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Hello everyone. I'm going to try the low carb diet for 1 month :) to heal my skin.

I'm a 20 year old boy and I have acne since 15: Face, Back, Chest and Neck.

First i had chysts but after becoming vegetarian I have mild acne with lot of pimples.

What I've tried:

- Vegetarian diet last 2 years

- 5 days juice fasting (2 times)

- 5 Days water fasting (once)

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- Many,many many suplements.

I do not consume since 2 years: diary,meat,alcohol, sugar, processed food, sodas, fried foods, sweets.

I usually eat:

MORNING: a fruit and sprouted whole grains

Lunch: Raw vegetables salat

Aftenoon: nuts

Dinner: cooked vegetables.

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EXPERIMENT: Low carb diet for a month

1. I will consume daily: a lot of (healthy unprocessed)meat,eggs, green vegetables, few nuts.

2. I won't eat: fruit, strach, grains, beans, diary,

Starting today 22/03/10 until 22/04/10

ps: i'll give feedback once 1 week.

God, please help !

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Hello everyone. I'm going to try the low carb diet for 1 month :) to heal my skin.

I'm a 20 year old boy and I have acne since 15: Face, Back, Chest and Neck.

First i had chysts but after becoming vegetarian I have mild acne with lot of pimples.

What I've tried:

- Vegetarian diet last 2 years

- 5 days juice fasting (2 times)

- 5 Days water fasting (once)

-

- Many,many many suplements.

I do not consume since 2 years: diary,meat,alcohol, sugar, processed food, sodas, fried foods, sweets.

I usually eat:

MORNING: a fruit and sprouted whole grains

Lunch: Raw vegetables salat

Aftenoon: nuts

Dinner: cooked vegetables.

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EXPERIMENT: Low carb diet for a month

1. I will consume daily: a lot of (healthy unprocessed)meat,eggs, green vegetables, few nuts.

2. I won't eat: fruit, strach, grains, beans, diary,

Starting today 22/03/10 until 22/04/10

ps: i'll give feedback once 1 week.

God, please help !

Where do you get your calories from? Never understood by just eating that, helps maintain body weight. How much do you weigh if you do not mind me askin?

Edited by JayQ

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Hi bubba, this sounds like a very good experiment! You should try it for more than a month though, sometimes it takes longer for people to see result on a diet like this. Please post your results, thoughts, questions, etc. in this thread:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/paleo-diet-t261010.html

I'm currently on a paleo diet myself very similar to what you described, except I eat fruit and fish. Good luck pal!

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JayQ: Here's an example of a guy named Mark's daily eating consisting of something like 2500 calories, and he's on a diet like the one bubba is trying:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-sample-menu/

He's over 50 years old and looks like this:

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg158/M...009/BodyFat.jpg

Essentially anyone who tries this diet for 1-6 month experiences significant improvement in their skin. We're basically mimicking what indigenous, acne-free peoples are eating. Everyone reading this thread or the paleo diet thread should also read this article:

http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/138/12/1584

Edited by dirtbomb

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Woah he looks amazing

Yeah, the dude is a true inspiration. Do know that he is a BIG advocate of getting sun everyday without sunscreen, so expect his skin to age. I think he is 57 right now.

Another paleo man that is old and looks amazing is Art Devanny, he is 72 and in an extremely good shape.

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Hi, I'm brand new to the forum. I've been on a high protein and low carb diet for quite some time, back-in-the-day we called it the Atkins diet, and I do think my skin stays calmest when I stick with it. I'm 50 and I've been able to stay pretty thin this way. I eat mostly meat and vegetables. I really don't eat fruit, so I do take vitamins (lose dose, nothing crazy) to make sure I'm getting enough Vitamin C, etc. Good luck, I'm a fan of this kind of regimen, and I hope it works for you.

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Hello everyone.

It has past almost a week since i started low carb diet.

I respected this week my diet and ate a lot of chicken, fish, spinach,eggs, parsley,pepper,green salad,tomatos,cucumber and nuts(raw almonds especially).

