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Q: Isn’t this diet hard on your kidneys?
A: Not at all! This is an old argument that has no sound scientific basis to it. The truth is that this regimen is very healthy for your kidneys and protects them from the degeneration of inflammation. Inflammation is the most dangerous thing for kidneys. The reason that diabetics have a higher risk of kidney disease is because their carbohydrate intolerance leads to inflammation and that destroys their kidneys.
Q: Don’t you need carbohydrates for energy?
A: Carbohydrates are one source of energy and that is why this is a low-carbohydrate regimen, not a NO-carbohydrate diet. However, another important source of energy comes from the metabolism of fats. When we stimulate the secretion of too much insulin by eating excessive amount of carbohydrates, the high insulin levels block our metabolic ability to burn fat for energy. This promotes fat synthesis from sugar, hypoglycemia and fatigue.
Q: How about athletes, don’t they need to carbohydrate-load before an event?
A: No! That practice comes from an old school of thought. Athletes perform much better when their metabolism is adapted to use both fats and carbohydrates for energy. We store much more energy in the form of fat and it is very important to use it efficiently in athletics. Athletes run stronger, longer, cooler, use with less water, and produce less lactic acid and inflammation when they are fat adapted.
Q: Won’t eating meat, eggs, and cheese raise my cholesterol and increase my risk of heart disease?
A: No! The most dangerous risk factor for the heart is inflammation. This regimen is specifically designed to reduce inflammation and dramatically lower the risk of heart disease. It’s carbohydrates that are responsible for raising your dangerous cholesterol levels. They also produce inflammation that dramatically increases the risk of heart disease. Healthy fats don’t put you at risk for heart disease.
Q: I’m confused, I’ve always heard that fat in the diet makes us fat, how can I lose fat by eating fat?
A: Just remember that insulin is very potent at doing two things. First, abnormally high levels of insulin won’t let your metabolism use fat for energy. Secondly, insulin stimulates your body’s ability to convert carbohydrates into fat. The sum of these two factors leads to obesity. Fats don’t stimulate insulin, carbohydrates do. The easiest way to gain fat is to eat sugar and carbohydrates. Fats can contribute to obesity if you eat a lot of sugar and carbohydrates with them! But it’s carbohydrates that are the culprit.
Q: What will this diet do for skin problems like psoriasis, seborrhea and acne?
A: A. You'll be glad to know that those skin problems respond very well to this regimen. You will experience smooth, unblemished baby soft skin with the low-carb diet. Supplementation with borage oil, DMAE, folic acid, colostrums, and Lyprinol® are also good for the skin.
Q: I have a tremendous sweet tooth. Will I ever be able to stop those cravings? How can I control my appetite?
A: This regimen is very effective at controlling the appetite. Your taste for sweets will change once you get away from them. Your taste buds become more sensitive to the sweetness of healthy foods like the low-carb fruits and vegetables recommended in my book. Many of the sweets you now eat will taste too sweet later. Some supplements can also help such as Metadyl™, Senolin™, and DMAE. Also, cocoa has some appetite suppressant qualities. Making some low-carb hot chocolate (recipe in my book) in the morning can help stop cravings.
Q: Will I ever get to enjoy my favorite foods again?
A: If your favorite foods are high in sugar, then you can only have them rarely. That is because insulin is so potent at causing problems that if you abuse the carbohydrates excessively, you can break through any carbohydrate tolerance. One trick is to eat those types of food at the end of a meal when they won't have as dramatic effect on your insulin as it does on an empty stomach. Don't eat them as a snack on an empty stomach!
Q: I’ve tried a low-carb diet before. I get tired of the same foods. How can I add a variety to my diet?
A: With an improved carbohydrate tolerance, you are able to add more variety to your diet. Other tips for low-carb foods are to prepare things differently using different sauces to flavor meats, etc. There is a recipe section at the back of my book. Check the links on this website for other low-carb sites that have quite a variety of menus.
Q: I started a low-carb diet once and in the first two days I experienced a headache, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Where was all that energy that you are talking about?
A: Those are fairly common side effects for people who can’t burn fat very efficiently. The dietary supplements that I provide will dramatically lower your chance of those side effects. If you’re patient and stick with a low-carb diet, most of the time the side effects subside within several days.
Q: Can't I just eat protein and low-carbohydrate foods and get the same results? Why do I need to also take supplements if I am changing my eating habits?
A: The low-carb diet is one important part of the regimen. By itself, it can improve your health significantly. However, for many it's not enough. To enjoy dramatic health benefits including significant weight loss and high energy it may be necessary to correct the underlying metabolic dysfunctions of fatty acid metabolism with the appropriate dietary supplements. A low-carb diet alone won't do that for everyone.
Q: How do I know which supplements to take?
A: I get this question frequently, but it is difficult to give a general answer. Individuals have different supplement needs. If a person is young, active, and healthy; they can get by with few supplements. However, as we age and experience health problems, more supplementation is usually required. If you'd like help, send me an e-mail.
Q: How do I know how much of the supplements to take?
A: Part of this depends on how closely you follow the low-carb diet. The closer you can stay on the diet, the less you may need supplementation. The reverse is also true; the more of certain supplements you take, the more carbohydrates you may be able to tolerate.
Q: In your last book, you said to take several folic acid tablets per day. Why has that recommendation changed?
A: I still recommend folic acid supplementation. I have lowered the recommended dose because of my desire to make the regimen easier to follow and because I have found other supplements that work better such as Lyprinol®. To lower the risk of heart disease and other problems, folic acid supplementation is safe and effective.
Q: I've been taking borage oil, flaxseed oil and salmon oil in separate capsules. Is it better to switch to the essential oil capsules?
A: I'm not saying it's better, but for convenience and expense, some people may want to. However, you will not get the same amount of each oil. Essential oil tablets contain 400 mg of each oil. The individual oil capsules have 1000 mg. Some is better than none, but certain individuals will definitely want to take higher doses.
Q: How long should I stay on your regimen and a low carb diet?
A: ... the rest of your healthy life!