CARB MANAGER has been the #1 low carb diet counter since 2010.

CARB MANAGER is a food tracker App that accurately tracks food consumption.

The FREE Basic Carb Manager is the most comprehensive and easiest-to-use NET and total carb counter.

Carb Manager is available as an App for your mobile or on the web by pasting this link into your address bar https://www.carbmanager.com/

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Quick 2-minute Overview:

https://wombatapps.helpshift.com/a/carb-manager/?s=getting-started&f=tutorial-video-1—getting-started&l=en

Use Carb Manager to:

  • Keep a daily log of your diet to know exactly what you are eating
  • Set your net carbs, macros, and weight loss goals with our calculator
  • Search 1M+ foods with macros and carb counts, including net carbs and sugar alcohols
  • Use the lightening-fast search engine, or scan a product barcode for instant lookup
  • Quickly record your water intake — hydration is vital
  • Exercise matters! Pick from 100s of common exercises or create your own
  • Track your weight and BMI with beautiful charts
  • View detailed nutrition info for each day and food, including total carbs, net carbs, fat, calories, protein, and more
  • Visualize your macros each day
  • Create custom foods and recipes

It is so easy to set up.

This 10-minute video is easy to follow. It covers the features of the Basic App.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhmtEP_noWg

In the video you will see the wheel that gives you the breakdown of your net carbohydrates total carbs, fiber, fat, protein and calories for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

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Set up your Carb Manager by going to Getting Started.

Select the following:

  • Show progress on the wheel.
  • Track my macros
  • Select net carbs and nottotal carbs
  • Select Energy Units in calories
  • You can connect it with your Fitbit if you do have one.

Still under Getting Started in my Profile:

  • Enter in your demographics:
  • For example: Female, Birthdate, Height and weight. Here you can update your current weight
  • Enter how active you are

Under Goal:

Be sure to select “I’d like help calculating my goals” not “I know my goals already”. It is not recommended that you choose more than 1.5 pounds per week.

Next choose Custom.

Place your finger on the dotted line and drag it to select:

Fat 70% for fat

Protein 20%

Carbohydrates 10%

Click apply

Now enter your meal.

Go to Daily Log.

Example for breakfast, go to common foods, type in Egg.

You can also add Branded purchased products, with the Search function in Foods.

If there is a food you’re going to be eating on a regular basis, you can do is click the three dots at the very top and then you can select add to your Favorites.

To access your Favorites, go to Quick Find. There you can also add foods in the Recently Viewed and Frequent lists.

Recipes:

To create a recipe, go to recipe, enter give it a title.

  • Then determine how many serving sizes
  • Add in your ingredients.
  • Then save.

It shows you the net breakdown for one serving of the recipe.

When you have completed entering the meal go to In Depth (Details in older versions) to see the actual breakdown.

You can copy the same food to other days. Simply click the breakfast tab then click the three dots select copy and then add it to a new day.

The sample day selected is September 8th.

The Wheel is fully highlighted on the fat, went over on protein, did well on the carbohydrates.

Go to In Depth (Details in older versions) to see the pie chart.

Progress:

To track progress, go to My Measurements (More in older versions)

Support is readily available at https://wombatapps.helpshift.com/a/carb-manager/?contact=1

You may want to check out Carb Manager Premium but I found that the Free Basic App was all I need.

https://www.carbmanager.com/premium

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 May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra

416-428-5285

lpolstra@sympatico.ca

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The Science of Fat Loss Part 2

Doug McGuff, MD is co-author with John Little of the book “Body By Science”.  Here is Part 2, last week was Part 1of the 2 part presentation.

In Part 1, Doug McGuff, MD described the actual science underlying how the human body loses body fat, providing a summary of the key points of Chapter 9 of “Body By Science.”  In case you missed it, here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzA-E8zb-Ds 

BODY BY SCIENCE 5 (The Science Of Fat Loss — Part 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToGt_GYCUmY

In Part 2, Doug McGuff, MD, discusses the facts underlying an effective fat loss program and the role of high-intensity strength training in making the process more effective. This is the conclusion of a two-part video based on the content of Chapter 9 of “Body By Science”.

