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How long can you stay ZERO CARB safely?

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Created October 22, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I would like to try zero carb for a limited period of time. I did it yesterday - I ate nothing but bone broth, fat and some liver. I felt fine.

The reason for me to go zero carb is to bring my completely metabolically deranged body into some kind of better shape.

I need to lose some weight, but this is not my primary goal. My primary goal is for my body to become fat-adapted.

I am worried about developing hypothyroid because every time I go low carb I get chills, shivers, palpitations, insomnia, etc.

However, on my high carb days (about 60 grams of carbs total) I am completely drained, exhausted and just hibernate for most of the day.

What is a safe amount of time I can remain zero carb without messing up my thyroids? Would one week be too long?

Any advice is appreciated.

A98a1c2b8b15aab4a787250fb12e8210

on April 10, 2015
at 06:26 PM

I have hypothryroidism.  In 2013 my thryroid function/level was at 13 and that was with medication.  I started a low carb diet in July of that year and by February 2014 my thyroid level was at 2. 5.  I actually benefited from the low carb lifestyle.  I dropped 90 pounds and I don't feel sluggish and weak anymore.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on February 05, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Good point on the food reward aspect. He notes that his crew hated his diet (which they were forced to eat) - especially the lack of salt. He considered salt to be an addiction like tobacco. The point of his experiment was that all the nutritionists and doctors of the day were certain that he would fall ill within a few weeks. He did not. Neither did his associate. They had a third fellow who tried to do it with them but dropped out after a couple of weeks. My take is that it is not for everybody. In fact, I'm not sure why anybody would want to, unless it is the protocol that you feel best on.

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on February 05, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Stefansson's diet was almost 0 food reward. it was boiled fish with no salt/seasonings and offals everyday for years. you can't be eating rosemary garlic pork chops and sausages/bacon.

D50f6577846e318ee356336b60d71a26

(90)

on November 06, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Definitely! I wish you the best of luck and hope you're feeling better soon :)

5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

(658)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Just go to the store and get a meter and strips. The best and cheapest is the Relion, which can be bought at Walmart. The A1c is done through your doc but the post meals are easy to do at home.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on October 23, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Can you eat coconut oil? I think the cheap stuff is actually alright. I have an allergy to it, which I found out after buying the expensive virgin stuff with all the allergens still in it. But you can find the refined stuff in some of the grocery stores (my local Wal-Mart has it). It does come in a plastic jar, but other than that the stuff seems pretty pure. I have been using ghee, which is pretty expensive- I think I need to start making my own. You are going to be tired if you can't make up those calories. Maybe save up and buy the oils you can eat and do it for a few weeks?

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 23, 2012
at 02:34 PM

You can do a home post-meal glucose tolerance test: http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14046889.php

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I was low carb for 3 weeks, on my higher day (around 60 grams) I started to fall asleep. The very first two days of LC was great, but then it went downhill. So I pushed through 3 weeks and I felt extremely fatigued. I am almost 0 carbs now and I feel a bit better.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 06:40 AM

Unfortunately I am low cal as well. Because I cannot eat butter, eggs, other things. So I have to stick with fats I can tolerate and they are expensive so I don't have that much. Thank you for your links. I will definitely check them out.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:20 AM

I did not know that. I will talk to my doctor about doing it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:18 AM

I have not tried GAPS yet, even though I eat very close to GAPS. I will check into that. I eat pretty much FODMAPS.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:17 AM

I always add a lot of salt to my bone broth. Thanks for recommendation.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:15 AM

Colin, I am allergic to all citrus fruit and have no gallbladder :) Thanks for your good wishes. I will definitely include some seafood.

5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

(658)

on October 23, 2012
at 04:07 AM

The best indicator is the 2 hr. post meal readings. (should be <140 and preferably <110) Glucose Tolerance and Fasting Glucose tests are less indicative of metabolic problems. It (post meal tests) might just show you that some foods are just not your friend. A1C is a good test unless you are anemic.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Ho hum. If you OP has hypothyroid symptoms then zero carb is probably not the best place to be.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 22, 2012
at 07:16 PM

I think the 3rd day lag might be switching over to ketosis. What happens if you push through for a week? Could be a fungal die off too if the fatigue persists.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 22, 2012
at 06:05 PM

A note of caution on eating huge amounts of broccoli and spinach. Both of these vegetables contain appreciable amounts of goitrogens, i.e., chemicals that suppress thyroid function. (See the WAPF article on this topic at http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/bearers-of-the-cross). If the OP has hypothyroid symptoms when eating low-carb, overconsumption of these veggies may aggravate this problem.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Let me get my fishing gear and a harpoon - I think I am going to get some fresh blubber for dinner tonight! :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 05:01 PM

