What They Don't Tell You About Low Carb Diets

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How Much Will You Lose in a Month?

Here we explore what online polls have found about how much real people actually lose during one Month on a Low Carb diet. Most bestselling diet books make it sound like the people who do these diets lose a lot more weight than they really do. So this diet book hype makes a lot of people assume they are failing on a diet when, in fact, they are... more

Water Weight vs. Fat Weight

Don't Be Fooled by Quick Losses and Devastating Gains! After a week of doing a low carb diet, new dieters are filled with excitement. They've lost anywhere from four to ten or even twelve pounds. They conclude, "This diet works!" and their enthusiasm after that quick weight loss may motivate them to stick with the diet even when the weight loss... more

Use Our Nutrition Calculator to Break Through Stalls!

Click HERE to Calculate Your Nutrient Balance Based on Your Carbohydrate Intake

The books make it sound easy. Cut the carbs, eat "luxuriously" and watch the weight drop off. No need to count anything but grams of carbs. Sounds too good to be true, and for most of... more

When You Crash Off Your Diet

Sooner or later, no matter how much weight you've lost, you are going to run into the carby treat with your name on it, and chances are you're going to eat it.

What happens next may be the single most important moment in your diet.

Are you going to be taken by surprise by normal physiological changes that occur? Will you start the... more

Marketing Tricks: Net Carbs, Sugar Alcohols, Tricky Portion Sizes

Low carb dieters can have a tough time determining how many grams of carbs are really in the foods they buy. Every drugstore, supermarket, and department store in U.S. is filled with snack products that claim to be perfect for low carb diet. The labels on these products may list 24 grams of carbs but assure you that you only have to count 2 or 3... more

Starving? Try the Two Gram Cure

Low Blood Sugar Is Normal When You First Cut Your Carbs. That's because when you cut your carbs down you are likely to experience what doctors call "reactive hypoglycemia," which is just a fancy term for "low blood sugar." This happens because when you cut your carbs it takes the body a while to notice. Meanwhile, it is likely to still be pumping... more

When You Stall

A "stall" is the term for what happens when people who have been dieting carefully suddenly hit a period where their diet stops working and they cannot lose another pound. Stalls can last weeks, months, and yes, I'm sad to say, years.

Though diet books often make stalls sound like they are unusual, after years of reading online diet... more

Are You Heading Towards Diabetes?

Many people who respond the most strongly to a low carb diet do so because they have undiagnosed blood sugar abnormalities. Unfortunately, the way doctors currently screen for diabetes misses the early stages of the disorder and ensures that you won't find out you are diabetic or near-diabetic until you have spent years with dangerously high blood... more

Learn from Successful Dieters

Lessons from Keeping It Off: Winning At Weight Loss by Robert H. Olson and Susan C. Colvin.

While browsing in the stacks at my public library I came across a very helpful book written back in the mid-1980s which reported on a group of people who had lost 20% or more of their body fat and kept it off for five years or more. The book... more

Hidden MSG Makes You Fat

The authors of the original book The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet first flagged the fact that eating MSG will make you fat. Now an interesting study quantifies JUST how fat MSG can make you and finds that its effects are independent of how much you eat or exercise.

From the Science Daily description of the study:
Researchers... more

Indispensable Low Carb Treats

You can make homemade treats that taste better than expensive "low carb" foods you see in stores! Not only that, but the stuff you cook at home has no hidden carbs to stall you, unlike 99% of the commercially produced "low carb" treats.

Most of these recipes were designed back in the bad old days when the only diet foods available were... more

When Low Carb Isn't Working

The diet books make it sound easy. Cut the carbs, lose the weight, normalize your blood sugar, feel great. For many people, it works that way. But for many more it doesn't.

When I reviewed the research that went into my new book, Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets I was... more

How Blood Sugar Works

Most of us have heard the term blood sugar bandied around enough that we think we know what it means, but few of us really understand the complexity of the system that makes a steady supply of fuel available to our cells around the clock.

The basic facts are these: All animals have a small amount of a simple sugar called glucose floating... more

Do Starch Blockers Work?

It's a dieter's dream: A pill that makes carbs disappear. And there are several vendors who will happily sell you what they claim is just such a pill.

The Los Angeles times ran an article on June 24, 2003, titled "Starch Blockers show Promise for Dieters" The article suggested that over-the-counter supplements containing an extract from beans... more

No More Ketobreath!

Too many dieters accept that they have to live with the intense bad breath nicknamed "ketobreath" if they are to continue losing weight. That's because they believe that the bad breath is a sign that they are in ketosis and burning off fat.

Unfortunately, the bad breath associated with low carbing is a major reason why the loved ones of low... more

Studies Proving the Safety and Efficacy of the Low Carb Diet

You'll find the latest research proving the safety of the Low Carb diet, along with research that conclusively proves the uselessness of the Low Fat Diet on this page on the main Blood Sugar 101 web site: Studies Proving the Safety and Efficacy of the Low Carb Diet.


Low Carb Forums and Recipes

Here are some discussion boards where you can find other people who eat low carbohydrate diets for weight loss. When checking out any discussion board, be aware that everyone's experience is different. What works for someone else may not work for you.

Also, look at who sponsors the discussion board. If they sell diet and nutritional... more

Is Your Low Carb Diet Safe?

From time to time extremely dangerous diets catch on which pose danger to people's healths. So to help you protect yourself against these, I'd share a few thoughts about how to construct a healthy and effective low carb diet, one you can eat safely for years. The key is to avoid going to extremes. Though extreme diets will produce rapid weight... more

Is the Glycemic Index a Scam?

You've been hearing a lot lately about the health benefits of so-called "low glycemic" foods. The theory is that these are foods which, though filled with carbohydrates, digest slowly and hence do not raised blood sugar. This, we are told, makes low glycemic foods ideal for everyone, especially people with blood sugar problems.

The truth... more

Don't Be Taken in By Fake Weight Loss or Fake Gain

There are many factors besides fat loss that can cause dramatic and very quick weight loss. These mechanisms explain the illusory losses you experience on fad diets.

They also explain why going off your diet for a single day can produce dramatic and terrifying gains.

Here is a list of the common factors that can lead to a weight gain... more

The Hype-Free Diet Book: Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets

No hype. No promises of miracle weight loss. No baloney about how easy it is to lose weight on the low carb diet. Jenny Ruhl's new book, Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets takes a long, hard look at how low carb diets really work and tackles the issues the bestsellers glide over.

Drawing on careful analysis of high quality... more

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