Hi Sandy, I’m not a doctor so cannot give medical advice, but do have years of research and experience in this lifestyle. Kidney failure can happen due to excessive protein intake, which was more prevalent on older versions of the Atkins diet. This is a common misconception with low carb and keto diets – that they have to mean high protein – and they shouldn’t be. If you keep your protein in check, it shouldn’t be an issue. But, I would definitely consult with your doctor since you have had issues with this.
I just started using Carbmanager.com … works great, put all my info in, it sets out the daily amount, then just log in as you go, be it on your desk top or your phone. I personally love it, and just actually paid the few bucks for 3 months premium membership for the extra tracking suck as glucose etc and recipes. I don’t think you will be disappointed if you try it. Even without the paid membership, the tracking log is still a great tool.
Thank you for writing this post, it’s very helpful! I started low carbing a while back (probably more than a year ago) and ended up backsliding, as can often happen when trying to drastically change your eating habits. On Friday I had my annual physical and my doctor ordered blood work for glucose and insulin because previous results indicate I’m insulin resistant. The results from Friday indicate I still am, so now I’m a little worried and going back to low carb. One phone app (and website) I’ve found to be really helpful is Fat Secret. You can choose exactly which macro nutrients you want to see and it also shows percent of fat, carbs, and protein in a pie chart that I find helps me wrap my head around what I’ve consumed. It also helps that the app and website don’t seem to promote one eating plan over another.
The benefits of LCHF diets in sports are mainly seen in long-distance running and other endurance events. The body’s fat stores are huge and dwarf the minuscule glycogen stores. This means that once an athlete has transitioned to burning fat instead of carbohydrates, he or she will be able to perform for long periods of time without needing much (if any) additional food for energy.
As there aren’t yet any studies on stricter low-carb or keto diets for acne at this time, it’s difficult to determine the degree of carb restriction needed to achieve the best results. Similar to losing weight or reducing blood sugar, the necessary carb reduction for potential acne control likely varies from person to person. It’s possible that stricter low-carb diets are more effective.
Note that the term “reversal” in this context simply means that the disease gets better, improving glucose control and reducing the need for medications. In the best case, it can be so much improved that blood glucose returns to normal without medication, long term. In this context, reversal means the opposite of the disease progressing or getting worse.

Maryann – Bad as in still too many carb or not enough? While I can’t really make a dietetic recommendation, you can try adjusting 5 grams one way or the other until you get the right number. I started with 20 or less, and have moved up just slightly because my body seems to do better that way. In order to experiment, you really need to track your food with a counter like MyFitnessPal.com. There are many out there, but it’s invaluable information when you are trying to figure these things out.
While a ketogenic diet can be fast and effective in the short term, it can be hard to maintain because it’s very limiting. This means a large number of people tend to drop out of the diet, contributing to unhealthy, ‘yo-yo’ dieting behaviour. The key to maintaining a healthy weight in the long-term is an eating pattern that you can sustain over time.

Hi Mellisa, I still recommend eating a variety of vegetables on a keto diet! You can include low carb berries as well. That being said, a multivitamin usually can’t hurt anything, so you definitely can if you feel like you are missing something. As always, I’m not a doctor and recommend consulting with your doctor for ultimate recommendations on these types of questions.

Doubful. There is no “energy loss” on a LC/HF WOE. Rather, energy is increased, is more consistent and more readily available (since the body can much more readily access the massive “calories” stored in fat quickly for energy, something not available to people on “normal” diets who will “hit the wall” when sugar-energy runs out. For more, read this: https://www.meandmydiabetes.com/2011/04/14/steve-phinney-low-carb-preserves-glycogen-better-than-high-carb/. More likely, the real reason is MASSIVE DECREASERES IN REVENUES (profit) to lots of interested parties. Those include processed food makers (nearly all of which are carb-based), pharmaceutical and medical companies and grain-based agricultural concerns. Ever wonder how it is… Read more »
Ketogenic diets usually do cause weight loss and may improve insulin sensitivity in patients with diabetes. In fact when compared to a low-fat diet a ketogenic diet appears to achieve greater long term reductions in body weight. However, the success long term is dependent on your ability to adapt your dietary habits once you start to introduce a more balanced and healthy approach to eating.
I’ve been on a low carb lifestyle since 2013 and by the end of 2014 I had lost 80 pounds. As of December 2019 I’m still down 75 pounds and feel like a new person. I’ve learned to cook low carb and now have a file drawer full of recipes (at least 200) that I’ve gotten from the Internet. I definitely do not feel deprived. Thank you for your receipes.
Ketogenic diets were originally developed to treat epilepsy in children as it appears to reduce the frequency of seizures. It should be noted that using the diet in this context should not be attempted without the supervision of a specialised doctor. From these medical origins, the diet was picked up by the mainstream media and marketed as a weight loss regime – it is in this context that we will be discussing the diet for the purpose of this article.

I tend to follow a Keto eating plan and I have seen many benefits from doing so. Often people ask me how I can possibly be healthy eating that much fat. But when fat becomes your main fuel source, your whole body functions differently. Traditional nutrition “rules” no longer apply in that respect. I have seen all my lab work come back into normal ranges within a matter of months. So if you feel you may benefit from a Keto plan, it could definitely be worth, at the very least, a try.
“The fact that I may recommend a Paleo or an Atkins type diet for some people, does not mean that I am against whole grain or potatoes. Although I recommend everybody to avoid simple refined sugars and junk food, I think complex carbohydrates, starches and not least fibre can be a part of a healthy diet for most people.” I admit I don’t understand the notion that “refined” carbs are bad but something like whole wheat isn’t lumped in with the refined carbs group. There isn’t much difference between white flour and whole grain flour – both elevate your blood… Read more »
Ketogenic diets were originally developed to treat epilepsy in children as it appears to reduce the frequency of seizures. It should be noted that using the diet in this context should not be attempted without the supervision of a specialised doctor. From these medical origins, the diet was picked up by the mainstream media and marketed as a weight loss regime – it is in this context that we will be discussing the diet for the purpose of this article.
“Typically, a low-carb diet focuses on protein and non-starchy vegetables, and limits grains, fruits, breads, sweets, and starchy veggies like legumes, potatoes and peas,” Zeitlin explains. Protein and veggies are extremely helpful in aiding—and maintaining weight loss—she continues. Plus, a general low-carb diet can be more sustainable in the long run, since it requires way less macro counting (read: obsessing over hitting that 70/20/10 ratio).
First, you need to look at this a little differently. Most people, when trying to lose weight, aim for about 4-6 lbs. a month. Slow and steady is the best weight loss, no matter how you do it. Ten pounds in 2 months is pretty good. Yes, some people lose it faster. But we are all different. I’m the same as you. Even when I do Keto perfectly, the weight comes off painfully slow. But it does come off. The weight didn’t end up on our bodies overnight, and it won’t disappear overnight either. I know Keto is often promoted as this incredibly fast way to lose weight, and for some people, that happens. But for the rest of us, it’s no different than any other type of diet. You have to have patience. Your body needs time to adjust. You will have plateaus too. It’s totally normal. The ten pound mark is sort of when you can switch from knowing that you are losing water weight, to losing actual fat. So you’re in the right zone. The trick with Keto and slow fat loss is to not give up. It takes patience.
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