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Less Calories = Less Acne

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I usually eat alot of food, most of it healthy, some of it not so (but nothing that is terrible for you).

My skin is pretty much clear but I still get a bit of mild acne here and there depending on my diet.

However, the sport that I do requires me to stay within certain weight limits, so whenever I have a competition coming up I end up reducing my food intake drastically, I'll eat enough to keep my body going and to get all the right nutrients I need but compared to my usual diet its much much less calories.....mainly coming from vegetables, with a small amount of grain based carbs to keep my body fuelled.

Ive noticed that everytime I do this, my skin pretty much goes perfectly clear, my mild acne clears right up, its like magic! And it starts to kick in after about 4 or 5 days of the reduced calorie diet.

Just thought I'd throw this one out there! Like I say I usually eat healthy anyhow, but I just consume ALOT of calories, and although my skin doesnt trouble me too much its enough to give me mild acne, sometimes slightly moderate depending on how much Ive eaten.

But just to reiterate, everytime I go on this reduced calorie diet, I literally clear up 100%, granted I avoid my food intolerances of course, which I do anyway.

Hope this helps anyone out there who is wondering. I guess its not much use if you are trying to gain weight though!

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Caloric restriction has been shown to improve insulin resistance and reduce inflammation, both of which are good for acne.
When I was dieting to lose some weight I also noticed that my skin was less oily during that time. Less insulin = less oily skin for me.

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Yes. This is the reason for the interest in intermittent fasting, which produces the same benefit but doesn't necessarily involve reducing calories.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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I'd like to know WHY (out of curiosity, scientifically speaking, that caloric restriction improves insulin resistance.

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Less calories -> more cortisol

Cortisol is the counter for insulin. Cortisol also hels carb digestion.

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I'd like to know WHY (out of curiosity, scientifically speaking, that caloric restriction improves insulin resistance.

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in order to eat more calories without getting acne you have to increase your activity level especially before and after a meal, It can be low intensity like walking 30 minutes or a 15 min light jog.

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I usually eat alot of food, most of it healthy, some of it not so (but nothing that is terrible for you).

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Hey Peony

Well, the week before my competition my diet usually looks like this

Breakfast - I dont eat anything mainly due to having no time in the morning

Lunch - about 70g (dry) of low-medium GI carbs such as Brown rice or quinoa, with half a chicken breast

Before training - A banana or two

Dinner - Basically just a massive plate of vegetables and mushrooms, I dont even bother limiting how much I eat because veg and mushrooms have hardly any calories between them and having a lot of veg fills you up

After dinner snack - Depending on how my weight is looking I'll have a bit of fruit, doesnt really matter what type of fruit to me since Im only going to be having a small/normal portion.

If Im not training that day, I usually dont eat anything for lunch apart from maybe a banana or a packet of crisps, but dinner will be the same.

Couldnt live on this diet forever otherwise I'd get bored real quick! But on this pre competition diet my skin usually clears up really really fast. Its pretty amazing actually, only problem is that when I dont have any competitions near I'll start eating alot more stuff and my skin starts slightly breaking out again.

Hope this helps!

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I'm sorry but this just isn't true.

Going low calorie is one of the best ways to knock out hormonal balance which is key for any health benefits.

Even the arguments for IF are flawed in this manner as with IF you still eat the same amount of calories per day. All that is happening is the calories have a different delivery method.

Low calorie is the easiest way to cause metabolic damage.

It is very rare that anyone has any health or weight issues with the over consumption of high quality nutrient dense foods.

So i say provide the study that proves low calorie is good for ANY health benefit.


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I never said it was healthy I just said it cleared me up which it does

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I never said it was healthy I just said it cleared me up which it does


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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I've got a question.

Does dark choclate affect acne??

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I never said it was healthy I just said it cleared me up which it does

It is healthy to reduce calorie intake once in a while, as long as you don't go too low, or go too long without adequate calories and nutrition. Which is why intermittent fasting is the way to go. Havoc keeps making the same posts over and over in the IF thread which is filled with links to articles and studies. We are not meant to have plenty to eat all the time. Going a little hungry triggers events such as autophagy which involves the recycling of old tissues to make new. And improving insulin sensitivity improves hormone balance.

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Might just be the affect on your hormones like lowered T etc. I'm pretty sure eating below maintenance calories lowers your testosterone etc and vice versa [short term for excessive anyway] but this may also be affected by any "supplements" etc.

This type of thing:

http://180degreehealth.com/2012/10/fat-loss-secret

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23412685

I think the reason most people see early success with acne [and weight loss] when they try new diets [paleo, atkins, gluten free, pufa free etc] is they are simply eating less calories, by removing some sources of food it is almost impossible not to eat less.

Just to throw a spanner in the works, when i fast, or go long periods of time without eating, i swear i get ill more and it negatively affects my immune system, seems to put some kind of stress of my body. Can break me out also. Whereas when i eat less but more often, but still below maintenance calories, my skin does seem to improve. In my case i think it's probably all hormonal and i am just lowering my T. Maybe cortisol is the significant factor when i fast.


God gave us everything we need; the earth to live on, animals to feast on, vegetables to make side dishes and fruit to be eaten in moderation.

The devil put grains, beats and sugarcane on the earth to tempt us.

For approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago most of us strayed away from temptation but the devils influence grew stronger and eventually we swayed to his evil ways.

God new that those whose faith was strong would never fall to temptation so he punished those who took to the pleasures of grains and sugar by not giving us the ability to digest grains and making sugar poisonous, eventually leading to all kinds of health problems including acne.

But some wanted there cake and to eat it too, free of health problems, so they made a pact with the devil and sold their soul's for acne free skin.

We see these people consuming delicious breaded, dough based meals, baked goods and confectioneries but with crystal clear skin.

These people are walking with the devil!!

They are the spawn of satan!!

Paleo is the righteous path my children!!

Your faith must be strong!!

Do not fall to temptation!!

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Less calories -> more cortisol

Cortisol is the counter for insulin. Cortisol also hels carb digestion.

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