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Your bodies fuel source is either glucose or ketones, aka sugars or fats...it can make glucose from protein, but does not do this effeciently. High protein diets are what lead to kidney stones, gallbladder stones, liver issues, etc that many people complain about when doing a low carb diet. This is what leads many people to fail on low carb diets, "it didn't work for me and I have the kidney stones to prove it", they don't do enough research and they just willy nilly embrace a diet without understanding the whole basis behind it! I was just cruising through some old low carb threads and it was all about protein, protein, protein!

I am even frustrated at the amount of pro-paleo people out there who can't seem to get it right either. When I type in paleo food pyramid, there it is meat first, then fruits and veggies, THEN FATS...overall quantity wise, you will consume a seemingly larger amount of proteins, mass/size wise, but you should be consuming the majority of your calories from FATS.

With a low carb diet, fats replace your main fuel source of carbs/glucose. Now you have to understand that your body HAS to have carbs/glucose in order to function, so a person cannot survive off of ZERO carbs....this is another issue. Low carb does NOT mean NO carbs, it means you are eating LESS/LOWER carbs than you are eating fats. You can consume easily up to 100, even 150 carbs a day, after your transition, and still be on a low carb diet! Just consume your carbs from healthy sources such as fruits and veggies, instead of donuts and bread.

So back to the fats...when you create a meal, it should revolve around FATS. Each meal should have a balance of fats, protein and veggies. Make your steak, but fry it in coconut oil, toss your veggies in there so they can soak up some of that oil, even have some healthy butter on the side to sprinkle on top when the meal is plated. At breakfast, fry your eggs in coconut oil, add in 1/2 of an avacado (lots of healthy fats), add some non-cured bacon (no nitrates), maybe scramble your eggs with some finely chopped spinach (you won't even taste it!); have a handful of fruit in a bowl of heavy whipping cream for desert; when you have that side salad, toss it with plenty of EVOO, you can't absorb all those lovely nutrients contained in those dark, leafy greens without some FATS! When you feel weak or dizzy, it's not "low carb flu" it's because you are not feeding your body enough energy, meaning you are not eating enough FATS with your meals.

It is the fats that fill you up, that send that signal to your brain saying stop eating, I'm full! This is how I can eat two meals a day and be satisfyingly full, yet when I eat carbs I can stuff my belly until it's read to explode and yet I am hungry an hour later. FATS are an awesome way to reduce your overall calorie consumption, by increasing satiety.

Low carb equals KETOSIS...what is ketosis?...the burning of FATS for energy, not protein!

Another complaint I have heard about low carb is dry mouth. I had this issue as well. This is because carbs cause your body to retain a large amount of water. And to think we are always blaming this on salt lol. I have to be sure to ADD some salt to my diet, to help my body retain some water and help with blood pressure. For every one part of carbs, your body retains two parts water. Don't believe me, try it. Go low carb and add that salt to your veggies, eat that salty bacon, and watch that water bloat just fall right off! Stop guzzling the diet soda and no sugar drinks and pick up a glass of WATER.

A major issue of eating a low carb, low fat, HIGH protein diet (bad, bad, bad!), is that without it's two preferred sources of energy, carbs or ketones, the body will use glucogenesis to break down it's muscle tissue to create the glucose it needs. This leads to the build-up of toxic by-products that result from the excess metabolism of proteins and is what leads to the many health side affects (including kidney and liver issues and all the body processes they in turn affect, such as blood pressure) that people have encountered when not doing the Atkins, low carb diets properly. Please forgive the religous overtones, but this site had some interesting info.

http://healthgiftofgod.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/why-low-carb-diets-must-be-high-fat-not-high-protein/

Also, I don't see why someone couldn't go low carb as a vegetarian. So long as you keep your carb below 100 or so, and make sure to get lots and lots of healthy, delicious FATS from vegetarian approved sources such as EVOO, avacado, other types of seed/nut oils, coconut oil, fish, eggs, dairy, butter then your all good! You could even be vegan and go low carb, but then again I am not pro-processed soy products, or processed any products.

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What about people who have semi high BP and slightly high cholesterol...is the fat still OK for them?

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High fat diets have been proven to lower bp and blood lipids...I have found several physician blogs where the doctors were able to reduce pt's with HTN, diabetes and other health problems down from 12+ meds down to only one. For pt's with major health problems, this is of course done under the supervision of a physician. If you are wanting to try the diet, but are worried about how it will affect your current health issues, then you need to find a physcian who is willing to support you in you dietary lifestyle change.

If you are interested, research the diet for yourself....there are plenty of medical research articles, blog sites by nutritional biochemists, Ph.d's, medical physicians, nutritionists, etc out there to reference.

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Low carb /high fat is the diet humans are made to eat. I lost 100lbs 4 years ago eating low carb. It is relativly easy to change to this lifestyle. My cholesterol is 160 and my bp is 116/70. Low fat dogma is why we are so fat now.

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I strongly believe that whatever "diet" aka lifestyle change a person takes on in order to lose weight and become healthy must be for life. This can be nearly impossible for most of the diets people chose, but not with Paleo.

I recently had to switch to a high carb low fat diet....I was all out of butter, avacado, olive oil, etc with no hope of getting more for awhile and had to use my husbands food and what I had left in the house so that I would atleast not eat totaly junk. So I switched to what veggies I had left with no salt, no butter, not sauteed in olive oil, had some chicken baked with no olive oil or coconut oil, if I had a salad I could barely put a little italian dressing mostly watered down with cider vinegar, no more butter coffee, egg whites instead of a whole egg mixed with a dab heavy cream and a touch of butter....ugh, I did it for two days and I was miserable, the food is sooooo boring and utterly tasteless, no way would I be able to maintain it for a week, certainly not for life!

So I am so happy to be getting back to the store today and getting back on my Paleo. I had always looked forward to my meals, they filled me up quickly and left me satisfied for hours. The countdown to purchasing our own farm and raising our own meat, eggs, fruits and veggies is almost over and I can't wait!

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Yes, this 'diet' works - but only if you decide this will be the way you are going to eat for life. This is definitely a lifestyle change-as all diets should be - if you want to keep the excess weight off. You will not feel like exercising when you first start it, but give it a couple of weeks for your body to adjust, and you will have the energy to exercise. Just don't think you will be able to go back to the 'white' foods -sugar, flour and starchy carbs. In other words, a good mantra to use is, 'if the food is white, it ain't right'. Eat only the complex carbs, not the simple carbs. I love oil and butte, and I can have them on this diet!

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Thanks for the post on the benefits of a low carb diet. Personally, for many reasons I prefer a vegan diet. However, since I gained 15-20 lbs in nursing school and my whole eating plan is way off track, I'm doing Atkins Phase 1 for a few weeks to get my metabolism up and to lose weight right now.

i know low carb works because I've done it before! I'm 4 days in right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Thanks for posting this! Paleo worked well for me the time I was on it- at least my IBS symptoms were less frequent. I've seen quite a few Paleo blogs and posts on forums saying that the biggest thing about the diet is the bulk of protein- absolutely not true. Paleo itself doesn't even necessarily need to be low-carb, either. Fruits and sweet potatoes are on the list, though most people would tell you not to eat them unless you are very active.

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