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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anyone have suggestions on the low or no carb diet? Putting my body in Ketosis?
    I think i can handle a diet like this, but i need suggestion on the food i can eat! I was told extremely little or no carbs the first week, so that i can put my body in ketosis which i think means no sugar in my body, then i start burning the fat. when i looked up food with no carbs, pretty much the only thing is some meats.....i have heard of people making this diet a life-style and it working for them, so i wanna give it a try.....i want to lose about 15 to 20 pounds. any suggestions on the food and the ketosis thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Please buy the book. Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution or Protein Power.

      It is a sad fact that people here on Yahoo answers will tell you low-carb is bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Do your research on Low-carb. The truth is out there. Pay no mind to Mike regarding fad diets. He has been brainwashed against them. Do follow his excercise recommendations, however. But notice how he tells you to avoid high glycemic foods? Sounds close to low-carb to me. (Actually, once you lose the weight, you can use low glycermic food combos to "cheat" intelligently.)

      Low-carb is not a fad, it is the way humans evolved to eat over millions of years. See link below. The well researched article goes completely contrary to all we have been taught.

  2. QUESTION:
    on a low carb diet your body switches to ketosis (fat burning), but what about what you eat?
    Hi, so my friend went on a low (no carb really) carb diet and the doctor said when there are no carbs, your body switches to ketosis, and attacks body's fat reserves for energy.. so... just mathematically speaking, if as an average weight, average height female i need around 2200 calories per day to stay alive, walk around, do basic things, and my body is in ketosis, does it use ANY of the calories from teh food i eat? cause i'm thinking, if there are no carbs in my diet, the giant fat and protein molecules (which is all i'm eating) can't get broken down easily, since there are no sugars and carbs to be used for fuel... so does that mean my body will ignore what's in my stomach? all or some of its calories? and does that mean that if all of it is ignored, my body is burning 2200 calories a day for fuel from my body fat? it 'would' make sense, since my friend was losing about 2/3lb per day (one lb is 3500), 2200/3500 = approx 2/3
    please shed some light, thank you!
    Hi AliciaR
    Yes, it's actually the Atkin's diet, phase 1 (induction)... for 2 weeks you eat no more than 20g of carbs per day..
    so i bought these jumbo wieners, each has 2 grams.. so i can eat 10 of those a day
    eggs have 0.3, so you can eat like 67!
    some luncheon meats, chicken, beef, fat, olive oil, mayo have zero, so u can eat unlimited..
    my first 3 days on the diet i lost 7lbs, and i would have lost more if i drank more water (you have to, or you'll get constipated w/o any veggies).. but yes, look online at foods or read labels.. hidden carbs EVERYwhere.. as long as 20g or less, you're golden :)
    i honestly forget when i start the diet, it's not a diet, i eat like a PIG, a plate full of bacon, cheeses, as long as you eat no carbs, there's no quantity limit :)
    look into it, it's actually a sweet lifestyle! butter, cream, all kinds of meat, it's like, everything in a sandwitch, minus the bread LOL!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes your body can use protein and fat for energy which will be provided by the food you eat. But your brain MUST have glucose. It can get this from the liver which will convert protein into sugar or from ketone bodies from fat.

      To lose weight BTW you must create a calorie deficit not just a carb deficit, eating less carbs will do this but it can also happen by eating less fat and protein rather than carbs. When you eat very little carbs your muscles use up all their glycogen (used for energy). When you lose glycogen from your muscles you also lose water! this is how your friend lost a lot of weight so quickly by losing water!

  3. QUESTION:
    I'm on the "Good Calories, Bad Calories" diet. What foods are acceptable or not?
    I haven't been able to find a simple guideline of foods I can and can not eat.

    These are just follow-up q's if anyone happens to know them I thank you for the extra time :)
    Can I have any fruit at all? Apples? Anything? How will I know when my body goes into ketosis?

    • ANSWER:
      eat fruit salad

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you force your body into ketosis by not eating any food?
    I know that on the atkins diet your body goes into ketosis (not to be confused with ketogesis which is the liver problem) if you eat nothing but meat and don't consume any sugar whatsoever... However I feel so sick when I eat nothing but meat, could I go into ketosis simply by not eating any food? I heard that the first days of a fast the weight you lose is water weight...

    • ANSWER:
      No, that's called starvation and isn't recommended by anyone.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ketosis Diet. Need 100% right answers!?
    Okay, i am 150lbs. I am trying to lose body fat and i'm doing the Ketosis Diet.
    I have read that the fastest way to enter it is by the first 2 days. 80% fat and 20% protein.
    Then after the 2 days. 65% fat 30% protein and 5% carb.

    This is all based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    Now how much is 20% and 30% protein in grams?
    And can i eat any kinds of fats that have low low carb?
    Also, Am i suppose to have any saturated fats? No right?

    What kind of food have,
    High fat - no carbs? I need to have 0 carbs the first 2 days and this will be hard if i dont know what kind of foods have high fat and no carbs.

    Thank you!

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  6. QUESTION:
    am i allowed to eat food like meat or peanut butter when im trying to get my body in ketosis?
    i havent eaten in 4 days, only drinking water, diet pop, and fat free broth. i thought that you couldnt consume ANY food to get your body in ketosis, but im starting to hear different.

    how many % of carbs am i allowed to consume daily? you know how on the food labels it says % Daily Value. what % can i have per day and still get my body into ketosis.

    i want the kind of ketosis that makes you not feel hungry at all and you still loose like 1 or 2 lbs a day.

    PLEASE HELP ME before i do something drastic that might ruin this diet.
    are you allowed to eat eggs? i think they have no carbs
    2 tbsp of peanut butter contains 6g of carbs.

    but if eat even just a little bit of meat or just one egg, will i feel hungry?

    because i heard that when your in ketosis you DONT have the desire for food.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Would Menstruation Affect Your Weight Loss While On A High Protein Diet?
    I am currently on a high protein diet to help loose some weight and I just recently got my period. My weight loss went from loosing 3 pounds over night to gaining one pound and I am curious if this is because of my period? I am not eating anything but what is on the list of foods I can eat and I am still in ketosis! Why i am gaining weight?

    • ANSWER:
      You retain more water during your period so most women can be up to 5 pounds heavier during their periods

  8. QUESTION:
    How can i reach my Ketosis State?
    wat food can i eat wat cant i eat? is it only meats? i have been trying to do the no carb diet to reach my ketosis state but i cant eat soo much meat.

    • ANSWER:
      you pretty much have to starve yourself. 500 calories per day...2 servings of meat/fish, two servings of vegetable, two servings of fruit, and a low calorie slice of bread each day. I lost 5 pounds the first week, and then about 3 pounds weekly after that. I was young. I don't think it was a healthy way to lose weight. I was checked weekly for ketosis.

  9. QUESTION:
    Help with making a ketosis meal plan? Please...?
    I'm 24 yrs old. 5'5" and weigh 145lbs. I had back surgery 2 years ago and before my accident/surgery i was 125lbs... I would like to get back there.

    I just started doing a ketosis diet, although I'm not to sure if I'm doing it right.

    All I've been eating is: chicken breast, sliced turkey, sunflower seeds (tons), pickles, eggs, tuna, asparagus...i just bought some kielbasa and steak...that's all I can think of...oh and a protein shake
    I don't eat fish (except for tuna), lamb, duck, pork, so that kind of dwindles down what i can have...

    I was wondering if someone could tell me how much/portions and how often I should be eating these foods to loose weight. I've just been eating any of those in random order 5 times a day, because I don't understand the whole weighing, portions stuff....

    Any help with this would be great...should i be working out? Since my surgery I've.been limited to basically walking and swimming.. I kind of just want to know what to do, and do it....anyone? lol =)

    Thank you soo much

    Tara

    • ANSWER:
      A true ketogenic diet has a fat ratio of 80% of total calories, but you need a minimum of 65% of total calories from fat. Dietary fat is used as fuel, when you lower carbs - protein should never be more than 20-30% of total calories. I would highly suggest going through the Atkins program. There is no need to weigh portions or limit calories but there is a need to balance your diet. Sunflower seeds are higher carb level & not allowed the first 4 weeks but ground flax seed & chia seeds are allowed the first 4 weeks (in limited amounts).

      Every day you should be eating these 2 items. Together they are 1000 calories 80% of calories from fat - 90g fat 10g net carbs. If you need additional fat or calories, you can add a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the ground flax seed cereal.

      Half an avocado mashed with 2 ounces of mayo seasoned with cayenne & eaten with celery or pork rinds.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      Carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice, beans) trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

      The best way to break the carb addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese - pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad - steaks - a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

      I am adamantly opposed to low calorie dieting because most people lose a good portion of lean tissue (including vital organs like the heart) along with fat stores. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy. Most people get impatient and lower their calories and increase their exercise to a point where they lose so much lean tissue that when they return to what was maintenance level eating they are now accumulating more fat stores because their caloric needs have dropped due to the loss of this tissue as we

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is the 3-Day Diet so universally hated when it works so well? Please read my details below....?
    In less than 2 months I've lost 40 lbs. (228 to 188) and my girlfriend has lost 30 lbs (159 to 129). We are no longer obese and very much on the road to good health and attractive bodies. We find it extremely easy to follow, and because we try (though not ALWAYS) to eat relatively healthy during the 4 off-days and follow a light exercise routine (all we do is walk around the neighborhood for 1 hour every day), we continue to lose weight every single week. Sometimes we only lose 2 lbs. per week, sometimes we lose up to 8 lbs. per week. Once we actually gained a few pounds, but that was quickly changed the following week when we lost 8 lbs.

    I can already feel you guys thinking, "hmmm this sounds like yo-yoing and that's supposed too be bad." Or, "as soon as you stop this diet, you will overeat and gain it all back." Well, what if you don't overeat, what if you continue to stay on the 3-day diet for months and months until you achieve your goal weight, what if the only result of this diet is rapid and intense weight loss?

    We've tried all the major diets, and have found there are only 4 effective diets: Bill Phillips (some people call it body-for-life), Atkins, The Master Cleanser (aka The Lemonade Diet), and this 3-day diet. While obviously Bill Phillips is the healthiest of the 4, it doesn't work very quickly and is the hardest to follow. Atkins is much faster, but is way too restrictive. If you cheat on Atkins even once you go out of ketosis and it stops working + how long can a person go with no carbs? The Master Cleanser is by far the fastest, but you can only stay on it for a maximum of 40 days after which you gain it all back and then some + the cravings for real food is unbearable. I think The Master Cleanser is the hardest diet to stay on.

    But the 3 Day Diet is very easy to follow, very easy to stay on without cheating since I like every single food in the diet, you can eat whatever you want (I try to eat healthy though) for 4 days, and you don't have to exercise like a maniac like the Bill Phillips diet. My girlfriend doesn't like most of these foods and oftentimes only eats a little bit of her food on the 3 days, then she eats french fries and grilled cheese sandwiches on the off-days, she doesn't always exercise...and she STILL lost 30 pounds in under 2 months! How hard is it to stay on a diet that has you eating ice cream every day?! They say eat regular ice cream but I use that slow-churned/half-the-calories/no added sugar stuff and it tastes great!

    Has anyone ever died or gotten sick from the 3 Day Diet? Has anyone actually gained weight on it? I guess it's not for everyone but it's sure working great for us. You don't have to buy any pre-packaged stuff. You don't eat any salads during the 3 days. The food is healthy, balanced, varied, tasty, easy-to-get, and even though the calories are a bit low, I find if you don't eat in the morning (another practice that for some strange reason is frowned upon) and don't have your breakfast until 6 PM (with lunch around 9 PM and dinner at midnight), there isn't any hunger pains or cravings (I do drink a lot of water throughout the daytime). So, I say don't knock it till you try it and especially don't knock it if it WORKS! And it does work wonderfully. Okay, I'll shut up now....Let's hear what you guys think....Try not to be too close-minded about this.
    Wow, I can't believe the first 3 people to answer me are all trying to sell me something in a deceptive way! Don't you people even read the question and details I wrote? Do you really make money by throwing in these deceptive ads for your stupid products and goofy internet diet scams? You Nigerians are really starting to bug me. I wish Al Gore had never brought his internet to Nigeria- their citizens are just hell-bent on trying to scam the rest of the world. Why are you Nigerians so corrupt? Get a real job and stop messing with us normal people!
    At least FF isn't a NIgerian, but really dude, I don't think you actually read what I wrote. Instead of just spouting off rhetoric you've heard from the so-called 'experts', open yourself up to this. By being so close-minded, you're missing out on the only diet that really does work. But thanks for writing and not trying to sell me some ridiculous Nigerian scam product.

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of trying healthy diets you should have tried diets that actually work. And eating healthy and once you get to your goal weight are you going to even exercise at all? You are barely even working out you're just walking. You don't even eat all that healthy. Try actually working out I know I know it's hard to move. Which I know you are against but please actually try.

