No Carb Diet

No carb diet plans, even though effective at dropping pounds quickly have fallen out of favor because they are so hard to stick with. They have been replaced with a new method that give the same great results yet allows the dieter to live a more normal life. This article shares how to shift your carbs for fast weight loss.

The reason low carb or no carb style diets work is because they remove the body’s quick and easy energy source (namely carbohydrates) and with this energy source gone the body must get creative and find other energy sources and what happens is the body learns to become an efficient body fat burner.

Yet sticking with the old no carb diet plans was unrealistic and cravings became more than most people could handle forcing them to quit the diet before reaching their goal.

Enter the new variation on low carb dieting which is to shift your carbohydrates to the early half of your day. This allows your body to still have carbs which it can use for energy in the am and then still burn body fat in the pm.

The concept is simple, eat carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, pastas, rice, cereal and starchy vegetables by lunchtime and then replace them in the afternoon and evening with protein choices and vegetables.

No carb diet plans are out of favor but you can still get the fast weight loss results by shifting your carbohydrate intake to the first half of your day. I encourage you to give this a try in your day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I am switching from a low carb diet to a low fat diet diet. Do you think I will gain weight?
    I have been on a low carb diet for seven months and I’ve lost 25 lbs. I have pleateued at the same weight for about 3 months. I want to try and exercise more but I find I have no energy to run as much as I used to before low carb. I also miss fruits and whole grains, such as cereal, and I need more fiber in my diet (its very hard to use the bathroom on low carb if you know what I mean). I know I lost weight on low carb and I’m scared to death if I switch back I will regain. I’m just so confused! And if I do add carbs back should I still limit them? Like only at breafkast and lunch? Someone who is nowledgeable please help!! Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      you should really limit your carb intake at night. Heavy foods at night are not good. still eat your carbs and enjoy low fat. just remember low fat doesn’t always mean its healthier for you.

  2. QUESTION:
    What exactly does a no carb diet consist of eating and does it really work?
    What exactly does a no carb diet consist of eating and does it really work?

    • ANSWER:
      Jessica, neither one of those first 2 answers is correct. Go to Mercola.com for the truth. It means you eat meat, fat, and vegetables instead of grains and sugars. Basically, eat like the Greeks, Asians, Indians, and pretty much everyone other than western countries eat.

      Yes, of course it works but you still have to control your portion sizes. Not only will you lose weight but you will feel better and hardly ever get sick. Sugars and grains (especially wheat and corn) are making Americans and Europeans SICK, FAT, AND HUNGRY and we all need to wake up.

      The FDA and other government programs DO NOT HAVE YOUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND; IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! Think about it: They want you fat so you will eat more, buy more food and increase their profits. Then you get sick more and buy more drugs. More profits. It’s pure greed at the expense of the American taxpayer. But we do not have an excuse now because it’s all right here on the net. Kevin Trudeau first wrote a book about it (not that I agree with everything he says, but he’s on the right track) and he knows what’s up. The FDA is an evil organization that is only there to get poisonous drugs (all drugs are poisonous) approved and suppress real, natural cures and the TRUTH.

  3. QUESTION:
    How does a no carb diet work? How much weight will I loose in 2 weeks?
    Can someone please explain how a no carb diet works. I’m going on vaction in 2 weeks will I look thinner by then? I go to the gym 3 times a week and each day I excercise for an hour. Will I need to work out more than that? Please help, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No carb diets work by making your body malnourished so it breaks down fat to get nutrition it needs. This is very hard on your body since your body normally uses carbs for energy. As soon as you go back to eating normally, you will gain it back, and more as your body thinks it was deprived so packs on the fat to protect against the next time.

      Instead of eliminating carbs, switch to whole grains and cut back on how many carbs you eat. Increase the amount of fresh fruits and veggies you eat. Carbs should be 25-30% of your diet. This is the same as your lean protein. Fresh fruits and veggies should be the other half, the largest portion of what you eat. An easy way to do this is divide your plate into quarters. First fill half with fruits and veggies. The other quarters are the lean protein and whole grain. Have just one piece of bread for a sandwich instead of 2. Also, don’t snack on things like chips, cookies, pretzels, or crackers. Have fruits or cut veggies instead.

      The reason carbs get the bad rep is people tend to overeat them and eat the wrong type of carbs. Not all carbs are the same. Whole grains have fiber in them which helps fill you up and keep you full longer than plain white ones, so you eat less overall. Plus, many white carb products have a lot of added sugars and fats which adds calories.

      Drink just plain water, black coffee, or unsweet tea. However, if you want fastest results in 2 weeks, just stick to water. Many people fail to take into account the calories in the things they drink. Even no calorie diet drinks are still bad for you because they are nothing but unhealthy, chemical cocktails. If you like juice, have the fruit instead. This will save you a lot of calories and give you fiber.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is a no carb diet really healthy for diabetics?
    My mom suspects that I have diabetes so what does she do? Cut’s every single carb from my diet instead of taking me in to a doctor. I haven’t had a carb in days and I feel really sick. I don’t understand how eggs and butter are more healthy than wheat toast with some jam. I’ve been taught that no/low carb diets are bad for you if your an active person, and rather you should watch calories. But aparently I am wrong… help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) from his book, “Diabetes Solutions” pertinent chapters available to read online -

      What if I, a physician, told you, a diabetic, to eat a diet that consisted of 60 percent sugar, 20 percent protein, and 20 percent fat? More than likely, you’d think I was insane. I’d think I was insane, and I would never make this suggestion to a diabetic (nor would I even make it to a nondiabetic). But this is just the diet the ADA recommended to diabetics for decades.

      Whether you eat a piece of the nuttiest whole-grain bread, drink a Coke, or have mashed potatoes, the effect on blood glucose levels is essentially the same— blood sugar rises, fast. … our saliva can break starches into the shorter chains on contact and then convert those into pure glucose.

      With a number of important exceptions, carbohydrates, or foods derived primarily from plant sources that are starches, grains, and fruits, have the same ultimate effect on blood glucose levels that table sugar does.

      http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/chapter9_3.shtml

      There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with a low carb way of eating. Low carb doesn’t cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do low carb at the same time because the levels will become dangerously low. Carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).

      U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels.

      Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn’t make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. The brain actually prefers* to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat. Fatty acids are the preferred substrate for the heart muscle.

      Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation – the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.

      Gary Taubes who wrote “Good Calories, Bad Calories” spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.

      His main points are:

      1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.

      2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.

      3. Sugars – sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically – are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.

      4. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s & other diseases.

      5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating.

      6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter.

      7. Fattening & obesity are caused by an imbalance in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue & fat metabolism.

      8. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from fat tissue.

