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Old 08-02-2013, 03:38   #1
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Okay is it just my imagination, is this a fad the world is picking up or is the LCHF way of eating becoming popular in the world? Maybe not using this term LCHF but it really seems that a lot of people are talking about cutting out carbs. I am on a few different sites and on one a group is talking about the paleo diet, another talks about Jonny Bowdens unleash your skinny. You have to buy his book to know how to do it but they are saying that you just eat fresh foods.

Is this good or is it bad? I know it's good for me because I will not be seen as a crazy person who eats fatty foods but it could be bad because most of the people going on these diets won't stick to them because.... well they do t have to. It's not a life or death change its an I want to lose a few pounds change.

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It IS happening. I see it around me here in India as well. The tide is turning, albeit slowly. The next problem that will confront the world will be how to feed 7 billion people this way.

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In the early 70's I bought Atkins book and used his diet to loose some weight. At that time it was a low carb high protein diet and it worked to lose weight but it was never going to be a WOE and I like probably most people, after losing some weight went back to our normal way of eating and gained the weight back. I did not have diabetes at that time and only wanted to lose some weight. I don't know how the Atkins group proposes their diet now but at lowcarbfriends.com , a website sponsored by Nettrition, there is a forum which has a lot of people who are following low carb, mostly for weight loss, and they seem to look at it as a WOE instead of just a short term diet. There is only a few people there doing lchf for diabetes. I am sure that many who try low carb to lose weight will quit after a while because they miss their comfort foods and like you said it's not as important to them. I was surprised however how many people there seem to look at it as a life time commitment .

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I believe that so many people have developed problems from eating carbs that yes, it is becoming a more popular way of life to go low carb. I know my niece has gone gluten free and although she still eats corn and quinoa and such, she has lost weight and feels much better. Her issues with digestion problems has gotten so much better. My older sister also adopted this type of eating behavior. My husband still eats carbs, but very little. When he started cooking differently for me a couple years ago, he just began eating more like me and ended up losing 80 pounds! Me? The weight loss hasn't been like that but my blood sugar numbers are better and my digestion has improved.

Besides the epidemic of the development of Type 2 diabetes since the 70's-80's, there has also been a huge increase in the amount of people suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac's.

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The low carb part is done by quite a few, it's the high fat that people can't understand. And since if you cut out carbs AND fat you basically have a very limited diet and are hungry all the time, you can't keep it up and eventually give up. From what I've seen anyway.

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I have even noticed a change in the way the healthcare industry thinks about high-fat low-carb diet. Surprisingly the ADA has made changes in their literature regarding diet. I read something the other day in the doctor's office from the ADA stating that some people do well on a low-carb diet. However most diabetic nutritionists still teach high carbs controlled by insulin diet.

The biggest surprise that I have noticed over the past year is my doctors attitude towards high-fat low-carb diet. Shortly after I became a member here and change my diet significantly he considered it a fad. However now I think he's convinced after comparing my before and after numbers and has mentioned my success to other of his diabetic patients. He certainly brags on me ever time I come in for an appointment...

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The low carb part is done by quite a few, it's the high fat that people can't understand. And since if you cut out carbs AND fat you basically have a very limited diet and are hungry all the time, you can't keep it up and eventually give up. From what I've seen anyway.
I think that's exactly right. For 30 years we have been told over and over that fat was the evil in our diets and the cause of all of our problems. Even after reading all I could find out about the lchf diet it was still difficult to get it through my head that I needed the fat and had to limit protein. Without the reinforcement of this forum it still would be difficult to do it right. It is a major change from what we have been taught.

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It IS happening. I see it around me here in India as well. The tide is turning, albeit slowly. The next problem that will confront the world will be how to feed 7 billion people this way.
I believe the problem's already with us. Of course, as a society, we don't know that yet.

As for acceptance, I guess I'm cautiously optimistic. Low-carb's been an on-again, off-again fad for decades. Longer, in fact. A century ago, before insulin, it was the "go-to" diet for diabetes. (Here's a diabetic cookbook from 1912, and here's a thread where we figured out how to translate those recipes for use in 21st Century kitchens.)

This time around, thanks to the ongoing diabetes/celiac/carb intolerance epidemic, mainstream acceptance of low-carb (perhaps, even, high-fat) as a lifetime WOE may finally take hold, and stick.

Carbs, however, are the cheapest, most plentiful edibles, both as dishes in their own right and as stretchers for fat- and protein-based dishes. Can our fat- and protein-based food supplies keep up with steadily rising demand? If so, for how long?

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As for acceptance, I guess I'm cautiously optimistic. Low-carb's been an on-again, off-again fad for decades. Longer, in fact. A century ago, before insulin, it was the "go-to" diet for diabetes. (Here's a diabetic cookbook from 1912, and here's a thread where we figured out how to translate those recipes for use in 21st Century kitchens.)
Thanks for posting the information on the diabetic cookbook. I thoroughly enjoyed scanning the pages and was amazed at the similarity in modern recipes and the ones in the 1912 cookbook.

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The low carb part is done by quite a few, it's the high fat that people can't understand. And since if you cut out carbs AND fat you basically have a very limited diet and are hungry all the time, you can't keep it up and eventually give up. From what I've seen anyway.
Indeed. It seems like just the LC part took about twenty years to get traction. Let's hope the HF part doesn't take that long.

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