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My Low-Carb Mistakes And How Nutritional Ketosis Fixed Them

Last month I joined the amazing group of contributing writers at the all-new and improved CarbSmart free online low-carb magazine. If you’re not already reading the regular columns about low-carb, diabetes and Paleo nutrition that are being posted there by luminaries such as Dana Carpender, Vanessa Romero, Amy Dungan, Hank Garner, Caitlin Weeks, Andrew DiMino and many others, then you’re missing out on some truly outstanding information that will help you on your healthy low-carb lifestyle! And if you think you’ve got an interesting perspective on low-carbohydrate living, then send them a writing sample and show ‘em what you got.

With all the increased attention in recent months on the concept of “nutritional ketosis,” my first CarbSmart column that was published on September 19, 2012 entitled “Ain’t That Nutritional Ketosis Thing Just Another Way Of Saying Atkins?” hit on that topic head-on. The response to that column was so overwhelming that I was asked to write another one releasing today on how nutritional ketosis has helped me overcome the struggles I’ve been experiencing in my low-carb lifestyle over the past few years. In my second CarbSmart column, I get into the nitty gritty of the specific mistakes I believe I was making in my low-carb plan and how my nutritional ketosis experiment has put me back on track again to experience stunning success. Don’t miss this column and definitely leave your comments about what I shared at the CarbSmart web site. ENJOY!

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  • comrade_stalin

    Hi Jimmy!

    Great article. You are making your enemies look like fools.

    Based on your results, I bought The Art and Science of …

    Great book! I highly recommend it. It is information dense but concise. Although I have no plans on becoming an endurance athlete, I welcome any reduction in body fat percent. Plus the health benefits.

    Questions: In the book I could not find any guidelines to what is a calorie-sufficient meal, as you mentioned in your article. Are you using the doctors’ guidance in their previous books? Or, are you privy to this information? If you are, can you share it?


    • LLVLCBlog

      I’m using the information I’ve gleaned from a lot of sources. Listen to my ATLCX podcast with Dr. Stephen Phinney (who co-authored the Performance book) recently for more clarity: http://www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/08/23-long-term-stalls-weight-gain-even-on-a-well-formulated-low-carb-diet-dr-stephen-phinney/

    • http://www.facebook.com/danny.j.albers Danny J Albers

      The Art and Science of Low Carb Performane makes the assumption you have read the Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate living. In that book they outline a diet that works out to 1950 calories a day, roughly, which they feel is sufficient calories but will assist to promote weight loss. You may naturally eat more or less than that I am sure. I was losing weight in nutritional ketosis eating over 4000k a day, but also doing many runs a week of 5 to 10 miles (About 15 to 20 miles a week usually in total) but technically still in caloric surplus.

  • Martin

    Jimmy, what I find amazing is that not so long ago, when you wrote about your n=1 with “safe starches” all of the “nutritional ketosis” and measuring blood ketones was totally unknown to you (and most of us). My point is that only after P&V published their latest book (I’m glad I mentioned it as well as blood ketone measurments in the thread below that post of yours ;-) ) did certain details become clear enough for the implementation (i.e. the diet) to become precise enough. I guess that’s the biggest difference between the nutritional ketosis as defined by P&V and Atkins.

    • LLVLCBlog

      It’s a constant learning process. May the education NEVER stop. :)

  • Stuart

    I got the book but it might not apply to 25% of the population with genome type /4 and those that have hypercholesterolemia, like Jonathan Carey which you interviewed and have similarly high particle #’s but if you go to theheart.org and read about 3rd phase trial success on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mipomersen I hope this helps and appreciate your efforts.

    • LLVLCBlog

      THANKS for the info, Stuart!

  • http://twitter.com/gummed helloya

    I read your article. I do remember that when you were taking meformin you had some weight reduction couple years ago. So it seems that your body is too efficient in converting protein to glucose. For other people, maybe not as efficient as you and therefore more tolerant. As you say, everybody is different.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Yes, but that stuff hurt my stomach. Quit taking it after a month. We are indeed all different.