  11. QUESTION:
    eat healthy food everyday?
    How did you develop you current nutritional habits?
    Every individual has different nutritional habits some choose to eat healthy and some choose to eat unhealthy but the different between them is something individual are unaware. I hardly eat junks food even though they are the best things and really delicious I would love to have junks food but I don’t get time to eat. In the morning I usually have tea with a bread or cookies or probably nothing and for lunch I will have some sort of salad in school and when I go home I eat rice, chicken, vegetable anything my sister or my mom have cooked for me. Then I have to have something in the evening like fruits or juice because I usually work out in the evening so I need to have fruit or something to drink healthy and then I eat twice at night because I am awake for longer time so I need to eat and keep myself full my dinner is usually the same as lunch nothing really different unfortunately. I have developed this habit because I have been doing this for longer time and it was through my parents they cause me eat this many times but now they regret of making my habit that way because I finish everything at home.

    What is the relationship of food to health?
    Relationship to food to health is really big the way people act, talk or looks like really appears of what you take in to your stomach. Changes in our understanding of diet and health drive changes in the way foods are processed. On the other hand, what is available on the shelf will have an impact on the choices consumers make, thereby affecting their health. Studies have indicated that nutritional factors do contribute to the development of some of these diseases. After eating contaminated food, people can develop anything from a short, mild illness, often mistakenly referred to as "food poisoning," to life-threatening disease. Right food can make you appear healthier physically mentally and emotionally. so choosing the right food is very important.

    What are the health problems that might occur from bad diet decisions?
    There is many health problems that can occur from bad diet decisions such as Eating junk food during pregnancy could have a bigger impact on childhood obesity, liver disease and diabetes. Almost one-third of children aged six to 19 and 12 per cent of infants in the United States are overweight, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and obesity is now the most prevalent nutritional disease of children and adolescents in the US. " A high-fat diet in the womb may also affect the "appetite centre" of the brain. Also eating a lot of trans fats that contain partially hydrogenated oil probably increases the risk of heart disease. some diet also effects your breathe which many people are unaware of it such as Low-carb diets may be good for your waistline, but you might not be able to say the same for your breath. Bad breath in the low/no-carb sect is often caused by certain chemicals that are released in the breath as the body burns fat. They are called ketones, and entering into a fat-burning state of ketosis is the hallmark of the Atkins diet. It's a difficult problem to solve because if one uses any sucking candy or lozenge, one has to be careful that it has no sugar in it
    Why is permanent weight control best achieved by the combination of diet and exercise?
    When you eat healthy food and exercise you remain in shape and controlled and away from obesity that you might get from junks. You are much more healthier then the rest of other who choose to eat unhealthy food for there dinner, lunch and breakfast as you exercise you burn off your calories and fats which leads you to remain much more healthier then others. Your heart is healthier you remain free from being obese and any other physical or mental disease that might occur. You are just doing yourself a favor and minimize a lot of health issues and when you take in healthy food inside you remain healthy you feel better and lighter and just happier believe it or not eating healthy food really effects your brain and pressurize your mind in a healthier way.

    • ANSWER:
      It is good to eat nutritiously everyday..... You feel better, have more energy throughout the day, and feel happier all over......

      :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Would this way of eating be considered Kekwick Diet eating?
    I am on Atkins Induction, but also in a rut. My weight nor inches will budge at all. I have been reading the Atkins Diet Revolution book, and it does mention briefly the Kekwick Diet or the "Fat Fast".

    Back a few years ago, 2003, when I swore I had been doing Atkins, I had actually been limiting my carbs severely every day for two weeks, and let me tell you, the weight flew off! I would have to guess by Atkins Induction standards, that I was eating no more than 1.5 net carbs a day! I have since then learned what true Atkins Induction is, and how it works, and that's how I know I made a huge mistake!

    This is how I ate, which were the same foods day in and day out for 2 weeks, which I am aware that the Fat Fast should last no longer than 4 to 5 days:

    Breakfast would consist of only bacon or sausage with eggs.

    Lunch and dinner both would only consist of half a large skinless, boneless chicken breast with a veggie on the side.

    There were no desserts, no soft drinks, no tea, juice, just water, and I don't think I even added salt or pepper to my food.

    This is how I erred, however. The first way was being completely misunderstood that this was NOT Atkins. I did eat this way for two whole weeks, which was a no-no. When the two weeks were up, even though it would have been absolutely noticeable to anyone that I had lost tons of weight, my cravings for sugar went through the roof. I had just bought another two week's worth of "Atkins Induction" food, (but didn't want any of it) when I didn't realize I had not gotten a good education in what Atkins Induction was all about. Needless to say, really, I gained a huge portion of that weight back and then some.

    So, finally, my questions are:

    1) Why, chemically, did I lose so much weight so fast eating that way if it wasn't the Kekwick Diet? I have read that this particular diet, which isn't supposed to be of a duration of more than 4 to 5 days, is the absolute best, quickest fat burning regimen known to man. I've read it from several sources, but not sure if it's true, even though I lost weight like mad, without meaning to.

    2) Would this way of eating even come close to describing the Kekwick Diet? All I know about the Kekwick Diet is that it daily consists of 1,000 calories, which 75 to 90% are made up of fat, and that's all I know, plus that it's the quickest, I assume.

    But Dr. Atkins mentions plainly in his book that it's a way of getting metabolically resistant people to go into lipolysis, which I'm sure ketosis follows soon thereafter. So, if anyone can please let me know what they think about this, other than "Oh, that's so unhealthy. You're gonna kill yourself, Don't do that ever again, type crap, I'd would be most appreciative. This is extremely important to me because there is a several day dance event that I want to attend in about a month, and I figure that 4 to 5 days on the Kekwick Diet would definitely not hurt a bit.

    • ANSWER:
      Not only do carbs convert to glucose, but protein converts to glucose if you don't provide fat or carbs to fuel the body. This leaves NO protein for cellular needs, which forces the body to catabolize it's own lean tissues for nutrition. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      1) What you did was starve your body, but probably lost very little fat stores mostly water & lean tissues. It takes a couple of weeks for the body to shut down the metabolism completely & during starvation, you do lose before the body shuts down so it can function on minimal calories.

      2) Kekwick plan is 90% fat, low protein, no carb plan what you did was a high protein, low fat plan.

      What you did never got you into ketosis. ALL the protein was converted to glucose & probably a good portion of your own lean tissues as well. Protein converts to a very inefficient form of glucose & your body was screaming for more - preferably sugar (straight glucose, no conversion required)

      I don't have a problem with someone wanting to do a high calorie Kekwick plan & agree it's the fastest weight loss - but it's hard to eat that much fat. I don't even recommend induction levels beyond 2 weeks because without variety it triggers carb cravings. After you teach your mind that you CAN have a wide variety of acceptable foods, the cravings for carbs lessen greatly. Bread & pasta just taste like wet dough to me & don't really interest me now. (I *never* thought that I would say that when I was a carb addict.)

      Kekwick's plan forces your body into ketosis (which is same as lipolysis) but also shuts down the metabolism with low calories & that's my main concern.

      Ketosis/liposysis allows the body to release fat stores willingly - excess fat stores are not "normal" & the body will try to reach a state of homeostasis (being "normal") & releasing excess fat stores is part of that process. You shut down the metabolism & the body protects fat stores & catabolizes lean tissues which become a drain of resources with high caloric need tissues, a luxury item in the face of famine. The body is built for survival & doesn't follow logical mathematical equations.

      The body "readjusts" occasionally (aka as a plateau). It's just verifying that there is plenty of nutritious foods, plenty of calories before releasing more fat stores. I recommend at this point increasing calories & carbs by 5g. Most people do the opposite & it just makes it worse. I believe that the body will use dietary fats for fuel but *IF* there is plenty of dietary fats then the body uses fat stores instead. This fat is already preprocessed & easily used by the body.

      Atkins original diet from 1972 started out at about 5g carbs but you added 5g every week. It would take a month to get up to 20g net carbs. This was better for obese people who were highly insulin sensitive but caused too fast of weight loss in non obese people. That is why the "new" diet was created & starts off at 20g net carbs - this works best for most people, but some people have to go less than 20g to lose, some even have to go to zero carb to lose. Dr.Broda Barnes (thyroid specialist) warned that less than 30g long term would hurt thyroid function.

      ALL fat is used in unknown processes, excess fat is not excreted from the body. My personal belief is that this fat is used for regeneration processes. The body is a self healing unit. Regeneration processes are shut down during fat storage mode (aka glycolysis) & I believe that is why the body goes into disease state during glycolysis (diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.) Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer's & other diseases.

      Most people get obese because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      Anyone who gains an excess of 30# of fat more than likely is insulin resistant. Long term ingestion of highly refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition.

      I recommend for fastest weight loss, increasing dietary fat to >80% of calories & minimizing carbs - definitely no more than 8g per hour of net carbs. This stops excess dietary protein from being converted to glucose unless absolutely needed for biological functions.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does smoking speed up ketosis or your metabolism?
    Hi i have just started the Cambridge Diet which works when your body goes into ketosis and starts burning stored fat for energy. The first few days are always he hardest. I smoke on and off. I feel that my smoking it will help me to stick on it as it gives me something to do. Will smoking help me to get into ketosis faster when on this diet. Just incase you are unaware of the cambridge diet then you dont eat any solod foods and you only have 3 servings of a low calorie drink which is only 103 calories per drink. The only drink you can have is water.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and furthermore makes you instantly attractive to the opposite sex

  14. QUESTION:
    Ketosis or low-carb diet causes eczema/hives?
    Has anyone else experienced this?

    I have been suffering from some sort of hives/eczema for the past few months. I have seen the dr., who couldn't name a cause but prescribed me prednisone for immflamation. It went down, but started right back up when I finished the prescription.

    I've kept a careful food/activity/stress journal to try and pinpoint the cause, and the ONLY consistent thing I can find is that it flares up at night, sweating can make it worse, and it gets worse the deeper in ketosis I am.

    I have done low-carb for a few years now because my body is very sugar sensitive. A few days ago I went on a short junk food spree- back to eating burgers, sweets, etc, and the eczema on my forehead/around my eyes cleared up. Now I think I am in ketosis (or near) and overnight, the eczema has exploded on my face again.

    Anyone have any experience with this? I really do NOT want to have to gorge myself on carbohydrates to clear my skin, I am pre-diabetic as it is, and sugar makes me slow & nearly unable to function at times.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't really answer your question, but I can relate a personal anecdote.

      When I was younger, I had severe eczema. The doctors put me on a low-protein diet, and it got much, much better.

      Low-carb diets are known for causing skin problems in people who have a predisposition for such.

  15. QUESTION:
    Heeeeeeelllllllllpppppp!!!?
    what am i aloud eat per day in a ketosis diet ? I cant find out anywere. What foods can i eat and how much ? Does anyone no like a weekly diet plan for it?

    • ANSWER:
      SPEAK TO A PHYSICIAN
      The first thing any individual should do when considering the ketosis diet is speak to their physician. This diet is not a diet that should be taken lightly. In essence, the ketosis diet tricks the body into thinking that it is starving and forces it to burn stored fat, which helps individuals lose weight. Speak to your doctor about starting the ketosis diet and ask for his or her opinion on whether or not you should go through with it. If given the green light, you can start the diet.

      LEARN ABOUT LOW-CARB FOODS
      The ketosis diet is based on foods that are very low in carbohydrates and foods that are high in fats. The high fat foods keep the body in a state of ketosis. For those who want to do this diet, it's important to learn which foods are allowed and which ones are not. Individuals are able to eat certain vegetables and fruits, but mainly meat. Lean cuts of meat such as beef, chicken and pork are encouraged. Pastas, breads and other starchy foods are not allowed. To learn more about which foods are allowed and which ones are not, visit Low Carb Foods. See "Resources" for link.

      RESEARCH THE VARIOUS DIET METHODS
      Before starting the ketosis diet, it's important to research as much as possible. There are specific diet plans available that will help you get started on the ketosis diet and can lay out the daily food plans. This will make it easier to actually stick with the diet. Some of the famous ketosis diets include the South Beach Diet and the Atkins diet. To learn more about the methods of the ketosis diet, visit Quack Watch.

      UNDERSTAND THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE DIET
      The ketosis diet does help some individuals lose weight very quickly. However, for others, there are many different complaints. Since the diet drains the dieter of energy, they often feel terrible while on the diet. Other complaints include bad breath, headache, depression and aches and pains. There are many individuals who believe this diet is not a good idea and should only be performed if medically necessary. This is entirely up to the individual, however, the complains and disadvantages of the ketosis diet should be considered fully before starting.

      By using the tips and information above, individuals can learn more about the ketosis diet and determine whether this is the right one for them.

