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Can Blood Glucose Be Stored As Fat?

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Does Carbohydrate Become Body Fat?

Dear Reader, Ah, poor carbohydrates, maligned by diets such as Atkins’ and the ketogenic diet. However, carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy — in fact your muscles and brain cells prefer carbs more than other sources of energy (triglycerides and fat, for example). To answer your question: research completed over the last several decades suggests that if you are eating a diet that is appropriate for your levels of daily activity, little to no carbohydrate is converted to fat in your body. For most people (unless you have a metabolic disorder) when you eat carbs they are digested, broken down to glucose, and then transported to all the cells in your body. They are then metabolized and used to support cellular processes. If you’re active and eating appropriately for your activity level, most of the carbs you consume are more or less burned immediately. There are two caveats here: first, if you’re eating a lot more calories per day than you are burning, then yes, your liver will convert excess calories from carbohydrate into fats; second, not all carbs are created equal. If you consume too many calories from simple sugars like sucrose and fructose (think sugary Continue reading >>

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  1. blue4lemon

    > boyfriend and atkins breath

    my boyfriend complains constantly about my atkins breath. he fully supports me in eating low carb. he has been with me while i am eating carby, and he hates to be around me when i eat bad. i get moody, cranky, and irrational. he also knows diabetes runs in my family, and that i am hypoglycemic so i have to eat LC. since my personal plan keeps me in ketosis 24-7, i have dragon breath 24-7. i chew carefree polar ice gum, i drink 100 oz of water a day, i use listerine breath strips. i keep my mouth clean. i can be in his face, chewing away on a new piece of gum, and he will turn away from me and say "whooo your breath stinks". i can brush my teeth and use listerine, and he will still complain. the problem is that the smell is coming from my stomach, NOT my mouth. sometimes he won't kiss me during you-know-what. and please don't read into this that he is mean and doesn't care about me, because he is a sweetheart. i know it stinks. what else can i do???

  2. Nancy LC

    You don't have to be at induction level of carbs forever. You can bump it up a bit until you're out of induction yet still be comfortably low carb.

  3. blue4lemon

    the reason i stay in ketosis is because when i get out of it, i get cravings and my blood sugar is not stable. people ca be on ketogenic diets for a lifetime. it's actually recommended for epilepsy. i generally eat 30g a day, sometimes 40g, but no more than that.
    so, can anyone answer my question? what else can i do?

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