I ate NO: fruit,breqad,grains,processed food,sweets, diary(think i will try it in the future)

Exceptions were insignificant: I ate few times chicken in arabian bread.

First impresion: My face looks better, my friends really noticed that but I'm more delighted for my back and chest were the improvments are pleaseful.

Result: Until now the result is a little bit over what i was expectig becouse I'm an ex-vegetarian so i was skeptical.

I'm not euphoric until i see my skin 100% clear. After 5 yeares of battle I'm not impressed if I"m a little better.

I'm trying now to stay cool and concentrated on diet becouse something tells me that "this could be it"

Side effects:

Changgind from vegetarian to a lot of meat had some side effects:

- I poo only once in 2 days not once a day like before.

- My sweat smells stronger.

- In the morning my tongue is white(I have white tongue in the morning since 2 years but now is harder-after i rub it it goes away anyway)

...and with all that my skin is better.

Conclusion: week1/4- noticeble improvements but too early for a serious conclusion.

I will make a serious conclusion at the end of week 4 but, what I can say now is that I will eat meat all my life becouse, on me personaly , has a good effect.

Seeýa next week ;).

God please!...heal me !

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I ALMOST WILL FOLLOW THIS

Hopefully this will motivate me to keep going on my low carb diet

So keep us updated i also have to avoid this site so i can focus on my health better

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Week 3

Results are amazing !!!!!! it works! My acne is about 70% gone, cleared. I teel everyone I meet that i found the acne cure.

My diet in the last week:

I added yougurt and raw chese to my diet but they had no side effect on me, my skin is getting lighter everyday.

Other food that I eat are still the same: eggs, meat, ssed and nuts,and green vegetables(plus diary added in the last week but no milk only yogurt and cheese).

I did not eat(and probably I won't eat very soon):

Fruit - not at all, Sugar, Grains, Bread , oil-cooked food.

And that's it, i'm done with it(I hope next moth I'm gonna be 100% clear - I'll let U know if i do)

My theory for this: I did a little reseach on the intenet and I found that METABOLIC TYPING is a good explanation for this. I'm a protien type, so I sould eat high quality protein on every meal and keep all carb low. PROTEIN IS THE MAIN FUEL FOR BODY.

here is a link with metabolic typing explained.

PS: If i tell to any doctor that I was vegetarian for 2 years and I was full of acne, and I tell him that meat and eggs cured me would he belive me ? Becouse everyone conrated me for being vegetarian but my body looked like Sh*t.

I wish you a fast and good healing !

Edited by bubba_da_fuzz

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The Protein Type Diet

Characteristics of Your Metabolic Type

Many Protein Types share similar characteristics. However, if you're a Protein Type, that doesn't mean you're like everyone else in your metabolic category in the way you react to foods, your strengths and weaknesses, your energy level, the strength of your appetite, and so on. After all, you're unique on a metabolic level!

Nonetheless, here are some typical tendencies you may have in common with other Protein Types:

Strong Appetites

Protein types tend to have strong appetites to the point of being ravenously hungry a great deal of the time. You may feel the need to eat frequently, though you're also likely to have a hard time feeling satisfied with meals and snacks. In addition, you probably have a tendency to overeat sometimes, perhaps even stuffing yourself to the bursting point, only to find that you're still hungry.

Cravings for Fatty, Salty Foods

Protein types typically gravitate toward rich, fatty, salty foods like sausages, pizza, and roasted and salted nuts. However, if you stray too far from these heavier foods and consume too many carbohydrates, you may quickly find yourself craving sugar. The likelihood is that the more you eat anything sweet, the stronger your cravings become.

And sugar most likely causes your energy to drop or makes you feel nervous and jittery.

Failure with Low-Calorie Diets

You may have tried to lose weight by cutting calories, only to find your weight either increased or stayed the same. Or perhaps you've had the willpower to try radical measures like fasting or the "grapefruit diet," but were astonished to find that your weight actually increased despite these severe deprivation approaches.