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  16. QUESTION:
    Switching from Cambridge Diet to Atkins,,, will I gain back the lost weight?
    I've been on the Cambridge diet for the last week and a half and already lost a stone! Now, im happy with the results can no longer eat the food.. i just can't

    So yesterday I decided to 'switch' over to Atkins.

    Btw, I was in ketosis before the switch and I am STILL in ketosis.

    So although i am in ketosis, could I still gain back the weight i've lost?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      quit the stupid diets

      & just eat healthy & exercise

  17. QUESTION:
    How much (and what daily) should I feed my Cambells russian dwarfs -hammy in ketosis from her selective eating?
    I have a pair of female dwarves. We have always fed them by putting in loads of food and topping-up as its starts to get low. But then one hamster kept losing weight, and when we re-filled the half-full bowl she would go eat like she hadn't eaten for a long time, so I originally thought maybe when it got low she thought food was running out and restricted her intake.

    Then, she lost lots of weight and comparing the food bowl in their cage to the one in the play pen the cage bowl had been depleted of seeds, peas and cabbage flakes. So then we thought she was a fussy eater and the weight loss was due to these running-out, so we went to the pet store where we found DWARF hamster mix packed with seeds and small chunks of other things including mealworms (that we had been supplementing them with anyway), not the stuff with large pieces that had been sold to us free with the hamsters.

    After having her teeth clipped (got long due to not eating) she is eating lots of mealworms, peanuts and sunflower seeds non stop - at first I thought great fat will help her rapidly gain weight, but she is rapidly losing more weight. I have just learnt her habits are putting her into ketosis (like the Atkins diet) so that she will use fat as energy and will lose weight (and this is why she is sleeping all the time).

    --------------------------------------…

    Therefore I want to remove most seeds, and give them ONLY ENOUGH food daily, but I do not actually know HOW MUCH TO FEED THEM PER DAY, and exactly what do I NEED to be giving them daily (I don't want to overfeed sugary fruits/veg because of the risk of diabetes).

    This is a serious question - she weighs 20g now instead of the healthy 30-35g like the other hamster in the cage. She is boney, and only half the other hamster's size. THE VET wasn't too concerned last week as I told him she was eating and had gained a gram over the previous week since we added the dwarf hamster mix, but in the last week she has lost 3g.

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    Note, she does not have wet tail/diarrhoea,she is still active when you take her out of the cage, she is still curious, the hamsters do not fight - in fact they get concerned for one and other, the vet was not concerned about illnesses (last week took her to get mite treatment and eye drops - had had a bedding allergy=eye infection, all gone now, stopped scratching with mite treatment)

    I also know what can/can't be fed to these hamsters

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Will this keto diet have any effect? Fitness experts help!!!?
    So basically I just read up on ketosis and keto/atkins diets. It's my first day and so far all I've eaten is an egg white omelette, lean beef, some lean chicken, cheese (I checked it was low carb like 0.1 grams), 2 decaf coffees with a splash of skimmed milk in each and plenty of water (about 7 glasses). I was looking in the freezer for foods with little or no carbs and came across some ice cream (my BIGGEST WEAKNESS hahaha) basically I am wondering if I can eat none/VERY MINIMAL carbs like I have been doing today, everyday, and have a portion of ice cream as I am feeling tired which I think is from the lack of carbs today. I exercise cardio & weight training 5 times a week anyway and will continue to do this regardless of my diet. All I wanna lose is about 5 lbs and I am female.

    Does anyone know if the ice cream will stop me seeing any effect from cutting carbs - which to be fair I am cutting a LOT as basically everything has carbs in it!

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      What you are doing is NOT Atkins or a ketogenic diet. I suggest you do neither since you have no clue - which can be extremely dangerous. Low carb should never be low fat or low calorie.

      Ice cream is fine as long as it doesn't have sugar in it or milk (which has lactose/sugar)

      I recommend to lose weight, cut out all sugars & starches. No sodas, juices, cookies, candy, cakes, etc. As healthy as fruit may be, it's natural sugars do not only not promote fat loss, they actually promote fat storage (fructose is the most lipogenic carb).

      Make sure half your meals are green non starchy vegs & eat lots of protein & good fats, limit your complex carb portions to no more than your protein portion.

      Studies have shown that some people can gain fat stores even on a semi starvation diet of 1000 calories a day - if it's composition is high carb, low fat. So obviously, calories aren't the key to fat loss.

      I am adamantly opposed to low calorie dieting because most people lose a good portion of lean tissue (including vital organs like the heart) along with fat stores. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy.

      Most people get impatient and lower their calories and increase their exercise to a point where they lose so much lean tissue that when they return to what was maintenance level eating they are now accumulating more fat stores because their caloric needs have dropped due to the loss of this tissue as well as their metabolism slowing down to work more efficiently on fewer calories & it becomes a vicious cycle of dieting and more loss (including vital organs like the heart). This stress to the vital organs cannot be healthy.

  19. QUESTION:
    can being in ketosis make a person go into a coma????
    or is that only people who are diabetic? i am wondering because i am on the atkins diet(3 days now) and I feel good, I already have no more sugar cravings and am always full until my next meal, I am not eating really fatty, greasy foods, mainly chicken, fish, eggs, spinach and other foods as well, but I was just wondering about being in ketosis, I can tell I am in ketosis by the taste is the back of my mouth, thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      You're confusing Ketosis with Ketoacidosis. Not the same thing at all.

      How could eating healthy foods put you into a coma?

  20. QUESTION:
    Having a difficult time eating enough calories each day, need fatty food ideas?
    hi...I'm a 19 year old female, 135 pounds and 5'7''. I'm currently eating a ketogenic diet for the first time (I am already in ketosis, "moderate" according to Ketostix).

    I'm kind of sedentary throughout the day but do go on a daily walk, sprint a little, and get some high quality push ups/sit ups in.

    Well I figure I need AT LEAST 1,800 calories per day but I'm a picky eater and can never seem to get the ratio of fat/carbs/protein I want along with enough calories.

    Like today, I've only had about 740 cals, borderline too much protein (64 grams) and a nice amount of carbs (about 6 grams, so I can still allow for a bit more of them today if necessary).
    I've had 48 grams of fat, but need more fat (rich in calories, and wanting to eat around 80% of my calories from fat).
    The thing is I don't eat junk food, ice cream, etc. I only eat whole foods and I HAVE been eating lots of butter lately, but my tastebuds are sick of it. I also eat coconut oil and beef tallow/pork lard but am sick of the tastes of those as well, it actually kinda makes me feel ill. I only have 1 eggs left in the house and I'm also feeling sick of eggs :(

    So what are some other HIGH FAT, LOW CARB, MODERATE TO LOW PROTEIN foods???
    ps the macronutrient percentages I'm aiming for are around 80F/15P/5 or less C

    ps- today I've eaten 1/2 pound of fatty steak, 2 eggs, butter, about 1 tbsp of avocado and a couple bites of an apple.
    okay just ate about 1 cup of a salad mix including chard, spinach and bok choy (very low carb) and I'm not feeling so fat-sick lol, I think I just need to balance flavors out better...

    • ANSWER:
      Stop the fad diet. Just eat healthy and exercise. That diet actually works the same way high protein/low carb diets do. They put your body in malnutrition so it uses other sources for energy. That's not healthy. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, moderate amounts of protein and carb. An easy way to do that is divide your plate into quarters. First fill half the plate with veggies. The other quarters are for lean protein and healthy carb. Switch to whole grains for rice, bread, pasta, and cereal.

      A good book to read about healthy nutrition to manage weight is The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. In it she tells how to use proper nutrition to obtain and maintain a healthy weight. There's good advice, tips, and information as well as recipes. It isn't a fad diet, but a healthy eating plan you can follow forever without any side effects.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can the atkins diet/low carb work? technically not possible?
    I undestand the whole ketosis and other things but I have a few questions that I dont understand:
    1. When on a low carb diet, you burn 'fat' as fuel but what fat do you burn. Fat stored in your body (body fat) or fat from foods (dietary fat)?
    2. Can you lose muscle mass when on a low carb diet?
    3. If you can "eat as much fat and protein you want" how do you lose weight. Example: I burn 2000 calories daily, but eat 2500 calories a day... Wouldnt I GAIN weight instead of losing?
    4. Does low carb diets cause body odor too, like its causes bad breath?

    Thanks alot in advance!
    Been wondering for about a week now, and its bugging haha

    • ANSWER:
      1 - Both
      2 - Yes but less than if you just drop your calories right down
      3 - Protein needs 45% of it's own calories just to digest. You can't eat more than you need you would be too full to manage it. You feel fuller for longer eating protein too.
      4 - No, and it doesn't always cause bad breath

  22. QUESTION:
    The Atkins Diet: Facts and Myths?
    Well, I really like the atkins diet. And I sort of have an understanding how it works. I know how to be on it properly, but what happens? I know your body goes into ketosis and I know all of that. But if 3500 calories equals a pound, and you can eat however much 0 carb food you want on it, how come you lose weight instead of gaining weight?

    Please tell me more I am a huge fan of this diet but I would like to know the truths about it and the things that are usually over exaggerated about it. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Contrary to popular beliefs, The body does not follow logical mathematical equations. Metabolism is controlled by nutrition. You can't eat 600/1000/2000 calories of fruit and vegetables (pick a number, it doesn't matter - only the amount of fat stored changes) , your body will treat it as being starved (which it is, starved of nutrition) and will shut down your metabolism as if you're eating nothing, but will store every possible ounce as fat. You may lose water weight and the lean tissue the body has to strip for nutrition, but that just makes fat storage more efficient. Inversely, you wont gain weight on 5000 or more calories of fat & protein (if fat is 65% of calories) because insulin (the fat storage hormone) is not activated.

      The body prefers to be fueled by carbohydrates because glucose is the bodies most efficient fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn't make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose.

      The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of sufficient carbs (greater than 9grams per hour). The body will use excess fat stores for fuel but only if there is sufficient dietary fat. It's like the body says, ok more than sufficient fuel available, I can just use the fatty acids that have already been processed instead of having to convert this raw fuel.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger insulin which can store the calories eaten into fat. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese - pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad - steaks - a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      The video below shows Chris Gardner, Ph.D., researcher from Stanford University, giving a presentation about the data he generated when he compared the Atkins diet to the Ornish diet, the Zone diet and the LEARN diet.

      http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ketones-and-ketosis/low-carb-gaining-a-foothold-with-the-mainstream/#more-3686

  23. QUESTION:
    Binging on low carb diet?
    So I've been doing low carb for about a week without big binging. I eat less than 20 carbs a day. But I slip up a lot. At first I'll just eat like a lot of cheese because it's low cab and I think that's better than binging on high carb lower calorie foods because if I do it will knock me out of ketosis. But today I decided to have a big binge and eat my high carb foods just toget it out of my system. I've heard that carb up days can help with your metabolism and dropping weight fast. Is this true? How is mine affecting my metabolism and weight loss? I'm going back to low carb tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had a lot of success with ketogenic diets, and it is my diet of choice when cutting.

      You're right, the carb ups are good for you and your diet for a number of reasons, but they are not absolutely necessary until you reach a point when you are dragging and you need to fill your muscles with glycogen.

      First when following a keto diet, the point is to keep your carb intake low enough so that your body will use fat stores for energy, thus resulting in fat loss. Keto diets work best, in my opinion, because there is a large amount of fat to be used, vs. a regular diet when you don't restrict carbs. When you don't restrict carbs, your body will run out of them at some point because you're taking in less calories than your body is burning, so your body will naturally run out of glycogen (which is was carbs are converted into) and it will look to another source. When this happens on a regular diet, fat will be bunred, but muscle is also a likely target. When you trick your body into using solely fat as its energy source, you take the risk of losing muscle out of the equation. Some may think that doesn't make sense, but over the years I've lost a total of 40 lbs on ketogenic diets and have NEVER lost any muscle mass or strength.

      In regards to the carb ups, they help to keep you honest on your diet. It is cruel to completely deprive yourself of carbs, so it's good to take a carb up here and there. (usually one every week or two). IF you're like me, and experience "whooshing" it also helps immensly. The idea behind "whoosihg" is that when your body is deprived of glycogen, the fat cells begin to absorb water (because glygocen is usually what holds oneto water). So if you experience this, you will actually burn fat off, but it won't go anywhere until you take your carb up because the fat cells swell and hold the water. When you take in carbs during a carb up, the fat will release the water becuase glycogen has again been introduced into the body, and you will notice a significant drop in weight a few days after your carb up (I've lost almost 5-6 lbs from this, and can notice changes in the mirror, almost over night!)

      But the simple fact is, if you have a day when you lose control and eat more cals or more carbs than you would like, it's not a big deal. Once your body makes the transition into ketosis, it will go back in very quickly if you accidently knock yourself out. After you've been on keto for a while, you can usually re enter ketosis within a day after your carb up. So no worries there. And about the calories, just don't worry about it and make sure you stick to your diet the next day. There's no need to get worked up over it. Just realize your mistake and don't let it happen again.

