From Slim Fast to Roux-En-Y, Part II


The Roux-en-Y bariatric surgery just seemed too risky and too permanent so I exited the program and made one final push to lose the excess weight on my own. I had been particularly interested in the Roux-en-Y because it is more likely to eliminate type 2 diabetes and eliminate it quickly. Of course each case is different, but there are numerous anecdotes of patients having type 2 diabetes for as long as 25 years, getting the surgery, and immediately being free of the diabetic disease.

The other two forms of bariatric surgery include the sleeve and the band. With the band the patient has to return often to get the band adjusted. It simply makes the stomach smaller so less food can be consumed. With the sleeve technique the stomach is simply made smaller, but the drawback here is that with heavy eating it expands over time and eventually the patient is back where they started.

The Roux-en-Y involves a more complicated, but much more effective solution. The small intestine is cut and reattached in two places. The upper portion of the stomach is stapled to make it very small and part of the intestine is stapled to that smaller stomach and then stapled back into the intestine. The larger portion of the stomach is connected back into the intestine as well. The larger portion still sends the signals to begin digesting food and here is where the pancreas is signaled to monitor glucose. One drawback is that even though calories are not absorbed in the stomach, also vitamins and minerals are likewise not absorbed so the patient must continue to take vitamin supplements throughout his life. Additionally, problems can occur with leakage around the staples and that can lead to possible infection. Patients have been known to die from the surgery.

Consequently, I felt I owed it to myself to attempt the weight loss without the surgery one last time. I continued to play the hypnosis CDs and I tried to follow the programs advice and recommendations. I doubled down on exercising and eating the right foods. For instance, I used more ground flax, blueberries, oats, quinoa, cranberries, grapes, avocado, and pineapple in my diet. I began using resistance loop band exercises daily and at least partially reducing starches from my diet.

These measures helped to a certain extent but were, for the most part, only somewhat helpful. Then I had a major setback. I took a bad fall and torn my shoulder muscles as I tried to brace myself. That led to two surgeries and months of physical therapy. By the time that was over, I had gained back any weight loss and even added additional pounds. As my A1C glucose levels rose from 7.0 to 9.3, BP systolic went to 178, and cholesterol numbers went off the chart, I concluded that the Roux-en-Y was the only answer for me.


Source by Christopher E Gregory

How to Travel Gluten-Free: Part Two


Traveling for Two (You and Your Gluten-Free Food)

Why fight it? The culinary needs of a gluten-free traveler are different from the average vacationer. When you’re on a fully gluten-free diet, eating out without being cross-contaminated can be difficult. So instead of bemoaning your fate, revel in it! Bring all your favorite foods. Heck, bring an extra suitcase full of GF booty! Here are some BYO items that can easily make a gluten-free trip a success:

— Kitchen Tools —

Traveling with your own, safe, uncontaminated kitchen tools can save you from cross-contamination exposure. Previously used pots were invariably used to make gluten-containing foods, particles of which will be trapped in pores of the surface regardless of countless dishwasher washings and material (on nearly all previously used kitchen utensils or pans, contamination is a given). Plastic and wood are so porous that food easily gets trapped. And metal (non-stick as well) may be a less likely contamination hazard, but it can have tiny scrapes and nicks that can hide bits of food. (The next time a fork comes out of the dishwasher, take a good look between the tines and see how many tiny bits of food remain.)

Don’t let little invisible gluten particles ruin your vacation! Take these kitchen tools with you:

• One Large Frying Pan

• One 4 Qt Pot

• Spoon, spatula or tongs (based on menu)

— Ways to Bring Meals with You —

When your fellow vacationers want to go out to eat, simply bring your meal with you. Most restaurants are happy to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities. If you feel uneasy about bringing your own food, perhaps bringing a “Medical Alert” card that explains your condition will make you more comfortable. There are plenty of free ones online that you can print and bring with you.

