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Specific Carbohydrate Diet

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Here you will find tidbits of information and links to Low Carb diet news. This info has been collected from around the web or submitted by users.

Low-Carb Diet Tips
As seen on on January 4, 2005.


All Calories Are Not Created Equal
As seen on on November 25, 2004.


Low-Carb Diets Have Benefits
As seen on on November 7, 2004.


Can Low-Carb Diets Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer?
As seen on on September 6, 2004.


Grilled Chicken With Dip Keeps You Eating Low-Carb
As seen on on July 22, 2004.


Low-Carb Corn
As seen on on July 16, 2004.


Introduction of New Low-Carb Potato
As seen on on June 3, 2004.


FDA to Determine 'low-carb'
As seen on on March 24, 2004.


Tips To Help Stick With A Low-Carb Diet
As seen on on February 24, 2004.


Low-Carb Plan Gets Put To The Test
As seen on on February 11, 2004.


Uncovering the Atkins Diet Secret
As seen on BBC News on January 21, 2004.


Low-carb Diet Works Swell In Hawaii
As seen on on January 14, 2004.


Egg Prices Surge With Popularity of Low-Carb Diets
As seen on on December 15, 2003.


Study Surprise: Low-Carb Dieters Eat More, Lose Weight
As seen on on October 16, 2003.


Tips To Keep You Slim
As seen in the Sunday Mirror UK on June 15, 2003.


Diet Doctor Atkins Critical After Fall
As seen on on April 10, 2003.


Atkins-Like Diet May Help Kids With Epilepsy
As seen on on March 19, 2003.


The Diet Bottom Line: One Size Doesn't Fit All
As seen in the Wichita Eagle on January 14, 2003.


Fat Matters: Experts Hail Omega-3 In Salmon
As seen in the Detroit Free Press on January 7, 2003.


Atkins Low-Carb Diet Gaining Some Respect
As seen in the St. Petersburg Times on November 19, 2002.


Eat When Stressed But Eat Right
As seen on


Stop Eating Your Anger
By Sally Shannon, as seen at


Carbohydrate Addict's Diet Q and A
By Jonny Bowden, as seen at


Elizabeth Cohen: The Skinny on "Good Fats"
As seen at on July 8, 2002.


Carbs Explained
Carb question answered by nutrition expert, Dr. Allen Spreen as seen at


Atkins Diet Author Home After Cardiac Arrest
As seen at on April 25, 2002.


'Programmed Obesity' Handed Down To Next Generation
As seen in the Daily University Science News on April 24, 2002.


Short-Sightedness May be Tied to Refined Diet
As seen at on April 5, 2002.


Do Low Carb Diets Work?
An article by By Sebastien Stefanov, nutritional correspondent for, as seen at


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Healthy Eating for Diabetes - Books and Links for
Carb Controlled Diet Plans for Diabetes
(low carb diets that do not induce ketosis)
By Lahle Wolfe, staff writer for Islets of Hope

I have chosen to use comparison links for some low carb plans found on a low carb diet support site.  The site (in fairness to them) is good -- and does sell the books.  We won't be offended if you choose to purchase from them but remember that when you purchase books via our site, half of all the profits go directly to to help income challenged persons purchase diabetes supplies and insulin pumps.

Low carb and carbohydrate controlled diet information
Mini Site Index
Carbohydrate Addicts Diet (CAD)
The Carbohydrate Specific Diet
The Diet Cure
Fat Flush Plan
Insulin Resistance Diet
The Go Diet
Life Without Bread
The Schwarzbein Principle
Suzanne Sommers Sommersize
South Beach Diet
Sugar Busters
The Zone

Note: The Carbohydrate Specific Diet is not a low-carb diet, but one that is suggested by the author to be used on helping to control the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Schwarzbein Principle Series
Read about the Schwarzbein Principal

schwarzbein principle                                 schwarzbein principle program                            schwarzbein principle cookbook   
Schwarzbein Principle             SBP: The Program                    SBP Cookbook   


 schwarzbein principle vegetarian cookbook                                      schwarzbein principle II the transition 
SBP Vegetarian Cookbook        SBP Principle II: The Transition

From her work with insulin-resistant patients with Type II diabetes, Dr. Schwarzbein concludes that low-fat diets cause heart attacks, eating fat makes you lose body fat, and it's important to eat high-cholesterol foods every day. Picture cardiologists and dieticians tearing their hair out and overweight people cheering as they dive into Eggs Benedict with sausage.

