House Call: The Truth about Low Carb Diets

What’s the deal with carbs? Are they good for you or bad for you? I have something surprising to say that might go against everything you’ve heard.


23 Replies to “House Call: The Truth about Low Carb Diets”

  1. Melba Campbell

    While on the “fizy unique plan” diet (Google it), a few of my workmates dropped above 12 pounds! These people told me Google it as well as test it too. As soon as I actually started following it the weight just decreased 16 pounds.

  2. Ana Buchholtz

    Fantastic results! I can not tell you enough about exactly how great the “loli special plan” is. If you are not familiar with it, search for it on Google. You’ll be amazed by exactly what you find out.

  3. petmom ful

    Dr. McDougall, in The Starch Solution, says we should eats lots of high quality carbs, and potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, wheat, oats, etc. He says you can cure Type 2 Diabetes with his diet. I am eating this way, and I feel great.

  4. Ron

    i stopped eating grains and eat almost all fruit and vegetables and meat about 2 or 3 times a week… never been so easy to lose weight.. i eat as much as i want and i alwas have energy.. its amazing

  5. Faydian

    I have been using the ketos diet for a couple of years. I have lost 100lbs of fat and gained 28lbs of muscle. More energy then i have ever had in my life and I am 40 years old. I eat tons of nuts and veg like broccoli. "slow carbs" are you call them are the way to go. The reason I post this is a local trainer posted this with a link to your video. I hope you aren't actually saying this because Dr. I am living proof you are wrong.

    "As I have preached for eons… Carbs… Single most important thing you can EAT. These no carb, low carb/ starvation diets kill metabolisms. … And ultimately becomes the demise of your loss or gain efforts. "

  6. Zoltán Árva-Tóth

    I wish people stopped referring to food items like broccoli, pasta, bread etc. as "carbs." This is a problem with this (otherwise mostly reasonable) video, and even more of a problem with the accompanying article over at

    Doughnuts are not carbs and neither are cauliflowers. One could call them carb sources but not "carbs."

    Carbs include
    – sugars such as glucose, galactose, fructose, lactose, maltose, sucrose (table sugar) etc.
    – starch, which is a glucose polymer made up of amylopectin and amylose
    – various other polysaccharides including mostly indigestible carbohydrates such as fibre (cellulose, pectins etc.)
    – oligosaccharides, which are also mostly indigestible but serve as food for your intestinal bacteria

    When talking about low-carb diets, we typically mean diets whose net carb count is low. Net carbs are sugars+starches.

    Let us not confuse people by referring to food items (such as breads, bagels, sweets, soda, broccoli, cauliflower etc.) as "carbs." You could call them carb sources if you wanted to, but carbs they are not. And you can certainly be on a low-carb diet while eating copious amounts of broccoli and cauliflower, partly because they actually contain a low amount of net carbs (around 3-4g/100g), and partly because much of the calories from those carbohydrates are used to digest these foods in the first place.

    (BTW there's a similar – and even bigger – issue with referring to meat/fish/cheese as "proteins." These foods typically have anywhere from 12-24% protein by weight, and many cuts of meat actually contain more fat than protein, yet folks – including health officials – often call them "proteins." Why?)

  7. Colin Stone

    You can have a salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can still be classed as 'low carb'. Vegetables are very low compared to bread, pasta and all this shitty processed food. Just eat real food – Job done.

  8. Gasso Desec

    I don't buy the anti-starch angle; traditional diets are often high in starch. The Okinawan and Japanese diets (circa 1950) are almost all sweet potato and grains. Too many historical examples to list… Just stick to pre-industrialized foods?

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