• Thermos or other insulated container

• Insulated lunch bag/box

— Disposable Ways to Eat —

Pack these items or buy them locally when you get to your destination…

• Paper plates

• Plastic silverware

• Disposable plastic containers for leftovers

• Roll of aluminum foil (to cover existing cookie sheets, BBQ grills, and pans)

• Paper towels (don’t share kitchen towels in a mixed kitchen)

— Food —

Bring only the gluten-free items that you won’t be able to find at local grocery stores. (A little research online before packing can save you from lugging a bunch of stuff on your travels that you can simply purchase once you’ve arrived at your destination.) Items such as your favorite bread, pasta and snack bars will get you a long way towards a G-Free vacation without taking up too much space.

Plan as many “whole food” meals as you can. Then you won’t have to worry about carrying or purchasing specialty GF items. Plan simple meals using naturally gluten-free foods.

• Fresh fruits and vegetables

• Meats

• Whole GF Grains: Rice, Quinoa

— Cleaning Supplies —

Whether you’re visiting someone’s house or renting somewhere, chances are the kitchen has been used to create all kinds of gluten-FULL meals. Bits and crumbs can hide in nooks and crannies (or right out in the open on a counter!).

Bring a small kit of cleaning supplies for a quick decontamination of your temporary kitchen. Ten minutes to clean up at the beginning of your vacation can mean the difference between a miserable, symptom-full trip and a safe, happy, healthy vacation. Here are some ideas for your mini-cleaning kit:

Antibacterial Wipes
Instead of contaminating a sponge on your initial cleaning, take a small bag full of wipes. Wipe down all surfaces: counter, stove top, microwave (buttons of the control panel, door and interior),

New Sponge
Don’t use a sponge that just scrubbed a lasagna pan! Spend the few cents on a new fresh one and keep it in a special “Glutenless Zone!”

Fresh Soaps
Previously used soaps (bar soap, pumped hand soap, dishwashing liquid) were touched with hands that may have just dusted the counter with flour for a pie crust. Don’t chance it: use your own soap.

— Snacks —

Make sure you always have plenty of safe snacks on hand to stave off hunger. Then you won’t be tempted to give in and “take a chance” on a potentially dangerous eating situation.

• Fruit – fresh or dried (remember to read ingredients on dried fruits)

• Nuts (just be careful of which brand: several are dusted with flour to avoid sticking)

• Snack bars (Larabars are all gluten-free)

• GF pretzels

• Potato chips (be careful to avoid brands that share oil with gluten containing ingredients)

Don’t let all these preparations scare you. It is absolutely possible to enjoy traveling on a g-free diet. Simply follow these suggestions to turn an hour of pre-planning and packing into countless hours of worry-free, gluten-free travel.

Have a great gluten-free trip!


Source by Noi Louden

Why it is Dangerous to Starve Yourself Thin – Part 3


As discussed, the body will first use up the stores of glycogen in the liver to provide glucose energy before turning to breaking down the protein that makes up muscle mass. The next step is for your body to start to try and conserve enough muscle to, quite simply, stay alive!

After about a week of starvation the body will learn to use stores of fat as fuel instead of muscle, by breaking them down to create glucose. When fat is metabolised into glucose, ketones are produced. These ketones will build up after a lengthy period of starvation, eventually turning toxic.

This toxic waste is dumped in the liver, which will struggle to cope with the increased levels of toxicity. This will cause vital bodily functions carried out by the liver to slow down or stop completely, resulting in a condition called "Ketosis".

When a person suffers from Ketosis they will experience symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, bad breath, constipation and chronic fatigue. In the long term a sufferer may experience kidney damage, loss of bone mass and possible heart disease. Additionally, the lack of vital nutrients caused by a starvation diet will begin to show on the surface. The hair, nails and skin will all start to deteriorate eventually and your physical appearance will suffer terribly.

The Best Alternative To Starvation Dieting

The safe and sensible solution here is also the most effective. A combination of healthy eating habits combined with some easy exercise routines will not only help you shed the pounds, but allow you to stay at your optimum weight year after year.

