Ask The Low-Carb Experts
Jimmy Moore Presents his latest podcast, Ask The Low-Carb Experts. Listeners like YOU can call in LIVE every thursday evening at 7PM US Eastern time. Just call (712) 432-0900 and use the access code 848908 or you can Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900.


Weight Loss Obstacles




June 2012
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AIR DATE: June 28, 2012 at 7PM ET
FEATURED TOPIC: "How To Beat Carbohydrate Addiction"

Say the word "addiction" and most people immediately think of cocaine or heroine addicts, people who abuse alcohol and tobacco, or some other bad habit that is causing serious bodily damage to the addicted. Webster's Dictionary defines addiction as a "compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal." Sound familiar anyone? While most people who consume carbohydrate-based foods don't want to admit it, they are very likely addicted to these sugary, starchy, whole grain-based foods which in turn is making them more obese and chronically ill as the days go by. Nutritional psychotherapist and addiction specialist Julia Ross is here with us in Episode 19 of "Ask The Low-Carb Experts" to get to the heart of the issue about why we crave something so deeply that we are becoming more and more aware is actually harming us. Julia is the author of a newly-revised book The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings--Naturally that addresses many of the issues we'll be discussing in this podcast.

If you have any questions about carbohydrate addiction that you would like for Julia Ross to address, then feel free to send it to me by 3PM ET this Thursday afternoon at Or you can ask your question LIVE on my show by calling (712) 432-0900 or Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900. Whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code 848908. Listen LIVE and leave us a review at iTunes if you like what you hear. This is your chance to interact with the best nutritional health experts in the world, so don't be bashful.

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Direct download: atlcx-19-julia-ross.mp3
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One of the more controversial areas of debate about the healthy low-carb lifestyle is what to do about sweeteners. Some say the taste of sweet itself is an addiction that needs to be overcome by complete abstinence from consuming anything sweet on the tongue. Still others believe that finding adequate sugar substitutions in your diet is a lot healthier way to eat than a sugar-filled one. And then there are those who say it is better to eat sugar, honey or other natural sugars than to risk consuming chemical-based sweeteners that are doing God-knows-what to your body. So who do you believe about what you should do? That's where this week's expert comes in. He is a naturopath and board-certified clinical nutritionist named Dr. David Getoff and he's going to help us sort through it all in Episode 18 of "Ask The Low-Carb Experts." Dr. Getoff is quite knowledgeable about all of the ins and outs of both the natural and artificial sweeteners available for consumers to purchase and will give us the cold, hard facts about what is right and what is wrong answering your questions.



Here are some of the questions we addressed in this podcast:

What are your general thoughts about natural non-glycemic/low-glycemic sweeteners like stevia, erythritol, xylitol, and lo han. I have used these alone and in blends like ZSweet. Right now, I'm really enjoying Nature's Hollow's "maple syrup flavored" xylitol syrup which I use when a recipe calls for honey or agave.

Does Splenda really kill the beneficial intestinal bacteria? Jorge Cruise says in his book The Belly Fat Cure that you should avoid sucralose in your diet because of this.

Are the deep yearnings and calling for sugar due to candida overgrowth, a vitamin deficiency, excess insulin, a bad habit, or cellular mitochondria seeking fuel? Or maybe all of this?

I use both stevia and xylitol. Do either of these inhibit weight loss? And is there any truth to the claim that xylitol is toxic for pets like dogs and cats?

Is stevia ok? Is it low-carb or Paleo?

I would like to know if stevia causes an insulin response.

I consume multiple Diet Dr. Pepper's every day and have for many years. I have noticed that when I substitute Iced Tea or H2O for all but say one or two for several days running I have a downtick in weight. I have seen the UT San Antonio study that says Aspartame in Diet Drinks can cause Insulin to go up which I suppose could affect fat burning, but I have also seen a lot of research that says it has NO effect. If it isn't the Aspartame, why does my weight trend down when I stop drinking the soda? Is it the sodium?