      But you should take a carb up at least once every two weeks. Most will take one every week. Make sure they do not go over 24 hours, however. Lyle McDonald wrote a book about the ketogenic diet and he writes that as long as you keep your carb ups to within 24 hours, you will not gain any fat back because of excess carbs because your body will be stuffing your muscles with the glycogen they've been depleted of. It's actually possible to take a carb up without even knocking yourself out, but it is very difficult to get your body to a state where it can actually do that. You have to literally completely strip your muscles of glycogen and not go over the max amount of carbs that your muscles can take. My carb ups usually last 12 hours and I take in roughly 300 g. of carbs in those 12 hours. A good guideline to follow is to flip your ratios. A keto diet is usually a ratio of 65% of your cals from fat, 30% of cals from protein, and 5% of your cals from carbs. So on your carb up, just filp the ratio around so that 65% of your cals are coming from carbs, 30% from protein, and 5% from fat. Still try to work at a caloric defecit, but it's not as important while on your carb up.

      If you have any questions feel free to ask me because I've done a lot of research and have a lot of experience with ketogenic diets. Best of luck to you!

  24. QUESTION:
    Questions about atkins.?
    Well, they say when you are on the atkins diet you can eat as much 0 carb food as you want... but what if you were just starting the diet and weren't in ketosis yet... Would it still matter how much 0 carb food you eat? If i eat a slice of bread for breakfast then the rest of the day i pigged on everything 0 calorie would i not gain weight because it has 0 carbs or would the bread cancel that out since i wouldn't be in ketosis and all the calories would be stored?

    • ANSWER:
      I am confused by your question, no one can gain weight on 0 calorie foods.

      All carbohydrates (even vegetables) are converted by the body into glucose (sugar) some is stored as glycogen & the unused excess is converted to fatty acids & stored in fat cells. The body uses 5grams of glucose per hour and keeps 4grams of glucose circulating, so adding 9grams of carbs per hour is utilized by the body. The body can create glucose from protein, fat & fat stores so no added carbs are needed. It takes 3 days to deplete (full) glycogen stores and get into ketosis.

      Montignac has a diet theory (which I do not disagree with in theory) that allows both carbs (without fats & proteins) OR fats & proteins (without carbs) but they must stay 3-4 hours away from each other. Carbs create cravings for more carbs in me, so it's easier for me to do without that to do "in moderation". I also don't think I would enjoy carbs with no fats though. IF you have enough self control, you might want to consider this or the Carb Addict's Diet which allows balanced carbs one hour a day but I don't recommend either for a true carb addict lol.

  25. QUESTION:
    Could I have Ketosis ? Seeking advice please?
    I went from a binge eater to eating very little.

    I had a high sugar, high carb diet extending the normal daily intake by a long shot. In the process as it usually occurs with people who eat a lot, I did manage to get all the nutrients I needed.

    Thanks to some experience I have had, for whatever reason I started one day going to the gym twice a day and eating less than 500 calories a day. The diet consists of ALL and ANY vegetables and fruit + tuna. nothing else (black coffee in the morning but I use Splenda).

    I have already had a hypoglycemic attack that was brought on with low blood sugar levels due to high exercise and lack of sugar in my diet. I have refrained from such extreme measures, but every meal my goal is to bring any new amino acids, vitamins and minerals in my diet.

    However. Having gone from very high carb --> only natural carbs found in plants, I am worried that my body is going through ketosis.

    I have already been feeling sea-sick, I cant eat too much, in the first few days for whatever reason I couldn't hold down food, and I feel some *activity* in my brain if u know what I mean. A pressure, something going on (much like we feel in the stomach after eating).

    I am wondering if i can just sustain this. Because I really do need to loose weight for career and personal reasons.

    Thanks for all of your advice !

    • ANSWER:
      Well first of all, ketosis is nothing to worry about as long as blood sugar is normal. Ketosis happens when the body burns fat.

      More importantly, a 500 calorie diet is extremely unhealthy. You are doing yourself harm - harm that will outweigh any benefit you think you might gain from weight loss.

      That might not convince you. How about the fact that crash diets do not work, and that people who go on crash diets usually end up putting all the weight back on again?

      Of course you can't sustain it. Because it is unsustainable and unhealthy, and it is already making you feel ill.

      Would you feel happy being a thin corpse?

  26. QUESTION:
    Can I loose 10 lbs During Induction on the atkins diet. ?I will be on it for one months with 5 grams and less.
    Hi :) im 16 and on atkins and im 5'7 and weigh 177. I have been on Atkins for 1 week now and I think i am going through ketosis. But i really dont think that i will loose 10 lbs by just walking home from school (20 min) in 2 weeks..haha. i seem to be eating alot of chicken and to many eggs .with the side of mayo :P Will i have to limit my food even with no carbs what so ever, and also exercise. if so how much ? Oh and i will not be eating the 20 grams akins allow , i have 5 grams and under for 1 month. Thank you and any help with be awsome.

    • ANSWER:
      The only reason this way of eating isn't safe for someone your age is that it isn't being done properly. And sorry to tell you, but if you aren't doing it properly it ISN'T Atkins.

      Eating only 5 carbs a day or less may hinder your weight loss and isn't healthy because you're restricting the types of foods too much. This isn't only about what you aren't eating. It's also about what you are required to eat -- including daily veggies and salads from the list of induction foods.

      http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard.com/ has forums that include sections specifically for teens and for exercise.

      Can you lose 10 pounds in two weeks? Quite possibly! You need to work the program correctly to get maximum results.

      Don't think about JUST two weeks down the line, but also a year from now. This can be a very doable long-term healthy way of eating. What I love about Atkins the most? It's the only way of eating that ever allowed me to stop feeling hungry all the time. I never understood people who could just take or leave food and thought about it as nurishment but didn't go all nuts over it, but Atkins actually showed me how to enjoy that! (never thought I'd "enjoy" that either -- but exercise is so much more fun! and so is wearing any clothes I want and being physically fit to do anything I want!)

      Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Fad Diets--Personal Fitness Help?
    1. What is the key to maintaining a healthy weight? (1 point)
    Cutting carbohydrates
    Aerobic exercise
    Balancing calorie intake with calories burned
    Not eating late at night
    2. Most fad diets fail because: (1 point)
    They do not help the dieter change bad eating habits
    They can be used by people with eating disorders
    They can do more harm than good
    They do not work
    3. A successful weight loss or weight management plan: (1 point)
    Will allow the dieter to lose weight quickly
    Must practice restrictive eating habits
    Requires a reduction in carbohydrate intake
    Incorporates lifestyle changes in diet and exercise
    4. Which of the following is NOT an example of a fad diets: (1 point)
    Avoiding all carbohydrates
    Eating only cabbage soup for 1 week
    Miracle diet drinks
    Calorie/Fat monitoring
    5. Which of the following statements is not true? (1 point)
    Fad diets often lack scientific research to support their claims.
    Fad diets can cause health problems, such as osteoporosis and dehydration.
    The weight lost on a fad diet is usually temporary
    Fad diets require lifestyle changes that teach sensible eating habits that last a lifetime
    6. Fad diets that require a high-protein intake cause the body to excrete more calcium, which can lead to ______________________. (1 point)
    Weight gain
    Heart disease
    Osteoporosis
    Dehydration
    7. Many fad diets discourage people from eating certain foods, leading to _________________________. (1 point)
    Osteoporosis
    Nutritional imbalance
    Dehydration
    Hyponatremia
    8. Some fad diets actually cause the dieter to lose lean muscle, which can decrease strength and ____________________. (1 point)
    Cause gastrointestinal problems
    Cause vision problems
    Lower metabolism
    Increase metabolism
    9. __________________ occurs when the body burns fat and protein instead of glucose. (1 point)
    Dehydration
    Ketosis
    Hyponatremia
    Nutritional imbalance
    10. _____________________ does not help weight loss; instead it leads to low blood sugar, which can cause hunger pangs, binging, or cravings. (1 point)
    Fad dieting
    Skipping meals
    Aerobic exercise
    Ketosis

    • ANSWER:
      Do your own homework!

  28. QUESTION:
    What eating plan would allow me to train my very best in my sport but still allow me to lose body fat?
    I am a 15 year old girl, about 5'9" and between 143-148 pounds. I would consider myself quite muscular since I am really athletic and I don't eat junk foods. What I need is an eating plan that meets my requirements, which are explained below.
    I compete in martial arts at a high level, therefor I need to train a lot. I train 5 times a week.

    Mondays I help out (instruct/demonstrate/sometimes do the karate with the kids) from 5pm-7:15 and my classes are from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Saturdays I also help out except I have my class first at 9am to 9:45, I then help out from 9:45 to 12:00 and have 2 more classes from 12 to 2 (with a 15 minute break between 12:45 and 1pm).

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I only have my classes that are between 7:15 and 8:45.

    On Sunday I will usually do the P90X Plyometric Workout that lasts an hour (I do it whenever I feel like it).

    Friday is my "Off Day."

    I'm looking for an eating plan that will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best for my sport, but I also want to lose body fat.

    I understand that the most popular method of weight loss is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume, which puts your body into the state of ketosis where fat is essientially 'flushed out.'
    BUT I know that carbohydrates is also your main source of energy (split into lactose, fructose and glucose) where the glucose gets fed to your muscles, where if they are not completely used up they are stored as fat. (I believe that is how it works?)
    Along with working out to become better at martial arts, I want to gain muscle so I am stronger, faster and better so I eat lots of protein. Eggs almost every morning and protein shakes.
    I try to eat a well balanced diet right now, but I'm not sure HOW to change it to meet my goals (reduce body fat/gain energy and muscle so I can be better in martial arts).

    If someone could please create a table of some sort to tell what and when I should eat something. Like, what time, what I should eat,etc. for every day of the week. And how many carbohydrates should I have for specific days (regarding my martial arts schedule explained above) and how much protein and fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      For starters make sure to eat breakfast every morning. I usually eat two eggs with vegetables like spinach or some other vegetable that cooks quickly and goes well with eggs. I usually have broccoli blanched ahead of time so i can just throw it in with the eggs.
      Water, drink LOTS of water
      Eat something every three hours. I know it sounds like allot, but it will speed up your metabolism, and you're already burning allot of calories. Just dont eat a full meal sized portion every three hours.
      Eat yourself full of vegetables during meals. Make sure to eat meat, and fruits as well, but you can feel full on vegetables and not feel guilty about it. Filling your stomach full of rice or pasta is not as good for you
      Eat fruits and sometimes some nuts (not honey roasted)in between meals, and take food in a backpack everywhere you go. I usually carry apples, bananas, mixed nuts, and home made beef jerky from a local butcher shop with me at all times.
      Eat starchy carbs post work out for an energy boost. If you dont work out that day dont eat starchy carbs. Dont worry about the carbs from fruit.
      Limit your breads and pasta intake. All bread has some form of sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it. If it doesent, it is expensive. I just rarely ever bread for my kitchen. That way when I go out and get a sandwich once a week or so, its ok. Daves Killer Bread is pretty decent though, so is Ezikeil bread.

      Myself, I am training for boot camp. So i do HIIT, and strength training as well. this eating plan works for me quite well to maintain energy and build muscle. Theres lots more but I dont feel like writing a novel, so heres what I ate today

      breakfast two eggs with broccoli
      snack one apple, one banana
      Lunch chicken with braised cabbage
      snack one pear and one orange
      snack home made smoothie with frozen berries and plain yogurt (no sugar)
      dinner romaine salad, then pork with spinach and cabbage

  29. QUESTION:
    What eating plan will allow me to train my very best in my sport but still allow me to lose body fat?
    I am a 15 year old girl, about 5'9" and between 143-148 pounds. I would consider myself quite muscular since I am really athletic and I don't eat junk foods. What I need is an eating plan that meets my requirements, which are explained below.
    I compete in martial arts at a high level, therefor I need to train a lot. I train 5 times a week.

    Mondays I help out (instruct/demonstrate/sometimes do the karate with the kids) from 5pm-7:15 and my classes are from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Saturdays I also help out except I have my class first at 9am to 9:45, I then help out from 9:45 to 12:00 and have 2 more classes from 12 to 2 (with a 15 minute break between 12:45 and 1pm).

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I only have my classes that are between 7:15 and 8:45.

    On Sunday I will usually do the P90X Plyometric Workout that lasts an hour (I do it whenever I feel like it).

    Friday is my "Off Day."

    I'm looking for an eating plan that will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best for my sport, but I also want to lose body fat.