      9. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbs make us fat.

      10. By driving fat accumulation, carbs also increase hunger & decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism & physical activity.

  5. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between the Atkins diet and a Low carb diet?
    I would like to lose weight. I feel like I have to put myself on a “diet” because otherwise I’ll have no clue what I can and can’t eat, and what I should and shouldn’t be doing. Whats the difference between a low carb diet, and going on the Atkins diet? Are they the same? If not, whats better?
    Thank you for your answers :)

    • ANSWER:
      Atkins tends to have you start out really low on the carb intake- something like 14 grams where others (Protein Power) start you at 20 grams.

      Depending on which you do might tell you to figure your protein intake a bit different as well. Again the amount is a rather small difference.

      Whichever low carb diet you do be sure to read the book or follow the diet EXACTLY. If you are eating a ton of fatty foods and then throw in too many carbs you will be sorry. Also be sure to eat the protein required because you will stop losing weight if you don’t eat enough.

      Good luck! The first time I did Atkins I dropped 20lbs like it was nothing. The second time around I couldn’t lose a pound to save my life.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight faster on a low carb diet?
    I have been on a low-carb diet for 20 days now and have been very good. I check my ketones throughout the day and the urine stip thing _always_ indicates that I am in ketosis. AND YET I haven’t lost any weight! Like I have only lost a couple of pounds. My mother lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks. No idea what I’m doing wrong here.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you eating enough calories? If you are exercising your caloric need is much greater. Has your dietary fat been at least 65% of total calories? Have you been eating the Atkins bars or shakes, they will stop weight loss cold. Citric acid found in many drinks can disrupt ketosis. Some people have a hard time losing with dairy & artificial sweeteners. I would suggest eliminating all these for at least a week & increase your fat ratio to greater than 80% of total calories. The greater the fat ratio the easier the fat loss.

      Measure everywhere & use that to gauge progress rather than the scale. Low carb creates lean tissue even without exercise, when you exercise you gain even more. So you may gain 10# of lean tissues & lose 11# of fat & it will only show a net loss of 1 pound but you’ve drastically altered your body.

      Almost everyone (even in glycolysis) goes into ketosis at night, this spares glycogen stores, so ketone strips are really pretty useless.

      There is no reason to ever go off a low carb way of eating, you slowly re introduce carbs to your way of eating & as long as you don’t exceed 9grams of carbs an hour (144 carbs a day) you won’t trigger insulin (the fat storage hormone) no matter the calories. Most of us do low carb most of the time & if we cheat & slip back into low carb the next day. I still cheat with sugar occasionally. It’s just not a regular part of my life (as it was preAtkins, 6 years ago, when I felt it controlled me & I had no control)

      The rungs to reintroduction of carbs in 5 gram units – all available to very active people in as little as 11 weeks. Make sure you do them in order & you can skip a rung if you do not intend to include it in your permanent way of eating, such as the alcohol rung.:
      * (minimum week 3 – maximum 25grams day) Acceptable vegetables, larger quantities
      * (minimum week 4 – maximum 30grams day) Add 5grams Fresh cheese
      * (minimum week 5 – maximum 35grams day) Add 5grams Nuts and seeds
      * (minimum week 6 – maximum 40grams day) Add 5grams Berries
      * (minimum week 7 – maximum 45grams day) Alcohol can be added if desired
      * (minimum week 8 – maximum 50grams day) Add 5grams Legumes
      * (minimum week 9 – maximum 55grams day) Add 5grams Other fruits
      * (minimum week10 – maximum 60grams day) Add 5grams Starchy vegetables
      * (minimum week11 – maximum 65grams day) Add 5grams Whole grains
      If you are continuing to lose or maintain (whichever is goal) in week 12 & beyond, you continue to add 5grams a day per week til you reach your personal carb level.

      Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

      You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      Your body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don’t your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      Carbohydrates trigger insulin, the ONLY fat storage hormone. Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

      High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does a low carb diet really work? How fast can you lose weight?
    Like how many pounds a week do you lose by going on a no carb/low carb diet?

    • ANSWER:
      They do work and have been the most popular diets for over 15 years. However, some of them that are extreme, such as Atkins, are tougher to follow and usually backfire with all the weight coming back on and then some.

      You need carbs, so any diet that says to eliminate them is a sham. However, you will want to cut down on the carbs so each meal proportion is roughly 50% Protein, 30% Carbs and 20% Fat. Also important is the type of carbs you eat. Instead of eating starchy complex carbs such as: breads, beans, pasta, potatoes and rice, eat fibrous bulky simple carbs like broccoli, spinach, green beans, cauliflower, greens, brussels sprouts and asparagus instead. You are safe if you stay with any green vegetable. The reason is because starchy carbs get turned to sugar within 20 minutes after eating them. This sudden sugar rush spikes your insulin level which prevents fat from burning. In addition, that excess sugar gets turned to fat rather quickly. Complex carbs take a lot longer to convert to sugar, so your insulin level doesn’t spike and you have time to burn them off. Also, make sure the fats eat are mostly the mono-unsaturated type such as: olive and canola olives, avocado, peanuts and olives. Cut down on all animal fats. Your best source of proteins are skinless, boneless chicken and turkey breast, whitefish such as Cod, Halibut, Tilapia, Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Ono, etc, avoid red meat as much as possible, but an occasional steak or some ground beef won’t kill you as long as it’s lean. If you can find it, try ostrich meat. It is red meat and tastes as good as beef, but is really super low in fat. Buffalo meat is a really lean red meat too.

      If you stick to about 1500 calories a day (three 500 calorie meals) with the aforementioned formula, you should lose between 12-15lbs per month safely and stand a better chance of keeping the weight off. Add 45 minutes a day of brisk walking and figure 15-20lbs per month. Add 45 minutes of cycling or jogging and figure 25-30lbs per month.

      A good example of a typical meal would be 6 oz chicken breast and 4 ounces of green beans and a glass of water. Pour a little olive oil over the chicken and beans, and season with salt/pepper and some basil.

      Other tips to remember:

      Drink mostly water and stay away from hi calories drinks
      Don’t eat past 7pm
      Get plenty of sleep
      If you need a snack, an apple is your best bet
      Vitamin supplements are a good thing.
      Avoid processing your foods in blenders, juicers and food processors (protein smoothies are not your friend unless they are 90% proten)
      Take a break from the diet every 10 days or so and have a piece of pizza or burger. Make sure you run or walk it off shortly after.
      A similar diet plan to this is called The Zone, it’s a good book to read.

      FYI, I lost 60lbs in 3 months on this diet.

