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.
Jill – Low carb has a much looser definition. It’s pretty open to whatever you want to do. You may want to eat a bit more for satiety if nothing else. But no, you don’t HAVE to go as high in fat. Since there is no real outline for low carb eating, you can pretty much adjust it to anything you want. Experiment and see what your body reacts best to. I’ve brought down my fat intake a bit more as well because I found that I was stalling with 80% fat, 15% protein. I do more like 70% fat and 25% protein now. Got my weight loss moving again. So it’s just about what works best for you and your body.
Tauri – Ya, that blood sugar stuff is a nasty business. I let mine get a little too high before I acted on it. I wish I had gone low carb sooner but my first experience with it was a shock to the system to say the least. I did it with my doctor and it was incredibly strict, which doesn’t work for me. So now I’m finding my own way with it and it seems to be helping! Thanks for the tip on that site, I’ll check it out! 🙂
There is much evidence suggesting that people with the metabolic syndrome suffer from carbohydrate intolerance, a phenomenon that is associated with high levels of insulin and insulin resistance. This implies an exaggerated glucose and insulin response to a given amount of carbohydrate ingested. Glucose uptake by muscles may be impaired which may help divert ingested carbohydrate to the liver where it is converted to fat. This may lead to elevated triglycerides and other lipid problems.
I now eat a lower carb, moderate protein and moderate fat diet. I even eat whole wheat pasta (only 1/3 cup when I do eat it), I eat Ezekiel bread (1 slice) and on occassion, I eat potatoes (white) and even rice. I just keep the amounts around 10 grams of carbs. My breakfast is about 4 grams of carbs (its a protein shake and I put avacado in it as well). Lunch is 4 oz. protein, steamed veggies and/or a salad, slice of my bread with 1/2 tbsp. grass fed butter, snacks are 1.5 oz. nuts (1 oz. macadamian and 1/2 oz. cashews). Dinner has carbs from green veggies. And that’s it. And I drink a protein shake once a day because I lift weights along with doing cardio. In that shake I put 1/2 tbsp. nut butter and mix the shake with water. Sometimes I’ll add 1 to 2 oz. banana (yes, I weigh all of my food). And guess what?? I lose as much weight per week as if I was doing keto. I truly believe that eating a minimal amount of carbs per day makes a huge impact with weight loss. You don’t have to go into full blown keto to lose weight.
But with all that said, there are a few big macronutrient patterns that tend to emerge within the Paleo/keto/ancestral health community because they work well for a lot of people and offer some kind of structure for people just starting out. For example, a lot of people adapt Paleo food choices to a ketogenic (keto) macronutrient pattern. But there are a lot of Paleo-friendly macro choices that aren’t anywhere near keto. Paleo is a way of thinking about food that could theoretically be adapted to a wide range of macros, while keto is a specific set of macronutrient ranges – you can combine the two, but you can also do Paleo in a non-keto way.
Carbohydrates have been linked to this skin condition, so cutting down on them may help. And the drop in insulin that a ketogenic diet can trigger may also help stop acne breakouts. (Insulin can cause your body to make other hormones that bring on outbreaks.) Still, more research is needed to determine exactly how much effect, if any, the diet actually has on acne. 
After imagining I'd have a Biggest Loser-type reveal, after two weeks on the diet, I was disappointed to find I'd only lost 1.5kg. But I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of hunger I experienced. For example, if I started the day with bacon and eggs, I wouldn't get hungry again till the afternoon, whereas my typical instant oats breakfast leaves me ravenous by 11am.

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.


I have nothing against low-fat diets. However, I doubt that the emphasis on low-fat, low saturated fat, in particular, is based on good scientific evidence. Furthermore, I believe that the overemphasis on low-fat may have caused consumers and manufacturers to choose foods that may be potentially harmful and could have contributed to the so-called obesity epidemic and increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

The Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) appears to be the most researched particularly with regard to its ability to help people lose weight and control blood sugar. It typically comprises 70-75% fat, 20% protein and 5-10% carbs. When following a ketogenic diet be sure to include plenty of non-starchy vegetables, like kale and spinach which are very low in carbohydrate. 
At the end of the day, “you want to create a diet for yourself that feels comfortable for you to commit to for the long-term, so you don't gain and lose, gain and lose—called weight cycling—and feel like you are constantly dieting.” The first can invite health problems (like insulin resistance); the latter is, well, not fun (or all that healthy, mentally speaking).
Blood levels of triglycerides have emerged as a very important risk factor for cardiovascular disease.  High serum triglyceride level is associated with abnormal lipoprotein metabolism, as well as with other risk factors including obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, and lowered levels of HDL cholesterol. It has been shown in a number of studies that carbohydrate restriction lowers triglyceride levels significantly.
Hi Tiffany! I’m a big fan of the keto diet and have been following it for a while. Out of interest do you practice any carb refeed days? I have found that if I add a small amount of carbs to my evening meal twice a week (not a lot – just for example, 1 piece of fruit or half a sweet potato), I fare a lot better. I think this is because I came from a place where I had a lot of healing to do (adrenal stuff). Interested to know your experience?
Can you share a few of your low carb recipes with me? I’m trying to lower blood pressure naturally, but at the same time, I don’t want to do the typical DASH diet because , frankly, it has too many grains & carbs in it. The Keto diet has too much fat. & I got tired of the South Beach Diet (which did help me lose 20 pounds a few years ago, I have to admit).

