1. Myth #1: If I go on a low carb diet, I’ll never


Low carb diets do not exclude these foods. The initial phase of the diet (for example, the Induction phase of Atkins), which people often mistake for the entire program, is the most strict — permitting only 20 grams of carbohydrate each day. Once you move to Ongoing Weight Loss (whether after two weeks or longer), you begin to add these foods back into your meals. The Zone plan offers a variety of foods, including fruits. The main “enemies” of these diet plans are refined carbohydrates.
be able to eat fruit, vegetables or grains/potatoes again.

  1. Myth #2: Ketosis is dangerous.

Confusion about ketosis often comes from people mistaking it for ketoacidosis, a condition found in type 1 diabetics that can be fatal (this occurs when a person’s blood sugar is out of control and he or she cannot produce insulin).

Ketosis is a normal physiological state, says Richard Veech, a National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) researcher who studied medicine at Harvard. They make the body run more efficiently and provide a backup fuel source for the brain. Veech calls ketones ‘‘magic’’ and has shown that both the heart and brain run 25 percent more efficiently on ketones than on blood sugar and on weight loss .

  1. Myth: Too much protein is bad for your kidneys.

Too many people believe this untruth simply because it has been repeated so often. In fact, recently the American Heart Association revised their guidelines suggesting that a high-protein diet may have adverse effects on the kidneys. A new study shows that this is only true if the person had kidney problems before starting the high-protein diet in order to achieve weight loss .

  1. Myth: Low carbohydrate diets cause gallbladder disease.

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that gallstones (responsible for more than 90 percent of gallbladder disease) are formed when fat intake is low. In a study that examined the effects of a diet that provided 27 grams of fat per day, gallstones developed in 13 percent of the participants.

The reason for this is that the gallbladder will not contract unless fat is taken in. If it doesn’t contract, a condition called biliary stasis develops — and causes the bile salts to crystallize into stones. Our gallbladders need to be kept active to prevent stone formation.

 

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