Low Carb Questions

If you're on or curious about how to follow a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, and have questions, this is the page for you! If you don't find the answer to a question you have by searching below, then email Dr. Weed at drweed@cox.net and he will post your question and either his response or Ms. Raposo's (without using your name) so that everyone who views this page can see it.

Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed and Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo describe their approach to weight loss and the prevention and treatment of diabetes. "We think the current recommendations to lower dietary fats and include high amounts of carbohydrates is what helped to cause the obesity epidemic rather than to reduce it," stated Weed. "We now recommend whole foods with natural fats through our guidelines, a 20-minute video on the subject, and efforts to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages," he added. Ms. Raposo summarizes how she successfully treats her patients in the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program. Click here for a one-hour video of their presentation. Click here for Dr. Weed's presentation PowerPoint slides and here for Ms. Raposo's.

For more videos about low-carb eating, go to www.drweed.net/LowCarbs.html

   Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo and Psychologist Dr. David Weed answer your questions about low-carb eating    




1. How much do I have to cut out carbohydrates to lose weight or lower my blood sugar? 1. That all depends on how your body handles carbohydrates. Some people only need to cut back a little, say to under 100 grams per day. Others won't see any benefit unless they eat fewer than 30 grams per day. Experiment by cutting back until you see the desired effect. Your body will tell you the right amount to eat.


2. I've cut my carbs and had some initial weight loss, but now I get hungry and seem to have plateaued on the weight loss. 2. Besides cutting carbs, you need to increase your dietary fats. Include more fats like butter, olive oil and coconut oil. Adding cheese will also help to control hunger and speed up weight loss.


3. I'm concerned that my cholesterol levels, which are already high, will get worse if I eat more fats, especially saturated fats. 3. It's a common misconception that eating fat will increase blood cholesterol levels. In fact, most people will see a decrease in overall cholesterol levels when they start a lower-carbohydrate diet. 


4. I see ads for all kinds of low-carb products (e.g., pasta, chocolate bars, etc.). Are these any good? 5. As with any dietary advice, people who want to make money are going to get in the game. While there are hundreds of "low-carb" products on the market, only a few are worth the high prices, and many exaggerate their low-carb claims. Anyone can eat a low-carb diet just by eating real, unprocessed food. For a list, go to Eat All You Like. For great recipe ideas, click here and here.    

If you have more questions, email Dr. Weed at drweed@cox.net and he will post your question (without using your name) and a response by him or Ms. Raposo! 

Click here for a link to a PowerPoint on A Low-Carbohydrate Approach to Managing Diabetes.

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