Fatigue, Anxiety, Nervousness

Characteristically, those with your metabolic type have energy problems of one kind or another-either lethargy or a "hyped-up" kind of superficial energy.

In other words, you might have low, "flat" energy, and be prone to feeling apathetic, depressed, listless, and sleepy. Or you might feel "wired" or "on edge" on the surface of things, while feeling exhausted underneath. When you feel anxious, nervous, jittery, or shaky, eating probably makes you feel better.

If any of these situations describes you, it's a clear indication that you're pumping the wrong kind of "body fuel" into your "engine of metabolism."

Dietary Emphasis for Protein Types

As a Protein Type, what you need is a diet comprised of relatively high amounts of protein and fat compared with carbohydrates.

But, all proteins are not created equal. You need to focus on certain kinds of proteins-those high in fat and high in purines.

As you'll see in the food list I've prepared for you, there are many type of foods that are rich in purines.

More than any other kinds of foods, purine-containing foods are oxidized (converted to energy) at the proper rate for your metabolic type.

At the opposite end of the spectrum from purine proteins are carbohydrates. People with your metabolic type need to minimize the consumption of carbohydrates, since they're converted to energy to quickly.

The heavier proteins and fatty foods effectively slow down the too-fast oxidative rates of most Protein Types.

For many years, popular wisdom has held that red meat and high fat diets are bad for human beings. But this is simply not true. The truth is, any food can be good for you and any food can be bad for you. Everything is dependent on your metabolic type.

If you happen to be a Protein Type, you definitely need a high protein, high-fat diet in order to lose weight, feel energized both physically and mentally, and stay on an even keel emotionally. Over the longer term, this same diet, if properly followed and tailored to your metabolic individuality, can prevent you from developing all kinds of serious degenerative diseases-cardiovascular problems, immune deficiency, blood sugar abnormalities, osteoporosis, arthritis, digestive disorders, and many other chronic illnesses-all of which are rooted in metabolic imbalance.

Important Tips on Your Allowable Foods...

Eat Protein at Every Meal

Eating sufficient protein at every meal will maximize your energy and trim your waistline, and assure peak performance. Failure to do this can lead to chronic fatigue, diminished well-being, and emotional imbalances such as depression, anxiety, and melancholy. Many people make the mistake of eating carbohydrate alone at a meal or snack. This is especially undesirable for your metabolic type. It will only worsen your imbalance, tend to increase your fat stores, and intensify any food cravings, particularly for sugar or other sweets.

Emphasize High-density, High-purine Proteins

Purines are special substances derived from a class of proteins called nucleoproteins, which play an important part in the energy producing processes in body tissues. They have particular benefit for protein-type metabolizers and directly contribute to balancing their body chemistry. Note that any animal, fowl, and seafood protein is permissible in your diet. As higher-density proteins, animal proteins are preferable to the vegetable proteins. But due to the special needs of your metabolic type, you fare better on high- and medium-purine proteins. These are all the foods listed in the meat/fowl and seafood columns in your Allowable Foods Chart. Most people in your metabolic type category require a higher purine protein with every meal. Lower-purine or lower-density proteins like dairy, legumes, and nuts are not a substitute. You should notice that if you eat low-purine, low-density foods as the primary protein source at any meal, you won't feel as satisfied, nor will your performance or energy be optimal. On the other hand, incorporating the higher-purine, higher-density proteins into two or three of your meals on a daily basis will supercharge your diet with the ideal fuel mixture for your engines of metabolism.

Snack as Needed

If you snack, be sure to include a protein food. It's best for your metabolic type to never eat carbohydrate alone. Any protein can be used for a snack, but stick with what works best for you. You may find that nuts or dairy work well for snacks but are not adequate protein sources for main meals. On the other hand, if nuts or dairy snacks leave you hungry or craving something sweet, or cause a drop in energy or mood, you likely will need heavier proteins for snacks as well. Learn to listen to your body!