A few good tips include:

Eating a little often. Smaller more frequent meals help keep your metabolism going throughout the day. If this is impractical for you then try a healthy snack between meals to keep your body ticking over.

Don't skip breakfast. The one period of the day when you can't keep your metabolism revved up is while you are sleeping. Therefore, eating breakfast gets your body off to a calorie burning start that you can keep going all day.

Cardiovascular exercise. These types of exercises (jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics etc) are excellent fat burners. Not only that, but the effect will keep going for several hours after you stop.

Build muscle mass. Remember in Part 2 we talked about the energy burning ability of muscle? Building up more muscle mass will turn your body into a 24 hour calorie burning machine!


Source by Elliot Charles Davies

Ways to Curb Cravings Part 2


It has been a great day, you have made all the right choices when it comes to eating and you are in the home stretch, it's 8:30 pm and you feel the victory dance coming on. Then it happens, you have to have chocolate and you have to have it now!

What do you do when a craving grabs you by the shorts and won't let go? Cravings normally last between 10 and 20 minutes so it is what you do with in that time that will make or break your dieting success for the day. I have outlined some tips to help you curb those cravings before they have time to ruin your day.

Drink a glass of water.

Most Americans are chronically dehydrated, and our bodies can't tell the difference
between hunger and thirst. If your thirst is appearing to be hunger, and you drink a
glass of water, the craving will dissipate. Water is good for you and might just quench
the craving.

Get busy

Call a friend or clean out a drawer, turn on your favorite music and turn it up loud! If you distract yourself for the 20 minutes it takes a craving to pass, you have beaten the craving beast.

Brush your teeth

If you brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash, not only have you used up valuable craving time, you have engaged your taste buds in an invigorating experience and they will calm down for a while.

Pinch the triangle of cartilage on the inside of your ear where you ear meets your cheek. Hold the pinch for 30 seconds, this is the pressure pong that controls appetite and it can end the craving.

Add magnesium to your diet

Taking 400 milligrams of magnesium daily can assist in curbing cravings for chocolate in about a week

Have a snack that is high in protein

There is an amino acid in high protein foods called L-tryptophan. This amino acid converts to serotonin, which impacts mood and cravings. Eating high protein foods can calm the nerves and in turn calm the frequency and severity of cravings.

Use these tips to curb your cravings and learn to listen to your body. Give it what it needs and not always what it wants. Doing these things will have you well on your way to having the body you have always wanted.


Source by Diana Simmons

New Year's Fitness Resolutions – How to Set Them? Part 2


Keep the ball rolling!

In order for you to not waste time and energy it is important for you to keep the momentum going. You can do this by pre-planning your goals. You have already somewhat done so by setting seasonal goals. What happens sometimes is there is a let down between goals, once you have achieved one.

Have you ever felt depressed after reaching a goal or accomplishing something? Striving for something gives a sense of empowerment? When I won my first bodybuilding contest I had not planned on doing it again. After the contest with all the celebration going on around me, I felt sad and didn't understand why.

How could I feel sad in a time like this? Well, this particular journey and quest that each day for five years I woke up looking forward to was no longer. Now what do I look forward too? Nothing, I said. So I felt sad. I very valuable lesson learned on goal setting.

In other words, as you come up on reaching one, start thinking and strategizing how you are going to attain the next seasonal goal. However, do not lose sight of the present one. That is your main focus.

My point is to keep the momentum moving by staying ahead of the game by planning your path ahead of time. This saves a lot of time and energy. It is a lot easier steering a car while it is already moving rather than turning it in a parking lot sitting still. Set the yearly goal to give you the ultimate carrot to strive for. Then the seasonal goals should be set as steps to the yearly goal. Once the seasonal goal is met the momentum immediately shifts to the next.

Good luck and keep your goals rolling!