    I understand that the most popular method of weight loss is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume, which puts your body into the state of ketosis where fat is essientially 'flushed out.'
    BUT I know that carbohydrates is also your main source of energy (split into lactose, fructose and glucose) where the glucose gets fed to your muscles, where if they are not completely used up they are stored as fat. (I believe that is how it works?)
    Along with working out to become better at martial arts, I want to gain muscle so I am stronger, faster and better so I eat lots of protein. Eggs almost every morning and protein shakes.
    I try to eat a well balanced diet right now, but I'm not sure HOW to change it to meet my goals (reduce body fat/gain energy and muscle so I can be better in martial arts).

    If someone could please create a table of some sort to tell what and when I should eat something. Like, what time, what I should eat,etc. for every day of the week. And how many carbohydrates should I have for specific days (regarding my martial arts schedule explained above) and how much protein and fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Carbs should consist of 60% of your diet. And you need all the protiens you can get. Increase these the day before a hard workout. Stay away from fats and sweets

  30. QUESTION:
    What eating plan will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best in my sport but still lose body fat?
    I am a 15 year old girl, about 5'9" and between 143-148 pounds. I would consider myself quite muscular since I am really athletic and I don't eat junk foods. What I need is an eating plan that meets my requirements, which are explained below.
    I compete in martial arts at a high level, therefor I need to train a lot. I train 5 times a week.

    Mondays I help out (instruct/demonstrate/sometimes do the karate with the kids) from 5pm-7:15 and my classes are from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Saturdays I also help out except I have my class first at 9am to 9:45, I then help out from 9:45 to 12:00 and have 2 more classes from 12 to 2 (with a 15 minute break between 12:45 and 1pm).

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I only have my classes that are between 7:15 and 8:45.

    On Sunday I will usually do the P90X Plyometric Workout that lasts an hour (I do it whenever I feel like it).

    Friday is my "Off Day."

    I'm looking for an eating plan that will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best for my sport, but I also want to lose body fat.

    I understand that the most popular method of weight loss is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume, which puts your body into the state of ketosis where fat is essientially 'flushed out.'
    BUT I know that carbohydrates is also your main source of energy (split into lactose, fructose and glucose) where the glucose gets fed to your muscles, where if they are not completely used up they are stored as fat. (I believe that is how it works?)
    Along with working out to become better at martial arts, I want to gain muscle so I am stronger, faster and better so I eat lots of protein. Eggs almost every morning and protein shakes.
    I try to eat a well balanced diet right now, but I'm not sure HOW to change it to meet my goals (reduce body fat/gain energy and muscle so I can be better in martial arts).

    If someone could please create a table of some sort to tell what and when I should eat something. Like, what time, what I should eat,etc. for every day of the week. And how many carbohydrates should I have for specific days (regarding my martial arts schedule explained above) and how much protein and fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Negative Calorie Diet(google it) for snacks, plus a FEW extra items
      eat em for breakfeast, lunch and dinner
      breakfeast
      2 egg whites and whole wheat toast, fruit if still hungry
      lunch
      salad with low fat dressing or no fat
      dinner
      chicken, soup, or anything healthy

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I Follow this Diet From My ARMY Recruiter?
    Hey Im Joining The Army and my Recruiter told me to do this for 2 weeks, because i need to lose some pounds, i can meet the body/fat requirement but like i said, need to lose the pounds. Is this diet ok for my body? its a very low calorie amount, and start tomorrow, should i add any fruits or nuts, i also drink juice fruits and vegetables and like to drink that, should i continue with my Juices or just stop and follow my diet entirely? Thanks

    ok here it is

    breakfast around 8am
    half can Tuna (small 5 oz can)
    3/4 cup egg white (buy the egg whites that come all ready separated) or you can buy the egg beaters it has the same amount of calories protein carb etc as just egg whites
    1 glass hot green tea (plain do not add anything to the tea

    total calories 150
    protien 31 grams
    carb 3 grams
    fat 1 grams

    lunch- 2pm
    Half can tuna (small 5 oz can)
    1/2 cup egg whites
    1 glass green Tea

    total calories 120
    protein 25
    carb 2
    fat 1

    Dinner no later than 8pm
    same as lunch

    total daily intake

    calories 390
    protein 81 grams
    carb 7 grams
    fat 3 grams

    drink atleast 4 8oz glassed of water in between meals and 1 8 oz glass before bed ( this is the minimum amount of water, drink all you can)

    *cooking the egg whites or egg beaters
    pour the egg whites into a microwavable cup ad microwave for 2 minutes for half cup, and 2.75 min for 3/4 cup the egg whites will rise up after they are done just chop them up with your fork and its done

    Tuna, you can add some pepper or hotsauce, just don't drown it avoid sodium "salt" as it can make you retain water

    what this diet does is it puts your body into KETOSIS, where your body will burn the fat in your body for fuel, because its not getting enough from your food intake.

    It's best to start this when your body has no fuel in it so the day before eat a nicely sensible meal, no later that 8 pm that way when you begin in the morning all of your fuel has already been processed by your body.

    Also, when your on Ketosis some side effects will be a fruity smelling breath, and a slight ammonia body odor. Also most people will be constipated since your body is using everything you feed it not much waste is happening, so think about taking a laxative about every 3rd day

    by doing this, you will easily loose 1-2 lbs a day do not cheat, the first 2 days you may feel a little hungry at time but your body will adapt to it by the 3rd day you prob wont even notice that your hungry as your body will have adapted dont to heavy or extensive exercises, some light cardio (treadmill, exercise bike, swimming) will greatly aid in your weight loss

    Hope this helps you out

    • ANSWER:
      Fructose, the sugar in most fruits (as well as table sugar, honey & corn syrup) is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb. Fructose creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells, which does not promote fat loss.

      This is very unhealthy and NOT ketosis - the "ammonia smell" is protein being converted to glucose & since you're not eating enough protein, the balance is your lean tissues being catabolized. You'll lose some fat, but mostly lean tissues & water weight.

      You can get good results from Atkins program without losing lean tissues.

      Low carb will help you gain lean tissue & trim excess fat *if* you don't have a calorie deficit. A low calorie diet will definitely make you lose lean tissues.

      Studies have shown that some people can gain fat stores even on a semi starvation diet of 1000 calories a day - if it's composition is high carb, low fat. So obviously, calories aren't the key to fat loss.

      If you eat protein without sufficient fuel calories from fats or carbs, then you convert dietary protein to fuel leaving no protein for cellular needs, forcing the body to catabolize it's own lean tissues. Carbs may be optional, but fuel calories are not but they can come from fat or carbs, but not protein. There are not enough calories in fruits & vegs to fuel the body. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb. Fructose creates triglycerides, tryiglycerides "trap" fat in fat cells.

      If you don't keep your calories high enough, the body will strip it's own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone).

      Protein is a very inefficient fuel to use exclusively for long term & the byproducts of the conversion to fuel can be dangerous if they overwhelm the body faster than the body can clear out the nitrogen & ammonia.

      Just for example - Someone asked "what if" about a diet of 500g of pure protein (2000 calories a day)

      500g protein with no fat would be fatal. Fat is essential but protein without fat will cause diarrhea & then death. So this next bit is only hypothetically speaking.

      500g of protein only would turn the protein into a fuel source and not be able to be used for tissue repairs & cellular regeneration. So although you would think 500g of protein would be sufficient for these needs, it would be converted to a very inefficient fuel source with a dangerous buildup of nitrogen & ammonia (byproducts of gluconeogenesis). The body can handle some of these byproducts but not large quantities for long term. So in essence, all this protein would be processed as fuel and the body would STILL have to catabolize it's own lean tissues for a protein source. 100% of the protein would be needed to convert to 58% glucose - it would be equal to fueling the body with 1160 calories of carbs and NO protein (IF your only ingestion was 2000 calories (500g) in pure protein).

      It's confusing to eat SO much protein and have none bioavailable but your body requires FUEL calories (which can come from fat OR carbs or both) AND protein.

      BUT if you ate more than sufficient protein with more than sufficient dietary fat calories AND controlled carbs to less than 9grams per hour (Maximum carbs would be 144grams day or 576 calories) the balance of fuel calories would HAVE to be from dietary fats - at 9 calories per gram.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow sex hormones (testosterone in males) & human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean tissue will be gained even without exercise.

      I highly recommend adding virgin coconut oil to your diet. All fats can be used for sustained energy, but coconut oil is the (only) fat that can be used for quick energy like a carb.

  32. QUESTION:
    Gluten/Lactose Intolerant with PCOS & Fibromyalgia- is this a good diet to follow for weight loss?
    I am currently on week 4 of Atkins induction. In this time I have only lost 4 pounds. I have 40lbs to lose to get to a healthy normal weight for a girl of 5'3" (in mid 20's). I am in ketosis (per the Ketosticks). I have seen improvements in my PCOS, and less water retention....but I don't know if I can do the Atkins forever! I have been gluten/sugar/lactose free for a month, and all I have to show for it is 4lbs and feeling tired and nauseated most of the time because of the very minimal options. I know that it takes time to lose weight, because it took a while to put it on, but I don't know if I can keep on with just eating meat and vegetables and water! I miss fruits and an occasional yogurt. My husband is doing the plan with me and has lost over 10lbs and down a few pants sizes-- I feel like I would be disappointing him if I give up. Is there a healthy alternative to this diet? South Beach looks pretty similar, except you can have whole grains--which I can't have.
    If I keep to the Atkins plan where as I am not consuming, flour, sugar, wheat, white starch etc., and incorporated fruits, almond milk, more salads, and lean proteins (mainly organic, unprocessed foods) could I still see weight loss? Without wondering if I am over 20 carbs? I am in tears (partially due to TOM which for the first time is ON time) and am so sick of eating this way. I have a hard time exercising due to the fibromyalgia, but have been trying to get outside every evening to do yard work.. I would appreciate any thoughts on this!!! Please!

    • ANSWER:
      not enough space allowed here -

      Atkins is your very best option for optimal health & weight loss. South Beach is not a healthier option & the high carb levels do not work for someone with insulin resistance.

      Are you eating the low carb bars or shakes?? They claim "sugar alcohols don't count" but I have heard from hundreds of people that can't lose with them included in their plan.

      You should not be feeling tired & nauseated due to the diet. I have a feeling you aren't doing it properly. Are you eating 2000 calories a day (on average)? Is your dietary fat ratio greater than 65%??

      So at this point - we have 2 things to consider - weight loss & a low carb lifeplan. As you've found, your body is becoming more in balance with the low carb plan & when you are insulin resistant, it really becomes your only option to remain healthy. High insulin levels do not let other hormones function properly, so the body doesn't get a chance to go into healing mode.

      I would recommend adding more carbs, your weight loss will be much slower but you will create a life plan. I have been doing Atkins program for over 8 years. I lost a LOT of weight at first but then I was stuck for years but thrilled that I no longer gained weight & could maintain my weight. After being on plan for years, I started thyroid meds & wasn't expecting weight loss - I was at a level that was comfortable for my lifeplan 50-100g per day but I ended up losing 2.5# a month - doesn't sound very impressive but in 2 years, I lost 60# - without trying. I was eating the same foods I had for years.

      As you deplete the glycogen stores, you lose this water & your body becomes (temporarily) dehydrated.

      I recommend dissolving half teaspoon each of UNrefined salt, potassium & ascorbic acid (vit.C) in 8 oz of water & drink every morning to replenish electrolytes. I buy a salt substitute (NuSalt, NoSalt, Morton's Salt substitute, etc) for a cheap form of potassium. This should alleviate fatigue, headaches, dizziness or constipation caused by dehydration. Make sure you drink lots of water.

      Refined salt may not be healthy, but UNrefined salt is vital to good health.

      Salt and water work together to do important work in your body, including stimulating your metabolism, helping you detoxify, support your adrenals and making sure your nerves, hormones and immune system function properly.

      Unrefined salt contains over 80 minerals. Natural (unrefined) Salt is 85 % Sodium Chloride and Processed (refined) Salt is 98 % Sodium Chloride. The refining process ensures that salt won't go rancid, but eliminates all of salt's life-sustaining properties.

      If you've read the Atkins program, you know that at week 4, you should be at 30g per day & that your options expand every week. I would suggest you go ahead & incorporate full fat sugar free yogurt into the plan & in 2 weeks you can add berries. Next week you can add seeds & nuts & that will greatly expand your diet.

      Explore the world of low carb foods - learn all the vegetables you've never tried, learn Japanese foods & add shirataki noodles, miso soup, seaweed into your lifeplan, learn about all the raw seeds & nuts.

      You should be eating ground flax seeds daily, even in induction. Chia seeds have been the best thing for my low carb plan - they are easy & convenient & can be added to almost any dish or just added to lemonade for an extremely high source of nutrition. I also love raw soaked sunflower seeds as another source.

