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Old 03-17-2014, 16:27   #1
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Dr. Mercola has been adhering to a diet and fasting protocol similar to what I have been following. Now in a recent article

How Does a Ketogenic Diet Improve Insulin Sensitivity?

he writes: ”Please note that I have recently revised my position on using low carb long term and now believe that the low carb, low to moderate protein, high healthy fat diet is appropriate for most who are insulin or leptin resistant. Once that resistance resolves, then it likely becomes counterproductive to maintain a low-carb approach. Once your weight, blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol normalize, you can increase your carbs. Personally, I now consume several pieces of fruit a day and have two dozen fruit trees in my yard, but my body weight, fat, and insulin resistance are all optimized.”.

The part that confuses me is his comment on low carb likely being counterproductive. Anyone have any thoughts on what aspects of a LCHF diet could be counterproductive.

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I think Dr. Mercola has some peculiar ideas about diabetes, and I would be very careful about following his advice. As diabetics, we know we must always maintain low/stable blood sugar levels or we'll start losing toes, vision and kidney function. Adding carbs back to our meals is not going to improve our diabetes one bit.




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he writes: ”Please note that I have recently revised my position on using low carb long term and now believe that .....Once that resistance resolves, then it likely becomes counterproductive to maintain a low-carb approach..
Do not confuse "believe" and "likely" as proven fact.

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No idea.
Doesn't make much sense really.

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So what the Doc is saying is that once insulin resistance is fixed, we can go back to adding more carbs? Nope.... doesn't sound right or make sense.

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Was he ever diabetic?

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In defense of the doc's statement, he does refer to the fruit trees in his backyard, so he's obviously not recommending junk carbs from processed foods. I was just wondering about what we are loosing by excluding most fruit from our diet and whether or not it is even necessary to do so, once as he says, insulin resistance has resolved.


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smorgan; I don't know about him but in one of his video clips he indicates that diabetes runs in his family and that his father is diabetic.

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We are not losing anything - not missing any nutrients when we eat LCHF. Anything that is in fruit or other high-carb foods is also found in low-carb foods like dark leafy greens, fatty fish and such like.

I took the trouble a coupla years ago to look up the essential nutrients to just see for myself, and I should have backed up the information, because I left it on an old computer and now I can't access it. But I remember most clearly the part about fish and dark leafy greens, which are easily come by and should be part of our meals anyhow.




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To my way of reading, "counterproductive" means producing the opposite effect than the one desired. The good doc doesn't make a case for "counterproductive" if he doesn't see any real change in the results.

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