The most interesting thing is... my blood sugar is FINE, absolutely within normal range - all my tests come back normal. According to traditional medicine I am a picture-perfect healthy individual who happens to have a severe gastritis and gluten intolerance, sensitive to 99% of foods and is suffering from some kind of mysterious fatigue. I will check it out, but I am not even borderline diabetic! If I were, that would explain so many things for me!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I am doing partially GAPS. I was actually thinking of doing GAPS, but I have the whole refrigerator full of organic parsley (from my parents) so once I am done with that - I am definitely doing GAPS after that. Thanks for your feedback.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Here is his book if your interested http://owndoc.com/pdf/The-fat-of-the-land.pdf

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Heres his bhttp://owndoc.com/pdf/The-fat-of-the-land.pdfook if your interested.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:10 PM

You've got a point. Epileptics that go on ketogenic diets often do them for up to two years. (Not sure why they tend to stop at two years.) Of course, that's a brain issue which means it probably doesn't apply to your situation either...

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I'm not desperate, but I am interested in the degree to which any carbs are necessary. I spend enough time trying to convinve T2s to low-carb, that it would be an intereting n=1 experiment.

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I doubt you should be worried about that: http://aworldlymonk.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/low-carb-diets-and-hypothyroidism-a-false-alarm

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:39 PM

The thing is... low carb worked for two days and then I felt sluggish again. When I upped my carbs, I started falling asleep again. I guess I am just very sick. I bet Viljhammar and his assistant were two healthy dudes. Have they tried this experiment on two sick people?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Don't do it if you don't need it. I am desperate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Hypothyroidism or any kind of thyroid problems.

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:09 PM

What complications do you mean, VB? Liver can produce as much glucose as needed by the brain via gluconeogenesis.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Thank you for your answer although I do not understand it fully. What I understood is that I can be on 0 carbs to stay alive. Am I correct? What about complications? I am worried about developing hypothyroidism.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 09:49 AM

It sounds to me like you're going to be fine on zero carb for as long as you can tolerate it. I'm a little bit tempted myself.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Take some of it back, reading through some of Ambimorph's posts, she reckons that there is a big (positive) difference between <25g and <5g. http://paleohacks.com/questions/54169/how-did-zero-carbohydrates-work-for-you#axzz2A18tEe7A

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 08:52 AM

Thanks for your answer. I am not going to stay low carb for a long time (at least I am not planning on doing so). I just want to feel better. I am definitely not planning to stay 0 carb for longer than a safe period of time, whatever it is. I assume it cannot be for too long. I just want to see if it is going to resolve my fatigue issues. If not, I am going back to my low/medium carb routine. Thanks for the comment on liver. I was wondering about that myself. I will greatly reduce the liver for now as well. Not ready for broccoli yet - my experiment with 0 carbs is not finished.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Vilhjalmur Stefansson did an experiment where he and his associate ate only meat for two years. They did fine. They considered eating organ meats essential, which does provide some carbohydrate. The amount of protein they ate would have kept them out of ketosis, btw. Also note that 1000 calories of fat will provide about 40 calories of glucose from the glycerol backbone of the triglycerides. Muscle meat contains some glycogen as well. So, zero carb is never really zero. And, of course, about half the protein you eat are amino acids that can be converted to sugar as needed quite easily.

My suggestion is that you stay at 50 grams or below and if you start to feel bad, eat a few more carbs that day. I really think the thyroid/low carb thing is a myth, but I've been wrong before.

Edit: spell checked his name - that's what happens when I try to remember Nordic names by heart.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Heres his bhttp://owndoc.com/pdf/The-fat-of-the-land.pdfook if your interested.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Here is his book if your interested http://owndoc.com/pdf/The-fat-of-the-land.pdf

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:10 PM

You've got a point. Epileptics that go on ketogenic diets often do them for up to two years. (Not sure why they tend to stop at two years.) Of course, that's a brain issue which means it probably doesn't apply to your situation either...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:39 PM

The thing is... low carb worked for two days and then I felt sluggish again. When I upped my carbs, I started falling asleep again. I guess I am just very sick. I bet Viljhammar and his assistant were two healthy dudes. Have they tried this experiment on two sick people?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 22, 2012
at 07:16 PM

I think the 3rd day lag might be switching over to ketosis. What happens if you push through for a week? Could be a fungal die off too if the fatigue persists.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I was low carb for 3 weeks, on my higher day (around 60 grams) I started to fall asleep. The very first two days of LC was great, but then it went downhill. So I pushed through 3 weeks and I felt extremely fatigued. I am almost 0 carbs now and I feel a bit better.

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on February 05, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Stefansson's diet was almost 0 food reward. it was boiled fish with no salt/seasonings and offals everyday for years. you can't be eating rosemary garlic pork chops and sausages/bacon.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on February 05, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Good point on the food reward aspect. He notes that his crew hated his diet (which they were forced to eat) - especially the lack of salt. He considered salt to be an addiction like tobacco. The point of his experiment was that all the nutritionists and doctors of the day were certain that he would fall ill within a few weeks. He did not. Neither did his associate. They had a third fellow who tried to do it with them but dropped out after a couple of weeks. My take is that it is not for everybody. In fact, I'm not sure why anybody would want to, unless it is the protocol that you feel best on.