Source by Greg Ryan

The True History of Chocolate: Part 1


For a food that seems so familiar, most of us know surprisingly little about the real origins and history of chocolate. I counted myself in this group until very recently when I picked up a copy of a book titled ‘The True History of Chocolate”, by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe. Published in 1996, it’s 268 pages of meticulously researched, fascinating facts and “speculation” about the origin and development of the food we call chocolate.

I wonder how many of us would even recognize a cacao pod if one happened to fall on our head? Of course, such an event is highly unlikely unless one happens to be in a very small number of places in certain regions of the world. The cacao tree simply refuses to grow outside of a very narrow range of latitudes and weather conditions. Another crucial factor in the successful cultivation of the tree is making sure that the right insects are around to pollinate the flowers, a fact that wasn’t known when some early attempts were made to transplant the trees.

As the authors mention, if you hold a cacao pod in one hand and a piece of chocolate in any form in the other, you would never suspect that the one was made from the other. In fact, for nine-tenths of its long history, chocolate was drunk, not eaten. Consumption of solid chocolate by the masses is a relatively recent development. So how did chocolate get from the forests of Central America, where it began as drink for the royal courts of the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula, to your pantry in the form of a Hershey Bar? Seems like a long trip, doesn’t it? Furthermore, why is chocolate thought of a product of Switzerland? How did the Swiss manage to dominate the chocolate world? Can you think of two more different environments than the jungles of the Yucatan and the Swiss Alps?

The story is more fascinating than you can imagine and involves Columbus, the Conquistadors, the fall of the Aztec Empire, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, and last but not least, Milton Snavely Hershey.

When first introduced to Europe, chocolate was only for the nobles, who endlessly debated it nutritional and medicinal properties. In fact, because of the dominance of the Catholic Church, long debates were held as to whether or not chocolate was actually a food and whether, as such, eating it broke the fasting rules in place at the time.

The generally accepted first meeting between Europeans and the cacao bean took place in 1502 when Columbus anchored off the island of Guanaja, north of mainland Honduras. It was his fourth voyage, and he unfortunately died without ever tasting chocolate.

What followed was the Spanish conquest of Central America and the eventual return of cacao to Europe where it did not actually receive rave reviews. But the story is long one, and to get all the details, pick up a copy of the book. It’s a wonderful story, a great history lesson, and may leave you with the desire to sample not just Hershey Bars, but some of the other more “exotic” chocolate products that are available these days.

Note: You may freely publish the above article in any way you wish, as long as the author’s name and links are left intact.


Source by Peter Cullen

Endometriosis Part 47 – The Good and Bad of Prostaglandin Inhibitors


As we mentioned in previous articles during the last stage of the menstrual cycle normally a layer of endometriosis lining in the inside of the uterus is expelled, known as menstruation blood but instead some of the endometriosis tissues grow somewhere in the body causing endometriosis. Endometriosis also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle, building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. In this article, we will discuss the good and dad of prostaglandin inhibitors

I. Definition

Prostaglandins inhibitors are men made prostaglandins hormones that help to block the production of prostaglandins from our body during menstrual cycle. Since over production of certain types of prostaglandins hormones will cause ovarian over contraction resulting in menstrual cramps, blocking them are benefits for women with severe period pain.

II. The good

a) Inhibiting the natural prostaglandins in the women menstrual cycle will reduce the over active ovarian muscles that cause the abdominal pain, if endometrial implants and adhesion in the wall of the ovary.

b) The medication can be brought without prescription, such as Aspirin, Ponstan, Nurofen, etc.

c) They also help to reduce the heavy period as ovary muscles now are being controlled by the effects of the medication.

d) They are more effective in treating symptoms of menstrual cycle if taking together with other oral contraceptive pills.

e) They sometime may also correct the prostaglandins imbalance for some women.

