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7 Things Everyone Should Know About Low-carb Diets

Last week, my staff nutritionist Laura Schoenfeld wrote a guest post for my blog called “Is a Low-Carb Diet Ruining Your Health”. Perhaps not surprisingly, it has caused quite a stir. For reasons I don’t fully understand, some people identify so strongly with how many carbohydrates they eat that they take offense when a suggestion is made that low-carb diets may not be appropriate for everyone, in all circumstances. In these circles low-carb diets have become dogma (i.e. a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true). Followers of this strange religious sect insist that everyone should be on low-carb or even ketogenic diets; that all carbohydrates, regardless of their source, are “toxic”; that most traditional hunter-gatherer (e.g. Paleolithic) societies followed a low-carb diet; and, similarly, that nutritional ketosis—which is only achievable with a very high-fat, low-carb, and low-protein diet—is our default and optimal physiological state. Cut through the confusion and hype and learn what research can tell us about low-carb diets. On the other hand, I’ve also observed somewhat of a backlash against low-carb diets occurring i Continue reading >>

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  1. waelkd

    i don't know what the fukc is wrong with me, like 4 month ago i went on a low carb diet , shortly afterwords panic attacks started , although my caloric intake was 2200cal per day.
    did some research,reading, found out that low carb diet decreases serotonin levels in the brain which in turn cause panic attacks.
    fast forward 2.5 weeks started on a keto diet , things were going fine the 1st week, then the last week and half p.attacks started and increased exponentially , the intervals between them every couple of hours, sometimes even while sleeping.
    and i dont feel better unless i eat something sugary , high glycemic to be specific , anything carby.
    i really don't know why this is happening to me, i live a clean life, i dont drink,smoke,blaze, for gods sake i don't even drink tea or coffee, i dont use any kind of thermogenics,fat burners not even protein.
    anyone have any idea why this is happening , advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

  2. lia67

    keto aint for everybody . some people just can not handle it .try starting with about 100 carbs a day n see how you feel then increase them until the panick attacks stop .

  3. system

    Low carb diets aren't right for everyone. I personally do horribly on them. You CAN still get ripped/peeled/lose fat on high carb diets, but you'll have to compensate and drop calories elsewhere (I drop my fat down low). I go through the same thing, insomnia, feeling of panic, mind racing, lack of desire to train etc.

    So I ask you; why are you following a keto diet if it's making you feel like shit?

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