I'm a Diet Coke person and I've been off of it since last Thursday as well as all other sweeteners.  How can we really tell if sweeteners are impacting our weight loss?  How long should we get off of them before trying to add something back in? Should we rely on our weight measurement from day to day?

If I choose to use artificial sweeteners, which ones are the least detrimental and have the most minimal effect on insulin and poor health?

I know that coconut sugar is not calorie-free, but could you enlighten us about whether it's a good sweetener to use or not?

I like using erythritol, stevia, and occasionally Splenda for sweetening my food. I would like a good "comeback" for those people who call anything other than "table sugar" -- artificial. White sugar itself is massively processed and artificial, so I'm not understanding their reasoning.

Why is maltitol permitted to be put in food as a sweetener when it is well-known to cause a painful and drastic reaction in the gut even in small amounts?

I was excited to look into Stevia-bases sweeteners, but I found out that all three major brands add sugar alcohols which are terrible for people with digestive problems. Can you tell me why they add sugar alcohols and can you get stevia without these?

I am a Type 1 diabetic and I live in Spain and the only sweetener I've found there that has no fillers like maltodextrin is a liquid mixture of saccharin and cyclamate. The taste is vastly better than the pure saccharin available in the United States, but I wondered if you would comment on the safety of this mix.

Also, would you comment on any possible connections between artificial sweeteners and infertility/miscarriages?

I have been using a pure stevia powder with only stevia and no fillers for several years and I use it daily in many things, like my Bulletproof coffee, water and fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar dressing, and homemade hot cocoa with unsweetened coconut milk. Is it likely that this stevia contains mycotoxins? What are the possible outcomes of consuming a good bit of stevia daily? This is the only form of sweetener I use.

What about Acesulfame Potassium (aka Ace-K) and what impact does it have on blood sugar? It seems to be in just about everything diet these days, especially diet soda.

I consider myself highly addicted to sugar and eating a dessert made with things like erythritol, stevia, or Splenda causes me to want to eat even more sugar-free treats. Is there any way I can get this under control or is it better to just avoid these altogether? I do find the longer I abstain from them the less I crave them. But then some event comes up where I make something sugar-free and the cycle continues. Any advice is very much appreciated!

Earlier this year I discovered the "low carb" world and now eat 50-100g of carbs per day, mostly from fruit, vegetables, nuts and some dairy. I am 45 years old, slightly overweight, have eaten primarily high carb, low fat my entire adult life, and prior to changing my eating had fasting glucose in the 90s, normal cholesterol and triglycerides. Over four months I have lost 12 pounds without effort since adopting a higher fat, low carb diet. However, once or twice a week from rice or even bread. I also have 2 teaspoons of sugar per day in coffee. Is this acceptable? How important is it to eliminate sugar altogether? Is this more important than trying to fit exercise into my schedule?

Direct download: atlcx-18-dr-david-getoff.mp3
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AIR DATE: June 14, 2012 at 7PM ET
FEATURED EXPERTS: Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib
FEATURED TOPIC: "All Things Exercise (Exercise 101)"


Exercise is an often misunderstood aspect of a healthy lifestyle change because it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. From cardio to resistance training, high-intensity interval training and everything in between, the average person just doesn't know for sure what the heck they should be doing to maximize their results along with a healthy nutritional plan. This week we have two experts who know a thing or two about bringing the proper balance into play when it comes to exercise in Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib from Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness. You probably already know about the incredible Paleo success story that Sarah has from her uber-popular Everyday Paleo blog, podcast, cookbook and children's book and she has a brand new book coming in September 2012 entitled Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: Real Food for Real Life. In case you missed it, I featured Sarah Fragoso in Episode 482 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" podcast in June 2011. Her EPLifeFit business partner and frequent guest contributor to her "Everyday Paleo" blog Jason Seib is a bona fide nutrition and fitness expert extraordinaire who was featured in Episode 508 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" podcast in 2011. Both Sarah and Jason believe that eating a real foods-based diet along with an intelligent exercise program can help you reach your personal fitness and health goals and they stand ready to answer your questions about how to make that happen!