III. The bad

a) Most prostaglandins inhibitors only correct the symptoms while they are around. Symptoms of menstrual cycle will re appear when the medication wire off.

b) Over taking porstaglandins inhibitor will severely damage the liver, causing variety of diseases.

c) The medication may cause gastro-intestine system problem, such as stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, constipation. Taking them with foods to reduce the above side effects.

d) Increase the risk of asthma, lupus and clotting disorders.

e) They may cause pelvic inflammatory diseases.


Source by Kyle J Norton

Part Time Medifast – Would You Still Lose Weight If You Were Only On Medifast For Part Of The Time?


I sometimes hear from people who want to know if the Medifast diet is effective if you’re only on it part time. As an example, I recently heard from someone who told me that she was willing to replace her breakfast and lunch with a diet meal, but she didn’t want to lose out on her family dinners and wanted to know if a “part time” meal replacement regimen might still be effective in helping her to lose weight. I’ll look more closely at this issue and tell you my opinion on this in the following article.

What To Consider When Thinking About Going On Medifast Part Time: I actually know quite a few people who have sort of a hybrid or part time Medifast regimen. While this diet does allow you a lot of flexibility with your daily “lean and green meal,” there are various reasons that people hesitate to go full time. You can eat a “lean and green” dinner that you prepare yourself with your family without much trouble, but if you didn’t want to do that, you could basically just replace the meals that you chose with diet meals and then resume regular eating when you chose that also.

But, how effective is this going to be? Would you still lose weight this way? Well, that depends upon what you are eating when you aren’t on the diet and how many meals you are replacing with the diet food and how many you aren’t.

If you’re overeating on your “off” meals, then you might cancel out what you gained at your diet meals. It’s important to keep in mind how Medifast works in order to try to come up with meals that help you to still accomplish this.

Is Taking In Less Calories And Ketosis Possible When You’re Only On Medifast For Part Of The Time?: This truly is the million dollar question. Because, theoretically, if you take in less calories than you’re burning, you should be losing weight. And, if you’re replacing some of your regular meals with Medifast meals, then you should be saving some calories for those meals. As long as you’re not overeating for your regular meals and canceling out what you’re saving, you should still be taking in considerably less calories than what is normal for you. This should result in some weight lost, especially if you are also moving more.

But another mechanism that makes this diet so effective so quickly is ketosis. This is the metabolic state that you get in when you’re taking in less carbs and more protein so that your body is encouraged to burn it’s own fat. This can make the pounds come off a little more quickly or dramatically. That’s not to say that you can’t lose weight without ketosis. I think that you can. But the results probably won’t come quite as quickly or be quite as dramatic. And, it’s likely possible to reach ketosis in your own if you’re quite careful.

Still, usually people in this situation are going to be accepting of any weight loss that comes their way. They realize that going part time may not yield the same amount of weight or pounds loss as going full time, but they’d welcome any weight loss, no matter how it comes. I personally think it’s better to go on Medifast part time than to not go on the diet at all. Some weight loss and success is certainly better than none and I’ve known people who’ve had a lot of success with this, even if they weren’t on the program full time.


Source by Lindsey Price

Low Carb Dieting the Truth: Part One


Almost everyone knows someone who has used a low carb diet. They have used it themselves had a friend use it or are getting ready to use it. Are these diets magic? Are they safe? Can I really eat all of the cheese and meat I want? Will I die if I go into ketosis?

These are just a few common questions I hear in regards to questions that concern low carb diets. In this series of articles I will present readers with scientific facts and my practical observations for implications concerning low carb diets. Some low carb supporters will not like what I will have to say. Some low carb haters will not like what I have to say. The objective of these articles are to educate readers on the practical implications of low carb dieting. Some will be offended and some will say how can that be. Either way sit back and enjoy as I attempt to shed light on the highly talked about topic – low carb diets (ketogenic diets)

I have provided a brief overview of some the topics that will be discussed in this series of articles.

