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Monday 9 December 2013

What do low carb antis think we live on ?

When you hear the drivel talked about the low carb lifestyle, you have to wonder about the mentality of the naysayers. They make comments such as "it's dangerous and unhealthy" or "no-one can stick to it in the long term". They talk of diseases such as scurvy, osteoporosis and conditions like bowel disorders and lack of energy, the list of negative comments is long. If the naysayers were just your run of the mill bloggers or forum members, lack of understanding about what constitutes as a good healthy diet, would be understandable, but so much dross comes from the medical profession. Many dietitians seem to be particularly lacking in sound dietary knowledge.

These are the foods I live on. Looking at a typical plate of food I eat, vegetables cover around three quarters of the plate, the kind of vegetables in the picture, only starchy vegetables like potatoes are not included.

The remainder of my food plate contains fresh meat

Or fish

The remainder of my food and a large percentage of my calories come from healthy fats

Small amounts of low carb fruits also feature in my daily food intake

Remember this diet or lifestyle is unsustainable or dangerous according to many Doctors and Dietitians, and numerous bloggers and diabetes forum members. They believe the continuance of the foods that type two diabetics cannot tolerate, and leads to their downfall is the way to go. They believe starchy carbohydrates are essential and drugs are the way to safe diabetes control. Doctors and Dietitians are highly educated people, but one must never confuse education with intelligence. The foods on this post have kept countless diabetics free from complications for years, they have ensured non diabetic blood glucose numbers, a good lipid profile and safe stable weight. All have achieved good health and many on minimal or no diabetes medications.

Type one diabetics following the low carb lifestyle report large reductions in medication and much better blood glucose control and stability, improved lipids and weight loss when required. 93% of UK type one diabetics fail to get to a good HbA1c number, but very few type one diabetics follow a low carb lifestyle. They have believed the information regarding diet from the the likes of the NHS and DUK and from low carb naysayers on forums, and they are paying a terrible price. So many will learn the error of their ways, unfortunately for many it will be too late to avoid diabetic complications. Doctors and Dietitians will pick up their pay cheques and for them life will go on, they believe diabetes is always progressive, and more than anything else, they believe they are right. 


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Galina L. said...

I guess naysayers should be reminded more often about the story in Sweden how the Independent Expert Committee diligently review 16 000 of studies and decided that LC was safe and actually the best approach for the treating excessive weight and diabetes.

Lowcarb team member said...

Spot on Galina, thanks for your comments here. Keep spreading the word, no one works harder than you around the blogosphere.

Respect !


Anonymous said...

If you read the low carber posts on ETYM they are taking all the supplements known to man. as are some low cabers on DCUK.
Just because you say that you don't take any it doesn't mean that others don't.
They relish their treats of Atkins Bars, are always on the lookout for something sweet and will try anything to satisfy their longings.
They want bread recipes, potato lookalikes, substitutes for rice and pasta. They are like vegetarians who cannot grasp that they don't need sausages and burgers even if they are vegetarian friendly.
Their mindset cannot understand what they should be doing.
Processed muck is still processed muck even if it is lower in carbs.

Lowcarb team member said...

"Just because you say that you don't take any it doesn't mean that others don't."

Too right not that I have anything against some supplements.

I eat bread, very low carb Livlife.

"Processed muck is still processed muck even if it is lower in carbs."

I agree 100%


Anonymous said...

Sides, sides nothing but sides.
Who is right, who is wrong?
Suggest us diabetics check our meters and/or A1c they tell no lies

Paul B

Lowcarb team member said...

"Who is right, who is wrong?"

Modesty forbids.

Thanks for your input. The BG meter, the blood tests, the weighing scales and tape measure tells us what is right.

OK I'll do some boasting, I am right.


Galina L. said...

I guess, it is normal for the people to look for some substitutes of familiar foods or to try to continue eating LC versions of junk foods they got used to, when they have to change their diet. When somebody decides to do it, it is more practical and easy to set right priorities than to aim for a 100% perfection. Why to make life impossibly hard?
It is easy for me to eat any diet which consists of real food because I cook myself 99.9% of my food all my life, but imagine somebody who lived on pizza, soft drinks,chips, candies and "energy bars", and just received a piece of news he/she got diabetes.It would be easier in the such situation for a such person to start eating in a Burger King burgers without buns, Atkins bars and to drink a diet soda. From my point of view, if somebody is determined to have a cake for a breakfast, it is better to be a LC cake. Does it mean LC food is some sort of ridiculous cult because some people crave their favorite junk? I don't think so. I guess it is the strength of a such diet. It could be followed at a restaurant, at home, in a fast-food place, while in a cruise or in some tropical resort.

Many seems to need a transitional phase of a junk LC food toward real food LCarbing. I myself ate a lot of mayo, sausages and salamis when started LC, I got all health benefits anyway even though I switched from a diet based on whole grains, chicken breasts, veggies, fruits and olive oil.

Galina L. said...

Thank you, Eddy. I don't think LC is the perfect diet for everyone, but I do believe many who will benefit from it are unnecessary scared away by naysayers. I see it as an injustice.

Lowcarb team member said...

It always surprises me that people do not compare what lowcarbers eat - as illustrated by Eddie - to the diet that many people in the wider community actually eat rather than always to the DUK/NHS recommended diet.

Maybe then there would be less hysteria about people reducing carbs and eating good fats.

Believe it or not there are people - including diabetics - for whom the DUK/NHS diet is an improvement!

I defy anyone to say that a good lowcarb diet is not better than the normal diet of junk food.They are all worrying about the wrong things.Worry more about those who live on a diet of burgers, chips and cola. Don't worry about me. I won't die for lack of a burger bun - although some might of too many.


Galina L. said...

My point was that for the people who do not tolerate carbs well, junk LCarbing could be better than home-cooked wholegrains/bananas/oatmeal/low fat fare.
However,a LC diet provides more incentives to eat more vegetables - what else to put on the side of your meat when potatoes and pasta are not the options?

Lynda said...

That's what I eat... exactly!! Amazingly, I'm still alive and very well. Even more amazing is that people can look at that food and think it is not healthy.