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Read This Before Starting a Low-Carb Diet


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.
9/5/2017 1:16:11 PM

9/5/2017 12:34:10 PM

ALBERT0180's SparkPage
Sparkpeople has been slow from the start accept a low(er) carb diet lifestyle and it's felt like the low-carb people are treated as second-class, underground members by the Sparkpeople organizers, while they've fully embraced other even more restrictive dietary regimens such as vegetarianism. Not that I'm bashing vegetarians, but how many decades of evidence need to accumulate until we're similarly accepted? There needs to be an infusion of fresh blood into the Sparkpeople organizational chart.

Ref: Dehghan M. et al Lancet 2017

reviewed Hamblin in The Atlantic 2017
9/5/2017 11:54:22 AM

WOUBBIE's SparkPage
A point about Simple versus Complex carbohydrates that is especially important for diabetics to understand.

"Complex" sounds like a carb that would be harder to digest and therefore would raise your blood sugar more slowly. This is absolutely not true.

Starch actually breaks down faster to blood sugar than table sugar does. That's why white bread or cooked potatoes will spike your blood sugar faster than a Snickers bar.

Starch is actually plants' storage form of glucose, and that glucose starts to become "unstored" in your mouth - before it even hits your stomach - through the action of the enzymes in your saliva.
9/5/2017 11:53:54 AM

Close to goal. Autocorrect, ugh!
9/5/2017 11:52:40 AM

There's much in here that's wrong. First, a low-carb diet is the BEST diet for diabetes. I beat diabetes two years ago on this diet, and my numbers remain low. I have lost 50 pounds, and this loss lowered my blood pressure. The brain's preferred source of fuel is fat. Just because your body will burn carbs first doesn't mean it's preferred. After all, the reason alcohol is bad for any diet is that, because it's a toxin, your body will burn it first. That's not to say carbs are toxic, I'm just saying burning first doesn't mean your body prefers it. My health and my energy are better than they've been in many years. When you start this way of eating, you WILL probably feel unwell for a few days. In some cases, it can take a couple of weeks. This is your body switching from carb-burning to fat-burning. After that, it clears, and you feel great. I do take supplements to help my body get everything it needs. I will be doing some form of it for life. Once I get to goal, I will add back more higher-carb fruits and vegetables and oats. Being older, it's slow going. The young people lose very fast. But with my diabetes gone and being close to howl, am very happy.
9/5/2017 11:42:11 AM

KNELSON85's SparkPage
I was on a low carb diet and after the first week all of those bad symptoms went away. After 4 months I decided to add starch veggies and 100% whole grain breads. I watched my calorie intake closely and was eating abt 1200-1400 calories per day. I averaged abt 1600 on the LCdiet. over 2 months I gained 2 pounds and decided to go back to LC. I also feel much better on LC and my blood sugars stable -I was "pre diabetic". I have began losing again and feel more satisfied. My labs are better too (my kidney function and cholesterol to name a few). I find this works for me. My MD was not hip on this diet when I began but after seeing the results told me "that this seems to fit my body and lifestyle". Everyone is different but there is more up to date info out there abt carbs. I do total carbs not net cards ..
9/5/2017 10:48:03 AM

Thanks for the information.
9/5/2017 9:39:58 AM

GLORIAZ's SparkPage
Very good plan!
9/5/2017 8:15:45 AM

interesting thank you
9/5/2017 7:34:28 AM

MAVERICK59's SparkPage
Thank you!
9/5/2017 7:09:37 AM

I need to read new articles about carbs, being diabetic, so I don't stray
9/5/2017 7:01:41 AM

LEANJEAN6's SparkPage
This is a good article!
9/5/2017 6:53:55 AM

Great information!

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