Here is the transcript so you can follow along.

Dr. McGuff: We need to think of this problem (of obesity) as a tub overflowing. One way to approach the problem is to return to a diet that’s more similar to what we would hunt and gather, which is going to be lean meats fibrous vegetables and fruits that don’t have a real high sugar content. What it’s not going to be as any refined carbohydrate that has to be ground up and turned into flour that produces quick and high spikes and blood sugar. So if we refine our diet to be more of a natural one, more like we would experience with hunting and gathering then with this tub overflowing what the diet represents is turning off the faucet.

The other half of the equation that’s missing with that and where exercise becomes gistic (relating to bodily movements) for that is to unplug. The way we do that is by taking the largest glucose reservoir in your body (muscles) and emptying it out of glucose.

So that creates a need for more glucose to be moved into the cell, which creates more insulin receptors on the surface of the muscle cell and makes you more insulin sensitive. When that happens your serum insulin levels drop and it drops into the single digits, which then becomes permissive for fat loss. And then at that level when your serum insulin levels are under control your body auto regulates very well towards being lean, which is its natural state. We have a genotype a genetic code that’s in us that is an active genotype and when you are in the correct hormonal environment it does auto regulate towards leanness. If you look at hunter-gatherer groups around the world they are all very lean. Even traditional Inuit Eskimos who eat a diet of pure fat have a body fat on average of 11%, which is extraordinarily lean.

Where things go awry is if you mess up your insulin sensitivity in your serum insulin levels rise and you’re not likely going to be in a store mode and is going to be very difficult immobilized body fat even at a caloric deficit.

Well, so what gets the glucose out of the muscle. Well when they asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks he said that’s where the money is. When people ask me why do I advocate high-intensity exercise, I tell them because that’s where the glucose is. When we talked about hormone sensitive lipase, hormone sensitive lipase is not just sensitive to insulin it’s sensitive to epinephrine and norepinephrine or what’s commonly called adrenaline. During high-intensity exercise, fight-or-flight type of exercise, adrenaline is activated and acts on hormone sensitive lipase. But once it does that it triggers what’s called an amplification cascade. What that means is the adrenaline attaches to hormone sensitive lipase, hormone sensitive lipase activates one enzyme, which then goes out and activates a 100 other enzymes. Each of those 100 go out and activate a 100 others. So that one molecule of adrenaline is hatching the hormone sensitive lipase mobilizes hundreds of thousands of molecules of glucose.

The reason this is built into your body is it is a survival mechanism.  An animal is most likely to need its catabolic fight-or-flight response when it is in the middle of an anabolic feeding event you’ll see then you’ll get attacked at the waterhole. You have to be able to turn your metabolism on a dime from an anabolic state to a catabolic state and the way we do that is adrenaline. Once it hits we don’t got to get that glucose out of our liver circulate it around and get it to our muscles so we can run. It’s there on-site ready to go. That’s why we store glucose in our muscles.

We need these opportunities to perform ferociously hard exercise because that is what empties out large amounts of glucose out of our body.In absence of that we’ll have chronically high levels of glucose in our muscle, low insulin sensitivity and high insulin levels.

Insulin will trigger storage of body fat in a particular pattern that we all see. First it goes around your belly button and it spread then it goes to the behind to counterbalance the fat that it’s on the front of your belly so you maintain your center of gravity and then it’s out from there. The problem is, is these fat colonies are toxic.  

They produce a lot of bio chemicals that circulate around that are really bad for you and produce a systemic inflammatory state, coronary heart disease and strokes something that’s long been thought a problem of fat metabolism and cholesterol metabolism is really a downstream effect of this metabolic derangement.

These chronically elevated insulin levels produce fat, which produces systemic inflammation. The walls of all your arteries are chronically inflamed and irritated your body synthesizes cholesterol to patch these areas of inflammation and then these inflamed areas get sealed over and if they crack open. Well, guess what you’re going to have a heart attack.