      The rungs to reintroduction of carbs in 5 gram units - all available to very active people in as little as 11 weeks. Make sure you do them in order & you can skip a rung if you do not intend to include it in your permanent way of eating, such as the alcohol rung.:
      * (minimum week 3 - maximum 25grams day) Acceptable vegetables, larger quantities
      * (min, wk 4 - max. 30g day) Add 5grams Cottage cheese
      * (min, wk 5 - max. 35g day) Add 5grams Nuts & seeds
      * (min. wk 6 - max, 40g day) Add 5grams Berries
      * (min. wk 7 - max, 45g day) Alcohol can be added if desired
      * (min, wk 8 - max, 50g day) Add 5grams Legumes
      * (min. wk 9 - max. 55g day) Add 5grams Other fruits
      * (min. wk10- max. 60g day) Add 5grams Starchy vegetables
      * (min. wk11- max. 65g day) Add 5grams Whole grains
      If you are continuing to lose or maintain (whichever is goal) in week 12 & beyond, you continue to add 5grams a day per week til you reach your personal carb level.

      7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat

      1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

      2) Stronger bones

      3) Improved liver health

      4) Healthy lungs

      5) Healthy brain

      6) Proper nerve signaling & hormone production

      7) Strong immune system

      http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/06/06/saturated-fat/

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      optimize vit D levels!!

  33. QUESTION:
    I have Giardia! How should I treat it?
    I recently went on a five day backpacking trip for college and I drank a ton of water from a pond that had a beaver dam on it. Another source was from a large lake. I used iodine to purify the water but I wasn't very careful with it and splashed untreated water everywhere. Not to mention the kid cooking our food was someone who didn't like washing up after pooping in the woods and was just a disgusting person in general. I've been having gut aches and crazy amount of gas when I eat so I am fasting so I don't get diarrhea.

    To treat it, I've been fasting and just ordered black walnut and wormwood tincture which a friend who had a parasite took and it worked so I thought I would try. What else could I do? I was reading that Giardia parasites use glucose for fuel so I thought I would try a ketosis diet since I wont fast for over a week and ketosis diets don't involve glucose in the body and uses a different fuel source. Should I give this a whirl?

    It's important that I get rid of this thing since I'm in college and can't afford to miss one class. I am hesitant to go to the doctor and take a stool sample but I will if it persists after using alternative medicine.

    Another thing I want to know is that how long will this stay with me? I've heard that it will stay in your small intestines for a life time if it's not treated. Anyone with knowledge, please share since there isn't too much on the internet as I would hope since it is quite embarrassing for most.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you 100% sure it's Giardia? If you have seen a doctor and got an accurate diagnosis you should have been given advice.
      Giardiasis can be diagnosed by checking faeces for giardia cysts.

      Up to three samples may need to be taken over a number of days as giardia cysts aren't always passed out of the body each time you go to the toilet.

      It can be successfully treated using a medicine called metronidazole - usually taken orally.
      The recommended course of treatment will depend on your age and body weight and it can range from a three to 10-day course.

      It would be more sensible to see a doctor than depend on an internet site.

  34. QUESTION:
    Low carbohydrate, high protein diet questions :)?
    Ok, so i know about the stages you go through on a low carbohydrate diet and using fat stores for energy.. ketosis.. etc..
    but i would like to know how much weight i can loose on this sort of plan?

    i am female, 5'6
    120 pounds

    i have tried this for the past week and so far i have lost about 2 pounds, buti dont know whether this is just water weight.
    i have eaten roughly about 1200 calories per day and i do a fair amount of walking as i never go by car or public transport.
    a typical days food has been:
    Breakfast: Omelet with grated cheese and chicken breast pieces
    Lunch: Chicken or fish (sardines, prawns etc) with lettuce and 1 babybel cheese
    Dinner: Lean meat or fish (salmon, prawns, cod, beef, chicken) with mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli, beans, cauliflower) with one tablespoon of rice, pasta or a boiled potato.
    drinks: water, squash, herbal tea
    snacks: Apple, grapes, cheese, ham, a biscuit (occasional piece of chocolate)

    is this diet low-carb enough? if i followed this plan for a month how much weight ould i be expected to lose? i also go for a run a few times a week.

    thankyou!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      I'd like to see you separate those meals out a bit more. You should be taking about 5 meals daily. Those are all excellent foods you have listed above, just try to split them up a bit more. Of course, also make sure you're drinking plenty of water, and it would certainly help you to run on a more regular, regimented schedule. Calisthenics will also help you tone up.

      If you stick with just the diet, you could expect to lose about 5-10 lbs in one month, provided that you really stay with it. Exercising on a regular basis will enhance your results.

      Cheers

  35. QUESTION:
    Anybody with Gestational Diabetes? Need advice....?
    I'm kind of struggling on my diet. Well, for the past few days I've been really good at keeping my numbers low and I am seeing a dietitian counselor. I guess I'd like to know what foods are high in calories, saturated fats and low in carbohydrates. I find that anything high in calories is actually high in carbohydrates as well. To get my sugar levels lows I find that I'm not able to have as much carbs that I'm allotted to have. Like for instance the other night I had good 8 ounce steak, with a very tiny potato, and a half a cup of cottage cheese and salad. My sugars were low but I'm also checking for Ketosis too. And it seems like when I cut the carbs, my ketosis checks increase. One thing I found that helps get rid of the ketosis is drinking a half a cup of milk at midnight and most nights I don't wake up for that. They also say most pregnant women get put on insulin shots if their sugar levels can't be maintained and I want to avoid insulin if at all possible, but at the same time I don't want to have a positive test for ketosis. I see my dietition in about a week.

    So what are some good carbs that I can eat that can give me enough calories through the day? If there is anybody that can give me a sample diet of what they eat through the day I'd very much apprecaite that. I do realize that everybody's body is different as well and will react differently to any carbs.

    I'm open to all suggestions and advice. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      It is important for the baby to keep the blood sugar under 115mg/dl. So ff it comes to insulin do not hesitate, gestational diabetes usually goes away after delivery.
      You should exercise at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes everyday, and this recommendation is for all pregnancies.

  36. QUESTION:
    Health Problems, Just Read this?
    I have been receiving a lot of e-mail lately about diet. In the past, I was never concerned about what I ate. I just went to the gym, trained hard, and that was the extent of my routine. Not until recently did I realize the power diet has over the way your body looks and performs. I believe that diet is at least 75% of the fitness equation. In this article, I'm going to describe in detail what I have learned about diet during my 12-week transition period.
    When to Eat and How Often
    This might sound strange, but you have to eat more often to lose fat and gain muscle. During my transition period, I never ate less than 6 meals a day.
    •Try to eat every 2 to 3 hours.
    •Do not eat complex carbohydrates after 6:00 p.m. or four to five hours before going to bed.
    •Try to eat one gram of protein per pound of lean body mass on lifting days and .8 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass on non-lifting days.
    •Never eat more than 70 grams of protein in one meal.
    Carbohydrates
    When I think of carbohydrates, I think of energy. Carbohydrates supply our bodies with the energy it needs to make it through a workout. Without an adequate supply of carbohydrates, the body goes into carbohydrate deprivation. This is called a state of ketosis (meaning our body is using protein as energy). This is not a good state to be in for long because it will rob the body of muscle tissue in an effort to create energy. On the other hand, if too many carbohydrates are consumed, they convert into stored fat. The idea is to consume just enough carbohydrates to make it through our workouts with sufficient energy. I have broken down carbohydrates into these three categories:
    •Simple carbs: These are sugars, or quick energy. They are absorbed very quickly into the body. Ex. Anything with sugar, also fruit
    •Complex carbs: This is where you get long-term energy for the day. These are long chained carbohydrates that brake down slower, giving us energy over a prolonged period of time. Ex. Oatmeal, potatoes, pasta, rice, breads
    •Fibrous carbs: These are things like vegetables. I think of them as roughage in order to stay regular. Make sure you include them in you later meals when you can't eat complex carbs. They are also a good source of vitamins. Ex. Leafy vegetables like lettuce.
    Protein
    Proteins are the building blocks of our muscles. Without a sufficient amount of protein in our diet, our muscles will not have the raw materials that they need to build up, or even hang on to what is already there.
    Net protein utilization: Not all protein is created equal. Different foods are absorbed more than others. For example, egg white protein is absorbed at 88%. That means we get about 9 eggs to our muscles. On the other hand, chicken breast are absorbed at 68%, meaning we get about 7 breasts to our muscles. It is imported to eat a wide verity of protein foods though; no one protein source has all the amino acids we need.
    •Whey protein (100%): the best source of whey protein is from protein supplements. It is also absorbed very fast by the body, so it is best to take this when your body needs amino acids quickly: like right after a workout or when you first get up in the morning.
    •Egg whites (88%)
    •Fish (78%)
    •Chicken breast (78%)
    •Soy protein: My one bit of advice would be to try and stay away from soy protein. It is not absorbed very well by the body.
    Fats
    We normally think of fats as being bad. The fact is certain fats are essential to building muscle and carrying out various functions of the body. There are 2 fat types we need to be concerned about:
    •Saturated fats: these are the bad fats. Avoid these fats as much as possible. You will find these types of fats mostly in meats
    •Unsaturated fats: these are the good fats. They are a good energy source and help us build muscle. You can find from plant oils. Peanuts are also a good source.
    Water
    Do not under estimate the importance of water! If you are looking to get lean, water will be your best friend. Drink as much as you can and as often as you can. Also, it is very important to drink lots of water when you're eating large amounts of protein to clean urea from the system.
    Vitamins & minerals
    As resistance training athletes, we have a greater need for vitamins & minerals. When we workout and bring blood to our muscles it is important that our blood is full of those essential vitamins & minerals if we want to grow.
    Supplements
    Supplements are just that, meaning they are used to supplement your diet, not replace it. Don't ever think of it that way.
    Hierarchy of supplements:
    I developed this hierarchy of supplements based on what I thought were the most important and also by price.
    •1. Proper diet: Without proper diet you are just wasting money on supplements. Start here! Do not think that supplements are going to do it for you alone.
    •2. Multi-vitamin & mineral: It is very important to have all your vitamins & minerals when resistance training. Most of us are lacking in some areas, make it a priority to make this your first supplement.
    •3. Protein powder: It is usually very hard to get all the protein you need from real foods. Powders make it much easier. Also, these powders are absorbed fast by the body making them ideal after workouts or before and after sleep.
    •4. Creatine: This is great for harder workouts. It also makes you muscles hang on to water, giving them a better environment to grow.
    •5. L-glutamine: This is an important amino acid in muscle recovery
    •6. Branch chained amino acid: These are great before and after workouts along with L-glutamine because it gives your muscles all the amino acids it needs to repair and grow.
    •7. ZMA: This helps you release more growth hormone while you sleep, increasing your size and strength.
    •8. Thermogenic: These really help in the fat loss process. They also help you hang on to more muscle while dieting due to the fact you can eat more.
    •9. Meal replacement: Although very expensive, meal replacements make it much more convenient to get some of your meals in. Also, you can get in more meals than if you were to eat only real foods.
    "The golden hour"
    Remember "The golden hour" because it will make things so much easier for you. "The golden hour" is a window of opportunity we have to get everything we have depleted in our body back in a short amount of time. Think of your muscles as a gas tank: When you workout, you use gas for energy or in this case glucose. After a workout, our muscles are in a unique state. They are able to fill back up very quickly leaving you full for the next workout. If you wait to long, your muscles don't fill back up as easily and the carbs you eat are more likely to be stored as fat. Doing this will also let you take advantage of insulin's muscle building effects from the simple carbs you have ingested. You want to ingest 50-75 grams of simple carbs right after a workout. Also, this is when you want to take your protein shake because it will absorb quickly and supply your muscles with the amino acids that they need.
    Insulin
    This is a very complicated subject, but all we need to know is that insulin can help us build muscle or can make us fat depending on the timing. Insulin is released by the pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar levels. We can achieve a high blood sugar level by ingesting simple carbs. Like "the golden hour" we have a window of opportunity to take advantage of the muscle building effects of the insulin without getting fat. We have about 4 or 5 hours after we workout to take advantage of insulin. If we take in too many simple carbs out of this window, we are very likely to store fat.
    Cheat day
    The theory behind the cheat days is you take one day every 2 weeks to eat anything you want and actually get leaner. It might sound crazy, but it worked for me. When you eat low carbs for a time for body begins to think it is not getting all the food it needs (because your not storing any fat) and begins to slow down your metabolism. When you bombard your body with food on that one day, it tricks your body into thinking it has all it needs and speeds your metabolism back up. I can tell you from experience, every day after a cheat day I felt leaner and looked better.
    Ketosis
    This is when your body uses protein for energy. This happens when we have too few carbs in the body or when we over train. I went into the state of ketosis for only the last week of my 12-week transition for a couple of reasons: (1) I wanted all of my muscles to shrink down so when I carbed back up, my skin would be tighter. (2) When you go into ketosis it seems to bring the water out from under the skin. Don't go into this state to loose fat. Without carbs your body can not burn fat effectively. You will loose weight rather quickly, but only because you don't have as much glycogen in the muscle. Also, you are simply loosing water. Remember that proteins are the building blocks for muscle and that means they are fair game for energy when in the state of ketosis. I would not recommend going into this state unless you are trying to get into a super ripped state for a short amount of time, like for a bodybuilding contest.