Here are some of the questions we addressed in this podcast:

What kind of equipment is needed for your Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness program? I am a homeschooling mother of 4 and had a C-section three months ago. I'm still nursing and it's not easy for me to leave the house on a regular basis yet. I would love to be able to exercise at home with minimal equipment and minimal time. Any suggestions?

How would you go about altering your Paleo eating habits to increase weight loss while maintaining my workout schedule of doing CrossFit three times a week? I am kind of at a standstill lately and need some help tweaking what I'm doing. I'm not unhappy with my results but would definitely like to shed more body fat.

I am interested to know what your 'expert' thinks in terms of the differences between exercising in a keto-adapted state as opposed to 'carbing up' or simply being in a glucose burning state and how that may apply to hunger or appetite and endurance.

I'm a 40-year old female and have been eating low-carb for 9 months. I dropped 25 lbs in the first six months but I am now at a plateau for the past 3 months with a BMI of 28 and body fat percentage of 37. My question for you guys is what is the most effective exercise I can do to reduce my "set point"' weight and get through this stubborn plateau?

I workout like a maniac 3 times per week and then usually a lighter workout at least one more time. My tough workouts are 75 minute CrossFit/MMA-type workouts with full body tempo weightlifting. I am also VERY VERY strict Paleo and have been for 3 months. I have lost 13 pounds but have been stuck at this point for 3 weeks. Should I cut down my workouts? Adjust my protein/fat? Any advice would be appreciated. I am 5-9" male now weigh 210. I look better since the weight loss and I feel outstanding.

Is it better to train in fasted or fed state and what do you recommend for pre and post workout nutrition?

Too much exercise can add to chronic inflammation, stress, and eventually lead to burn out. How do you know when you are exercising too much?

How does low carb, even Paleo, fit into the bodybuilding equation? The sarcoplasm is where the glucose/glycogen is stored, is it not? The experience of competitive bodybuilders who go low carb and low fat during contest prep, is it that their muscles "deflate" during this period? And do they also experience more fatigue and lowered stamina which they try to time "carbing up" for the contest, so as not to be smaller. Any thoughts?

I have had 4 healthy pregnancies but after eating gluten/dairy/legume free Paleo! I STILL cannot lose my lower belly or develop tone in my abs. It's frustrating because I still look pregnant even though the rest of my body has awesome tone - I'm 5'4" and I weigh on average 107 lbs. It's almost as if my abs are not connected to my stomach because when I bend over the skin hangs - not aesthetically pleasing at all. I currently strength train 3 times a week and run or do sprints 3 times a week. If you have any exercise or diet advice I would appreciate it and gladly make the changes. I have also been treating my leaky gut with elimination diet protocol and take Armour 1.5 for my thyroid. I also have not had a period return after this last pregnancy. I sound like a mess but I truly do feel great except for the occasional digestive discomfort. Sleep and energy are great. I know there are other women out there struggling with their gut so thanks for your help in advance!

What exercise will increase blood flow to help reduce belly and stubborn oblique fat?

I'd love to know what Sarah's strength numbers look like. A lot of women are afraid to lift heavy out of fear that they will get bulky. Well, Sarah looks great and I suspect she is not afraid to lift heavy. If a woman knew she could safely lift X amount of weight without getting bulky (like Sarah), then she'd be more inclined to look into lifting weights in a healthy way.

