PM

MJLUVSANIMALS's SparkPage
I have been on a low carb plan. And for the first time have seen success. I have been all over the map trying out different plans and programs, and failed miserably. I lost the weight I needed to, in a little less than 9 months. I am also diabetic. I brought my A1C from 12.2 to a 5.5 and no longer take any meds. I have continued to keep my carbs low, but it's not about meat with me. In fact I don't really care for it. I look for good healthy vegetables, and when I add carbs (maintenance) I look at the higher carb vegetables. I only have 100% organic maple syrup for sweetener, or Stevia. I do not partake in any low fat, no fat processed items. If I want sweet or fruit I limit myself to berries. Low carb worked for me. And as far as maintenance, I kind of follow "Eat to live" Because it is mainly vegetarian/vegan and I keep grains and legumes to 1 C if I decide on having them at all. The more plant based the better. Low carb does not mean just protein. There is so much confusion, especially with articles like this one. How wrong can you be with a whole food. And grains? NO most are GMO, and wheat and corn is definitely out. If I can get either organic non-GMO I would be the first in line. Because one thing I miss is popcorn!!
9/5/2017 2:03:45 PM

SOOKIE's SparkPage
Healthy Carbs are the way to go. Read labels and be mindful of everything on your plate. If all else fails, ALL THINGS IN MODERATION!
9/5/2017 1:43:14 PM

-SHOREIDO-'s SparkPage
Great article!!! Thanks so much!!
9/5/2017 1:41:12 PM

GIPPER1961's SparkPage
I really wish people would stop pushing and alternatively demonizing weight loss plans (I try not to use the word diet because it sends some people into lectures about not being on diets).

We are all different and I think the advice can be fairly generic. Eat as little sugar as possible and as few processed foods as possible and you can be successful. I am personally a low carber but I truly believe anyone can be healthy eating any combination of foods as long as they are real foods. I have seen people lose weight and get healthy on every type of eating plan. We don't need to fear any food that is real food.

These scare articles from every point of few are in my view not helpful to anyone. Every eating plan can point to good solid science on their side. The reason is that every commercial eating plans tells its adherents to cut our processed foods and sugar.

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