Be Cautious with Carbohydrates

Any plant-based food-grains, vegetables, or fruits-are carbohydrates. But there are different kinds of carbohydrates and they don't all affect your metabolism in the same way. For example, some carbohydrates are higher in starch and some carbohydrates are lower in starch. Starchy carbohydrates break down easily into sugar, which means they hit your bloodstream quickly. This can cause a strong insulin response from your pancreas, which can lead to increased fat storage and blood sugar problems like hypoglycemia. Over time, excess insulin secretion can contribute to more severe disorders such as: allergies, asthma, alcoholism, atherosclerosis, cancer, carbohydrate addiction, heart disease, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, hypertension, obesity, and peptic ulcers. Carrots, potatoes, squash, bananas, and all grains tend to be high in starch and must be carefully regulated. Thus, grains, starchy vegetables, and fruits are your "caution carbs." For this reason, Protein Types do best limiting starches and need to emphasize the non-starchy vegetables as their primary source of carbohydrates.

Beware of Bread

Limit bread intake, both in quantity and frequency, as much as possible. If possible, opt for sprouted-grain breads like Ezekiel or Manna brands. Unlike regular breads, sprouted-grain breads won't inhibit calcium absorption, thereby disrupting your calcium balance-a critical consideration for your metabolic type. When you do eat bread, always use butter, as it will minimize any potential adverse blood sugar fluctuations.

Go Easy with Grains

Use only whole-grain products. Do not consume any refined grain products made with white flour or enriched flour. All baked foods should contain only whole grain flours. However, avoid wheat and wheat products as much as possible, since wheat breaks down into sugar faster than any other grain and therefore has a disruptive influence on insulin metabolism. But don't worry-most any other grain is fine for your metabolic type. Here's a tip: Try using spelt instead of wheat, since spelt shares many of wheat's desirable attributes for baking but not wheat's influences on insulin. Keep in mind, though, that all grains are starches, which means they readily break down into sugar, so they should be used sparingly. For this reason, cooked whole grains are preferable to products like breads and crackers. The worst offenders for your metabolism are refined grains of all kinds.

Closely Monitor Fruits

Because Protein Types tend to be fast oxidizers or parasympathetic dominants, they're predisposed to low blood sugar problems. This means you're not likely to do well on fruits, which are high in potassium and sugar. However, most Protein Types do well on avocados and olives, and limited amounts of apples, pears, and bananas that are not fully ripe. But you're likely to run into big problems if you attempt to eat fruit by itself.

Use Juices Judiciously

Vegetable juices, as long as they're freshly made, are allowed in moderation-but don't have more than one glass, three to four times per week. It's best to use a combination of starchy and nonstarchy vegetables such as carrot, celery, and spinach. Use a reduced proportion of starchy vegetables like carrots, since they're too sugary. Do no consume fruit juices at all. Fruit juices, or even excessive amounts of vegetable juice, will strongly imbalance your metabolic type and lead to weight gain, food cravings, blood sugar fluctuations, energy disruptions, and a desire for sugar. Avoid canned juices of any kind.

Freely Use Fats and 0ils

The subject of fats and oils and their effects on human metabolism has been extensively researched and documented. An in-depth discussion of them is beyond the scope of this book (for a complete discussion, see Fats and Oils, an excellent book by Udo Erasmus).

In general, what you need to know is that fats and oils in their natural state are not bad for you and eating them will not produce high cholesterol or heart disease any more than any other natural food. Fats contain fatty acids that are essential for good health, efficient immune function, normal hormonal production, cellular respiration (energy production), proper cell membrane permeability-in short, for life itself. Whether a food is good or bad depends both on the quality of the food and on the metabolic type of the person consuming the food. Fats are no exception. Unlike other types, Protein Types need to support their metabolisms by consuming liberal amounts of natural oils and fats.