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D50f6577846e318ee356336b60d71a26

(90)

on October 22, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I noticed you saying you were sick. I went through kind of the same thing you're explaining. My suggestion would be to check out te GAPS diet. It might be interesting for you to see what kind of foods will help heal you..and see which carbs may not be good for you right now which could be helping to make you tired. The GAPS diet saved my life, seriously. And you can make it as low carb or as high carb as your body needs. It taught me how to really listen to what my body is saying. Google it and check it out! :)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I am doing partially GAPS. I was actually thinking of doing GAPS, but I have the whole refrigerator full of organic parsley (from my parents) so once I am done with that - I am definitely doing GAPS after that. Thanks for your feedback.

D50f6577846e318ee356336b60d71a26

(90)

on November 06, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Definitely! I wish you the best of luck and hope you're feeling better soon :)

2
7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 22, 2012
at 09:30 PM

If you salt your broth with potassium rich salt you will notice some of your symptoms subside a bit. It works for me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:17 AM

I always add a lot of salt to my bone broth. Thanks for recommendation.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:48 PM

You can do it for the rest of your life if you want.
The thyroid issues are coming from low calorie, not low or no carb. It is a good idea to count calories, to make sure you are getting enough. I'd go here for some calculations: Jenny Ruhl's nutrient calculator Other problems might come from not having enough variation in your diet and therefore not getting enough nutrition- but here again, this is an issue true of all diets. Here is an explanation of what happens with the thyroid on a low carb diet: Thyroid and LC

It is very likely you can handle more than zero- at least around 20g.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on October 23, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Can you eat coconut oil? I think the cheap stuff is actually alright. I have an allergy to it, which I found out after buying the expensive virgin stuff with all the allergens still in it. But you can find the refined stuff in some of the grocery stores (my local Wal-Mart has it). It does come in a plastic jar, but other than that the stuff seems pretty pure. I have been using ghee, which is pretty expensive- I think I need to start making my own. You are going to be tired if you can't make up those calories. Maybe save up and buy the oils you can eat and do it for a few weeks?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 06:40 AM

Unfortunately I am low cal as well. Because I cannot eat butter, eggs, other things. So I have to stick with fats I can tolerate and they are expensive so I don't have that much. Thank you for your links. I will definitely check them out.

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 22, 2012
at 06:18 PM

Always respect your body's symptoms. If eating low-carb always gives you the symptoms you originally mentioned, that's a signal that something about your approach is not right for you. It might be worth the money to get a specialized thyroid panel, which includes a consultation with an alternative thyroid health expert. If you can't afford that, you can educate yourself about how to interpret such a panel on a site like stopthethyroidmadness.com.

You might also consult with a doctor who's a member of the Paleo Physician's Network or simply on Jimmy Moore's list of low-carb-friendly doctors.

If the GAPS diet doesn't seem to heal you, consider the FODMAPS diet.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:18 AM

I have not tried GAPS yet, even though I eat very close to GAPS. I will check into that. I eat pretty much FODMAPS.

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7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

on October 22, 2012
at 09:02 AM

Dietitans rely heavily on the Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) (2005) in providing nutritional advice. But even this publication says on page 275:

???The lower limit of dietary carbohydrate compatible with life apparently is zero, provided that adequate amounts of protein and fat are consumed.???

Source: http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-carb-dieting.html

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Hypothyroidism or any kind of thyroid problems.

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I doubt you should be worried about that: http://aworldlymonk.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/low-carb-diets-and-hypothyroidism-a-false-alarm

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Thank you for your answer although I do not understand it fully. What I understood is that I can be on 0 carbs to stay alive. Am I correct? What about complications? I am worried about developing hypothyroidism.

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:09 PM

What complications do you mean, VB? Liver can produce as much glucose as needed by the brain via gluconeogenesis.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 08:22 AM

I'm not sure that anyone knows the answer to this. I've eaten <25g for the past 9 months or so (with a short 30 day interlude for Whole30) without any adverse effects. In terms of macronutrients alone, I doubt that there is much difference between <25g and zero, the difference being slightly more gluconeogenesis (although since GNG + ketosis is a starvation protection mecanism, it should be able to cope with zero carb).

My concern about with eating zero vegetables would be micronutrients and antioxidants, I suppose you could cover this with a multi-vit, but I'd personally rather just eat some brocolli and spinach, both of which you can eat huge amounts of for 25g of carbs.