What type of changes occur while using low carb diets

Do low carb diets make me mean

Do low carb diets spare muscle

Can I gain weight on a low carb diet

How much weight can I expect to lose

Can this diet help my medical condition

Different types of low carb diets

Why you need to cycle higher days of carbs

Who needs low carb diets

Are they safe for children

Are they beneficial for athletes

The topics mentioned above are just a few that will be addressed in Low Carb Dieting.

Before we move any further let me introduce the word ketogenic. Must of you reading this article are probably familiar with the world as it implies low carb or restriction of carb intake. Simply put for our purposes the words ketogenic and low carb are synonymous. A couple of other comments I would like to make before we move on. This comment is for Low Carb supporters that swear of all vegetables and fruits. Get on and do some research. Go to the library and look through some journals. A complete diet for long term use needs to incorporate greens and some fruits to be healthy. A short term diet devoid of fruits and vegetables might not be that bad, but rejecting greens and any fruits for life is a bad idea.

This comment is for the low carb haters. One of the number one reasons most of America is fat is because of chronically high insulin levels. Which is primarily contributed to excessive carb intake. Don't get me wrong I am not blaming high carbohydrate intake on all of our obesity problems. I should probably say excessive and the wrong types of carbohydrate at the wrong times are the problem. At the same time the answer is not to eat all of the saturated fat we can find: which can contribute to insulin insensitivity, elevated TG's, increased lipogenesis and digestive problems.

What is a ketogenic diet? A diet that causes ketone bodies to be produced by the liver, and shifts the body's metabolism away from glucose in favor of fat burning. A ketogenic diet restricts carbohydrates below a certain level (generally 100 per day). The ultimate determinant of whether a diet is ketogenic or not is the presence or absence of carbohydrate. Protein and fat intake vary. Contrary to poplar belief eating fat is not what causes ketosis. In the past starvation diets were used often to induce ketosis. I will repeat myself again and say lack of carbohydrate or presence of ultimately determines if the diet is ketogenic.

In most eating plans the body runs on a mixture of protein, fats and carbohydrates. When carbohydrates are severely restricted and glycogen storage (glucose in muscle and liver) is depleted the body begins to utilize other means to provide energy. FFA (free fatty acids) can be used to provide energy, but the brain and nervous system are unable to use FFA's. Although the brain can use ketone bodies for energy.

Ketone bodies are by products of incomplete FFA breakdown in the liver. Once they begin to accumulate fast and reach a certain level they are released, accumulated in the bloodstream and cause a state called ketosis. As this occurs there is a decrease in glucose production and utilization. There is also less reliance on protein to meet energy requirements by the body. Ketogenic diets are often referred to as protein sparing as they help to spare LBM whiled dropping body fat.

In regards to ketogenic diets there are two primary hormones- insulin, glucagon that need to be considered. Insulin can be described as a storage hormone as it's job is to take nutrients out of the bloodstream and carry them to target tissues. Insulin carries glucose from the blood to the liver and muscles, and it carries FFA from the blood into adipose tissue (stored fat triglyceride). On the other hand glucagon breaks down glycogen stores (especially in the liver) and releases them into the blood.

When carbs are restricted or removed insulin levels drop while glucagon levels rise. This causes enhanced FFA release from fat cells, and increased FFA burning in the liver. This accelerated burning of FFA in the liver is what leads to ketosis. There are a number of other hormones involved with this process as well.

In general we refer to three different types of ketogenic diets.
1) STANDARD KETOGENIC DIET- A diet containing l00 or less grams of carbohydrates is referred to as STANDARD KETOGENIC DIET

2) TARGETED KETOGENIC DIET- consuming carbohydrates around exercise, to sustain performance without affecting ketosis.

3) CYCLICAL KETOGENIC DIET- alternates periods of ketogenic dieting with periods of high carbohydrate intake

The Beginning of Ketogenic diets
Originally ketogenic diets were used to treat obesity and epilepsy. In general ketogenic diets are similar to starvation diets in the responses that occur in the body. More specifically these two states can be referred to as starvation ketosis and dietary ketosis. These similarities have led to the development of modern day ketogenic diets.