    • ANSWER:
      thanks. i've been trying to get some good info on diets for a while

  37. QUESTION:
    How can low carb diets work? its against the rule of losing weight!?
    I undestand the whole ketosis and other things but I have a few questions that I dont understand:
    1. When on a low carb diet, you burn 'fat' as fuel but what fat do you burn. Fat stored in your body (body fat) or fat from foods (dietary fat)?
    2. Can you lose muscle mass when on a low carb diet?
    3. If you can "eat as much fat and protein you want" how do you lose weight. Example: I burn 2000 calories daily, but eat 2500 calories a day... Wouldnt I GAIN weight instead of losing?
    4. Does low carb diets cause body odor too, like its causes bad breath?

    Thanks alot in advance! Been wondering for about a week now, and its bugging haha

    • ANSWER:
      The old rules of losing weight haven't work for people. The older rules which are now the new rules do work. It's not calories you need to watch, it's the specific nutrients.

      1. Fat is your body's primary fuel source. Fat you eat is mostly used as fuel and secondly used to build parts all of the cells in your body (they all have fats as part of their makeup). Ketosis is the process of your body converting stored fat to be used as fuel not dietary fat. A low carb diet causes you to use more of the stored fat as fuel than other types of diets. That's why weight loss is so dramatic. What a lot of low carb dieters don't get is that if you eat a lot of fat, then your body is less likely to use stored fat as fuel. That's one reason some low carb dieters hit a plateau in weight loss and don't understand why. Eating extra fat doesn't usually cause you to store fat, but it can cause you to stop converting stored fat.

      A side note: Ketosis is often confused with another word "Ketoacidosis". Ketoacidosis is a dangerous process of your body converting muscle and bone as well as fat and other body tissues for survival and is caused by not eating enough proteins and fats. It is also common in type 1 diabetics when they don't have enough insulin to process glucose. It is basically "starvation mode". Eating enough fats and proteins will keep this from happening. That's why dow carb diets never have this happen. Extreme Low calorie diets can cause this to happen as well as extreme low fat diets. Ketosis is the normal way the body uses stored fat as fuel and is in no way harmful or dangerous.

      2. As long as you eat enough proteins you will not lose muscle mass on any diet. It's not a matter of carbohydrates whether low carb or high carb. In fact it is not uncommon for low carb dieters (who eat plenty of protein) to gain muscle mass without additional exercise! Exercise is helpful with or without any diet.

      3. If you are counting calories, that doesn't necessarily mean you'll lose or gain weight. Most people think a calorie is a measurement of energy in the body. It's not-look up the definition. It's a measurement of heat if you burn something. Calories in food are measured by burning the food and measuring the heat produced. Your body does not do this. Digestion is a chemical conversion process- a completely different thing. That's why you see some people eating 3000 calories or more and losing a lot of weight and then you see others who are starving themselves with less than 1000 calories and cannot lose weight. It's not calories you need, it's different food nutrients. Fats and proteins are essential nutrients. Carbohydrates are nonessential. You learn this in "Nutrition 101". It is the most basic of concepts of nutrition. I say carbohydrates are non essential but some of the foods that have carbohydrates are of great benefit but mostly from the other nutrients they also have. Most low carb diets include lots of vegetables which have some carbs but lots of other nutrients that are beneficial.

      4. Ketosis causes morning breath and there is no way out of it that I know of, short of not going into ketosis. But you naturally go into ketosis every night when you sleep. That's what morning breath is. If you are in ketosis during the day, and converting fat as fuel, you're likely to have morning breath. If you have to go somewhere where morning breath would be out of the question, just eat a piece of fruit a couple of hours before. It'll knock you out of ketosis and you won't burn the fat anymore and your morning breath should go away.

      As a side note: Anybody on a diet that causes ketosis should drink a lot of water, as ketosis causes some water depletion and also used-up ketones are eliminated through urine as well as your breath.

      I am not aware that body odor is caused by any part of a low carb diet. I have a lot of contact with people on low carb diets and have not heard of complaints from spouses or anybody else that low carb diets cause increased body odor.

      Hope this is helpful.

      Cheers,
      John

  38. QUESTION:
    Who wants to build six packs abs?
    I have been receiving a lot of e-mail lately about diet. In the past, I was never concerned about what I ate. I just went to the gym, trained hard, and that was the extent of my routine. Not until recently did I realize the power diet has over the way your body looks and performs. I believe that diet is at least 75% of the fitness equation. In this article, I'm going to describe in detail what I have learned about diet during my 12-week transition period.
    When to Eat and How Often
    This might sound strange, but you have to eat more often to lose fat and gain muscle. During my transition period, I never ate less than 6 meals a day.
    •Try to eat every 2 to 3 hours.
    •Do not eat complex carbohydrates after 6:00 p.m. or four to five hours before going to bed.
    •Try to eat one gram of protein per pound of lean body mass on lifting days and .8 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass on non-lifting days.
    •Never eat more than 70 grams of protein in one meal.
    Carbohydrates
    When I think of carbohydrates, I think of energy. Carbohydrates supply our bodies with the energy it needs to make it through a workout. Without an adequate supply of carbohydrates, the body goes into carbohydrate deprivation. This is called a state of ketosis (meaning our body is using protein as energy). This is not a good state to be in for long because it will rob the body of muscle tissue in an effort to create energy. On the other hand, if too many carbohydrates are consumed, they convert into stored fat. The idea is to consume just enough carbohydrates to make it through our workouts with sufficient energy. I have broken down carbohydrates into these three categories:
    •Simple carbs: These are sugars, or quick energy. They are absorbed very quickly into the body. Ex. Anything with sugar, also fruit
    •Complex carbs: This is where you get long-term energy for the day. These are long chained carbohydrates that brake down slower, giving us energy over a prolonged period of time. Ex. Oatmeal, potatoes, pasta, rice, breads
    •Fibrous carbs: These are things like vegetables. I think of them as roughage in order to stay regular. Make sure you include them in you later meals when you can't eat complex carbs. They are also a good source of vitamins. Ex. Leafy vegetables like lettuce.
    Protein
    Proteins are the building blocks of our muscles. Without a sufficient amount of protein in our diet, our muscles will not have the raw materials that they need to build up, or even hang on to what is already there.
    Net protein utilization: Not all protein is created equal. Different foods are absorbed more than others. For example, egg white protein is absorbed at 88%. That means we get about 9 eggs to our muscles. On the other hand, chicken breast are absorbed at 68%, meaning we get about 7 breasts to our muscles. It is imported to eat a wide verity of protein foods though; no one protein source has all the amino acids we need.
    •Whey protein (100%): the best source of whey protein is from protein supplements. It is also absorbed very fast by the body, so it is best to take this when your body needs amino acids quickly: like right after a workout or when you first get up in the morning.
    •Egg whites (88%)
    •Fish (78%)
    •Chicken breast (78%)
    •Soy protein: My one bit of advice would be to try and stay away from soy protein. It is not absorbed very well by the body.
    Fats
    We normally think of fats as being bad. The fact is certain fats are essential to building muscle and carrying out various functions of the body. There are 2 fat types we need to be concerned about:
    •Saturated fats: these are the bad fats. Avoid these fats as much as possible. You will find these types of fats mostly in meats
    •Unsaturated fats: these are the good fats. They are a good energy source and help us build muscle. You can find from plant oils. Peanuts are also a good source.
    Water
    Do not under estimate the importance of water! If you are looking to get lean, water will be your best friend. Drink as much as you can and as often as you can. Also, it is very important to drink lots of water when you're eating large amounts of protein to clean urea from the system.
    Vitamins & minerals
    As resistance training athletes, we have a greater need for vitamins & minerals. When we workout and bring blood to our muscles it is important that our blood is full of those essential vitamins & minerals if we want to grow.
    Supplements
    Supplements are just that, meaning they are used to supplement your diet, not replace it. Don't ever think of it that way.
    Hierarchy of supplements:
    I developed this hierarchy of supplements based on what I thought were the most important and also by price.
    •1. Proper diet: Without proper diet you are just wasting money on supplements. Start here! Do not think that supplements are going to do it for you alone.
    •2. Multi-vitamin & mineral: It is very important to have all your vitamins & minerals when resistance training. Most of us are lacking in some areas, make it a priority to make this your first supplement.
    •3. Protein powder: It is usually very hard to get all the protein you need from real foods. Powders make it much easier. Also, these powders are absorbed fast by the body making them ideal after workouts or before and after sleep.
    •4. Creatine: This is great for harder workouts. It also makes you muscles hang on to water, giving them a better environment to grow.
    •5. L-glutamine: This is an important amino acid in muscle recovery
    •6. Branch chained amino acid: These are great before and after workouts along with L-glutamine because it gives your muscles all the amino acids it needs to repair and grow.
    •7. ZMA: This helps you release more growth hormone while you sleep, increasing your size and strength.
    •8. Thermogenic: These really help in the fat loss process. They also help you hang on to more muscle while dieting due to the fact you can eat more.
    •9. Meal replacement: Although very expensive, meal replacements make it much more convenient to get some of your meals in. Also, you can get in more meals than if you were to eat only real foods.
    "The golden hour"
    Remember "The golden hour" because it will make things so much easier for you. "The golden hour" is a window of opportunity we have to get everything we have depleted in our body back in a short amount of time. Think of your muscles as a gas tank: When you workout, you use gas for energy or in this case glucose. After a workout, our muscles are in a unique state. They are able to fill back up very quickly leaving you full for the next workout. If you wait to long, your muscles don't fill back up as easily and the carbs you eat are more likely to be stored as fat. Doing this will also let you take advantage of insulin's muscle building effects from the simple carbs you have ingested. You want to ingest 50-75 grams of simple carbs right after a workout. Also, this is when you want to take your protein shake because it will absorb quickly and supply your muscles with the amino acids that they need.
    Insulin
    This is a very complicated subject, but all we need to know is that insulin can help us build muscle or can make us fat depending on the timing. Insulin is released by the pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar levels. We can achieve a high blood sugar level by ingesting simple carbs. Like "the golden hour" we have a window of opportunity to take advantage of the muscle building effects of the insulin without getting fat. We have about 4 or 5 hours after we workout to take advantage of insulin. If we take in too many simple carbs out of this window, we are very likely to store fat.
    Cheat day
    The theory behind the cheat days is you take one day every 2 weeks to eat anything you want and actually get leaner. It might sound crazy, but it worked for me. When you eat low carbs for a time for body begins to think it is not getting all the food it needs (because your not storing any fat) and begins to slow down your metabolism. When you bombard your body with food on that one day, it tricks your body into thinking it has all it needs and speeds your metabolism back up. I can tell you from experience, every day after a cheat day I felt leaner and looked better.
    Ketosis
    This is when your body uses protein for energy. This happens when we have too few carbs in the body or when we over train. I went into the state of ketosis for only the last week of my 12-week transition for a couple of reasons: (1) I wanted all of my muscles to shrink down so when I carbed back up, my skin would be tighter. (2) When you go into ketosis it seems to bring the water out from under the skin. Don't go into this state to loose fat. Without carbs your body can not burn fat effectively. You will loose weight rather quickly, but only because you don't have as much glycogen in the muscle. Also, you are simply loosing water. Remember that proteins are the building blocks for muscle and that means they are fair game for energy when in the state of ketosis. I would not recommend going into this state unless you are trying to get into a super ripped state for a short amount of time, like for a bodybuilding contest.
    Here are some tips:

    Keep A Training Journal
    Detail and record your workout routines and poundages. Each week refer to them and select a few lifts on which to increase the weight. A log will provide a good indication of your training progress and of which exercises are working for you.

    This allows you to eliminate lifts that are not producing results.

    Eat Several Small Meals A Day
    Eating this way insures you are providing your body with adequate nutritional support. Frequent small meals provide a consistent supply of nutrients for the most efficient muscle growth. Many diets provide inadequate, below maintenance levels of calories and nutrition. This results in catabolism of muscle tissue.

    Eat Protein
    Try to eat at least 1 gram of protein per lean pound of body weight daily. This is critical for people engaging in high-intensity resistance exercise because they need increased amounts of protein to support muscle growth. This goal can be easily met by supplementing the diet with amino acids or protein. Eat right, and treat your body with respect. Proper exercise will not counteract bad eating habits and poor eating patterns.

    Avoid Distractions
    Have conversations before and after workouts if you like, but once the workout begins, become self-centered, serious and selfish with time.

