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The Skinny on Ketosis and Low Carb Diets

Posted on April 15, 2019 by

Low Carbohydrate diets actually have a lot of misconceptions. So we’re going to go through a bunch of them. Let’s start out with the first two I hear most commonly.

The first misconception: Ketosis is dangerous.

The second misconception: Low carb diets make you lose bone mass and are bad for your kidneys.

Ketosis just means you have ketones in your bloodstream. We have ketones in our bloodstream all the time. It’s just the level of ketones.  Ketones are really just an energy source. They come from the breakdown of fat. Isn’t that what you want in a weight loss plan? You want to have some ketones in your bloodstream so you can use them as an energy source. Ketosis is often confused with diabetic ketoacidosis, and that’s a completely different thing. That occurs when the ketones get about 10 times the level of what would happen in a low carbohydrate diet. Ketosis by itself is not dangerous at all. It’s just an energy source.

Initially in low carb diets we saw that there was some extra calcium in the urine. But long-term we found that we actually absorb more calcium. So for a little bit of calcium that’s lost in the urine, there’s still a positive calcium there. We don’t actually lose bone mass. We can actually improve bone mass. Kidney failure doesn’t happen. There’s a difference between kidneys that can have low carb diets and kidneys that shouldn’t have low carb diets. What I mean is, with kidneys that are normal, there’s no problem with having a low carbohydrate diet. Kidneys that are abnormal should not be on a low carbohydrate diet. Typically, on a low carbohydrate diet, you’re going to have a little more protein, and it’s the protein that’s the problem.  It’s the extra nitrogen in protein that kidneys can’t handle if you’ve got bad kidneys. If you have normal kidneys, it could actually improve kidney function.

Remember-it’s your life. Make it a healthy one!

Low Carb Diets and the Truth About Water Weight

Posted on April 08, 2019 by

It’s often thought that low carbohydrate diets are only good for short term weight loss because they cause you to lose water.  Isn’t that bad??  Yes it is good for short term weight loss is because you lose water. The reason you lose water is because insulin levels will go down on low carbohydrate diets. Insulin is a hormone that tends to make you retain sodium. When you retain sodium, you’re going to retain water. So, when insulin levels go down on a low carb diet, you no longer will retain sodium. Subsequently you’re going to get rid a lot of that extra water that goes along with the sodium. One of the nice things about that is you can actually have a little bit of extra sodium because you won’t retain it. So, yet, you will lose weight fairly quickly on a low carb diet because you lose some water weight. But you’re also losing fat.

Remember-it’s your life. Make it a healthy one!

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Low Carb Diets – The Myths and Misconceptions

Posted on January 28, 2015 by

Dr. Clark’s Turkey Sliders

Posted on July 25, 2014 by

 

Dr. Clark at the grill

Dr. Clark at the grill

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (can use lean beef as well)
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (can substitute shredded cheddar cheese)
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • Chopped onion to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt, fresh cracked pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • Romaine lettuce leafs

Method:

  1. Prepare grill
  2. Place turkey, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, basil and seasonings into a large bowl
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Form ¼ cup little patty’s for grilling
  5. Grill until golden brown and cooked through
  6. Place cooked slider in lettuce leaf, add cheese if desired and other low/no carb condiments, wrap and eat!

Makes about 12 little sliders

Nutritional content (without condiments) for each wrapped slider: Calories 183; Protein 19 grams; Carbohydrate 2 grams; Fat 11 gramsPrint recipe – Turkey Sliders

The Common Myths of Low Carbohydrate Diets

Posted on August 14, 2013 by

Low Carb Diet Myths

Low Carb Diet Myths

This week’s Webinar (Tuesday, August 13th from 6pm-6:30pm) is called “Common Myths of Low Carbohydrate Diets”.  What to eat can be so confusing.  Low calorie…low fat…low carbohydrate??  Dr. Clark dispels some myths you wonder about and simplifies this whole “diet” thing.  You won’t want to miss it!  In the meantime, start your day out right with Dr. Clark’s breakfast tips below.  Your body and mind will thank you!

What’s the big deal about breakfast?

A Message from Dr. Clark:  I not only have the privilege of giving medical and surgical weight loss advice every day to some pretty awesome people, I really do “practice what I preach” each day as well.  One of my daily habits is eating a breakfast which includes at least 30 grams of delicious protein.  This prepares me mentally and physically for my busy day…and keeps my appetite satisfied until my next planned meal/snack.

I not only eat this breakfast for the reasons I mentioned, I eat it because my metabolism has slowed during the night while I was sleeping and I want to get it revved up and back on track.  I also want to support my lean body mass (which ultimately supports my metabolism) and 30 grams of protein for breakfast gets me off to a great start…and closer to my daily total of 90+ grams of protein each day.   If I can do it, you can do it too – and feel great!

Over the years I have been amazed at how many people struggling with their weight don’t eat breakfast.  We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why would we choose to skip it?  Besides arguing that they don’t have time to fix breakfast, individuals complain that they are not hungry for breakfast.  However…research suggests (and I agree) that breakfast skippers may be more prone to overeating later in the day.  It may lead to excessive afternoon snacking, extra-large dinners and nighttime snacking.  Research from the National Weight Control Registry has shown that weight loss maintainers are more likely to eat breakfast than not.  Many people who struggle with their weight skip breakfast and skimp on lunch.  By the time they eat a decent meal, they lose control over what and how much they eat.

If you’re not hungry when you wake up, avoid snacking too much in the evening and/or avoid large dinner portions so that you don’t feel too full to eat in the morning.  I suggest that you stop eating after 7:00 pm so that you are hungry within an hour or two of waking up and that seems to work for many people.  Think of eating a morning meal as refueling your body.  It has been said that “eating at night is like stoking the fire when the demand for fuel is low”.  Give it a try and you will find that starting your day off with a healthy protein rich breakfast will set you up for a more successful day and improve your ability to reach your weight loss goals.

Breakfast ideas with 15 grams of carbohydrates or less (thanks Dawn!):

  • 1 slice whole-wheat toast, veggie omelet
  • ½  cup cottage cheese, 1 cup strawberries with 2 Tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 1 egg, 2 turkey sausage links, 3/4 cup blueberries
  • ½  cup low-carb yogurt, 3/4 cup raspberries
  • Breakfast burrito with low-carb tortilla, 2 eggs, ¼ cup cheese & salsa
  • Cantaloupe wedge & ½ cup cottage cheese sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Peanut butter wrap with low-carb tortilla, 1 Tbsp. peanut butter & sliced strawberries
  • 2 fried eggs and jicama ‘hashbrowns’

Another Great Idea from Dawn – Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tbsp. salsa
  • 1 low-carb tortilla (e.g. LaTortilla Factory with 8 effective carbs)

Instructions:

Coat skillet with cooking spray and fry or scramble eggs.  Sprinkle cheese on top of the tortilla and microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese starts to melt.  Top with eggs and salsa and roll into a burrito.

Nutritional Information: 

28 g Protein, 11 g Carbohydrates and 320 calories.

Remember…It’s Your Life – Make it a Healthy One!