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by 598 · about 2 hours ago

It occurred to me tonight that the reason high carb diets tend work may be because it allows the body to synthesize the right fats. Pure and simple... If you have good gut flora and a healthy metabolism and good insulin response, your body/flora... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · October 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Our bodies only synthesize things they *need*, otherwise it's a waste of energy. There are things we need but cannot synthesize.  So in terms of fats… we need omega-3 and omega-6 long chain fats, we cannot synthesize these,... (more)

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by 421 · about 2 hours ago

Hi fellow Paleo-ers,I'm having a lot of trouble managing my weight and I'm hoping you guys might have some helpful ideas. I've struggled a lot over the past few years, as you can see from my previous posts. However, my first year at college... (more)

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paleot 0 · June 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

Before breakfast today I weighed 146lbs, after breakfast, I weighed 149lbs. The other day I was over 150. Your +/- 1.75lbs of weight fluctuation over 2 weeks doesn't seem too intense to me, but your diet sounds pretty extreme.. that should... (more)

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

I am working my way toward going VLC (35-40g), or at least cycling in days of being VLC with moderate-to-low carb days. For those of you that track macros/cals, do you count the carbs that come from fiber into your total daily carb intake? Or do... (more)

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Robert_13 0 · February 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

From what i've read a small number of VLCers weight loss stalls when they add in fibrous veggies after a period of none, although that's all anecdotal stuff I've heard here & there, god knows what they were actually eating. I think if... (more)

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by 300 · about 2 hours ago

I've read through all the questions here do to with alleviating anxiety, and have seen upping carb intake suggested a few times. But I'd like to understand this strategy better before I try it. My quick history: I've been basically... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I have been testing blood sugar with a glucometer lately, and VLC seems to have generally brought my blood sugar down. But I've discovered that when I feel panicky (which happens especially in the morning) my blood sugar will be high no... (more)

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by 1005 · about 2 hours ago

Although when I do VLC right, I feel great and have tons of energy and can focus just fine once I get past the withdrawal, it's very difficult for me to stick to and for me to focus and study during the detox period (I have a tendency be fine,... (more)

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JenJen 0 · October 15, 2013 at 4:19 AM

There are other ways of losing weight other than VLC. Some people disagree with this, but I firmly believe that calories in do matter overall. VLC makes it easier to eat less and there is possibly a small metabolic advantage (not sure about this... (more)

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by 55 · about 2 hours ago

I have spent the last few weeks muddling my way through various websites and blog posts regarding l-glutamine and MCT oil to aid in weightloss only to find that everyone has a varying opinion. I am wondering if anyone of you pro paleohacks would... (more)

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Desmond 0 · August 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

MCT Oil - You need to build up a tolerance. Start with a teaspoon and go up from there. This will NOT hinder your VLC state at all...it actually will enhance it by increasing ketone production. Do NOT take it at night because you will probably... (more)

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by 415 · about 2 hours ago

Hello, I'm trying to get more data points about possible adaptations to high fat diets. I know about Peter Attia's numbers ( http://youtu.be/NqwvcrA7oe8?t=33m23s ) and I thought that's the best case probably. But today, I've found this... (more)

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by 1655 · about 2 hours ago

A simple question: what happens to diabetics (type 2) if they switch to a VLC diet? I would appreciate links to clinical studies -- it's a question about what actually happens in real life, not about what should/could/might happen. (more)

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eric_9 0 · August 08, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Would you consider my answer "real life"? I am a TypeII diabetic. VLC has literally saved me. Brought down my blood glucose numbers to about a third what they were on a normal healthy diet with whole grains etc. Halved my HbA1c to respectable... (more)

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by 1197 · about 2 hours ago

VLC-ers describe a "clarity of mind" while in ketosis - something that is the antithesis of the "brain fog" that one is said to get when first going VLC. I am wondering what this is and how it is experienced as good. Anxiety is often described... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · July 08, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I have never heard anyone describe anxiety as clarity before. Personally, I find myself lucid, calmer and definitely more balanced in ketosis. My perimenopausal mood swings are gone, too. Clearer? Yes. Anxious? Nope. And equating... (more)

