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Reasons why low-carb diets may not work or not work very well and how to correct that

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I run into a few people from time to time who tell me that low-carb did not work for them. Many times the reasons are related to things mentioned in this helpful article:

Many other times people have other health issues that keep them from being successful. Common problems are two that I have experienced in the past: hypothyroidism and other allergies that affect how comfortable and energetic one feels.

Another factor that can play a role are existing eating disorders, an unhealthy environment (family not on board, too much stress, too little sleep etc.) . These are all reasons why other steps need to be added to a low-carb diet (or any diet) to be successful.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
-LINDA_S 3/8/2013 11:46AM

    Thanks, Birgit! Very informative!

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BPXDOMINO 3/7/2013 9:52PM

    I was tested for thyroid issues last November in trying to rule out what some of my issues have been and was perplexed when they came out negative - but now am trying low carb. So on the bright side, I won't have to deal with hypothyroidism while doing this experiment!

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KELTIC-CARA 3/7/2013 2:47AM

    Great info, thanks for the link


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DOVESEYES 3/7/2013 12:06AM

    Thanks for this blog it really got us talking

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SILVERWITCH59 3/6/2013 9:14PM

    Thanks for sharing . I have never really thought about anything other then calories in calories out. I believe it is all about moderation emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDIEMAE 3/6/2013 9:04PM

    I'll have to read the article, but another issue is having a cheat day - to eat what you gave up, I mean you gave it up for a reason, but you gotta have a cheat day to have it again? I understand that it might be hard not to resist certain foods - but a cheat day ? Planned ? I don't do them.. they can throw my whole food management out the window. Just my 2 cents eh emoticon dinner time, gotta go - cheers

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M77355 3/6/2013 7:03PM

    What a helpful blogpost!

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/6/2013 7:00PM

    Great article! Thanks for posting! I haven't weighed myself so I don't know if the low-carb thing is working or not. But I do feel better for the most part eating fewer carbs and that matters more to me than the weight. I'm still learning how to eat low-carb but I'm doing fairly well overall. Honestly, I wouldn't go back to eating more carbs. I may go over on my carb limit but it's not by too terribly much and like I said, I feel better eating with the low-carb diet.

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SUTERSPACE 3/6/2013 3:11PM

    Low carb diets work for me, I just really LOVE my carbs and found it hard to say no. I've been much better at it lately and the scales show it, YAY.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/6/2013 12:36PM

    Great article.

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BLUENOSE63 3/6/2013 12:36PM

  Yep I know that a low carb diet would never work for me as I need the glycemin that carbs produce to keep the level normal in my body. Our body has a set Glycemic Index and when you let that amount fall to low, then the body goes into self preservation mode and keeps weight on even though you are exercising. These levels need to be replenished after every exercising session . ...foods like bananas, apples, strawberries, avacadoes etc.

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