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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

Is the Paleo Diet, just like Atkins or any other low carb diet?

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PilatesGatekeeper 0 · September 10, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Paleo does not necesseraly have to be like Atkins. Atkins (if i understand correctly) was a high-fat, High-protein, low carb diet, but with Paleo you can make it as high or low carb as you want. Also, with Atkins, you can have artificial colors... (more)

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by 1186 · about 7 hours ago

So, I have read a few posts about people experiencing bad breathe and perspiration after they enter ketosis. Has anyone experienced the opposite? I have noticed in the last week or so, since I went back to a keto diet that my BO has gone away. (more)

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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

I'm really struggling with headaches, feeling low energy and not being able to think clearly and would really appreciate some thoughtful perspective on what you all think I should try next. Very quick history: I used to eat mostly carbs in my... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · April 03, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I'm a big believer in VLC for treating insulin resistance (it has helped me immensely!), but I agree you may need to back off a little to give your body time to adjust. I'd take the carbs up between 50 and 100 total using starchy veggies and... (more)

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by 0 · about 7 hours ago

I have been eating paleo diet for about sixth months and it has worked wonders for me! However i recently read an article about watching how many carbs you eat, and that the ultimate way to lean out and build muscle is to cut carbs, to maybe one... (more)

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JenniferB 0 · February 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

FWIW, I think you may be eating too few calories. Perhaps you need to replace the carbs with fat.

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by 455 · about 7 hours ago

I've been on a low carb paleo diet for about 3 months and I consume approximately 35/g of carbs a day. I'm very careful about this. One thing that concerns me is my ketostix still register a fairly high level of keytones. I read in "The Art and... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · July 02, 2013 at 5:20 AM

According to Dr Kruse, it can take up to 2 years to be FULLY keto-adapted. While adaptation starts within a few days/weeks, to be fully adapted, it will take much longer.

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by 150 · about 7 hours ago

Ok, quick background. I'm 28, 1.75m, and before this started I was about 67kg (roughly 5ft 9 and 148lb), sedentary. Was on paleo close to whole30 standards for almost 7 months, and my occasional cheat/treat is closer to "chicken with half plate of... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · May 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Water is critical to this........but what your status is lab wise and physiology wise is really germaine to this question. Sweetness is tied to fluoride blockade of the taste bud neural pathways in the nucleus tractus solitarius. When taste is... (more)

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by 15400 · about 8 hours ago

I will be honest with you - I am against eating low carb in a long run and do not think it is sustainable and healthy. However, in order to deal with my digestive problems that keep bothering me (even my herbal doctor does not know what to say) I... (more)

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borofergie 0 · September 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I've been VLC since catching the T2 diabetes 18 months ago, the vast majority of which has been <25g of carbs a day. During that time I've managed to: Reduce my HbA1c from 10.2% to 4.9% (which is better than most non-diabetics) Lose almost... (more)

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by 110 · about 8 hours ago

I'm currently trying to shed fat. Like 80ish pounds of fat. I'm eating low carb, and am limiting starchy vegetables and fruits to a couple of times per week. Not too much exercise yet, just some walking and I'm starting to do some circuit training... (more)

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CD 0 · September 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The "Art and Science" authors, Volek and Phinney, suggest that you can stay below 50g and be healthy. Carbohydrates are not essential. For ketosis, it varies person-to-person -- But blood ketones above 1 mM typically necessitates fewer than... (more)

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by 30 · about 8 hours ago

Dear Paleo-people, Let me please start off with a few questions that I think will resonate with a wider audience. For cisgendered women and other normatively female-bodied type paleo people, when you want to maintain the curves just in those... (more)

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Diane_4 0 · May 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Welcome to the world of being a woman. The fat is never distributed where you want it.

