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My Personal Experience with an Ultra-Low Carb Diet

After trying both approaches, my experience suggests that Dr. Jaminet’s position is more clinically relevant. The challenge is that most people will not be able to lower their carb level to Dr. Rosedale’s suggestion of below 20 percent. This very low level is a long reach from the average American diet, which is actually around 50 percent carbohydrate—it is simply too hard. Achieving Dr. Jaminet’s far more carb-liberal recommendations will be enough of a challenge for most.

When I eliminated all my grains and starchy vegetables, I actually experienced some negative effects. My energy levels declined considerably, and my cholesterol, which is normally about 150, rose to over 200. It appears I was suffering a glucose deficiency and this can trigger lipoprotein abnormalities. It also seemed to worsen my kidney function. So, while carbohydrate restriction is a miracle move for most people, like most good things in life, you can overdo it.

This information really underscores how important glucose is as a nutrient, and some people can’t manufacture glucose from protein as well as others, so they need SOME starches in their diet or else they will suffer from metabolic stress.

About half of your proteins have glucose attached to them, and if they don’t have glucose, they simply don’t work well, if at all. Your body needs glucose both as a substrate and as a fuel in order for these proteins to work well. If you drop below 200 calories of glucose per day, you might notice some negative consequences in the way you feel and even in some of your blood work, as I did.

My experience now shows me that I need to have some source of non-vegetable carbs. I still seek to avoid nearly all grains, except for rice and potatoes. I typically limit my total carbohydrate calories to about 25 percent of total daily intake, and my protein to about 15 percent, with the additional 60 percent coming from healthful fats like butter, egg yolks, avocados, coconut oil, nuts and animal fat.

However, that is what works for me. You must listen to YOUR body and perform your own experiment. The bottom line is how your body responds, and you’re the ONLY one who can determine that.

So, if you are going to try eating some grain-based foods, which ones are the least likely to cause a problem? How damaging is wheat versus rice? Or potatoes? Before casting a vote on this, it is important to understand how grains contain different amounts and types of natural toxins that can create problems with your health.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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10:43AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

What is with all the white space below, someone hit enter sixty million times?

Patience dear readers there are comments below the White Abyss Below. Will continue to eat delightful whole wheats and grains as they are tasty and marvellous!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Hmmm, we are supposed to eat this, we aren't supposed to eat that...soon we will only be allowed to eat tree bark and lichen until studies "prove" these are bad for you too.

One decade eggs are the enemy, then later they are fine, another year this is the villain until the next study debunks it.

Think I will just stick to a balanced diet of whole grains, veggies, fruit, meat with portions the size of a deck of cards, buy organic and not factory farm so there are no hormones, antibiotics, pesticides galore and eat the things that I enjoy. Life is short enough without avoiding yet another food that is delightful.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Humans are not supposed to eat grains. Humans are not supposed to eat meat. Humans are supposed to graze on spinach and carrots. There is not a lot of mainstream support for the idea that whole wheat and grains are bad for us except for those with allergies. For now I will enjoy my whole grains, whole wheats, small amounts of organic meat, quinoa and a variety of food items and not worry about the latest "this is bad and unnatural for you" as it seems almost everything in the world is these days!

4:18PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Also, check to see if you have sleep apnea. Do you snore, take afternoon naps, feel foggy headed and fatigued all the time, get it checked out, ask your doctor.

3:30PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Anyone wanting to read about the studies only has to click on the blue word "study" in the article and you will be able to read all about it.
I love rice but don't eat a lot of it. I will keep eating whatever I enjoy!

9:06PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Thanks, helpful info I think.

9:52AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012


10:13PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I like grains :) I will continue eating them

8:31AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

I have problems with care2!
why do care2 publish stuff like this that refuse to give us a link to the studies they refer to!

Today it is so simple to give references.
To refer to study 1 and study 2,is not enough!

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