The Tide may be turning – but it rolls in and out.  For each positive story there are a multitude of stories continuing the Myths that Low Carb eating is just not healthy.

Spotted this one on Yahoo: 5 Signs You Should Be Eating More Carbs by Sarah Klein,Senior Editor, Health & Fitness; Certified Personal Trainer,Posted May 23, 2014.  Bluntly this article is filled with half-truths and down right falsehoods.  Another example of a Personal Trainer exceeding their training and knowledge base.

Some comments – I apologize up front if the tone of this post is less than kind – but I’m seeing RED.  It is impossible for me to respond to every single falsehood – so just a few.

1. You have bad breath.

The aim of low-carb diets, of course, is to burn the body’s stores of fat for energy instead of carbs, …

HALF TRUTH:  The real aim of low-carb diet is health.  Weight loss is just one aspect.  The aim of any weight loss diet is to “burn the body’s stores of fat.

When the body burns fat, it does so by a process called Ketosis, which releases chemicals called ketones. Ketones, unfortunately, have a less than pleasant smell, and are often released through the breath.

HALF TRUTH:  Maybe in the beginning on a super low carb diet – but my own experience here ameliorated after my major weight loss.

2. Your workouts are slipping.
When physically active people don’t get enough carbs, the body can resort to using protein for necessary muscle function, including muscle building, which is why carbs are often called “protein sparing”. Replenishing the body after workouts with the carbs burned during the workout can therefore speed recovery, better preparing you for tomorrow’s routine.

FALSE:  That may have some truth for a person not eating a consistent Low-Carb diet, but someone who has switched their body to burning dietary fats and stored fats – this is just an outright falsehood.  She fails to mention dietary fats and the change over that occurs.

3. You feel a little fuzzy.
Just like the body, the brain also relies on carbs, broken down into glucose, for energy. And when the brain doesn’t get the glucose it needs, it might not work to the best of its ability.

FALSE:  The Brain is a switch hitter and can actually function on Ketones alone.  As we age, our brains lose the ability to process glucose and can function better on Ketones.  Ask those neurologists prescribing a Ketogenic diet for the elderly and Alzheimer patients   Again – she ignores dietary fats and the switch over.

4. You’re cranky.
People following a low-carb plan consistently report feeling more irritable, stressed and fatigued, even when their diet results in weight loss.

HALF TRUTH: Once again she ignores the switch over and necessity of eating dietary fats.

5. You’re irregular.
“One of the primary places where you are going to see metabolic changes on any kind of diet is in your gastrointestinal tract,” … . Most likely, those changes will manifest in the form of constipation, likely due to the fiber low-carb dieters miss out on when they cut back on grains. Eating more high-fiber vegetables can help.

HALF TRUTH: So much of what I eat contains fiber.  5 plus servings of veggies along with flax seed, etc.  I’ve never been more regular.

OK – I got that off my chest.  Still I held back on a number of counter punches.  This author knows nothing about Ketogenic diets and got her info from WebMD.  Sad – just sad.

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