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is it possible to survive without carbohydrates?

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM
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my friend recently went on a diet and she never eat anything but water and protein.

I know some people do this kind of crush diet. but is it really healthy?

I think I can survive without saturated fat. but I still need carbohydrates.

what do you think?

by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM
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by Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 3:11 AM


Moderation with everything is the key. There is no fad diet that is going to work. Eat balanced meals, ones that are portioned. Eat small meals every 2-3 hours. Thats the big secret!!

by Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 3:12 AM
Absolutely not.
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by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 3:32 AM

That is VERY unhealthy. Carbs from veggies are really good for weight loss. If you get rid of carbs you will put yourself in ketosis, your body will start eating protein for energy and it can mess you up.

limiting breads, pasta, rice etc is ok, but cutting all carbs is dangerous.

by Rhonda on Jun. 26, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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A lot depends on what the protein sources are (some do have carbs), and whether she's eating fat, too.  The body is very capable of surviving on water & protein sources as long as there is adequate fat (have her Google "rabbit starvation syndrome".)  She'll feel lousy for a few days while her body converts to a ketogenic state of using fat for fuel, but once she's there she'll feel better. 

The body needs fuel, period.  If it doesn't get carbs, it will burn fat a.k.a. ketosis.  (It's too much work to burn protein for fuel, so the the body uses that as a last resort.)  Everyone's body goes into ketosis every single day unless they're constantly fueling their bodies by eating every 3 to 4 hours, even during the night.  Ketosis is not dangerous....ketoACIDosis is dangerous but it is extremely rare to see it in anyone that is not a Type 1 diabetic or an alcoholic.

What's dangerous about what she is doing is that she's missing out on vital nutrients.  I have to eat low carb, and I know that certain vitamins aren't found in protein sources and need to be consumed every day, such as vitamin C.  She can get that from low calorie/low carb foods such as bell peppers or broccoli.  She'll still lose weight on a low carb diet of protein and non-starchy veggies, and she can remain healthy while doing so. 

by Silver Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM


by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

not healthy, in my opinion.

by Gold Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Well i wouold not think so..but i would not do it

by Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

not for me lol

by Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

i love rice...potatoes...pasta

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