Ketogenic dieting has been used for years in the treatment of childhood epilepsy. In the early 1900's times of total fasting was used to treat seizures. This caused numerous health problems and could not be sustained indefinitely.

Due to the impracticalities and health problems occurring with starvation ketogenic diets researchers began to look for a way to mimic starvation ketosis while consuming food. They determined that a diet consisting of high fat, low carb and minimal protein could sustain growth and maintain ketosis for a long period of time. This led to the birth of the original ketogenic diet in 1921 by Dr. Ronaldo Wilder. Dr Wilder's diet controlled pediatric epilepsy in many cases where drugs and other treatments failed.

New epilepsy drugs were invented during the 30's, 40's and 50's and ketogenic diets fell to the wayside. These new drugs lead to almost disappearance of ketogenic diets during this time. A few modified ketogenic diets were tried during this time such as the MCT (medium chain triglycerides) diets, but they were not welly accepted.

In 1994 the ketogenic diet as a treatment for epilepsy was re-discovered. This came about in the story of Charlie a 2yr old with seizures that could not be controlled with mediacions or other treatment including brain surgery. Charlie's father had found reference to the diet through his research and ended up at John Hopkins medical center.

Charlie's seizures were completely controlled as long as he was on the diet. The huge success of the diet prompted Charlie's father to start the Charlie foundation. The foundation has produced several videos, and published the book The Epilepsy Diet Treatment: An Introduction to the Ketogenic diet. The foundation has sponsored conferences to train physicians and dietians to implement the diet. The exact mechanisms of how the ketogenic diet works to control epilepsy are still unknown, the diet continues to gain acceptance as an alternative to drug therapy.

Ketogenic diets have been used for at least a century for weight loss. Complete starvation was studied often including the research of Hill, who fasted a subject for 60 days to examine the effects. The effects of starvation were very successful in regards to treatment of the morbidly obese as rapid weight loss occurred. Other characteristics attributed to ketosis, such as appetite suppression and sense of well being, made fasting even more attractive for weight loss. Extremely obese patients have been fasted for up to one year and given nothing but vitamins and minerals.

The major problem with complete starvation diets is the loss of body protein, primarily from muscle tissue. Protein losses decrease as starvation contines, but up to one half of the total weight loss can be contributed to muscle and water loss.

In the early 1970's Protein Sparing Modified Fasts were introduced. These diets
allowed the benefits of ketosis to continue while preventing losses of bodily proteins.
They are still used today under medical supervision

In the early 70's Dr. Atkins introduced Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution With millions of
copies Sold the diet generated a great deal of interest. Dr. Atkins suggested a diet limited
in carbohydrate but unlimited in protein and fat. He promoted the diet as it would allow
rapid weight loss, no hunger and unlimited amounts of protein and fat. He offered just
enough research to allow the diet recognition. Although most of the evidence

supporting the diet was questionable.

During the 1980's Michael Zumpano and Dan Duchaine introduced two of the earliest
CKD's THE REBOUND DIET for muscle gain and then the modified version called
THE ULTIMATE DIET for fat loss. Neither diet became very popular. This was likely
due to the difficulty of the diet and the taboo of eating high fat.

In the early 90's Dipasquale introduced the ANABOLIC DIET. This diet promoted 5
days of high- fat-high protein-low carb consumption whle eating high carbs and virtually
anything you wanted for two days. The diet was proposed to induce a metabolic shift
within the five days of eating low carbs (30 or less). The metabolic shift occurred as your
body switched from being a sugar buring machine to a fat-burning machine.