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by 438 · about 8 hours ago

I am on my second day of a VLC diet. I do feel more calm, so my emotions are more stable and my sleep is better. However, I feel weak. My energy level is very low, physically. Before going VLC, I was eating a good deal of fruits, sweet potato,... (more)

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TeamGrady 0 · March 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Upon switching to Paleo eating I felt the same as you describe and I had to up my protein and fat intake this helped with that constant tired feeling and gave me energy for my Crossfit workouts.

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by 3219 · about 9 hours ago

My weight loss has been stalled but I've noticed when I treat myself to sweet potatoes, I will actually weigh less the next day. Anyone else experience this?

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none 0 · October 02, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Here's a stab in the dark about this. So we know you are eating VLC. Robb Wolf and others like Kurt Harris talk about the fact that over time VLC can cause one to become temporarily insulin resistant. This is an adaptation to eating VLC and not... (more)

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by 1186 · about 9 hours ago

I have been experimenting with very low carb and higher fat ketosis type diet. I love it and I feel great, but I have noticed that I have more cellulite on my thighs than normal. I am losing inches (not pounds, which is a good thing) but it is... (more)

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none 0 · September 10, 2011 at 2:54 AM

Some folks say that the cellulite is not so much fat as the breakdown in collagen and connective fibers in and below the surface of the skin. Some people recommend taking in collagen rich broths, bone broths, to give the body the nutrients it... (more)

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by 12407 · about 9 hours ago

wow, seems like a paleo civil war has broken out with scattered fighting in the comment sections on different blogs. i'm sympathetic to the lc and vlc adherants- i used to be one of them. as i stated in another thread, i do believe going lc or... (more)

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Jack_Kronk 0 · August 11, 2011 at 3:38 PM

This is a great question LB. Something I've been wondering, since I went straight cold turkey VLC from probably 300-400 carbs per day on SAD. I was able to get very cut and fit, but like Travis spoke of in another thread, some other oddball acute... (more)

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by 455 · about 9 hours ago

Hi all, I am making my own kombucha and kefir and was wondering how to decrease the carb content while still maintaining healthy grains/scoby. I'm pretty low carb so I'm kind of afraid to put in enough sugar for them to feed on (even though I... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · July 04, 2011 at 10:29 PM

I use 1/4 cup sugar to 1 quart of water. That's how I learned to do it. I let it go three days then strain the grains and start a new batch. Meanwhile I let this kefir sit out on the counter for another day or two until it no longer tastes... (more)

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by 2729 · about 9 hours ago

I went zero carb for a week, with pretty good results-- lost about 5 lb, better energy, better able to control calorie intake. However, recovery after workouts has been abysmal. I hurt all over, and feel like an 80-year-old woman every time I... (more)

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Rose 0 · June 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Stephen Phinney, who's researched the effects of ketogenic diets on athletic performance, says this: "There are to date no studies that carefully examine the optimum length of this keto-adapataion period, but it is clearly longer than one week... (more)

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by 35 · about 9 hours ago

Hey guys, I'm a 25 yo male, been straight VLC paleo for the past 8 weeks, started at 330 lbs and am currently stuck at 300. I've been at 300 for the past ~3 weeks or so. Here is a rundown of what I eat on a daily basis + my... (more)

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luckybastard 0 · May 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM

If at all possible, START COOKING YOUR OWN FOOD. I really can't stress that enough. i love nyc street carts as much as the next guy, but the gyro meat seems awfully processed to me but i could be wrong. if cooking isn't an option for you right... (more)

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by 96 · about 9 hours ago

Hey guys, I'm a crossfit athlete who's slowly been tweaking my paleo ways over the past nine months. 2 weeks ago I've taken a step further and decided to curtail my carb intake and up the fat. Before I was eating about 17 block zone which... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 13, 2011 at 8:19 PM

If you want to not be deficient in many of the micronutrients, you're going to have to suck it up and start eating liver/kidneys every week. I choose to do both and try to eat a half pound of spinach every day, a quarter pound of lamb liver 2x a... (more)

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by 12174 · about 9 hours ago