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anybody went on the no-carb diet and had a painfull experience?
    I went on this no carb diet(atkins) and I have lost a lot of weight but it has been painful.Has anybody that went through this kind of diet had any kind of pain?Like in the legs and thighs and the butt?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain? what kind of pain? muscle contractions? You are probably dehydrated. Drink lots of water. You need to be taking a multivitamin daily & added potassium. Salt substitutes are cheap potassium sources. I would also highly suggest making a drink daily or teaspoon of sea salt, a teaspoon of potassium (from salt substitute) & a teaspoon of vitamin C (ascorbic acid powder) & add these to a few ounces of water & drink it every morning (you can add in lemon juice to make it more palatable.)

      Carbs create glycogen stores & glycogen holds 3x it’s weight in water. Low carb depletes glycogen stores & drains water. You must drink lots of water to stay hydrated. If takes the body time to readjust.

      There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with a low carb way of eating. Low carb doesn’t cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do low carb at the same time because the levels will become dangerously low. Simple carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).

      U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.

      A low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate. Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs & greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians.

      Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn’t make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers* to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.

      Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation – the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.

      http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2009/1…

      study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)

      Postprandial lipoproteins, you’d think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it’s carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.

      Gary Taubes who wrote “Good Calories, Bad Calories” spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.

      His main points are:

      1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.

      2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.

      3. Sugars – sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically – are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.

      4. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s & other diseases.

      5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating.

      6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter.

      7. Fattening & obesity are caused by an imbalance in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue &

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you eat low-carb on a vegetarian diet?
    No medicine, pills, etc. What are foods you can eat on a low-carb diet?

    • ANSWER:
      When you choose to follow a Vegetarian LOW CARB (LC) diet, you have to make sure that you are getting enough “Complete Proteins”. Even if your morality says that killing things to eat them is wrong, this does not negate your body’s need for the spectrum of Amino Acids from complete protein sources to make it healthy, and to drive your metabolism. So, Protein is always the first piece of your meal that you plan.

      In a healthy Protein Adequate LC diet, Protein must be around 30% of the Caloric Value that you ingest, and Eggs, Cheese, Soy, and Quorn are the best (i.e. “complete”) Vegetarian protein sources.

      (NB: If you have a Thyroid Problem, I would advise you to steer well clear of unfermented Soy products, as these have been proven to slow the thyroid. Soy On Line Service for more information)

      I just want to stop and really praise eggs here, There are hands down the best protein source you are going to be eating. The complete spectrum of amino acids, eggs are high quality protein, they also have the right amount and quality of fats, (and lecithin to aid in emulsifying it) and every mineral and vitamin you are going to need to live thrive and survive, bar Vitamin C, (Chickens can make their own!) in perfect proportion, in the perfect delivery system for our body to use it.

      Nuts and Seitan (a meat-texture substitute, prepared from Gluten) are good too, but are incomplete, so you have to work these in with other things, to make sure that the protein is complete when eaten. (Although some say that you can just make sure that you eat the right amino acids over the day… I haven’t found enough evidence either way on that, and as a meat eater, not something I needed to research.)

      Next, Fats. This should be at least 60% of your Caloric intake. When eating Low Carb, you derive your energy from fat. You cannot use Protein as an energy source easily. If you try, the body protests, with symptoms of shakiness, and rolling blackouts.

      I also want to make the point that Saturated Fatty Acids (SFA) and Cholesterol are good for you. Think about it, your Body fat is saturated, and you use both SFA and Cholesterol to make hormones and to build your cell walls. If you have low cholesterol, you are more likely to have depression. The Medics don’t tell you that one!

      There is no point in eating a Low Cholesterol diet as the liver makes 80% of the Cholesterol that is needed. If we eat less, the Liver just ramps up production, but unfortunately it tends to make more LDL, rather than HDL, which isn’t helpful!

      Dairy Products (Butter, Cream, Cheese and Eggs) and coconut oil are the main veggie sources of Saturates. In fact if you are Vegan, Coconut Oil is the only SFA available to you. NB: Cocoa butter is also a SFA, but it is very difficult to get hold of in Isolation, and this fact is not a good excuse to eat tonnes of high% cocoa solid choc! Even if it does taste nice ;-)

      By the way, Coconut oil is the best sources of short-chain saturates, which is one of the best muscle-fuels going.

      If you can, always fry in a SFA. SFA don’t oxidize, hence, no dangerous aging free radicals are produced when you use them.

      Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MFA), Olive and Nut oils. These are wonderful for you, and taste really good as well. Use in abundance over salads and in baking, but don’t subject them to high heat, such as frying, if you can help it. Being partially unsaturated, they oxidize quite easily, and those horrid free-radicals are produced.

      What you have to avoid are Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PFA) and Transfats. Although we do need a very small percentage of PFA in our diet, (Flaxseed and Starflower(Borage) Oils being the best Vegetarian source of the PFA we need) PFA oxidize really easily, which significantly contributes to the aging process. Frying in Sunflower oil? Nothing worse for you! Stop it right now!

      Also, in a diet high in PFA, when the body incorporates them into cell walls instead of cholesterol, the membranes become softer, and break more easily, again, aging you before you time.

      Trans-fats. This is a term from Sterio-Chemistry. Molecules are considered either “cis” or “trans” depending on which way they rotate. All natural fats (apart from CLA, a naturally Saturated Fat that helps you burn off body fat, mostly found in grass-fed animal fats) are in the “cis” configuration. However, when a Liquid oil is hydrogenated, to product a solid (and cheap) fat, the molecules are predominately “trans”. Our bodies have no mechanism for excreting them, and so, will incorporate them in the cell wall in preference to real, “cis” fats (Silly body!).

      The cell walls can then break down really easily, another cause of premature aging. Transfats are the real cause of arteriosclerosis and heart problems.

      The less natural the food, the worse it is for you. Think about it, what would you rather have? Butter, which is just cream, churned until it goes solid, with a little salt added,

  10. QUESTION:
    What kind of foods to eat on a low or no carb diet?
    Im going on a low or no carb diet (idk which 1 yet), and i need some ideas of what to eat.

    • ANSWER:
      Low carb diets do seem to be a successful way to lose weight if you can stick with them.

      Low carb foods are usually foods with a low glycemic index. This means, they they don’t increase your blood sugar. High blood sugar is a surefire way to increase hunger.

      No carb foods:
      Meats (Fish, Poultry (remove the skin), Beef, Pork, etc.)

      Low carb foods:
      Pretty much anything that doesn’t contain grains/flour or sugar. Although there are plenty of exceptions. :)

      Both Atkins and South Beach have massive lists of acceptable foods for all of their phases. These lists are a great guideline even if you don’t want to follow either diet.