So the way to affect this is not to watch the fat content in your diet, it’s to watch the carbohydrate content in your diet and perform high-intensity exercise so you can restore your instant sensitivity. So that’s how we cover fat loss in the book and we do discuss diet and other issues.

For more information on the science of exercise please visit: www.bodybyscience.net

My promotion of this book does not result in my making any monies.  If you wish to buy the book, here is the link https://www.amazon.ca/Body-Science-Research-Program-Results/dp/0071597174/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527881075&sr=1-1&keywords=body+by+science&dpID=51XCAQEx6UL&preST=_SX198_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra

416-428-5285

lpolstra@sympatico.ca

The Science of Fat Loss Part 1

Doug McGuff, MD is co-author with John Little of the book “Body By Science”.  Here is Part 1, next week will be Part 2 of the 2 part presentation.

BODY BY SCIENCE 5 (The Science Of Fat Loss — Part 1) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzA-E8zb-Ds

In Part 1, Doug McGuff, MD describes the actual science underlying how the human body loses body fat, providing a summary of the key points of Chapter 9 of “Body By Science.”

Here is the transcript so you can follow along.

A good component of the book (BODY BY SCIENCE) is devoted to an area where some of the worst confusion exists and that’s how exercise relates to fat loss, because our whole notions of fat loss are actually turning out to be very flawed.

What we used to think of is a very simple: calories in minus calories out.

It is not that way at all as any female that’s ever crossed the threshold around 35 to 40 can attest to that because the exact same diet and exercise activity that kept them in good shape. Once they cross that threshold suddenly seems not to work.

So, well and what we’re coming to understand is that fat loss is very much a hormonal event, hormonal metabolic episode. Not only is our current thinking about it flawed, we have to think about our exercise and dietary regimen in a way that creates the hormonal environment that’s permissive for fat loss.

The biggest fatal flaw in the way people think about fat loss is the notion that calories in minus calories out, that this calories out component can be significantly affected by exercise, by the notion that I get on this treadmill. I look at it and these calories tick off and after 40 minutes 300 calories are gone and there went that piece of key lime pie. It absolutely does not work that way.

Think about it.  If we were really that metabolically efficient we would starve to death in the process of shopping at Buy Low much less in the process of hunting and gathering. What the treadmill is not showing you is when you plug in your weight it’s asking for your weight because it’s calculating your basal metabolic rate, which tells you how much you would have burned just sitting there and then it’s adding the activity rate to that and giving you this total but it’s not telling you burn 300 calories because of this activity. You may have burned 25 to 50. So it doesn’t really amount to much. And once you understand the hormonal environment that makes fat gain and fact loss happen you can see how it’s not even the right question.

Now, if I took each of you and we dumped you out in the woods and we said hunt and gather and bring back to me over the course of the week everything that you’ve hunted and gathered and we took accounting of everything you brought back to me we would assign percentages to all the different macronutrient groups: protein, fat, carbohydrate. And we would add it all up and what we would find is of what you brought back to me the smallest contribution would come from carbohydrate. Okay, I hear y’all going, oh no he’s going to start on the Atkins thing. No, it is not what we’re talking about.

But you do have to keep this in mind that is the smallest contribution that you would bring back to me from hunting and gathering in any environment.  So we take that fact and we have to realize that the body is going to predicate the signal to store body fat on the macronutrient that is least abundant because if you have the least abundant thing in more than adequate supply then it is safe to store body fat. So what we’ll find is that body fat storage is predicated on the hormone insulin. What insulin does is it takes blood sugar that is circulating in your blood and moves it into the cells of your body. In particular the largest storage reservoir for that glucose is your muscle cells.

So if there’s an abundance of carbohydrate that will get moved into your muscles cells until they’re completely full. Once they’re completely full, the muscle cells will decrease the sensitivity of the insulin receptors on their surface so that no more sugar can be brought into their because it mucks up the metabolic machinery. It is sort of like pouring pancake syrup on the keyboard of your computer.