I know that some indigenous populations eat near to zero carb (the Inuit being the obvious example), but they do so by eating the whole of the animal, and not just a bit of steak and liver, so I'd try to eat a bit more organ meat if you can. The fact that these people have access to higher quality meat than the farm fed shit that we have to put up with is also probably a factor (I don't need to tell you to get the highest quality meat that you can), but when Stefansson did his zero-carb experiement he was probably eating "regular" meat too.

Being a pedant here, but I also doubt that the beef liver is properly zero carb. Glycogen and all that.

I'm interested to see how this work out for you. Good luck.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Don't do it if you don't need it. I am desperate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 08:52 AM

Thanks for your answer. I am not going to stay low carb for a long time (at least I am not planning on doing so). I just want to feel better. I am definitely not planning to stay 0 carb for longer than a safe period of time, whatever it is. I assume it cannot be for too long. I just want to see if it is going to resolve my fatigue issues. If not, I am going back to my low/medium carb routine. Thanks for the comment on liver. I was wondering about that myself. I will greatly reduce the liver for now as well. Not ready for broccoli yet - my experiment with 0 carbs is not finished.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 09:49 AM

It sounds to me like you're going to be fine on zero carb for as long as you can tolerate it. I'm a little bit tempted myself.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Ho hum. If you OP has hypothyroid symptoms then zero carb is probably not the best place to be.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Take some of it back, reading through some of Ambimorph's posts, she reckons that there is a big (positive) difference between <25g and <5g. http://paleohacks.com/questions/54169/how-did-zero-carbohydrates-work-for-you#axzz2A18tEe7A

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 22, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I'm not desperate, but I am interested in the degree to which any carbs are necessary. I spend enough time trying to convinve T2s to low-carb, that it would be an intereting n=1 experiment.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 22, 2012
at 06:05 PM

A note of caution on eating huge amounts of broccoli and spinach. Both of these vegetables contain appreciable amounts of goitrogens, i.e., chemicals that suppress thyroid function. (See the WAPF article on this topic at http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/bearers-of-the-cross). If the OP has hypothyroid symptoms when eating low-carb, overconsumption of these veggies may aggravate this problem.

1
Ef26f888ed248de197c37a4cb04ef4a7

on October 23, 2012
at 05:19 AM

Until you start to feel like cr*p. Some may last longer than others.

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7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on October 23, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Hey VB Owsley "The Bear" Stanley did it for 47 years I think. I'm in the process of adapting to lc right now for my own health reasons. I'm about 1 1/2 weeks in and I feel okay a little tired but not too bad I'm gonna keep at it for a month at least and decide if it's worth it to keep going.

You can try sipping on some lemon water in between meals to help support the liver/gallbladder that helps me from feeling really tired.

I'm not sure what length of time is safe for you, if it doesn't work out what about phd ratios? Or maybe eating more seafood to get some more iodine and selenium?

Sorry I don't have a real good answer but I hope it helps some, good luck!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:15 AM

Colin, I am allergic to all citrus fruit and have no gallbladder :) Thanks for your good wishes. I will definitely include some seafood.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:56 PM

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Let me get my fishing gear and a harpoon - I think I am going to get some fresh blubber for dinner tonight! :)

1
5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

on October 22, 2012
at 01:07 PM

You sound like you might be metabolically damaged. Are you keeping track of your Blood Glucose with a meter? You might get some clues by tracking this. See how it correlates with how you feel. Read Jenny Rule's website www.bloodsugar101.com to see what your levels should be. Good luck.

5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

(658)

on October 23, 2012
at 04:07 AM

The best indicator is the 2 hr. post meal readings. (should be <140 and preferably <110) Glucose Tolerance and Fasting Glucose tests are less indicative of metabolic problems. It (post meal tests) might just show you that some foods are just not your friend. A1C is a good test unless you are anemic.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 23, 2012
at 05:20 AM

I did not know that. I will talk to my doctor about doing it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 22, 2012
at 05:01 PM

The most interesting thing is... my blood sugar is FINE, absolutely within normal range - all my tests come back normal. According to traditional medicine I am a picture-perfect healthy individual who happens to have a severe gastritis and gluten intolerance, sensitive to 99% of foods and is suffering from some kind of mysterious fatigue. I will check it out, but I am not even borderline diabetic! If I were, that would explain so many things for me!

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 23, 2012
at 02:34 PM

You can do a home post-meal glucose tolerance test: http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14046889.php

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Just go to the store and get a meter and strips. The best and cheapest is the Relion, which can be bought at Walmart. The A1c is done through your doc but the post meals are easy to do at home.

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on April 10, 2015
at 06:36 PM

The biggest issue to me with zero carbs is that you will starve your gut microbiota. Which might, or might not, be good for a reset (since, if you are overweight and have held to a bad diet, you will have far more bad strains than good ones). In the longer-term: definitely not good. You might want to consider to add some resistant starch sources at least to prevent that from happening.

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