I lost quite a bit of weight (30 kilos thereabouts) by following a low carb diet a few years back. I got to a point though, where it stalled. And stalled. And stalled. But my weight (although high) remained stable. Fast forward a few years and it's crept up by about 6 kilos. I start exercising. I cycle for an hour a day. I do the Couch to 10k running program on alternate days. I feel great, but still stalled. Then I can't exercise for a couple of months due to surgery. Back to it now, and my weight has crept up another few kilos. I am back on my bicycle for an hour a day, but not back at the gym nor running again. Yet. I eat very low carb. I'm very strict. I'm in ketosis. But I'm actually gaining weight - not even staying stable. I really didn't think this was possible on low carb. Any suggestions? The whole "measure yourself" thing isn't going to cut it - I'm still about 27 kilos from my high target, 37 kilos from my 'I really wish I weighed that!' goal. But I'm being realistic (hah!). My numbers are good. My doctor said a few months ago my cholesterol was high, so I made some adjustments and now he's very pleased I managed to lower it by fiddling my diet. I've had all the tests for thyroid etc and all appears normal according to the doctor. He's stumped as well - and just shrugs and says 'well done on the exercise'. But it's all pretty disheartening.

1) I have heard on-and-off from various training forums that on a progressive strength training plan it takes about two years to reach one's "genetic limit" of strength. Is this true or just another example of "broscience?"

2) Can a person effectively build strength while performing very slow, H.I.T. bodyweight exercises while on a ketogenic diet? I have been doing a sort of "Body by Science"-style workout once a week for about two months with just my body weight (pull-ups, decline pushups, bulgarian squats, chair dips, planking) but I have no real way to measure how much I've progressed.

I have been pretty sedentary most of my life except for walking occasionally, gardening, no real period of extended hard exercise. How does someone start resistance training and weight lifting if they are 65 and female? I don't know where to begin and I feel lost looking at all those machines at the gym. Help! I have been eating low carb for almost one year and lost 50 lbs.

What is a good motivator to get one's rear off the couch and actually exercise and is exercise important for weight loss and weight management?

This question is about exercising causing a weight loss stall. I repeated this six times and it happened every time. In 2007/8, I was recovering from years of being a hormone wreck, with thyroid, adrenal, insulin resistance, and fatigue issues. I was 315 and made it to 190 in less than a year, thanks to a good doctor. When I got about 50 lb off, I decide to speed things up by riding a bicycle a couple times a day. This was just a one-speed fun bike and I only rode it 10 minutes or so at a time. Each time, by the next day, weight went up at least 5 lb and I felt bloated in my stomach. I would stop riding and it would go back to what it was in a few days. That was hard to believe so I tired again, same thing. Over a few months, this happened six times. How can this be? I read Mark Sisson's blog post about chronic cardio and it is the only thing that makes sense. I wasn't an athlete over-training like Sisson was but could the hormone issues act like someone that over trains and gets "burnout?"

Direct download: atlcx-17-fragoso-seib.mp3
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This week we turn the topic of attention to all the great low-carb moms and future moms of the world who might be wondering how exactly they should be eating while pregnant and what to feed their child once those little bundles of joy say hello to the world. It’s such an important topic that I’ve asked not just one but two bona fide experts on this subject to help answer your questions about it. Nutritional wellness expert Maria Emmerich has long been providing amazing low-carb nutritional recipes and advice on her “Maria’s Nutritious and Delicious Journal” and she was featured in Episode 376 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show." In November 2011, she adopted two beautiful baby boys from Ethiopia and has seen firsthand what it’s like feeding children well. Don't forget to pick up a copy of her brand new June 2012 book on how to feed kids well called The Art of Eating Healthy - Kids: Grain Free Low Carb Reinvented (Volume 2).

Another excellent guest expert joining us is Valerie Berkowitz from the “For The Health Of It” blog who was featured in Episode 251 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show." Not only does this registered dietitian who worked with the late, great Dr. Robert Atkins in his complementary medicine clinic recommend healthy low-carb living for her clients, she herself has given birth to several babies following strict adherence to the Atkins Lifetime Maintenance plan. With Maria and Valerie on hand for this week’s show, we’ll have a lot of wisdom to share.

Disclaimer: We cannot recommend for or against the use of colloidal silver taken internally or topically. Please consult your physician and do your own research about this substance.



Here are some of the questions we addressed in this podcast:

Getting pregnant:

My wife and I are going to try start a family next month. We have read and heard about the warnings from taking Paleo or low carb too far and how it may inhibit fertility. Even the Paleo doctors recognize this as a possible problem and recommend making sure you get enough safer starches. Some go as far as going to recommend some regular potatoes or white rice.