      If you do end up going with a low carb diet plan, I’d suggest South Beach over Atkins. It’s a tad bit more lenient. Especially after induction.

      The best non-mechanized lower back exercises I’ve encountered are yoga poses or physical therapy strengthening exercises.

      Here are a couple:

      Physical Therapy 1
      1) Lie on back, left knee bent.
      2) Tighten abdominals and buttocks, keeping back in neutral position.
      3) Raise right leg 12 inches, knee straight.
      4) Hold 3 counts
      5) Lower leg.

      Repeat 10 times.
      Progress to making circles and squares with raised leg.

      =-=-=-=-=
      Yoga 1
      1) Lie on your back.
      2) Bend your knees, placing feet flat on the ground. Inhale.
      3) Raise your right leg up.
      4) Exhaling, place your hands around the shin. If that is not possible place your hands around your thighs.
      5) Hold for a few seconds.

      Hope this helps! Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    How much weight will I lose in 1 week on a NO CARB diet?
    I need to lose weight ASAP. Dont tell me it’s unhealthy, I know that i’ll put it right back. If I go on a completely no carb diet in week and exercise, running 2 miles a day, sit ups and push ups. How much weight will I lose in a week?

    • ANSWER:
      you will loose weight. but it wont be actual weight. it could be water weight/fluctuation. you need to reduce your calorie intake by 200-500. and exercise. I would not suggest no carbs though, your body needs them to provide energy…

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some bad effects of the no carb diet?
    I am not going to be on it for the rest of my life i just thought i would try it so i can look good this summer. So if i went on the no carb diet for about two weeks when i slowly start putting carbs like wheat and such back into it will my body store it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there is ketosis, which is a result of too much protein. You won’t be getting any fiber, which can lead to constipation. and in general if you are skipping a food group like whole grains which your body requires, you’ve got your basic fad diet.

      I tried the South Beach Diet for a while and ended up with a body that was cramping up all over from lack of potassium. Your body needs fruit and vegetables, milk and some fats too. So, although you can do a low carb diet, there can be serious side affects.

  13. QUESTION:
    What can i eat for breakfast on a low/zero carb diet?
    I basically eat cereal (no coco pops crap)/porridge oats every day. I need to go on a low carb diet, but i’m not sure what i could have for breakfast that is low carb.
    I’m a vegetarian btw.

    • ANSWER:
      Cutting out carbs is NOT the solution. Your body needs a healthy amount of all things: fats, carbs, proteins. As for breakfast, have some sprouted flaxseed toast with earth balance butter and a piece of fruit. Then throughout the rest of the day, have some type of grain, bean or lentil or tofu, or tempeh, or seitan, and load up on greens! I mean it. Go CRAZY! You should be proud of yourself as a vegetarian; you made a great choice.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any tips and advice for a vegetarian low carb diet?
    Are there anyone who have experience with a vegetarian low carb diet? I want to try it but I need to learn more about it, I am a ovo-lacto vegetarian and there is no way that I will do a normal low carb diet with eating meat. Any websites with good info to share?

    • ANSWER:
      vegetarian low carbers forum

      http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=109

      The first few weeks are boring for vegetarians but it can be done. *IF* you have no more than 20# to lose, you could start at a higher carb level (up to 50g) & have more variety, the weight loss would be slower but it would make it much easier to stick with. If you have more than 20#, start at 30g & have flaxseeds & chia seeds the first 2 weeks but wait til the third week before introducing nuts, sunflower seeds & other higher carb seeds – introduce only one type of seed or nut every 3 days.

      I’ve been doing Atkins program for 8 years & rarely eat meat any more. I do more now because I’ve made a concerted effort to add more fish (sardines, canned mackerel or canned salmon) that is high in the essential fatty acid omega 3 DHA which can’t be found affordably in any other source. I highly recommend everyone do this also.

      I have found seeds (ground flax seeds, chia seeds, raw sunflower seeds – all soaked to germinate) & raw nuts as excellent versatile low carb food sources. I also highly recommend spirulina & chlorella as a high nutrition complete protein source. I have found nutsonline.com to have some of the best prices on these & many other items – send me your email addy if you want me to have them send you a 10% off coupon – I get my chia seeds from getchia.com in bulk because their prices are the best.

      These 4 examples of foods which should be eaten daily during induction, gives you 33.5grams of dietery fiber – well over the RDA of 25g. After 2 weeks, you are allowed almost all nonstarchy vegs (less than 25g net carbs in week 3)

      21g total carbs – 13g fiber – 8g net carbs – Lettuce, Romaine- 1 head
      12g total carbs – 8g fiber – 4g net carbs – Celery – 8 stalks
      6g total carbs – 4.5g fiber – 1.5g net carbs – half an avocado
      8g total carbs – 8g fiber – .5g net carbs – Flaxseed 1 ounce 4T
      ————————————-
      47g total carbs – 33.5g fiber – 14g net carbs

      Every day you should be eating these 2 items. Together they are 1000 calories 80% of calories from fat – 90g fat – 3g net carbs. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil for people needing quick energy – coconut oil is the only fat that is converted to quick energy like a carb.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

  15. QUESTION:
    How many carbs in a low carb diet?
    I’m going to try a low carb diet combined with my normal workout routine. I understand low carb doesn’t mean no carb. How many carbs should I be taking in to be considered low carb and still be healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      Start out very low. You are trying to trigger ketosis, where your body shifts to using fat and protein for energy. I would shoot for around 25-50 grams per day, and spread it out, so your body shifts into a ketogenic state. The whole theory behind low carb is that when you body doesn’t have carbs to convert into glucose and glycogen for energy, it produced ketones, which convert fat stores into energy. Your body can also use dietary fat as an immediate energy source. The key here, is that you must take in fats. You can’t go low carb, low fat, or you will cause nutritional issues, and overwork your liver and kidneys trying to convert too much protein to glucose. The absolute maximum carbohydrates you can take in would be 200 grams approx. I would stay well under this, so as not to cause your body to hover around without going ketogenic. At first, you may have carb cravings. This will occur until your body fully switches into ketosis.

      I personally don’t recommend the low carb approach unless you are targeting short term fat loss. Learning to eat a clean low saturated fat diet, with plenty of carbs, and counting calories, is ultimately and healthier, and better balanced, lifestyle.

      Best of luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some foods I can eat in a NO carb diet?
    My doctor told me i have pcos, and told me to go on a no carb diet until my next check up with him. What are some foods i can eat while i’m on this diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Meat and non-starchy vegetables and raw nuts. That’s just about it. Make sure you are getting enough fats through red meat, avacados, and nuts.