What happens then is the glucose starts to stack up in your bloodstream, which sends a more powerful signal for insulin to rise up. And insulin’s major signal is nutrient storage and you will start to store body fat. Well, when the time comes for you to mobilize body fat your insulin levels have to drop because the enzyme that moves body fat out of fat cells called hormone sensitive lipase and what hormone sensitive lipase is sensitive to is insulin If your insulin level is too high in your bloodstream even at a calorie deficit you will be physiologically unable to mobilize body fat it will shut it off.

So right now the problem with obesity in our society is really a problem in how we handle sugar and it’s a problem of insulin sensitivity, which needs to be restored back to normal.

Come back next week for

BODY BY SCIENCE 5 (The Science Of Fat Loss — Part 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToGt_GYCUmY

In Part 2, Doug McGuff, MD, discusses the facts underlying an effective fat loss program and the role of high-intensity strength training in making the process more effective. This is the conclusion of a two-part video based on the content of Chapter 9 of “Body By Science”.

Doug McGuff’s Biography

Doug McGuff, MD became interested in exercise at the age of 15 when he first read Arthur Jones’ Nautilus Training Bulletin No. 2. His interest in exercise and biology led him into a career in medicine. In 1989, he graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and went on to train in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock where he served as Chief Resident. From there, Dr. McGuff served as Faculty in the Wright State University Emergency Medicine Residency and was a staff Emergency Physician at Wright- Patterson AFB Hospital.

Throughout his career Dr. McGuff maintained his interest in high intensity exercise. Doug realized a lifelong dream when he opened Ultimate Exercise in November, 1997. Over the past 19 years Dr. McGuff and his instructors have continued to explore the limits of exercise through their personal training clients at Ultimate Exercise.

In addition to his work at Ultimate Exercise, Dr. McGuff is an Emergency Physician for the Greenville Health System and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. Dr. McGuff lives in Seneca, South Carolina with his wife of 32 years, and their two children, Eric and Madeline.  https://www.ihmc.us/lectures/20160929/

My promotion of this book does not result in my making any monies.  If you wish to buy the book, here is the link https://www.amazon.ca/Body-Science-Research-Program-Results/dp/0071597174/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527881075&sr=1-1&keywords=body+by+science&dpID=51XCAQEx6UL&preST=_SX198_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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As always, I am interested in your thoughts on these topics. Is there any topic that I can research for you? Please let me know. Thank you.

 May you Live Long Healthy.

Lydia Polstra 

416-428-5285 lpolstra@sympatico.ca

Gut issues? Do you suffer from any of these?

I was reading some of the comments in my newsfeed regarding Ketogenic Diet.  A good 80% that I read just last night asked about gut issues. 

I say why not follow the Ketogenic Diet ratios for fat, protein and carbs BUT fill our meals with gut friendly foods. 

Today we am asking you if you suffer from any of these gut issues?

Digestive disorders: IBS, IBD, gastritis, colitis, esophagitis, celiac disease.

Autoimmunity: multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type 1, osteoarthritis, lipus, interstitial cystitis, psoriasis, alopecia.

Arthritis, ME, allergies, asthma, eczema, hay fever. Endocrine disorders: thyroid, adrenal, PMS.

Migraines, neuropathy and other neurological conditions. Chronic cystitis.

Food intolerances.

In the link below, Dr. Mercola helps us understand the cause Leaky gut. It is a condition that occurs due to the development of gaps between the cells (enterocytes) that make up the membrane lining your intestinal wall.

These tiny gaps allow substances such as undigested food, bacteria and metabolic wastes, that should be confined to your digestive tract, to escape into your bloodstream — hence the term leaky gut syndrome.

Once the integrity of your intestinal lining is compromised, and there is a flow of toxic substances “leaking out” into your bloodstream, your body experiences significant increases in inflammation.

Also, your immune system may become confused and begin to attack your own body as if it were an enemy (autoimmunity).

Most often, leaky gut syndrome is associated with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, or celiac disease, but even healthy people can have varying degrees of intestinal permeability leading to a wide variety of health symptoms — and this can be influenced heavily by the foods you choose to eat.