But never consume margarine, hydrogenated oils, or fat substitutes, as research is uncovering the fact that these substances can have a serious negative impact on your health! If you must buy packaged foods, read the labels to make sure they do not contain these substances. Use only real butter (organic if possible) and natural cold pressed oils that have been properly manufactured. Recommended brands are Omega, Flora, or Bio-San, widely available in health food stores. Other good sources from which to derive your quota for fatty acids are from nuts, nut butters, and the animal-based foods listed in your

Allowable Foods Chart.

Certain foods really aggravate your metabolic imbalances and should be avoided. You may have strong adverse reactions to these foods, or if your metabolism is less sensitive, the reactions may be slight or even nonexistent. Or your reactions to these problem foods could vary from time to time. All these possibilities are common and reflect yet another facet of metabolic individuality.

Keep in mind that the effects of nutrition are cumulative. The more you ingest a food, the stronger the effect becomes. So even if you don't display any noticeable adverse reactions, it's still best to minimize your intake of the following foods whenever possible.

In short, stick to your allowable foods. But, if you simply must eat something not on that list, be aware that the following foods are particularly undesirable for your metabolism.

Alcohol

In any form (beer, wine, hard liquor), alcohol is a form of poison to your body. When you consume it, your body must detoxify it and neutralize its adverse effects. From this standpoint, it really isn't good for anyone. But as a simple sugar, alcohol is also the worst kind of fuel for Protein Types, particularly if you're a fast oxidizer. Instead of providing a steady and prolonged conversion to energy, ingesting alcohol is akin to throwing gasoline on your metabolic fire-it produces a quick energy burst but is followed by an energy crash. Similarly, if you're a parasympathetic Protein Type, you might experience a temporary lift from drinking alcohol, but the result will be only a worsening of your metabolic type's natural inclination toward low blood sugar, along with excessive insulin secretion and increased fat storage.

Allergenic or Reactive Foods

Your Allowable Foods Chart provides recommendations for foods that will specifically support your metabolic type. This means that they contain the right balance of nutrients for your type. Whether or, not you are currently reactive or allergic to any of these foods is a completely different issue. If you have known reactions to any recommended foods, leave them out of your diet temporarily, but try them from time to time. As your chemistry changes, so too may your food reactivities. This is the experience of many individuals who have, properly customized their diets to match their metabolism.

Caffeine

Avoid caffeine products as much as possible, including coffee, black, teas, caffeine-containing herbs, and soft drinks. If you do insist on drinking coffee, make sure it's organic and limit it to no more than one to two weak cups per day. Also, when drinking caffeinated beverages, make sure to eat some protein, as protein will, to a degree, help combat caffeine's adverse effects on your type. Bottom line: Caffeine is counter-productive for your metabolism, whether you are a fast oxidizer or a parasympathetic dominant. In fast oxidizers, coffee directly worsens the imbalances in their cellular oxidative processes, increasing their oxidation rate even further. In parasympathetics, the caffeine stimulation to the adrenals is akin to whipping a tired horse, as most parasympathetics have weaker adrenal function to begin with. Short term, this stimulation is pleasurable, but long term it only worsens the problem by further exhausting the adrenals.

Fruit Juices/Citrus Fruits

Fruit juices in general, and citrus fruits specifically, are best avoided. Fruit juices are too high in sugar for Protein Types. Devoid of fibre, the concentrated juice has a particularly powerful negative impact on your type. The flooding of sugar into your bloodstream causes a strong insulin surge that rapidly lowers blood sugar and increases fat storage. And next to alcohol, citrus fruit is probably the poorest choice of any food for you-whether you are a fast oxidizer or a parasympathetic dominant. Because citrus fruit is high in potassium, sugar, and citric acid, it directly accelerates fast oxidative processes, worsening the imbalances of fast oxidizers. In parasympathetics, citrus has the most powerful alkalinizing effect of any food and thus dramatically worsens their already too-alkaline body chemistry, leading to increased lethargy, depression, and fatigue.