I've been doing VLC for weight loss for some time now, using ketostix to check that I'm staying in ketosis. I've noticed that every evening, several hours after my last meal (and food intake for the day), I get very warm, even rosy-cheeked and... (more)

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Harry_2 0 · July 08, 2011 at 6:25 AM

I'm on VLC, and particularly after breakfast - which is usually bacon, eggs, veggies and a teaspoon or two of coconut oil I am noticeably warmer. During the summer months this can get a bit uncomfortable, so it's lucky I live in the UK. :)

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by 50 · about 9 hours ago

I was wondering what symptoms everyone has experienced in ketosis. I've heard that you can get a metallic taste in your mouth. But what about night sweats? They started for me about the same time I went into ketosis. Is this a normal symptom of... (more)

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Eva 0 · February 18, 2011 at 5:40 AM

Magnesium supps might be the answer. Some of the carby foods are also the more common sources of magnesium, like potatoes. If you were already borderline on magnesium consumption, then removing a few more sources of magnesium via all the carby... (more)

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by 1793 · about 9 hours ago

I've been following with great interest Kurt Harris' recents posts on macronutrients, low-carb, and ketosis. He seems to have shifted his position away from advocating very-low-carb (though he claims he was never doing that, and that makes sense,... (more)

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Aaron_1 0 · February 07, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Hey. Nothing scientific here - just anecdotal. I've been paleo for about a year, and my wife joined the fun about 6 months ago. We're both roughly 30 pounds below where we started. Not counting the weight loss, I'm in a much healthier... (more)

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by 4124 · about 9 hours ago

Do you, personally, eat fewer than 20 carbs per day AND follow Dr. Kurt Harris' guidelines for a pastoral diet? Here is his recently updated Get Started page. http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/ I find it a very calm and restorative way to... (more)

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Doris 0 · January 11, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I agree that Panu is a "calm and restorative way to eat." After approx. 5 months of following the guidelines, I've lost more weight than I dreamed possible, and feel great except for one annoying thing: constipation. Enter stage right the... (more)

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by 1793 · about 9 hours ago

Following up on my potato question, it seemed to me like many paleos out there eat quite a bit of starchy tubers and fruit. This leads me to another question: should low-carb be deemphasized as part of the paleo diet? There seems to be quite a... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · December 13, 2010 at 2:26 AM

This is how I see it these days. ZC/VLC, on the order of 0% (if 0 were possible) to 5-10% of calories from carbohydrate: Will leave most people with somewhat less energy because of the extra burden of converting protein for the body's glucose... (more)

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by 3690 · about 9 hours ago

I'm not trying to lose weight, but actually to heal from leaky gut and to ultimately gain weight. I've recently noticed that the less carb I eat, the better I feel and eating zero carb seems to be speeding up the healing process. I'm also... (more)

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Girl_Gone_Primal 0 · August 08, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Zero-carbing is all about individualisation - if your body is telling you to lower your carbs, then you should listen. Danny Roddy didn't listen to his body when it started complaining of being malnourished (which, thanks to Matt Stone, he has... (more)

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by 15 · October 29, 2014 at 4:11 AM

I'm doing a low carb, high fat version of Paleo, and I'm searching for a good bagel or english muffin like recipe that I can make in the morning and spread coconut oil on. So far, I use this one: 2Tb coconut flour, 3Tb ground flaxseed... (more)

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seesaw14 0 · May 03, 2014 at 11:00 PM

This is my favorite muffin recipe. I use stevia because I have a sweet tooth. When it's straight out of the oven, it's very fresh, delicious and moist-but-not-doughy. http://cowenparkkitchen.com/masa-harina-cornbread/

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by 4413 · October 29, 2014 at 3:40 AM

I'm trying to figure out why vlc/lc has not worked for me. Any thoughts on this July 1, 2012 article? Why Did Energy Expenditure Differ Between Diets in the Recent Study by Dr. Ludwig's... (more)

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