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Studies Proving The Safety and Efficacy of the Low Carb Diet

You may have been told that low carb diets are "dangerous" and can cause heart disease. This is because for many years it was a matter of religious belief that the Low Fat diet reduced heart disease and since people with diabetes are prone to get heart disease, the assumption was that anything but a low fat diet would be dangerous for... more

A Diabetes Diet is Different from and Easier than a Weight Loss Diet

Weight Loss Diets Usually Fail but Diabetes Diets Can't Afford To Fail. The stakes are too high!

Did your heart sink when you learned that the best way to control diabetes was with "diet?" Of course it did. Almost everyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes has a long history of trying to diet off weight and failing miserably. If you believe that... more

Strategies for Sticking to Your Diabetes Diet for Decades

In the sections below you'll read about some of the many tricks and tips people have found have helped them stick with a carbohydrate restricted diet, with a particular emphasis on the strategies most helpful to people who are eating a lower carbohydrate diet to achieve normal blood sugars. However, some of these tips will be equally helpful to... more

What Can You Eat When You are Cutting Carbs?

If you are trying to cut back on your carbohydrates to lower your blood sugar, you may be wondering what there is left to eat. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  • Pancakes Whey Protein powder can be cooked up to make pancakes. Add some low carb strawberries or raspberries (frozen works great) and some sugar free Maple Syrup and... more

Nutritional Calculator for Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance

Wondering how much protein and fat you should be eating along with the amount of carbs that controls your blood sugar?

You can learn what proportions are healthiest by plugging your numbers into our nutritional calculator, which you'll find HERE

The calculator... 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

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

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

Low Carb Forums and Recipe Sites

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

The Myth of Healing Foods

After your diabetes diagnosis, you'll be much more likely to notice the never-ending stream of reports in the media about how this or that food has healing properties.

Can you really use dark chocolate to control your blood pressure and yogurt to keep your blood sugar in line?

Alas, the answer in every case is "No. Not if you... more

The Dangers of Soy

Soy has been heavily promoted by the soybean industry as being "the perfect food." The truth is, it is more like "the perfect storm" for anyone with diabetes.

Soy is thyrotoxic. Isoflavones in soy foods block receptors for thyroid hormones and causes people to become hypothyroid. Since lowered thyroid function raises blood sugar and leads... more

Help for When You Can't Control Your Eating

You've tried to eat right, but somehow it all fell apart. One moment you were eating healthful salads, the next you finished off half the batch of cupcakes you were making for the Cub Scout sale.

Yes, getting control of your diet is essential when you have diabetes, but if you have failed, don't despair. You aren't the first, nor the last... more

Common Phosphate Additives Damage Your Kidneys and Cardiovascular System

Among the many risk factors for heart disease and kidney disease is something you never hear about from your doctor or the medical press: high levels of inorganic phosphates in the blood. This is partly because there are no profitable drugs available to combat high phosphate levels and partly because the big guns of the food industry, who are make... more

For Low Carb Dieters: 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

Weight Loss Dieters: Don't Be Taken in By Fake Weight Loss or 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 or loss of... more

No More Dragon Breath!

Too many people who eat low carb diets believe that they have to live with the intense bad breath nicknamed "ketobreath" if they are to keep their carbs down either to control their blood sugar or lose weight. That's because they believe that the bad breath is a sign that they are eating what is called a "ketogenic diet" which some dieters and low... more

Marketing Tricks that Make Carb Counting Tough: Net Carbs, Sugar Alcohols. etc

People who are trying to cut down on their carbs can have a tough time determining how many grams of carbs are really in the foods they buy. Every drugstore and supermarket in U.S. is filled with snack products that claim to be perfect for people with diabetes or for those eating a low carb diet for weight loss. Often the front of the package will... more

Recipes for Indispensable Low Carb Treats

You can make easy 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

How to Recover When You Crash Off A Low Carb Diet

If you are eating a carb-restricted diet, sooner or later, no matter how much weight you've lost or how well controlled your blood sugar has become, you are going to run into the carby treat with your name on it, and when that happens, chances are you're going to eat it.

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

When Weight Loss Stalls

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

How Much Will You Lose in Month on a Low Carb Weight Loss Diet?

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

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 that,here are some tips about how to construct a healthy and effective low carb diet you can eat safely for years. The key is to avoid going to extremes. Though extreme diets will produce rapid weight loss, they do so... more

Hidden MSG Makes You Fat

The authors of the original book The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet first alerted me to the fact that eating MSG will make you fat, when they mentioned that MSG was fed to lab animals to make them gain weight. But taht was anecdotal. Years later, an interesting study quantified JUST how fat MSG can make you. It also finds that it causes weight... more

How Low Carb Diets Really Work

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

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 book, Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets I was surprised... more

Learn What Worked for Long-Term 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

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