Low Carbohydrate Diet - FAQs

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Sep 25, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long can I be on the carbohydrate diet?

If you plan to go on a low carb diet, consult your health care provider to guide you through the duration that would be appropriate for you and ensure you monitor your blood lipids to stay healthy. Also, ask your doctor for vitamin and mineral supplementation.

2. Why do I have bad breath while on the low carb diet?

Bad breath is due to ketosis i.e. the production of ketones (as you burn body fat) and is a good sign that the diet is working. Ketosis is necessary for continuing weight loss.

3. What is Ketosis?

When your body cannot fully metabolize fat due to a lack of carbohydrates in your system it is termed as ‘Ketosis’. The unused portions of fat cells are called ketones. They are removed from the body through the urine. Presence of ketone bodies in your urine is an indication that the body is breaking down your fat cells.

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Yes, it is true that [except for clever cooks who are good with spices and food combinations], the Atkins (low-carb) diet is very boring. But consider these points: * Those who need to eat a lot can eat lots of very high protein foods with no problem and no hunger! * For most people, no more worries about weight gain, diabetes, or lipid imbalances that can lead to death from circulatory and cardiac illnesses. * More energy, better sleep, and less depression for many, especially when combined with regular meditation and exercise. You decide.

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