  17. QUESTION:
    How exactly do you do a low carb diet? Pleaseeee Help me?
    I am 14 and I am dying to lose weight & I just found out about this low carb diet and convinced that this diet might actually work. But I have no resources how to do this diet. Can someone please help me what kinds of food I should avoid in order for this diet to work? Thanks :]

    • ANSWER:
      Your brain needs lot of carbs. While you can lose weight with the low carb diet, you can get insomnia and depression.

      Dr. Roizon [ http://www.apbspeakers.com/themes/defaultview/SpeakerPages/Michael%20Roizen.aspx ] says that it is healthy for your waist to be half of your height. At 5 feet, 4 inches that would be a waist of 32 inches. There is a lot of bad information out there. It has made America the fattest society ever. But it makes food companies and diet companies rich. Learn why salt, black coffee, salt, lean meat, salt, non-fat yogurt and salt are so fattening. SALT HAS NO CALORIES. The book, Intuitive Eating, says “If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing.” Nourish your body thin, instead of starving it fat. Learn the fastest way to lose weight.

      Never cut carbs, fats and calories. Eat foods made by nature, not man-made foods designed to make you fat and addicted to food. Which has more calories: a plain potato or one with a healthy fat like olive oil? The latter. Which is more fattening? The former. How can this be? The fat slows down the calories going into the blood (see glycemic load and glycemic index) making it less fattening. It is not about how many calories but how fast they enter the blood. But plant foods have fiber. Fiber provides no calories, is filling and also slows the calories entering your blood.

      http://www.phifoundation.org

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best hard drink to have when on a no/low carb diet?
    I am on a low/no carb diet and am thinking of having a few drinks with my buddies tonite. what are the best low carb HARD drinks (not beer) that i can make for myself? any tips? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Vodka with zero sugar lemonade or diet coke is the best, but even with that it’s quite high calorie. A quarter bottle worth of vodka has just over 500 calories, so if you’re on a diet you should probably cut back on calories a bit before you head out- I know that it’s important that you have a meal before you go out, but just avoid any snacks or treats over the day.

  19. QUESTION:
    What foods can be eaten on a no carb diet?
    I want to eat no carbs or at least go on a low carb diet for the next 2 weeks, what foods can I eat?

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    If i loose weight from a no carb diet, where will i loose the most weight?
    I am doing a no carb diet. I am trying to loose weight, I want to loose weight in my arms, legs, and stomach, but I don’t know what to do. If i do a no carb diet, will i loose weight in those three places, and where mostly?

    • ANSWER:
      Its sort of a crap shoot. you will lose fat, and your body will decide where. If you want to lose in specific areas, you can target those areas in your workout.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does the body use the muscle as energy in a no carb diet?
    I want to try doing a no carb, enough fat and HIGH protein diet, but I am worried that my body will use my muscles as energy…..I lift weights like 4 times a week and I box twice a week

    so yeah

    • ANSWER:
      No, muscle is all protein, it’s fat that stores a lot of carbs but fat also stores, you’ve guessed it, fat, so idk about no carb at least add in vegetables and low carb fruit like melons.

  22. QUESTION:
    what is the best Exercise with a no carb diet?
    i am doing a no carb / low carb diet, and i am wondering what is the best exercise or set of exercises to go with my diet , concedering that i dont want to grow any Muscles. also that concentrat on the abdominal area.

    • ANSWER:
      Given that carbohydrates are your primary fuel, you wouldn’t be able to do any sort of significant exercise on a “no carb/low carb” diet. Your body can’t convert fat to energy fast enough to supply your energy needs, and doesn’t do all that well converting protein to energy either.

      Runners and cyclists know the feeling of running out of carbohydrate fuel. They call it “the Bonk”. It ain’t pretty. Been there, done that.

      Not sure why you wouldn’t want muscle, since muscles allow you to move gracefully and effectively, and fill out your frame, as opposed to the sunken, stick-like look.

      Not sure what you mean by concentrating on the abdominal area either. If you’ve got fat in your midsection, exercising your abdominal muscles will have no effect on it. Fat is stored fuel. Exercise strengthens muscles, but has no direct effect on the overlaying fat. Fat gets used up when you take on less fuel than you need to power your day

      A balanced diet, slight calorie restriction along with at least an hour a day (more is better) of vigorous aerobic exercise is your best bet.

      The best exercises for this purpose, in descending order of calories burned per hour:

      1. Cross country ski
      2. run
      3. bike
      4. swim

      You don’t have to pick just one. Feel free to do them all in any combination. Run to the pool and back for you swim workouts. Ride your bike to work, school, etc. Exercise doesn’t have to a separate part of your life walled off by itself in a gym.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does a low carb diet contribute to depression?
    My husband and I have been on a very low carb diet since October of last year, and although we havce lost quite a bit, I have found my anti-depressants no longer seem to be working and I am more and more depressed. Could it be that I need more carbs? Is there a healthy eating plan alternative that I could still lose weight with?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, though it is not a popular school of thought. If you’re lacking sufficient carbs, you aren’t making sugar, necessary for total and complete brain function, which includes releasing endorphins and serotonin.

  24. QUESTION:
    What specific items of food can I take for lunch on a low-carb diet?
    I will need to bring a lunch to work. All I can think of on the Atkins Diet is chicken or tuna salad. I could also take a sandwich on the low-carb bread. I have no more ideas. Can you help me. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Salad with grilled chicken or turkey. stir-fry is good and easy to make too, I make mine with chicken. Steak with a salad would be ok. Grilled fish, or baked fish with mixed veggies.

  25. QUESTION:
    What would be good diet low carb, for insulin resistance, pcos that I can follow?
    I have no clue what to eat, and can not afford to join a low carb diet

    • ANSWER:
      Get Atkins New Diet Revolution you can get it for about 10 cents plus postage in used books on Amazon.com, and there’s always the public library.

      Meanwhile go to lowcarber.org a lot of people there are doing variations of Atkins and they also have a page that compares low carb diets.

      I suggest Atkins because this is a good starting point to just learn how it is done and to understand the science behind low carbing.

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    What to eat on a no-carb diet when you’re lactose intolerant?
    It’s been recommended that I go on a no-carb diet, and a lot of those diets require high amounts of protein and fat. However, I’m lactose intolerant, and it makes it harder. What are some ideas for meals/snacks that I can eat? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      meat,fish,chicken and eggs. that’s no carb and no lactose.
      it’s an adkins/paleo diet.
      lots of adkins and paleo recipes online.

  27. QUESTION:
    What kind of things I can drink while on a low carb diet? What about sweets?
    So I’ve been on a low carb diet for about a week now and I’m dying to drink something other than water. Diet drinks are mostly gross, and I miss things like orange juice. Anyone have any ideas?