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by 161 · about 2 hours ago

I have been trying to shed some pounds of fat, switched up my diet to a more VLC type diet. Anyways cycling performance and hockey performance and sleep has all been great. I got up today, had a bit of green tea and when I tried to do my... (more)

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Michael_1 0 · June 08, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Sounds like you need to up your post-workout carbs. At least give it a shot and see if it helps.

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by 10 · about 2 hours ago

I've been eating paleo for 6 weeks now. I've tried a week of sugar detox, and I've been eating VLC-LC depending on my workouts. The only thing I've noticed, is my face broke out in spots once I had a hard cider after a week of low sugar. I'm a... (more)

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Britt_1 0 · May 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Your food and exercise look ideal to me so I wonder if you are just eating as much food as your body needs so it is not having to burn fat for energy. To lose weight, you may just have to eat a bit less. To lose weight, I do have to let myself go... (more)

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by 519 · about 2 hours ago

I have been on a LC to VLC diet for roughly 3 years now it took me from 245lbs to 149 lbs (6ft guy) my body weight since going 95% VLC Paleo 3 months ago has stablized at 158-160. Every since losing all of that weight my hands and feet have been... (more)

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Chelsea__1 0 · May 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

As it has been said before, human beings can go zero carbs but is it optimal in the long run? From my experience, no. What I did was carb overload (eat strictly fruit, vegetables like sweet potato and honey, raw chocolate for the week with minimal... (more)

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by 519 · about 2 hours ago

I go to a 5:30am to 6:30am boot camp 2-4 days a week... I fast before and have been waiting an hour or so to eat my normal daily breakfast (3 scrambled eggs in pastured organic butter and 2 pieces of bacon). On a hard day my muscles can be sore... (more)

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Pat_13 0 · May 07, 2013 at 4:02 PM

At 6 feet and 160 pounds, I think you need to readjust your goals. If I were you I would drop the boot camp to 1 or 2 days a week, and buy a copy of Jim Wendler's 5/3/1. Get on a strength based resistance training program, start eating some more... (more)

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by 327 · about 2 hours ago

I have all of the symptoms of ms, I was wondering if their were any special nueral protective qualities to either styles of the diet. For instance i know that a ketogenic diet has been proven to protect against seizures

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mindmt 0 · April 24, 2013 at 8:09 AM

If you've not heard of Dr Terry Wahls, and her story go to the following podcast, and/or her TED talk. She managed her MS via diet and without drugs. The core of her diet is VLC or ketogenic, and... (more)

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by 40 · about 2 hours ago

I apologize for my wall of text in advance :) This is my first post here at paleohacks, although I've probably spent a few cumulative weeks here trying to find answers for all of my questions from the most basic, "Is insert random food item here... (more)

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Mash 0 · April 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Have a look at http://www.cronometer.com which will help in working out the protein content of actual foods. This was my day yesterday and the eggs, salmon, steak on their own came to around 136g of protein. The only reasons I can think someone... (more)

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by 30 · about 2 hours ago

I'm not perfect at it or claim to know the ins and outs of Paleo 100%, but I have been doing Paleo for a few months and changed it very recently to more carbohydrate to support my crossfit I do most of the week. A typical meal would be something... (more)

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elf27 0 · April 03, 2013 at 1:49 PM

see robb wolf's posts, titled, his thoughts on LC this past december, january. He is admitting that LC may not be best for everyone, especially crosfitters (which btw, crossfit hq does not follow paleo diet philosophy but rather a zone diet type... (more)

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by 142 · about 2 hours ago

I've heard you paleo folks respect a guy named Chris Masterjohn somewhat so I'll quote him on it: ???For the Indians of the far North this reinforcement??? ??? he???s talking about reinforcement of nutrition for pregnancy ??? ???was ... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