    Vary Your Program
    You must become your own exercise scientist. After a period of time, muscles become conditioned to the same routine and exercises--in other words they become immune to the workout. Gains become null. This can be overcome by periodically varying the order, exercises, and muscle groups. Keeping new angles and new exercises incorporated into your routine causes "muscle confusion" which forces muscles to break down more easily.

    Increase Your Weight
    Only by increasing the weight as often as possible will you provide muscles with the stimulus to protect themselves from future assaults by building up more muscle mass. This is the single most important fact for increasing muscle size and strength.

    Train Hard, Not Long
    Cut back on the amount of lifting you do and raise your intensity level. High-intensity muscular contractions are an absolute requirement for stimulating rapid, large-scale increases in muscular size and strength. Muscles respond to stimulus. Completing an arbitrarily chosen set of reps will not make muscle grow. You must take the last rep to failure--this is the most productive lift. Keep workouts relatively short. Overtraining in the quest for size can halt progress. Overtraining is a common and often fatal mistake made by novice and intermediate bodybuilders. Heavy lifting should not exceed much more than 30 minutes.

    Train For A Complete Physique
    It is great to develop exceptional muscle mass and tone, but it is a sorry state of affairs when there is so much body fat on your frame that the muscles you have worked for so hard don't even show. Add some aerobic training to your routine. Twenty minutes of aerobics daily is usually plenty. Calculate your aerobic heart rate by taking 220 minus your age and multiplying that by 70%.

    Focus On The Muscle Group You Are Working
    By concentrating on a specific muscle, you will automatically isolate it more. Do not rely heavily on machines. Free weights are more efficient for muscle growth.

    Breath Corectly
    Proper breathing is very important. Breathing supplies oxygen to the muscle cells, which is necessary for muscle contraction, and helps deliver energy and build the muscle. Exhale when you lift the weight. Inhale when you lower it.

    Concentrate On The Negative
    Most of the damage, and thus gains, in muscularity is caused during the negative (eccentric) portion of the lift. It is more important for growth to control the weight when lowering it than when pressing it upwards (concentric/positive). Concentrate on the negative portion of the lift. That is, lower the weight more slowly than you press it up.

    Maintain Constant Resitance
    A lift should be preformed with constant tension. Pressure should remain constant on the muscle group you are training throughout the exercise. May times this can be avoided by not locking out the joint in a effort to rest momentarily.

    Full Range Of Motion
    People make serious mistakes by not completing a full range of motion in their lifts. They either miss the top or bottom range.

    Focus On Form, Not Weight
    While you should always train as heavily as possible and increase the weight as often as you can, you must also perform the exercises using good form. Heaving a lot of weight can make you feel macho, but improper form will keep you from developing the best physique.

    Achieve Peak Contraction
    This is a training principle that turns the average "rep" into a growth-producing blitz. Rather than merely moving the weight up and down, you should actively squeeze it hard for a second at the peak of contraction.

    Rest Is Critical
    Allow at least 72 hours of rest before training the same muscle group. Some people may need more recovery time. Very few can get by with less.

    • ANSWER:
      mmm.interesting stuff..;)

  39. QUESTION:
    I'm on Atkins. Can you help with this question...?
    I have decided not to weigh myself. That would be a downer for me. My goal is to Do the diet. Exercise. And just keep going til I feel good and my pant size just dwindles.

    I started the Atkins diet on Feb 2nd. Keeping my carbs at around 10 carbs a day. I have been on it for 25 days now. Even after the 2 week introduction I have still kept my carbs under 20 a day. I am in Ketosis. My Ketone stick or dark purple. I feel very good and can tell that I have lost weight. I also have been going to the gym 6 days a week. I started at 15 min. After 1 week I'm up to 60 minutes on the elliptical machine. I burn 800 calories each time.

    As I have read you can eat as much protein on Atkins. Keep carbs low. Drink water. I am not counting calories. But still I'm not over doing to amount of food I am eating.

    What I want to know is some sort of calculation on weight loss. I know it takes 3,500 calories to burn 1 pound of fat. If I'm on Atkins. Less than 20 carbs a day. I burn 800 exercising. And also just burn normal calories day to day. How much can/should I lose by the end of May.

    For all you naysayers about Atkins, please don't shout out. I'm on it. I feel great. I have a ton of energy. I have not had sugar in almost 1 month. I feel great.

    I'm 43. Athletic. 6'3" and I believe my start weight was 300 pounds. My goal is 230. That's perfect for my structure.
    I assumed that since my name is FRANK that would indicate that I am a male.

    • ANSWER:
      Well. It is impossible to count calories you've burned. The machine can tell you a ballpark, but everybody is different. Because you are larger, it would take your heart less time to start working out, so you probably lose more calories than you think on the elliptical. Wear a heart rate ring. The longer you keep your heart rate up, the more you are burning. Keeping it low-impact is good for your joints. But when you notice that your joints are tolerating more, you can move to other exercises in addition to the elliptical. I have nothing against the Atkins Diet. I do know that when you start a diet, you usually lose a lot fast as long as you follow the program, but people lose sight of the program when they notice results and gain way more back. Just stick to your diet and the exercising. You will lose plenty by the end of May as long as you stick with it. When you reach your goal weight, don't stop your diet, you can mingle different flavors here and there and keep in the gym, but don't quit it or you'll be sorry. Good luck and congrats!!!!!

  40. QUESTION:
    NUTRITION...NEED HELP FAST! *10 POINTS*?
    1.Ryan would like to lose some weight. His energy needs are 2400 kcalories a day. If he eats about 1900 kcalories every day, in four weeks approximately how much weight will Ryan have lost due to changes in his diet?
    a. 2 pounds
    b. 4 pounds
    c. 9 pounds
    d. 12 pounds

    2.Which guideline about weight loss is correct?
    a. all individuals with a BMI over 25 should lose weight
    b. if a child is obese, the weight should be lost as quickly as possible so it doesn't interfere with development
    c. most people can reduce health risks with a 5-15% weight loss
    d. the health benefits of weight loss do not begin to accrue until normal weight is achieved

    3. After eating a large dinner, we feel full and satisfied. The term to describe this feeling is:
    a. appetite suppression
    b. caloric equilibrium
    c. energy balance
    d. satiety

    4. What is a common outcome of "yo-yo" dieting, or a pattern of losing and gaining weight?
    a. a decrease in the likelihood that future weight loss efforts will be successful
    b. malnutrition
    c. anorexia nervosa
    d. a redistribution of subcutaneous fat in the body

    5. If a serving of tuna contains 1 gram fat, 0 carbohydrates and contains 69 calories, how many grams of protein are in one serving?
    a. 15
    b. 30
    c. 44
    d. 60

    6. In order to calculate a person's Body Mass Index, what information about the person must be known?
    a. height; weight
    b. lean body mass; body water
    c. lean body mass; fat stores
    d. waist circumference; height

    7. The hormone produced in the stomach that stimulates food intake is
    a. ghrelin
    b. seratonin
    c. peptide PYY
    d. cholecystokinin
    8. When a diet is very low in kcalories and carbohydrate for a long period of time, what is likely to develop?
    a. diabetes
    b. hepatitis
    c. hyperglycemia
    d. ketosis

    9. The consequences of the high rate of childhood obesity are
    a. primarily psychological.
    b. relatively benign since health risks are not increased.
    c. profound since the longer a person is overweight, the higher the health risks.
    d. unknown.

    10. The energy expended to digest and store nutrients is called:
    a. basal metabolic rate (BMR)
    b. resting energy expenditure (REE)
    c. resting metabolic rate (RMR)
    d. thermic effect of food (TEF)

    11. Which technique of measuring energy expenditure measures the amount of heat given off by the body?
    a. direct calorimetry
    b. indirect calorimetry
    c. doubly labeled water
    d. bomb calorimetry

    12. Which of the following does not help to explain why Americans are now eating more Kcal than 30 years ago?
    a. appetite is often triggered with ads for foods or the easy accessibility of foods
    b. average portion sizes have increased in homes and restaurants
    c. people tend to eat in units regardless of the size of the unit
    d. American's genes are making them hungrier

    13. For many years, Erin's weight has been stable at approximately 132 pounds. This weight is commonly described as Erin's:
    a. maintenance level
    b. set point
    c. trigger point
    d. weight regulation

    14. To provide glucose to the body between meals:
    a. fat is broken down
    b. glycogen is broken down
    c. internal organs are broken down
    d. snacks are essential

    • ANSWER:
      1. is B.
      2. is A.
      3.A.
      4. dont't yo-yo diet.
      5. A.(15 grams)
      6. A.
      7. A.
      8. C.
      9. D.
      10. A.
      11. beats me.
      12. C.
      13. A.
      14. B.

  41. QUESTION:
    Heeeeeeelllllllllpppppp!!!?
    what am i aloud eat per day in a ketosis diet ? I cant find out anywere. What foods can i eat and how much ? Does anyone no like a weekly diet plan for it?

    • ANSWER:
      This is ridiculous. You don't need a diet like this. Just eat a good variety of good food and exercise 30min a day! Don't forget to drink plenty of water!!!

  42. QUESTION:
    Anybody with Gestational Diabetes? Need advice... ?
    I'm kind of struggling on my diet. Well, for the past few days I've been really good at keeping my numbers low and I am seeing a dietitian counselor. I guess I'd like to know what foods are high in calories, saturated fats and low in carbohydrates. I find that anything high in calories is actually high in carbohydrates as well. To get my sugar levels lows I find that I'm not able to have as much carbs that I'm allotted to have. Like for instance the other night I had good 8 ounce steak, with a very tiny potato, and a half a cup of cottage cheese and salad. My sugars were low but I'm also checking for Ketosis too. And it seems like when I cut the carbs, my ketosis checks increase. One thing I found that helps get rid of the ketosis is drinking a half a cup of milk at midnight and most nights I don't wake up for that. They also say most pregnant women get put on insulin shots if their sugar levels can't be maintained and I want to avoid insulin if at all possible, but at the same time I don't want to have a positive test for ketosis. I see my dietition in about a week.

    So what are some good carbs that I can eat that can give me enough calories through the day? If there is anybody that can give me a sample diet of what they eat through the day I'd very much apprecaite that. I do realize that everybody's body is different as well and will react differently to any carbs.

    I'm open to all suggestions and advice. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      That's a tough one. Not to contradict the previous answerer because she is absolutely right, but for gestational diabetics you don't go into ketosis for the same reasons as a type 1 diabetic (although you can if your blood sugars are wildly uncontrolled). If you're not getting enough calories from carbohydrates your body can turn to burning fat stores for energy, which sounds great but actually puts you into ketoacidosis which is a not-so-good environment for the baby. So I know what you're saying - you're cutting down on carbs to avoid a high blood sugar but finding that it's putting you over that edge into spilling ketones.

      The standard advice is to stick to complex carbohydrates which will take longer to break down in your system. Instead of potatoes, sweet potatoes. No "white" carbs such as white bread, rice, or pasta - only whole wheat or whole grain varieties. No fruits or juices of course.

      My pregnancy diet was a lot of small meals of 1-2 complex carb servings with 2-3 protein servings. Snacks were more like 1/1. So for breakfast say I would have whole wheat toast with cottage cheese. Lunch might be a turkey sandwich on double fiber bread with plenty of turkey, cheese, and some veggies to go with it. For dinner a lot of times I had Barilla pasta (a high-protein variety) that was great for not sending up my blood sugars.

      My first pregnancy was 9 years ago and they didn't have us measuring for ketones. The standard advice was to eat lots of protein and no carbs or very limited carbs. I remember my endocrinologist giving me the example of going out to a steakhouse and ordering "the whole cow" but avoiding the bread basket or potato that comes with it. Just meat & veggies. We weren't looking at ketones and my daughter was born perfectly healthy....so did I dodge a bullet? Like all aspects of pregnancy, there are some ways in which the advice changes too often and it's not necessarily better. I have a hard time believing that missing one snack at midnight (they had me doing this also!) can be enough to throw you into full-blown ketoacidosis. This pregnancy they harped on me to eat more because of the ketones issue - I gained WAY more weight than my first pregnancy and I'm a little pissed off about that. I eventually stopped going to the nutritionist because they pestered me constantly to increase my carbs even though I was eating more than you are right now carb-wise. The OB appointment about 3 weeks after I stopped going to the nutritionist I had lost 4 pounds and she was wondering why. Ha!

      Good luck. I think the only thing you can do is sit down with the nutritionist and ask for them to write you a personalized sample menu.

  43. QUESTION:
    Heeeeeeelllllllllpppppp!!!?
    what am i aloud eat per day in a ketosis diet ? I cant find out anywere. What foods can i eat and how much ? Does anyone no like a weekly diet plan for it?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about the ketosis diet, but the daily amount of calories that is recommended by dieticians is 2000 calories. So whatever you eat, make sure your calories are close to that mark because your body needs it.

foods can eat ketosis diet