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Low-carb diets: Low carb diets can clearly help you lose weight. Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars. They then enter your cells with help from Insulin and this gives you energy. Thus, you cannot decrease carbs too much. Although you can lose on a low carb diet, any diet that decreases calories can help you lose weight. Increasing your activity level is the most important factor to sustain it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: when on low carbs, your body might not have enough glucose to run the metabolism of your brain, your heart, your kidneys, other organs. It might rely on the breakdown of fats for energy- called ketoacidosis. It is not the best way to get energy and it can lead to problems in organs mentioned, esp the kidney if you dont have enough fluids to flush out the ketones. ...Read more
Long QT: Prolongation of the QT interval occurs in certain congenital disorders and may be caused by certain medications like quinidine or by metabolic derangements like low calcium or low potassium(actually a QU prolongation). I am not aware of carbohydrates or acidosis causing QT prolongation. ...Read more
Conflicting data: There are people who would give you advice for each tactic. My best advice is to use a diet that is balanced and avoids processed food, with a lower total calorie intake than what you typically take in while at the same time, increase your energy utilization. Exercise more, park in the farthest corner of the parking lot, use the stairs. And eat less fat and fewer carbohydrates. ...Read more
Veggies and nuts: Veggies except porato and cirn, nuts, wild fish, beans, seeds are all low carb. Don't obsess on avoiding any healthy non-processed foods. Avoid fried foods, sweetened food, or any food that barely resembles the natural ingredients from which it originally started. Eat whole grains, fruits, and other healthy carbs. ...Read more
Help docs? Why is it conventional belief that any deviation on a low-carb results in all weight regained?
Will eating low carb everyday(less than 30g)a day put me into ketosis? If not how can I get into ketosis? Im 5'3 217lbs
Possibly: Ketosis and ketoacidosis are different things. If your body senses it is not getting enough carbohydrates, it will start using fat to feed some tissues. This process increases the production of ketone bodies, which are acids. We all make ketones when we starve. A healthy diet needs about 50% of total calories to come from carbohydrates. In diabetics, ketones can be very dangerous. ...Read more
I've been eating low carb of and on for half a year. Lost about 35 lbs or more. I am 17 could that have potentially stunted growth?
Stunted growth: Please contact your pediatrician and ask for a copy of your growth charts. If your growth appears to have stopped you need to see a pediatric endocrinologist as soon as possible. ...Read more
My fbg is 135 a1c is 6.1 BUT pre and postprandials are always between 95 -125.(1 hr)
No meds. Ext low carb.
As soon as I eat in am it drops!!
Normal: The FBG is a bit high. What are the pre-meal levels? After an initial rise in blood glucose with a meal, insulin is secreted from the pancreas, which drops the BG level at about an hour. So your findings are likely normal. As long as you are not exhibiting classic signs of hypoglycemia at these times (shakiness, palpitations, weakness, blurred vision, inappropriate behavior), then keep it up. ...Read more
Eat low carb and exercise 5 days a week, Walk 5 miles a day, weights 3 days and swim 30 minutes 2 days a week for the past few years. lost 50 lbs but plateaued at around 220 any recommendations.
Congratulations!: So much depends on your frame size and metabolism. Please continue under the care of your doc if you are not doing that now. He/she may check your thyroid and other hormones. Maybe you are where you need to be. Peace and good health. Lots of good things can happen on plateaus. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Safe but not healthy: Low carb is good especially low refined carbs but high fat is not good especially animal fats. Beware of foods that come from animals that walk on 4 legs (or that are mistreated!) eat lots of fruit vegetables grains high quality protein. If you are diabetic watch out for the fruit. There are a lot of very good websites that can advise you on healthy diets. And don't forget to be active! ...Read more