"Low carb" alone usually means "lower carb than SAD". "Low carb" paleo is often even lower than that. You're not wrong in supposing that some have had issues with both LC+paleo - a quick browse of some questions on this site will even prove... (more)

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by 221 · about 2 hours ago

I'm on a very low carb diet for the first time in my life, and right now I feel almost normal. I'm not dizzy or light-headed, my muscles aren't cramping - but I feel my heart beating really hard, feels like it's shaking my whole body. What is... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · March 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I always get "the beater" when dehydrated. Drink up!

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by 45 · about 2 hours ago

I have been LC to VLC for awhile now, but whenever I go ever a certain amount whether from a starch or sugar I will feel like I got hit by a bus the next day and my gut/colon feels cloged. I was just curious for those who have been on VLC to no... (more)

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RoryD 0 · March 04, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Starch in large quantities wreaks havoc on your stomach and intestines, it leads to indigestion, and so it breeds parasites which cause fermentation. This releases sulfur, which acidifies your system, causes temperature issues, and messes with... (more)

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by 10 · about 2 hours ago

Hello there Paleo Hackers - I went VLC on the Paleo Diet 1 year ago and I loved it, save for one symptom: very dry skin. My hands looked like scales, I got dandruff, and I developed painful cracks at the corner of my mouth (Angular cheilitis). I... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · February 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Dry skin can be a sign of not eating enough PUFAs.

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by 120 · about 2 hours ago

I'm looking for easy and simple meal inspirations. Not really for recipes, just a general guideline. How do you eat very low carb? Also, will doing this put my body into ketosis, or is there some trick to doing that? Thanks!

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Desmond 0 · February 09, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Obviously meat and fats won't add carbs, so you have to worry about your veggies (ditch fruit). My preferred veggies that are also simple to make: broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, brussel sprouts, kale/spinach. Eating VLC COMBINED WITH... (more)

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by 226 · about 2 hours ago

I'm on a very restricted diet (due to autoimmune issues) and am eating mainly beef and lamb (about 75-80% fat daily), and it is greatly improving my health. I've cut out all extra supplementation aside from calcium and my body seems to be getting... (more)

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Kashkillz 0 · January 30, 2013 at 1:38 AM

I believe sardines are the best non-dairy source of calcium. Possibly even better than dairy.

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by 78 · about 3 hours ago

I apologize for the guys/the squeamish in advance, but here goes: I'm struggling to stay paleo consistently for about two weeks out of the month. I love eating paleo (VLC style suits me best) but I get hit with so much fatigue, nausea, aches,... (more)

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Pecan 0 · November 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM

No need to apologize for talking about a women's issue. This is not a men's forum. Try to find paleo alternatives to the foods you crave, and worry less about being strictly paleo and more about eating natural, whole foods. For example, eat white... (more)

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by 158 · about 3 hours ago

Sorry for all the "names" in the title. I just thought it would convey the question succinctly. I have been doing IF for around 2 months now and haven't budged in the fat loss area. I have plenty of energy and brain power but am a way off... (more)

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miked_2 0 · November 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Here's a great article by John Wellbourne about mixing and matching programs. It's more focused on strength programs, but the same applies to nutrition program. Don't try to mix and match - pick one and do it right. Then after a couple of months... (more)

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by 85 · about 3 hours ago

I don't know if I just have a wide torso or if it's love handles, but I'm really frustrated with the width of my waist right now. I'm pretty short too (5'1"), so it makes me look even stockier. It might be my body type - I'm half Japanese and my... (more)

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elf27 0 · October 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM

right with you, smeags. Half asian. Was very straight but wide, and not as curvy before. now I have curves/love handles. but i'm healthier. But I guess I would just ask you, "how do you feel? (On VLC/LC?)" and also congrats on getting your... (more)

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