    What about sweet things? I get that most things that have sugar in it are packed in carbs. Thanks for any information. (Please no answers that are telling me to google it. ><)

    • ANSWER:
      Artificial sweeteners aren’t healthy, but are allowed when low carbing (which is NOT a recommended eating plan for keeping weight off long term, by the way)…

      Tea and coffee are acceptable…diet sodas…low carb ready-to-drink protein shakes (like EAS Carb Control, for example)…

      Here’s a cut/paste from the Atkins website that tells what you are allowed to drink on their diet plan (low carb)…that should give you an idea of what you might want to consider…

      •Clear broth/ bouillon (make sure it has no sugars added)
      •Club soda
      •Cream, heavy or light.
      •Decaffeinated or regular coffee and tea
      •Diet soda (be sure to note the carb count)
      •Flavored seltzer (must say no calories)
      •Herb tea (without added barley or fruit sugar added)
      •Water – at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day including…

  28. QUESTION:
    what kind of foods can you eat on a no carb diet?
    I’m just curious because i am starting a no carb diet with my sister and her boyfriend.

    • ANSWER:
      No grains at least, which leaves starchy vegetables which you would probably be better to eat as a no carbohydrate is very unhealthy. By the way I think you mean a low carb diet.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is a no carb diet good to kick start a lifestyle plan?
    as in before i start a lifestyle change can i lose a lot at first by going no-carb?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    What foods can i eat on my NO carb diet?
    I have been on a no carb diet for 8 days no. I am bored of the cheese, fruit, regular stuff. I need more Ideas. I am starving. I am very picky, that is my problem. HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      You can make a fake cheesecake by mixing cream chesse, vanilla and splenda to taste. Its yummy. Are you eating veggies? Celery with cream cheese, salt, pepper and spices is good. You can join a Yahoo Atkins group to find really good recipes. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    How to resist eating pasta on low-carb diet?
    I’ve been doing a low-carb diet ever since I decided I needed to lose weight. So far, I’ve lost about 50 lbs. I still need to lose another 30 lbs, but my willpower is.. wavering. I’m Italian, and my family always makes pasta. It’s been even more frequent now since the holidays are coming up. Obviously, while on a low-carb diet, pasta is a NO-NO. How can I keep my motivation and eat the other stuff besides pasta?

    • ANSWER:
      I usually put pasta sauce on fried or steamed cabbage (some people use spagetti squash) or make a lasagne with blanched cabbage leaves and/or thinly sliced fried eggplant (instead of noodles). Shirataki noodles (found in asian markets) are low carb but better suited to stir fry than italian dishes, but some people use them with pasta sauce. Some low carbers occasionally eat Dreamfields pasta which has a much lower glycemic index.

      Have you been adding 5 grams of carbs per day every week to your carb allowance? The key to doing low carb for a lifetime is slowly increasing your carb level while still losing weight. It is slower progress but easier to maintain.

      During the first 2 weeks, you can have several cups of salads. Jicama, cucumber, celery & radish marinated in sesame oil & hot pepper flakes with rice wine vinegar & artificial sweetener. Make a stir fry with Bok Choy, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, celery, mushrooms, shirataki noodles & your fav meats. I love eggs and could eat deviled eggs every day. You can smother omelets & meats with mushrooms & peppers & cheese. Meatzza – Meatloaf with pizza toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, mozzarella) I prefer very thin sausage patties fried crispy with pizza toppings. Pork rinds & celery sticks are great crunch and can be eaten with dips (avocado/mayo/cayenne is my fav) & tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salads. I love love love my rotisserie and it makes the meats extra tasty. I cook a turkey every couple of months and make soup with the bones (add vinegar to leach minerals) and turkey salads. I’ll cube up some turkey meat mix in a couple of raw eggs add cheese (and broccoli after induction) with cayenne powder & nuke a couple of minutes for nearly instant meal. Flax seed should be eaten 2T daily even in induction.

      Ground flax seed (2-3 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat.

      After the 2 week induction, you add 5 grams of carbs per day every week and add a much greater variety of non starchy vegetables. Change your mindset – eat what you like to eat, just adapt it to low carb -
      replace bread with lettuce
      replace pasta with cabbage
      replace rice with cauliflower
      replace potatoes with brocolli
      I eat all my favorite Chinese, Italian, even Mexican foods with low carb foods. Cabbage makes an excellent pasta substitute (for me) Make a lasagna with blanched cabbage leaves & thinly fried eggplant instead of noodles. Sugar free pasta sauce over fried cabbage. My fav is chicken cacciatore, I add greens & flaxseed or chia seed for body and also add pizza toppings – pepperoni, mushrooms, lots of mozzarrella. Alfredo sauce is also low carb.

      I don’t cook often. I usually make huge batches of food & freeze most of it. I cook meats 20-30# at a time (for just me) I have gone into the forums for recipes (especially when I first started low carb) I was shocked that fried “rice” made with grated cauliflower tasted just like it’s name sake. Shirataki noodles are traditional in Japanese sukiyaki and low carb. I’ve heard faux mashed “taters” made with cauliflower & cream cheese can fool non low carbers. “potato” salad using cauliflower instead.

      Hope I’ve given you a start, I just don’t cook much but many recipes abound. Adapt what you’ve always eaten first (I bet someone has a recipe for it or low carb version) and then start exploring.

      Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food (when you can splurge some – Amazon.com has couple lbs. for shipped to you. I buy mine in bulk – 24# for # with free shipping at getchia.com

      I also order off Amazon – Lowrey’s Pork Rinds 18 for – they pop like popcorn and are portion controlled.

      Faux tapioca – 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk (or cream and added water during induction) & artificial sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

      (berries are lowest glycemic) Cheesecake – strawberry ice cream (frozen berries, cream, a stick blender) – pork rinds great crunch – i eat lots of fish for snack (fish “steaks” or mackerel in tins are favs)- avocado/mayo/cayenne dip – olives

      Pumpkin soup
      * 1 (12 ounce) package Jimmy Dean sausage
      * 1/2 cup onion, minced
      * 1 garlic clove, minced
      * 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
      * 1-2 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
      * 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
      * 4 cups chicken broth
      * 1/2 cup heavy cream
      * 1/2 cup water

      Directions
      1.Brown sausage, drain, then add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and mushrooms and sauté until done.

  32. QUESTION:
    How many grams of meat should I eat each day on a low carb diet?
    I received no answers when I asked in the diet and fitness section and I asked this question twice.

    • ANSWER:
      you eat till your full and you eat when you are hungry.. that is the only natural way… its the way humans have been eating for 98% of our time on earth until the advent of agriculture.. its the way animals eat

      don’t measure things on a low carb (other than carb).. just eat when you want and as much as you want.. real food doesn’t have to be measured.