I have heard that it is not a good idea to go very low carb during pregnancy because it sends a signal to the fetus that "food is scarce" and therefore changes the child's epigenetics in a negative way (e.g. predisposed to storing fat). Is there any basis to this? If so, how does a mother juggle her own need to be low-carb with their child's needs?

I would like to know if there are any nutrients or supplements that I should amp up in my diet if I am trying to conceive.

I am 32-year old T1 diabetic and have been following a slightly modified Bernstein Diabetes Solution plan for the past two years, meaning that I eat between 20 and 45 g of carbohydrate per day. This keeps my sugars in excellent control most of the time. I low-carb to control my diabetes, not to lose weight. I have one son who is three years old and I was not on a low-carb diet during that pregnancy. My son is very healthy and I had no complications with the pregnancy despite the frequent blood sugar swings and lows that come with the hormonal changes and eating a higher carb diet.

My doctor at the time stressed the potential for brain damage in the fetus when the mother eats a low-carb diet. Note that when I was pregnant with my son, my sugars were well-controlled according to my A1c levels but I did have daily swings and tons of lows, which really tuckered me out. Since starting the low-carb diet, I feel so much better, more energy, stable sugars,and don't plan to ever go back. That said, this past year I have had two miscarriages. I am wondering if the low-carb diet could have played a role in those miscarriages. Would you please comment on your recommendations for diabetics - most of what I have read online seems to recommend the maintenance or a non-ketogenic phase for low-carb dieting during pregnancy. However, anything above the 45g of carb for me tends to screw with my blood sugar control.

My gut feeling is that it would be more important for me to tightly control my blood sugars than to avoid ketosis, but I'm not 100% sure about that. What is your opinion?

Feeding a baby:

I just had a baby 6 weeks ago after a (mostly) low carb pregnancy. Right now my baby is on a combination of mom's milk and formula. My question relates to when the baby is 4-6 months and starting on solid foods. My understanding is that human milk has a certain carb content that might be higher than what a low-carber might eat. Is there a requirement for babies of a certain age to have some carbs in their diet? I wasn't planning to feed him cereals, bread, potatoes, pasta or any of that junk. Is that wise?

My son and daughter-in-law are vegans (for philosophical reasons) and have a healthy 7-month old boy. What would you recommend, as vegans, for particular foods/supplements they’d need to include in his diet after they wean him? They are open-minded and in fact raise chickens so they can eat free-range eggs every day. I think that’s the main departure I’ve heard of for them from the strict vegan diet.

I have a 2.5 year old. What is a good rule of thumb in terms of caloric intake and/or macronutrient ratios? Obviously he isn't going to be eating as much as I do, but I want to make sure he is getting enough meat and fat based on the amount he does eat.

Feeding older kids/teenagers:

I have a question about pre-teen female children approaching puberty. What foods are important for her changing hormones to keep her balanced, avoid acne, etc.?

I am transitioning to a low-carb diet and am TRYING to include my two sons who are 12 and 13 years old. My main problem is trying to break them of the habit of cereal in the morning. I do work outside of my home, and so making a quick breakfast is imperative, as I oftentimes don't time have to cook before we leave the house at 7:30AM. Also, I am trying to eat about 50 grams of carbohydrate, I would think that is way too low for growing children, but what is the amount of carbs that is correct for children this age?

I have two teenagers (15 and 19) with acne. Eliminating milk has helped enormously, though we still eat some cheese, not every day. Reducing gluten has helped somewhat as well. We juice daily with mainly green veggies. I have added vitamin D, probiotics and omega-3 oil. The redness is pretty much gone and it looks far less angry, but how do you make it go away? Is there more to the story here? They have both seen that when they eat like a typical American teenager, by the next morning the acne is back in full-swing. But even being really good does not make it go away completely. Help!

Direct download: atlcx-16-emmerich-berkowitz.mp3
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