A few years later Dan Duchaine released the book UNDERGROUND BODYOPUS: MILITIANT WEIGHT LOSS AND RECOMPOSITION. The book included his CKD diet which he called BODYOPUS. The diet was more specified than the Anabolic Diet and gave exercise recommendations as well as the basics concerning exercise physiology. Most bodybuilders found the diet very hard to follow. The carb load phase required eating every 2 hrs and certain foods were prescribed. I personally loved the book, but felt the difficulty of the diet made it less popular. In this author's opinion Ducahine's book is a must read for anyone interested in Nutrition.

Ketogenic Diets have been used for years to treat specific conditions such as obesity and childhodd epilepsy. The effects of these diets have proven beneficial in a number of these well documented cases, but for some reason when we mention any type of low carb diet (ketogenic diet) people begin to tell us about how their doctor or friend told them it would kill them or how that diet was shown to damage the liver or kidneys. Keep in mind epileptic children have been in ketosis for up to three years and shown no negative effects; quiet the opposite. The weight loss in morbidly obese patients has been tremendous and the health benefits numerous. Maybe before coming to the conclusion that all types of ketogenic diets are bad other factors need to be considered as activity levels, type of ketogenic diet, length of ketogenic diet, past eating experience, purpose of ketogeninc diet, individual body type and response to various eating plans, current physical condition, and quality of food while following ketogenic diet. As you can see there are numerous factors that come into play when saying a diet is good or bad. I think people should take the time look at the research and speak with various authorities in regards to low carb diets before drawing conclusions from the they says.

Relevant research in regards to ketogenic dieting
Efficacy and safety of the ketogenic diet for intractable childhood epilepsy: Korea multicentric experience
Chul Kang H, Joo Kim Y, Wook Kim D, Dong Kim H,
Dept of pediatrics, Epilepsy center, Inje Univ Coll of Med, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Seoul Korea

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the safety of the ketogenic diet, and to evaluate the prognosis of the patients after successful discontinuation of the diet in infants, children and adolescents with refractory epilepsy. The study looked at patients who had been treated with KD during 1995 through 2003 at Korean multicenters. The outcomes of the 199 patients enrolled in the study at 6 and 12 months were as follows: 68% and 46% of patients remained on the diet, 58% and 41% showed a reduction in seizures, including 33% and 25% who became seizure free. The complications were mild during the study, but 5 patients died during the KD. No significant variables were related to the efficacy, but those with symptomatic and partial epilepsies showed more frequent relapse after completion of the diet. The researchers concluded the KD is a safe and effective alternative therapy for intractable epilepsy in Korea, although the customary diet contains substantially less fat than traditional Western diets, but life-threatening complications should be monitored closely during follow up.

McDoanld, L (1998) The Ketogenic Diet. Lyle McDonald.

Copyright 2005 Jamie Hale


Source by Jamie Hale

Is White Tongue and Lump in the Throat Part of Candida Symptoms? – Ketosis From A Low Carb Diet


My friend wants to know if white tongue and lump in the throat is a candida symptom. She has a white coating on my tongue, because she does and it is giving her bad breath. Also, she thinks she has a lump in her throat. She is wondering if that is related to candida or acid reflux or both.

Most of us, the candida sufferers, have that white tongue she got, but it isn’t candidiasis, it caused by other yeasts. I believe this Yeast syndrome is one of the worst diseases out there, because you don’t know what you have.

The white coating on your tongue itself is a sign of cleansing and/or ketosis. I read somewhere that it happens and is normal when you stop eating carbohydrates/sugar and only eat the protein and fat. Try scraping your tongue and drinking more water. The coating will clear up as your body becomes cleaner. This really makes sense, because it happens to me when I cut off carbs.

Bad breath means toxic colon. I, too, have had the lumpy sore throat for years. It went away after I did a year and a half program from candida wellness center, but still had vaginal yeast, so I don’t really recommend it. I find that when I follow a low carb diet I get a lump in my throat. It happens all the time.

Ketosis, which makes you having the white tongue, is not a healthy thing to be in, as it means you are burning too much fat too quickly and it can tax your kidneys. You may want to increase your carbs a bit by eating more veggies.


Source by Angie Lindsey