Sugar

In significant quantities, sugar is not good for anyone. However, sugar is particularly bad for your metabolic type, so avoid or minimize it as much as you can. Be especially watchful for hidden sugars in processed packaged foods. Sugar is added to a great many commercial foods, and it can really add up if you're not careful, secretly sabotaging your best intentions to follow your dietary recommendations. By the way, by 'sugar' I mean all forms of sugar-processed and natural-including beet sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, fructose, maltose, dextrose, corn syrup, maple syrup, etc.

Foods High in Oxalic Acids

Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring acid in some foods that interferes with the absorption of calcium. Because calcium is particularly important for your metabolic type, you should avoid or minimize -foods high in oxalic acid. These include black tea, blackberry, beets, beet greens, chard, chocolate, cocoa, cranberries, currants (red), endive, gooseberries, grapes, green peppers, plums, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes. Apples, asparagus, and spinach are exceptions. The good news is that cooking destroys the oxalic acid, so items such as beets, beet greens, chard, cranberries, green peppers, rhubarb, asparagus, and spinach are all best eaten when cooked.

High-Glycaemic Foods

All carbohydrates-fruits, vegetables, grains-are converted to glucose in the body. Carbohydrates are categorized according to the rate or speed at which they hit the bloodstream as glucose, and are ranked accordingly in what is known as the glycaemic index (GI). High glycaemic foods such as grains and starchy vegetables hit your bloodstream much more rapidly than low-glycaemic foods like proteins and fats. That's why you need to carefully regulate high-glycaemic foods and place much more emphasis on those foods that are lower on the GI. Your metabolic type simply can't handle large amounts of foods that convert rapidly to glucose in your bloodstream. Whenever you do eat high-glycaemic foods, be sure to eat plenty of protein and fat at the same time to help slow down the rate at which high-glycaemic foods are converted to sugar. (Note: Check Chapter 9 for the complete glycaemic index. It's very important for all metabolic types to become familiar with the GI, but it's particularly critical for your type.)

Foods High in Phytates

As Sally Fallon, Pat Connolly, and Mary Enig point out in their wonderful book Nourishing Traditions (Mega Distributing, 1-800-2311776), in every traditional culture in the world, for thousands o years, whole grains have been prepared by soaking or fermenting them prior to cooking. Modern science has revealed the wisdom o these traditions by discovering that all grains and legumes contain substances called phytates. Phytic acid is a chemical found in the bran portion of grains and the skins of legumes. It binds with calcium (and iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc) in the intestinal tract, thereby preventing absorption of these minerals. When consumed excessively, phytates can cause serious mineral deficiencies, allergies, intestinal distress, and bone loss. Since you're a Protein Type, with an increased need for calcium, phytate products are particularly problematic for you. All grains contain phytates, but wheat, oats, soy, and soymilk have the highest concentration. What to do? Simply soak any grains (such as oat, millet, rye, barley, and quinoa) overnight before you cook them. You can also liberally use miso, soy sauce, and tempeh, since these are fermented products, and fermentation destroys phytates. However, tofu, soymilk, and soy protein powders are not fermented and do contain phytates, so you should limit consumption of these food items. Sprouted-grain breads, and sour dough bread with its long fermentation process, are also almost entirely free of phytates. All other breads are full of phytates and should be limited or avoided.

Foods High in Gluten and Enzyme Inhibitors

Grains contain hard-to-digest proteins like gluten. Insufficient digestion of such proteins has been linked to problems such as allergies, celiac disease (sprue), mental illness, indigestion, and yeast overgrowth (candida albicans). But here again, soaking and fermentation renders such proteins more digestible and their nutrients more readily available. So, sourdough breads and sprouted breads are preferable to other varieties. Soybeans also contain potent enzyme inhibitors that need to be neutralized through fermentation or soaking.

Your Macronutrient Ratio

This diet is easy! There are only two things you need to remember:

1. Eat the right kinds of foods for your type and avoid the wrong foods for your type-in other words, stick to your allowable foods.

