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What does it really mean to go on a low carb diet?

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November 17, 2019 / By Sammie
Question: I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. I did not take it seriously at first and didn't take my Metformin because I couldn't deal with the side effects. After a recent Dr. visit I was told that my blood pressure was high and that I need to start taking my medication to prevent further complications. This is something that will never go away. I was also told that I need to start a low carb diet, but what does that really mean? I am 5'3 and about 123lbs. I have never been on a diet before so Im not exactly sure what to do. Is a low carb diet equivalent to counting calories? If I eat 1200 calories a day would I still have to cut out all the food groups that I love? What can I eat when on a low carb diet and how often can I cheat and eat a good country meal? Now that I know I cant eat certain things its like Im craving them now more than ever. I know that I am not the only person that had to go through something like this! All answers are greatly appreciated. 10 points to the most clear and concise answer.
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Noele Noele | 10 days ago
The traditional "low carb diet" as described by Dr. Atkins has been widely discredited due to well-documented health risks. His theories are broadly criticized by both establishment organizations and so-called alternative health experts. I'm not surprised that someone in the medical establishment has given you this poor dietary advice because medical professionals are given minimal education related to nutrition. Certified dietitians are often constrained by standards that are unhealthy and set by board members who have food and drug industry ties. The medical establishment does not understand the root causes of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and therefore is ill equipped to provide you with helpful advice. I experienced two cancer deaths after loved ones after they were diagnosed with PCOS. After extensive investigation, I discovered peer-reviewed research that indicates that consumption of dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter) and meat (pork, beef, poultry, fish) are foods that will grow tumors in laboratory animals. Because this research was not done on humans, many experts dismiss these studies without further discussion. It's not proven that animal proteins grow tumors (sex related tumors: breast, prostate, ovarian) but the animal studies are very suggestive. Also, demographic studies show that populations eating a vegan diet without processed ingredients have 10 to 100 times fewer incidents of these types of cancers. The standard advice is to eat healthy and exercise. I recommend that you do this by following a Whole Food, Plant Based (WFPB) diet as described by T. Colin Campbell. This research is supported by many current studies. It's important that you eat dark leafy greens, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and some fruit. Avoid refined carbohydrates and foods with excess salt, sugar, fat, oil, flavor enhancers, and other food additives. Aspartame (used in diet drinks) and MSG should be avoided because they stimulate appetite and have other negative side effects. This way of eating also helps prevent and reverse vascular disease as described by Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Cut out dairy and replace it with dark leafy green vegetable such as kale, chard, collard greens, and so on. These foods are high in protein, iron, and calcium. Dairy is BAD food for anyone with PCOS. Of course you want to avoid junk food carbs. No french fries, potato chips, onion rings, hamburgers, fast food, cheese, ice cream, soda pop, and other so-called treats.
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Noele Originally Answered: Do most people have high energy levels on a low carb/high fat diet or a high carb/low fat diet?
personally for me i get high energy levels on high car/low fat diet. if you really love fruit you should read the 80/10/10 diet my dr. graham ! this book as changed my life (cliche i know)
Noele Originally Answered: Do most people have high energy levels on a low carb/high fat diet or a high carb/low fat diet?
I found the book to be very informative and easy to read. I've lost 17 pounds in 12 days, I'm just concerned that I'm losing too much weight, too quickly. I will admit I haven't followed the guide exactly. I'm not sticking perfectly to the listed foods and meal plans (but mostly) and doing very little exercise, but the weight keeps flying off. It clearly works and if I'd followed it exactly I think it would scare the living daylights out of me because of the amount that I'd lose. So thanks again for the information. I've never purchased anything like this before because they are usually full of trash, but 3WD has been a pleasant surprise. Get started today!

Lyra Lyra
I don't know how old this question is, but the only answer provided is wrong. Low-carb is the healthiest way to eat. Basically, cut sugar, grains, and white potatoes out of your diet, and you'll be eating low-carb. If you are at a normal weight, you don't need to worry about calories--just eat whatever low-carb foods you like (meat, eggs, fish, cheese, green veggies, full-fat dairy). Some people have reactions to dairy. If you are really serious about figuring out the best diet for you, you can look into doing a "Whole 30." (I won't explain this here, since you can find lots of info on the internet.) You can also look into eating "paleo." There are differences between paleo and low-carb, but paleo cuts out junky carbs and might be low-carb enough for you. Check out the Mark's Daily Apple website, also the Nerd Fitness website for more info. If you just want a simple solution without more research, just quit eating anything containing any kind of sugar (also honey, etc.) and grains (bread, pasta, etc.) and white potatoes. Be sure to eat enough salt when you start, since low-carb causes your body to dump a lot of retained fluid and salt. Low-carb eating lowers blood pressure, usually eliminates heartburn, and reduces your risk of diabetes. Low-fat dieting is not a good thing. Fat is an essential nutrient. As for numbers, some people eat a couple hundred grams of carbs a day, think they are eating "low-carb," and then think low-carb doesn't work. I would describe low-carb as anywhere from twenty to a hundred grams of carbohydrate a day, depending on who you are and what your body needs. Oh, and watch the movie "Fathead." You might want to watch "Super-size Me" first, since a large part of Fathead is pointing out problems with Super-size Me.
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Keighley Keighley
All we need to do is compare lipid profiles rather than web links and we'll all have you beat. "Quite frankly, it is complete bullcrap and a testament to the general stupidity and lack of wisdom in society. I wanna see how the high-fat advocates are faring health-wise twenty years from now." Hmm, isn't there an ongoing study with thousands of participants comparing these types of diets? Hasn't it been going on for decades? I think we already have our answer. Low-carbohydrate diets tend to elevate LDL slightly, though most LDL is type A or large, buoyant particle type. This has no affect on increase risk of cardiovascular disease. The main increased risk factors come from: 1)Low HDL 2)High Triglycerides Come on, give me your ratio. I will CRUSH you.
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Keighley Originally Answered: No-Carb/Low-Carb Diet?
If you are doing this for two weeks, expect to put the weight back on quickly when you go off the low carb diet. Instead, try the "no sugar, no flour" diet. It is healthier. You can have all the fruits and vegetables you like. All lean meats, fish, poultry are fine. Just avoid sweets and bread. To satisfy that sugar craving, try grapes, mini carrots, sugar free jello.

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