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Is a low carbohydrate diet dangerous?

Answered on June 05, 2014
Created June 04, 2014 at 1:59 AM

I've come across a few sources claiming that a diet low in carbohydrates is unsafe, if you're wanting to get lean and lose fat then this seems like an inconvenience. I worry that eating too many carbs will cause glucose to be stored as fat and I want to get lean. I've been trying to lose belly fat.

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on June 05, 2014
at 09:50 AM

I do happen to eat a heap of vegetables and the occasional fruit

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on June 05, 2014
at 06:19 AM

Thanks i'll check out the book, i can't seem to find the page on mercolas site for that but i'll keep looking...

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on June 05, 2014
at 05:05 AM

Thanks, thhq!!! Great links.

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on June 05, 2014
at 05:04 AM

You might want to read Dr. Cate's book "Deep Nutrition". As for Dr. Mercola, it is a very simple test on his website, you just have to answer some questions, and that's it.

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on June 04, 2014
at 12:48 PM

It was a head-to-head comparison of weight loss diets on overweight middle aged women in 2008-2010, and they typically lost 10 lbs. Nothing more than that. Stanford has expanded the study but all I could find was research proposals, no reports on new results.

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on June 04, 2014
at 11:51 AM

Does amount of weight loss indicate what diet you should be eating long term? Personally my only real concern is atherosclerosis as i'm skinny 30 y/o already showing certain signs of it.

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on June 04, 2014
at 10:57 AM

The Stanford study showed about 50/50 split on high carb vs high fat for weight loss, based on genetics.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB100014240527...

Darn, needs a log-in. I carry a copy of this around because it shows results of four diets side-by-side comparing the two genotypes. This summarizes the results without details.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/interleuki...

Comparing the two extremes (Atkins and Ornish), picking the diet matched to genotype doubled the weight loss.

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on June 04, 2014
at 10:51 AM

Glucose is not fat, so cannot be stored as fat. It is not converted to fat to any great degree if you're eating a high fat diet. High blood glucose will cause you to store your dietary fat though.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on June 04, 2014
at 09:35 AM

What test does mercola do to determine what type you are?

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on June 04, 2014
at 08:41 AM

I think it's best to go by feel. If you need more carbs, you need more carbs. If you're in a state of ketosis, you're on a "very low carb diet", where a "low carb diet" would be 2-3x as many carbs, maybe 4x. The only issue I see with going vlc when trying to lose weight through caloric restriction is that fats aren't too nutrient-dense, yet extremely calorically-dense, where you might come up short in some micros if you're not on top of it. In VLC-mode, I tend to exercise most days fasted, but I don't hit the gym too hard or lift too heavy. Bananas would knock me out of ketosis.

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on June 05, 2014
at 11:58 AM

Most of the experts are of the opinion that eliminating or reducing carbohydrates help in gaining weight loss. Carbohydrates are one of the main fuel sources. So when you follow low carb diet we start using protein and fat for energy, which comes from diet protein and fat stores in the body. Low carb diet helps in losing weight as it on fat-burning process. So I don't it is dangerous.

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on June 04, 2014
at 07:32 AM

I've been noticing appetite suppression that seems to tell me that I'm in a state of ketosis, I find the various sources about low carb diets confusing and conflicting. I feel that I'm enjoying low carb diet and havnt felt ill yet and when I go to the gym Ive checked my weight and I'm dropping kilos so I hope to lose the belly fat. I do however use sweet potato as a starch source and bananas. I think I should consume more carbs prior to exercise.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on June 04, 2014
at 08:41 AM

I think it's best to go by feel. If you need more carbs, you need more carbs. If you're in a state of ketosis, you're on a "very low carb diet", where a "low carb diet" would be 2-3x as many carbs, maybe 4x. The only issue I see with going vlc when trying to lose weight through caloric restriction is that fats aren't too nutrient-dense, yet extremely calorically-dense, where you might come up short in some micros if you're not on top of it. In VLC-mode, I tend to exercise most days fasted, but I don't hit the gym too hard or lift too heavy. Bananas would knock me out of ketosis.

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on June 04, 2014
at 03:47 AM

Yes, a low carb diet can be dangerous for some people. I personally feel it isn't safe or healthy for ME long term, but it could very well be okay or optimal for others.

If you want to target belly fat then you'l need to target all body fat. If you want to keep carbs in your diet then you're left with 1 of 1 choices. You need more physical activity (period). I would include more physical activity with moderate carb consumption before I would ever go low carb again (personal preference).

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on June 04, 2014
at 03:37 AM

A low carb diet is perfectly safe IF:

1. There are two types of people - those who do well on low carbs diet and those who do not. If you are not a low-carb type, keep your carbs low (Paleo carbs) but use more starchy vegetables freely, plus you can even add sweet potatoes. Dr. Mercola has a test how to find out which type you are. And yes, it is true that some people don't do well on low carb diets.

2. If you are following a low carb diet, you have to increase your carb load to over 50 carb grams per day every third day. You have to do it in order to avoid any possible thyroid problems.

3. High fat - low carb - low protein seems to be an ideal Paleo solution for some.

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(10611)

on June 04, 2014
at 12:48 PM

It was a head-to-head comparison of weight loss diets on overweight middle aged women in 2008-2010, and they typically lost 10 lbs. Nothing more than that. Stanford has expanded the study but all I could find was research proposals, no reports on new results.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 04, 2014
at 10:57 AM

The Stanford study showed about 50/50 split on high carb vs high fat for weight loss, based on genetics.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB100014240527...

Darn, needs a log-in. I carry a copy of this around because it shows results of four diets side-by-side comparing the two genotypes. This summarizes the results without details.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/interleuki...

Comparing the two extremes (Atkins and Ornish), picking the diet matched to genotype doubled the weight loss.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on June 04, 2014
at 09:35 AM

What test does mercola do to determine what type you are?

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