2. Eat the right proportions of macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) at each meal.

If you think of your food as fuel, then the proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats can be viewed as your fuel mixture. If you get the right fuel for your type and the right fuel mixture, you'll have a powerful force at work. Your food will be efficiently converted to energy rather than stored as fat.

Here's your general macronutrient ratio:

Stick to your seventy percent/thirty percent food ratio whenever you eat, getting approximately thirty percent of your calories from carbohydrates, and about seventy percent of your calories from proteins and fats. Note that more of your calories should come from protein than from fat.

It's not necessary to be perfectly precise in terms of your percentages. When combining your food, just try to approximate as best you can.

It's unnecessary to measure out by weight everything you eat, or to calculate the number of calories in a meal. When you get the right balance for your metabolism, your appetite will naturally be satisfied, and the calorie issue will eventually take care of itself. So it doesn't matter whether you eat a small meal or a large meal or something in between. What is important is eating the right foods for your type and in the right proportions for your type every time you eat.

If you happen to be especially concerned with weight loss, or if you need to lose a significant amount of weight, I will explain issues regarding calories and food quantities in the chapter on weight management. However, it's very important to realize that:

Your weight will begin to normalize just by eating the right foods in he right combinations. When you balance your macronutrients properly, you'll lose weight if you're overweight and gain weight if you're underweight.

Try to eat at regular intervals and stick to the same mealtimes every day if at all possible. It's also important to eat when you're hungry, preferably before you get hungry, so snack if you need to. This will keep you from overeating and will keep your blood sugar on an even keel.

A helpful way to think about your macronutrient percentages is in terms of a plate of food. The majority of food on your plate should be protein and fat (two thirds) and the rest should be carbohydrate (one third), primarily of the nonstarchy variety.

A lot of people are very confused about how to eat a meal composed of thirty percent fat. But you'll notice that most of the proteins listed in your Allowable Foods Chart are also sources of natural fats and oils. This means that your requirement for fats can easily be met just by eating your protein foods and making liberal use of butter and oils on your foods.

THE PROTEIN TYPE DIET

Sample Menus

The following are suggestions only for possible meal plans. These are not intended as recipes, but are provided as ideas for good ways to use your allowable foods. Feel free to create your own menus, combining your allowable foods in any manner that suits your taste at any given meal. Your metabolic type needs to make sure you get protein every time you eat. Refrain from eating carbohydrate all by itself. Note that snacks should always contain proteins. Bon appetit!

Finding Your Personal Fuel Mix

It's important to keep in mind that the seventy percent/thirty percent macronutrient ratio is a general guideline for Protein Types. Think o it as a starting point or a first step. It provides you with the general parameters you need to follow in order to be at your best. Due to metabolic individuality, however, different people within the protein type category have different macronutrient requirements.

As an example, some Protein Types can get by on less protein and tolerate larger amounts of carbohydrates, even those with higher sugar/ starch content. Other people need more protein and are highly sensitive to even small amounts of carbohydrates-starchy or nonstarchy.

Everyone is different, which means that the specific proportion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that might work well for you is not necessarily the same identical proportion of macronutrients that would work well for other people in your metabolic category.

Think of your Protein Type category as a sliding scale, or a continuum, or a spectrum of variable macronutrient requirements.

PROTEIN TYPES

• Higher Protein: Lower Carb

• Moderate Protein: Moderate Carb

• Lower Protein: Higher Carb

What you need to do is to pinpoint your own highly individualized macronutrient ratio. In other words, you need to refine or tailor the general macronutrient ratio for Protein Types to your own particular needs. You need to identify what I call your personal fuel mix.

Once you discover your personal fuel mix, you'll know how to combine your foods-proteins, carbohydrates, and fats-in proportions that are just right for you. This will make a huge difference the way you feel following meals and snacks.

You'll know when you've hit your personal fuel mix because you will immediately have strong and lasting physical energy and mental clarity, a solid sense of well being, and a sense of fullness and satisfaction, as opposed to persistent hunger and sweet cravings.

