Is The Zero Carb Diet Good For Weight Loss?
It’s Dr. Eric Bakker.
Thanks for coming back.
The question today is zero carb diets, are
they any good for weight loss?
Well, we all know about low carb diets.
We’ve all heard for many, many years government
agencies and dieticians have been beating
the drum on low fat diet, but they clearly
I just read an interesting report looking
at 26 different studies comparing the low
fat to low carb diet and there’s no doubt
that the low carb diet is the clear winner.
But there are many conflicting studies around
zero carb diets and extremely low carb diets,
particularly long term what the benefit are.
I think that we’re sailing in uncharted waters
with a lot of these like zero carb diets where
you’re focusing on meat, fish, eggs, just
Not a great idea longterm.
You’re going to end up becoming nutrient deficient,
you’re going to have lack of fiber in the
diet, you’re going to get bowel changes and
These diets are good short term, but they’re
not great longterm.
There are other studies that show bugger all
Virtually no difference between people maintaining
a low carb diet longterm and a low fat diet
So the studies also show that there’s this
But there are really good benefits from a
very low carb diet, but I’m not a fan of zero
kind of diets at all.
I think the benefits are if you’re quite large
because you’re going to drop quite a lot of
weight in the first several weeks on a zero
carb approach, because for every gram that
you carry of fat, the body’s also maintaining
a lot of fluid.
So as soon as you start burning off some initial
fat, your weight will drop quite rapidly.
It’s a lot of fluid coming off the body too.
So don’t be fooled, but then you plateau.
A lot of this kind of stuff in my opinion,
really comes down to eating habits and the
emotional side of food.
Very much so.
So you need to look a lot at your life in
a long, hard and deep way.
Look at the stress levels, look at your occupation,
look at the reasons why you’ve gained this
These are the things that need addressing,
not just jumping onto some diet to quickly
lose the weight so you can get back on the
bandwagon again and the gain it.
And that’s what happens in most cases.
So we need a permanent fix.
We don’t need some short term diet approach
But there’s no doubt, the lower you go with
carbs, the quicker and more you’ll burn the
fat, but you’ll plateau and you’ll get to
a point where you won’t keep losing and losing.
And then you will have to do more extreme
measures like exercise and things like that
to get that extra weight off.
So you should be looking at a 12-month approach
with these kinds of diets.
Not at a six-week approach, because my daughter’s
getting married kind of thing, and I have
to lose 50 pounds overnight.
Don’t look at it like that.
Fatigue and constipation are very real factors.
So the lower you’re going in carbs, the more
likelihood you’re going to get constipated
and also very tired.
You’re going to get hormonal changes.
So you need to take all this into account
and make sure that you’re working with someone
who really understands these kinds of diets,
particularly when you do get tired and the
bowel plays up, which you need to find out,
“What’s wrong, how can I get it fixed?”
And get back on track.
So just be careful because the lower you’re
go in carbs, the more likelihood you’re going
to get problems.
And some people modify these zero carb diets
to suit themselves.
They’ll add things like avocados in there,
which are high fat.
They’ll think, “Well, it’s a great idea too,”
at least they’re getting a bit of fiber in
So I feel any kind of diet approach should
be modified to suit the person, not the book,
the diet book that you’re reading.
Don’t modify to suit the book, modify to suit
That’s how it should be.
So that’s my take on a zero carb diet.
Dangerous unchartered waters.
May be okay very short term, but not a great
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