  33. QUESTION:
    How much weight can you lose on a no carb diet in two weeks?
    My aunt went on a no carb diet and lost 10 lbs the first week and 15 after two weeks. Is this typical? I’m just curious to know if this is how the diet works for everyone. I know it’s not healthy…and I weigh 100 lbs so I’m not gonna do it or anything..I’m just curious if those are typical results…cause that seems amazing.

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible. But I think most people will not experience that kind of weight loss unless they are very heavy to begin with.

  34. QUESTION:
    My imagination or does the brain more clear on a low carb diet?
    Ive always had a problem where I’ve felt like I’m walking trough a fog. But when I go on a low carb (no carb at this point) it seems to lift the fog. I am more lucid and happier.

    • ANSWER:
      low carb diet does make you feel more stronger,more energy,clearer mind.
      I did experienced that,too.
      may be your usual diet is high carb ?
      high carb diet gives you opposite feeling og low carb diet.

  35. QUESTION:
    I’ve been on a low carb diet for 2 weeks and haven’t lost any weight. What is wrong with my body?
    I suffered two weeks of this stupid diet. I gave up everything. Even my glass of wine with dinner. I have always gone to the gym 3-5 days a week and continued that though out. I’m 5 4′ and 150lbs, all fat, no muscle. There is definitely something wrong with my body if everyone on the planet Earth can at least loose 1 or 2 pounds. So frustrated.

    • ANSWER:
      THATS THE WRONG DIET, TRY ANOTHER

      ALSO are you exercising????? IF NOT GET TO IT!!!!

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you not CRASH after a no-carb diet?
    I did a no carb diet for about 3 months and lost all the weight I wanted to… then I crashed! If I start the diet again, what is a good way to transition back to normal foods without gaining all the weight back?

    Or, should I just start a different diet?
    I am 140 lbs, and I would like to be 125…

    • ANSWER:
      Try this website you should slowly work your way back to eating while keeping your body strong and healthy, Here is the link you can start by drinking these shakes twice a day as a meal replacement……Diets aren’t good for you but changing your eating habits to a more nutritous way of eating is Great!! My husband lost weight with this program he was 300 lbs and now is 240 he still needs to lose more but he feels great!! and has learned how to eat and stay healthy.
      .http://www.naturalfitnessstore.com/

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some good foods that I can eat on a low carb diet?
    I really want to cut back on carbs to lose weight, but I dont think I could do a no carb diet, so if you have any food ideas that are low in carbs or don’t contain any carbs at all, I would greatly appreciate them!
    Thanks! =)

    Also, how many grams of carbs max. should I eat on a low carb diet(per day)?

    • ANSWER:
      A low carb diet means a diet low in starchy carbohydrates such as bread, cereals, pasta and rice but you can have non-starchy carbohydrates such as fruit and most vegetables.

      You can also have protein foods such as meat, poultry, sea food, eggs and dairy products.

      The Atkins diet is an example of a low carb high protein diet.

  38. QUESTION:
    Whats the name of the diet in which one eats low carb all day and carby meal at night?
    I read about it somewhere but have forgotten the author and diet name. I think it’s a female author who lost weight this way and then wrote a book about it. It’s basically a no-carb diet all day followed by a Reward meal at night which contains carbs. It’s not the warrior diet, it’s something else. I’d really appreciate you help.

    • ANSWER:
      The Carb Addicts diet created by Dr. Richard and Dr. Rachael Heller

      I don’t recommend this for true carb addicts though, because carbs trigger cravings for more carbs. I highly advocate Atkins program for true carb addicts, it gets you past the addiction quickly & allows you to identify trigger foods.

      Unfortunately, anyone who accumulates over 30# of excess fat is more than likely insulin resistant. Long term ingestion of highly refined carbs “burn out” the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition. Exercise forces muscles to accept glucose out of the bloodstream without the need for insulin.

      Most people get obese because their bodies just can’t process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn’t promote fat loss. The body won’t release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want “something” – have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Meats smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese – pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/egg salad – sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & the low carb way of eating will create a natural appetite suppression that makes it much easier to make healthy choices.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter – add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Carbohydrates trigger insulin, the fat storage hormone. Protein triggers the fat burning hormone, glucagon.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min. for daily fiber needs.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight.

  39. QUESTION:
    When you start a no-carb (or very low-carb) diet, how long will it be before you lose weight?
    When you start on a low carb diet, eating only 3 meals a day including salad, fish, chicken, steak, eggs, bacon, etc. (but not over-doing it)…when will you start to see the pounds drop?? I’ve heard that it can take 5 days but I don’t know if this is true or not.

    • ANSWER:
      It can but often starts by day 3.

  40. QUESTION:
    How well does the no carb diet actually work?
    My friend is trying it out, and seems to be having good results. I’ve heard, however, that once you eat carbs again, all the weight comes back. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Sort of true. I’ve done Atkins several times. I’ve been able to consistently lose between 4 and 6 lbs per week. Problem is if you revert to form and start eating in the way that got you into this situation, the weight will come back. That being said, if you read the Atkins diet, you’re supposed to eliminate all carbs at first. Once you’ve started to get to the point where you want to be, you’re to re integrate carbs into your diet steadily until your weight plateaus. Once you reach this point, that is the amount of carbs your body can handle, and you aren’t supposed to exceed.
      When I’ve done this, I’ve had great results. However I usually went back to a normal eating pattern followed by terrible stomach pain as I couldn’t physically handle the carbs.
      If you’re looking to lose weight steadily, quickly, it works, but these are some of the drawbacks. Wish her luck for me.

  41. QUESTION:
    Have you ever done a low/no carb diet and how did it work for you?
    I’m doing a low carb diet where you cut almost all carbs out and then gradually bring them back in as you continue to lose weight. It’s working fine for me, but i was just curious about how it’s worked for anyone else?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is 200,000 low carbers that seem pleased with the low carb lifestyle -

      http://forum.lowcarber.org/

      http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/

      Nearly 7 years ago, I started Atkins low carb way of eating to just quit gaining weight. I had to get my out of control appetite under control. I never imagined I could LOSE weight without hunger or exercise, since I’ve become disabled. I never bothered weighing or measuring til I’d noticed that my clothes got huge quick. When my health improved dramatically also, I knew this was my new way of life and since it’s eat all you want (of low carb foods) I know I can do this for life.

      My personal carb level is low. I am older & disabled & don’t move much (or cook much) but I eat all I want of meats, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, fats, green vegetables, almonds, berries, flax seeds, chia seeds, shirataki noodles and other foods. Someone active would have a MUCH higher carb level & can usually include all fruits, beans, whole grain products but not sugar & highly refined carbs in unlimited amounts. As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories.