SOURCE: 

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/21/grains-causing-gut-leaks.aspx

Topics:

Grains — Especially Whole Grains — Increase Intestinal Permeability

Are Grains Causing Your Leaky Gut Symptoms? This Food is the “Antidote”

Disclaimer: The content of this email is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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How your blood panel values respond to a Ketogenic diet presented by Jeff Volek, PhD, RD

Today’s video is presented by Jeff Volek, PhD, RD. He has been on the Ketogenic diet and researching the diet for 15 years.

Jeff Volek talks about research he has done an other research that shows how a diet high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates causes positive changes in blood lipids. His talk makes it clear that this way of eating is quite healthy.

He explains the health markers such as Cholesterol. He places more importance on inflammation.

I found it helpful to follow along using the Transcripts.

He is a co-author of the book, The New Atkins For a New You.

 

I am not a doctor, so I attach this Disclaimer: The content of this email is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

As always, I am interested in your thoughts on the topics I post.  I welcome your comments.

May you Live Long Healthy.

Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra

Comparing common diets: Ketogenic, Paleo, Mediterranean Diets

Today my focus is to understand the difference between the common diets.
Please see the Ketogenic vs. Paleo diagram. You will see that the Paleo and the Ketogenic diets are below the 30 grams of carbohydrate level.Health - Ketogenic vs. Paleo per Dr. Jeff Volek
 
Dr. Tennant* recommends the Mediterranean Diet without the grains and the dairy. Please see the Mediterranean Diet brochure. You may notice that he removes grains from the diet. In my opinion, this could also bring the carbohydrate levels to below 30 grams as well. 
 Health - Diet - Mediterranean Diet brochure from Dr. Tennant-2
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Dr. Tennant has been acknowledged by his peers by awarding him the following:

    AMA:  American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award

    Philip Corboy Award for contributions to ophthalmology

    Hawaiian Eye Society Award for Excellence

    Pope Benedict:  Order of Saint Sylvester Award for Contributions to Medicine

    Microcurrent Society:  Lifetime Achievement Award

    Top 20 Alternative Doctors in America

    Newsmax Health’s Top 100 Physicians Who Embrace Integrative Medicine

    The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine:  Lifetime Achievement Award

    World Academy of Neural Therapy According To Huneke:  Scientific Excellence Award

    And others

For me, Mediterranean Diet is like the Ketogenic Diet without the ratio of proteins, fat and carbohydrates to consume daily. Please see the Keto Pyramid.
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It seems to me that consuming high fiber vegetables is an excellent way to replace grains.
 
My intention here is for you to have the opportunity to present this information to your doctor if you so wish.
 
I hope this has been helpful as you go on your journey to improved health.
 
I am not a doctor, so I attach this Disclaimer: The content of this email is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.
 
As always, I am interested in your thoughts on the topics I email you.  Please reply with your thoughts. Is there any topic that I can research for you? Please let me know. Thank you.
 

Ketogenic Diet Expert Dr. Volek Explains the Diet.

Dr. Volek a leading expert on the Low-Carb (Ketogenic) diet.

BACKGROUND: Dr. JEFF VOLEK is an Associate Professor in the #1 ranked Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut where he teaches and leads a research team that explores the physiologic impact of various dietary and exercise regimens and nutritional supplements.

** Dr. Volek’s most significant line of work has been a series of studies performed over the last 15 years aimed at better understanding what constitutes a well formulated low carbohydrate diet and their impact on obesity, body composition, adaptations to training and overall metabolic health. **

This line of work has shown profound effects of carbohydrate restriction on overall health and well-being, as well as peak performance. … He has published 250 scientific manuscripts and presented over 100 talks at scientific and industry conferences in eight countries. He was co-author of the New York Times Best Selling “The New Atkins for a New You” published in March 2010, and has subsequently self-published two books “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” and “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” that delve deeper into the science and application of low carbohydrate diets.

Here is the link to the four short videos, under 10 minutes each. They helped me understand the diet.
http://www.artandscienceoflowcarb.com/videos-presentations/

You can learn more by purchasing his book: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/New-Atkins-You-Ultimate-Shedding/dp/1439190275

It is my wish that this posting helps you to further understand the Ketogenic (Low-Carb) Diet.

I welcome your feedback.