How do you find your personal fuel mix? It's really very simple. All you need to do is experiment a little by consuming varying amounts of carbohydrates.

Remember, as a Protein Type, excess amounts of carbohydrates- especially the starchy, sugary kind-are your downfall, since they produce lowered energy, mood swings, blood sugar problems, and food cravings.

As a first step, you'll need to restrict your carbohydrate intake for a few days. Once you know what it feels like to be almost entirely off carbohydrates, you can start adding them in again, a little at a time, until you hit your personal fuel mix.

If you go beyond your personal fuel mix, by eating excessive carbohydrates, you'll know it. Why? Because you'll lose your energy, sense of well being, and feelings of satisfaction very quickly after eating. On the other hand, if you fail to reach your personal fuel mix by eating too few carbohydrates-you'll experience the very same kind of negative symptoms.

To find your personal fuel mix, all you need to do is follow the simple steps below.

Twelve Simple Steps for Finding Your Personal Fuel Mix

1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs"- grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables-as well as milk products.

2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.

3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following nonstarchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.

4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.

5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.

6. Most Protein Types will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, will lose their sweet cravings, and will feel a distinct energy boost. Some Protein Types can experience withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than forty-eight hours. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flu like sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to you, just hang in there for two to three days and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings listed above.

7. Typically, Protein Types will feel better for five to seven days after eliminating all the "caution carbs." Sometime thereafter they generally begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, and then crave sweets and feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. When you reach this point, increase the amount of nonstarchy vegetables (eat only those on your Allowable Foods Chart) as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.

8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your nonstarchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable from your Allowable Food Chart, such as artichoke, corn, peas, potato, or winter squash with dinner.

9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.

10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.

11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.

12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms- fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.

Remember, too many or too few carbohydrates in relation to protein will produce similar symptoms.

Once you've come this far, you'll know how to manage your meals with great precision. But there are more techniques you can use to customize and fine-tune your diet even further.

Edited by bubba_da_fuzz

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Thx for the read, defo will try a different approach to my diet.

I recently have been thinking that carbs are my bane for break outs because if I remember correctly 2 1/2 years ago before the major breakout that ruined my life I was eating alot of bananas and some other foods as well.

My back as just broke out again and recently have started eating a high carb diet so I will/am now trying out a low carb diet starting from now, and see what happens.

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Just wondering how its still going bubba_da_fuzz, all good and positive?

It has past 1 and a half months since i started.

I'm still very pleased about my acne even if I'm only at 80% clear.

I still have some hlack heads on my nose and few bumbs on my back, but at least my shoulders and my chest cleared 100%.

In this moment there is nothing that could make me drop this diet.

I will eat lika this all my life becouse I discovered I'm a PROTEIN TYPE:

Other things that happened to me:

- Since I eat 0% bread, cereals and fruit(except cocount) , and evey time i'm hungry I eat a LOT of meat vith vegetables:

* I can eat a doule quantity of food, and never feel overeaten.

* I have no more GASES (I used to eat a lot of fruit when i was vegetarian- now I see they weren't good for me)

* My energy level increased and I took few kg (I'm a slim guy)

Now I pray to God to help me get to 100% clear until to summer comes.

ps: In my opinion praying has the same importance as the diet has.

I The last 5 years I've been working hard with full motivation to get rid of ACNE, and it happened so that many times I went from bad to wore.

I'm convinced this is God's hand that shows me the roght path , because I can't explain myself how did NOT managed to find cure in 5 years of researching(being vegetarian,fater fasing,juice fasting,candida diet etc).

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Very happy to hear this is working for you man.

One thing I read in your earlier post is that you only poo once every 2 days. This is very normal on a low carb diet as less of the food you eat goes to waste, and your body becomes more efficient. All carbs include fibre too, which goes straight through the body in most cases as it has nothing for the body to use as energy.

Hope that gives you some info, im currently doing this diet myself, except for a small amount of carbs post workout.

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