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Low carb confused.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Spent a good part of the day today looking into low carb diets. There are a bunch out there. The Atkins one has carbs ranging from 20-75 carbs a day. I looked at my tracker and saw I was always at the high end of my 174-304 range. That's a big difference from the higher 75. I've been kind of gaining and losing the same 2-3 pounds this last month, but I haven't also been consistent. I don't know if I should try something new or stick with what I know and just be more consistent. I can't say that what I have been doing isn't working because when I'm on track I lose. I don't know if I should re invent the wheel and try this new low carb way of eating. I have a hard enough time not eating unhealthy never mind no carbs. I'd rather eat a high carb banana than a cookie. I don't know what to believe anymore. Eat grains, don't eat grain, eat high fiber wheat, don't eat wheat (wheat belly). Are they all just fads? I carry most of my weight in my stomach also, so many feel that is another reason to do low carb. Has anyone else tried the Low carb or Paleo route?
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    Actually, low carb is the OLDEST way of eating. Our ancient ancestors did not have access to:

    Sugar (other than the occasional honey)
    Grains/bread/pasta (the first agriculture was only about 8,000 years ago)
    Potatoes (they were only found in the new world about 10,000 or so years ago)
    Beer or spirits, though an occasional sip of something fermented might come along.
    Fruit and vegetables in unlimited quantities all through the year.

    They would not have eaten much in the way of grasses (grains) because in their natural state they're somewhat toxic.

    They would not have eaten much in the way of legumes, as they're also slightly toxic unless they're prepared.

    They would not have eaten any dairy. The large group of people who developed the ability to digest milk past their weaning time as toddlers only appeared about 9,000 years ago.

    All of those things are too recent for us to have evolved complete adaptations to them as a species. Yes, some people DO have the ability to eat some or all of those things, but most have intolerances or metabolic issues with some or all.

    The gold standard for a good diet for humans is if it answers these three requirements:

    "Does it make me healthier?'
    "Does it normalize my weight?"
    "Does it prevent me from feeling hungry all the time?"

    Only one plan that I know of consistently answers those questions with a resounding "Yes." Low carb. Paleo if you're able to. Primal if you want dairy. Atkins if you need more flexibility.
    1565 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/9/2014 4:10:00 PM
    Your best bet is to educate yourself as well as you're able. The Atkins plan is one which has worked (and is still working) for a great many people. You can't consider it a "fix" though. It's a new lifestyle, and if you plan to revert to other dietary plans when you lose some pounds, it's going to fail (as would any other diet you cease to follow). Many people (myself included) can attest to the healthful improvements overall. Look up a member here by the name of RUSSELL_40 to see the amazing things he's been able to accomplish. Visit us on the Atkins and other low-carb forums here on SP - lots of good experience and suggestions on all of those. See if you can pick up a copy of the Atkins book (I prefer the older one he wrote to the newer version, but they're very similar) - it describes the scientific and physiologic basis for the lifestyle, and will give you much better information on which to base a decision than any commentary you might receive here. My own included!

    No, this isn't a fad. The restriction of carbs for health has been around since the 1800s. It was still de rigueur in the scientific community through German research until their data was dismissed for mostly political reasons (the War). Now that we're rediscovering it, it's considered "new" and "fad", but it isn't and never was. It may not be the lifestyle for you... but make that decision based upon facts, and not upon the common assumptions still bandied about.
    It's worked (and is still working) very well for me.

    1565 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Good luck to you. I know plateaus can be frustrating. I usually just try to change up by fitness routine and that does the trick. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1565 days ago
    SparkPeople's nutritional advice is pretty clear: low-carb isn't healthy or necessary. Your body needs plenty of good carbs.
    1566 days ago
    I don't believe in "low-carb". I don't follow the glicemic-index thing either. Stay away from processed foods and sweets as much as possible and don't add salt are my main rules.
    1566 days ago
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