      Most overweight & obese people have blood sugar & insulin dysfunctions and can NEVER eat carbs as someone with a functioning body can. They make the mistake of going back to the way of eating that made them fat and that is not possible and yes they will gain all weight back if they eat what they ate that made them obese originally. Insanity is defined as doing the exact same thing, in the exact same way and expecting different results. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it's own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes about 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Carbohydrates trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon..

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min. for daily fiber needs.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are the dangers of a no-carb diet?
    I heard that no-carb diets burns fat and allows you to maintain and gain muscle. What are potential dangers for me?
    I am healthy already but i want to lose some fat and gain muscle. It is possible to be fully carnivorous (which is no-carb) and be completely healthy. Is energy deficiency the only real danger here?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s virtually impossible to eat no carbs–that would be dangerous. Eating a low-carb diet results in a person going into ketosis. This is fine for most people, but it is a strain on the kidneys. It requires drinking a lot of water and being very healthy before beginning the diet.

      A balanced diet consisting of lots of vegetables and micro-nutrient dense foods is a much more effective way to go.

  43. QUESTION:
    I’m going on a strict low carb diet, how long until I see results?
    I’m going on a very low carb diet, and I’m going to be doing roughly 20 minutes of cardio a day, and probably around 50 or 60 sit ups. I weigh at/around 125. I’d like to weigh no more than 115. How soon will I lose weight?

    *15 year old female if this helps any at all.

    • ANSWER:
      When I did Atkins, I knew in 3 days it was the best thing I could have done.

  44. QUESTION:
    What foods should i eat with low carb diet? please i need suggestions!!!!!?
    I NEED to know what foods to eat with low carb diet
    Breakfast,lunch,dinner and snacks!! please tell me

    I know no bread candy and stuff like that but i just need some good meal ideas for low carb ! thanks

    • ANSWER:
      salads with chicken/fish/lean meat added
      Hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, omelettes
      nuts and seeds
      yogurt
      lots of veggies (with cheese sauce if you like)
      Lean meats, chicken, fish

      Check out South Beach diet forums for phase one for recipe ideas

  45. QUESTION:
    How does a low-carb diet work..?
    ok, so obviouly a lot of carbs are bad for you, but what exactly do they do to your body?
    also ,what are some no- carb or low-carb foods?
    im looking for a good diet to lose a few pounds for the summer

    • ANSWER:
      it doesn’t have as much calories and fat

  46. QUESTION:
    If I keep eating a no/low carb diet are my boobs going to shrink?
    People keep telling me that since my boobs are fat my diet will make them shrink but their genetic!!! Are they just trying to scare me or what?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, your breasts may shrink but you will be tired & cranky.
      Carbs are your friend, they are the body’s most efficient source of energy without it a whole host of issues can occur.
      It’s the type of carbs you eat that needs to be addressed.

      You should be eating whole grains, those are healthy carbs the other carbs like chips, fries, white rice etc are not healthy at all & have no nutritional value.

      Please stop starving your body…

  47. QUESTION:
    How can i loose weight faster on a no carb diet?
    I want to loose weight faster because a girl keeps telling me I am fat, I am 123 pounds and 5’1. I want to be 105, 100 or even 95 pounds.. What can i do to loose this weight faster? I am already dieting, but what kind of excercises can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      95 is gross even at 5 1 … eat some complex carbs to get energy to burn fat in your body. without them you will just stop burning weight. Tell the girl to go take a hike and eat a sucker … she will have no brain wave activity from her diet. Do you want to be smart or anorexic ?

  48. QUESTION:
    How much weight should I lose on a no carb diet for 2 months if I weigh 155 and am 5’5?
    I’m running/ walking 20-40 min also, 5 days a week.
    I mean a low carb diet,20 carbs a day. Plus I run 5 days a week.

    • ANSWER:
      One, you NEED carbs, That’s what gives you energy to walk and run and work out, two that is WAY unhealthy and three can you even go on a no carb diet without dieing of starvation after a week and a half?

  49. QUESTION:
    Husband and I are going to start on Atkins (no-carb diet) – wondering if there are hidden carbs in foods?
    To be more specific, we are quite certain there are foods above the common starches (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) that have a high carbohydrate content. Our hope is that you know of some and can list them. While we can run a search for this info..preference (10 points) given to someone with a list of foods with carbs, and has done the diet with tips for success for us! Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      It’s easier to list what you can have than what you can’t have. Foods are limited at first but as you go along in your low carb journey, you will learn about foods that you may not be eating now. I’ve always enjoyed vegetables but it wasn’t til i started low carbing that I explored the vast amount of vegetables. My diet now is very high in raw seeds & nuts.

      These 4 examples of foods which should be eaten daily during induction, gives you 33.5grams of dietery fiber – well over the RDA of 25g. After 2 weeks, you are allowed almost all nonstarchy vegs (less than 25g net carbs in week 3)

      21g total carbs – 13g fiber – 8g net carbs – Lettuce, Romaine- 1 head
      12g total carbs – 8g fiber – 4g net carbs – Celery – 8 stalks
      6g total carbs – 4.5g fiber – 1.5g net carbs – half an avocado
      8g total carbs – 8g fiber – .5g net carbs – Flaxseed 1 ounce 4T
      ————————————-
      47g total carbs – 33.5g fiber – 14g net carbs

      Every day you should be eating these 2 items.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with pork rinds or celery.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter – add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes about 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Carbohydrates trigger insulin, the ONLY fat storage hormone. Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want “something” – have huge omelets with meats, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. – pork rinds & avocado dip or tuna/chicken/egg salad – sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.

      As long as you have <9grams net carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated.

  50. QUESTION:
    How do you go on a no carb diet? What do you eat all day?
    I mean, fruit has carbs, healthy whole grain bread has carbs, nonfat dairy products have carbs. All of those things are healthy and have essential nutrients. Do people who don’t eat carbs just eat vegetables and meat all day? Also, don’t they lack a lot of nutrients they miss from foods with carbs? Please explain this to me.

    • ANSWER:
      There are good carbs and there are bad carbs. Carbs are very important for your body, because that’s where you body gets the energy from. So a no carb diet is not healthy.

      All those carbs that you mentioned like fruit, whole grain, nonfat dairy product you can have, but you have to watch not to indulge on them.

      You must cut all carbs than come from processed food like white bread, white rice, crackers, juices, can soups, can product and much more. These product have to much salt, sugars and other ingredients that are not good for your body.

      You should eat your carbs during the first two meal of the day, so your body can use then for energy. No carb should be eating late in the afternoon because it be converted as fat.

      Just make sure that all your carbs come from natural sources and do not over eat them.