I have several issues, high BP, High cholesterol, and low level Diabetes. I am 226 lbs and only 5’3″ and 54 yrs old. Not very active due to arthritis in my feet but I am trying to work through the pain. I want to lose at least 50 maybe even 75 pounds. I need to see results or I get very down on myself. Do you have any great ideas that could help me, I have started a journal of food intake and carbs, cals, protein etc. I think that I am going to try and aim for 1200-1300 cal’s per day, I am not a huge carb fan, ie rice, potato or pasta so I tend to do protean some veg and my major fault fruit. Is there anything you would suggest in helping me get started and sticking with a plan


Hi Tiffany! I’m a big fan of the keto diet and have been following it for a while. Out of interest do you practice any carb refeed days? I have found that if I add a small amount of carbs to my evening meal twice a week (not a lot – just for example, 1 piece of fruit or half a sweet potato), I fare a lot better. I think this is because I came from a place where I had a lot of healing to do (adrenal stuff). Interested to know your experience?
Low carb eating is a broad term that can be applied to many different approaches and eating plans. It can be based on just about any number of carbs that are less than what you would typically eat. Every low carb diet out there from South Beach to Atkins will give you a different number of carbs to shoot for. So if you want to eat low carb, but are not interested in a Keto diet, you will need to do your research on the many, many low carb diets available on the market today.
Krystal – This is something I have struggled with as well. In theory, eating low carb is supposed to be the magic “pill” that helps you effortlessly lose weight. But in truth, our bodies can stall with low carb eating just as easily as they can with other forms of dieting. Firstly, I would ask yourself if you truly need to lose more. We always want to lose another 5 pounds, but often, our bodies will be happy at a particular weight. Second, are you eating generally low carb or keto? Because there are different solutions for each approach.
Hi GF, The amount of protein you get to consume depends on what you are eating. For example, chicken breast is 9 grams of protein per ounce and ribeye steak is 7 grams of protein per ounce. So if you ate only chicken breast 3 times a day, that would mean roughly 2.6 ounces of chicken breast per meal. I hope this helps! Feel free to send any additional questions you have!
That's because maintaining ketosis, a metabolic state where you burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy, is the backbone of keto. Sure, this sounds ideal, but making the switch is difficult. You'll have to consume roughly 65 to 85 percent of your calories from fat. The specific number varies by person, but it generally means eating fewer than 30 grams of carbs per day.
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.
Ada – You want to count all your carbs. In the beginning, before you get to really know what you can and can’t have, yes. You’ll be counting everything. But you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. Carbs are carbs no matter where they come from. So just keep track of your total carbs for the day and try to ensure that the majority of them come from low carb veggies. In my 101 section, you’ll find lists of the lowest carb fruits and veggies. Hope that helps!

This eating plan certainly contradicts most people’s understanding of a healthy, balanced diet which typically promotes the consumption of protein, fat and carbohydrates. From an evolutionary perspective, ketosis is a normal adaptive response which enabled humans to withstand periods of famine throughout history. Today, this natural physiological mechanism has been exploited by a number of low-carb diet regimes. 

Blood sugars are often high in the morning (dawn phenomena). If you are only on 15-22 carbs per day I would check every label of everything you are eating to ensure carbs are not sneaking in somehow to still give you a reading of 200, or is your protein too high? Do you have insulin resistance? These are all factors which may be at play here. Healthy fats won’t raise BS at all.


Another thing to (not) consider is the GI index of carbohydrate. Regarding this, you should be aware that the glycemic index of foods has no relation to low-carb eating. Although many people associate ‘high GI’ with bad and ‘low GI’ with good, all this means is that the body digests some carbs slower than others. No matter the speed, they are still all digested and contribute to the carbohydrate total.
If you select Gain Muscle as your goal, then you can select the Gain (surplus). The macro calculator will then recommend that you eat this percentage more calories than you need. Eating more calories than you need will result in weight gain, which will be in the form of muscle if you do weight training. For example, if you select 10% as the gain, the calculator will output 10% more calories than your body needs for maintenance.
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