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by 593 · 13 minutes 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 0 · about 9 hours ago

I was wondering if someone could explain to me why people in the paleo community cut carbs rather than calories to lose weight. I was reading a robb wolf article and in it he says that Taubes is wrong that calories don't matter and he goes into... (more)

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thhq 0 · February 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Cutting carbs makes all the sense in the world if you're obese, and on the edge of insulin resistance, if not outright diabetic. If you're not obese there's less incentive to cut carbs. Carbs are easy to digest, and get to the bloodstream... (more)

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by 0 · about 9 hours ago

I'm a 5' 7", 130lb, 20 year old female. Not overweight by any means, but I'm trying to get back down to my 115lb fighting weight in a way that is healthy and sustainable. I understand the benefits to a VLC paleo diet when trying to cut weight,... (more)

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by 300 · about 9 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 55 · about 9 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 9 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 9 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 5 · about 9 hours ago

I'll make this good n concise because it's a fait amount of info When I eat carrots, butternut squash, applesauce, sweet potato, parsnips, I have tummy troubles. This also happens with nuts but it is the worst with the above vegetables. When I... (more)

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VB 0 · July 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I don't know what is wrong with you and why you get this reaction. Get tested to find out more. 3 hour lactulose methane hydrogen test for SIBO. GI Effects stool test for pathogens and parasites from Metametrix. Mayo Clinic... (more)

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by 1197 · about 9 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 9 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 519 · about 9 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 614 · about 9 hours ago

People go on VLC diets mainly for weight loss (IMHO) - are there any people here still on the VLC diet AFTER achieving their weight loss goal?? IF yes can you describe how you shifted to maintainence.

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CJC93 0 · May 06, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I dont really support vlc anymore, it does make me irritable, destroys gym performance, crushes sex drive, doesnt do much good for my hormones or thyroid. My keto days are in the past, sure I lost a lot of weight, but saying that I am still on my... (more)

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by 40 · about 9 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 5 · about 9 hours ago

Hi y'all. I've been eating the paleo diet for about a year now. I'm a male age 18 This is what I've discovered recently. -When I eat fruit, dairy, and carbs my acne returns with a vengeance within a day or two. -When I eat carbs I gain weight... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · April 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Maybe if you could deplete your muscle's glycogen via Something like high intensity training, then that would create a need for muscular insulin sensitivity to replenish the muscle's now depleted glycogen stores and just maybe your fat cells which... (more)

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by 30 · about 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 524 · about 9 hours ago

Ok for those of you who are eating VLC, high fat and moderate to lower protein as well, for ketosis and body fat losses - what's a typical intake of vegetables? I've been eating a head of lettuce per day, and often about 1-2 cups cooked volume of... (more)

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borofergie 0 · November 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Lots of brocoli, lots of cauliflower, lots of avocado. Virtually infinite amounts of spinach or lettuce. It's surprising how much veg you can fit in 25g of carbs: 25g of carbs = 640g of brocoli = 360g of cauliflower = 1.7kg of... (more)

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by 78 · about 9 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 9 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 9 hours ago

I'm a college student and trying to keep a budget ($30-40/wk for food). I'm finally getting over my fear of fat, but now I'm starting to realize that all this cheap, high-fat meat might be the cause of my acne. I've gone from LC to VLC, and it... (more)

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Dan_44 0 · November 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The short answer is yes. If you can't afford grass-fed beef you should be buying lean cuts and getting your fats from quality sources. That being said grass-fed ground beef isn't horribly expensive and it's quite versatile. Another good source of... (more)

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by 85 · about 9 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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