According to Schwarzbein, the high-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate-protein diet that most dieticians and disease-prevention organizations recommend is the culprit that turns people into diabetics, makes them age faster and get degenerative diseases, and keeps them fat and unhealthy. She supports her theory with case studies of people who were sick and miserable on high-carb, low-fat diets and who sprang to life when they "balanced" their diets with more fat and protein. Schwarzbein recommends avoiding "man-made carbohydrates"--processed carbs--in favor of those you could "pick, gather or milk." She instructs patients to eat "as much good fat as their body needs": eggs, avocados, flaxseed oil, butter, mayonnaise, and olive oil. Sorry, but fried foods and hydrogenated fats are "bad fats," or "damaged fats," as Schwarzbein calls them. You can eat as many eggs a day as you want on this plan, plus meat (even sausage--as long as it's nitrate-free--and pâté), saturated fat, cream, and nonstarchy vegetables. The book includes a four-week meal plan and about 15 recipes.

Book Description. The Schwarzbein Principle is a holistic guide to achieving lasting weight loss, normalizing metabolism and maintaining ideal body composition through lifestyle and nutrition. By bringing the internal systems into balance, the Schwarzbein program has been proven to: reverse type II diabetes; free people from food cravings for chocolate, caffeine and sugar; cure depression and mood swings; and reduce body fat while building lean tissue. The nutritional program consists of two phases -Healing and Maintenance - which are easy to adopt into any lifestyle. Instead of shunning fat, the program advocates eating all of the good fats and proteins your body needs as well as an unlimited portion of non-starchy carbohydrates. By incorporating the lifestyle components of stress management, exercise and eliminating harmful stimulants, program participants experience renewed energy and vitality.


The Diet Cure
Read about The Diet Cure

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The Diet Cure                 The Mood Cure          

The Diet Cure.  For most health books, the word cure in the title is a definite sign to steer clear. The Diet Cure is a refreshing exception. Author Julia Ross has the unusual job description of "nutritional psychologist," which means that she works with people to eradicate food cravings, addictions, and eating... Read more

The Mood Cure.  Ross, author of The Diet Cure, here offers a prescriptive plan designed to relieve a variety of ailments from seasonal disorders, stress, irritability and depression. Ross believes that many of these annoying and, in some cases, severely disabling disorders can be relieved through a change in diet... Read more


Fat Flush Plan
Read about the Fat Flush Plan

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Fat Flush Plan    Complete FF Program        FF Foods        FF Cookbook      FF Fitness Plan     FF Journal & Shopping Guide

The keys to overweight are liver toxicity, waterlogged tissues, fear of eating fat, excess insulin, and stress, asserts nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Her Fat Flush Plan addresses these problems with a targeted diet.

The Fat Flush Plan, filled with nutritional analysis and detailed explanations, is not a quick read. Despite Gittleman's assertion that the plan is "as easy as 1-2-3," it is quite regimented. No white flour, white sugar, margarine, vegetable shortening, artificial sweeteners, or caffeine. The diet emphasizes essential oils (e.g., flaxseed and GLA), protein (eight ounces or more, plus two eggs a day), vegetables, thermogenic spices (e.g., ginger and cayenne), water, and diuretic beverages (eight glasses/day of diluted, unsweetened cranberry juice). In its first two-week phase, the plan is a rigid, low calorie (1,100-1,200 calories/day), low-carb (no grains or starchy vegetables) diet. Phase two lets you increase your calories to 1,500 and add two "friendly carbs." Phase three, the "lifestyle program," moderately adds more dairy, carbs, and calories. Gittleman promotes walking and recommends strength training in phase three.

The book includes 41 recipes such as Grilled Lamb Chops with Cinnamon and Coriander, Breakfast Egg Fu Yung, and Cumin Sautéed Scallops. The Fat Flush Plan is recommended for dieters willing to commit to a strict plan for weight loss. --Joan Price


Life Without Bread
Read about the Life Without Bread Plan

life without bread
Life Without Bread

First Sentence: CONTRARY TO CURRENT POPULAR WISDOM, it is carbohydrates, not fat, that contribute to many dietary related diseases. Read the first page

Christopher Allen (Santa Monica, CA) has been a database professional for almost 20 ears. He is an OCP DBA and an OCP Application Developer and has worked on numerous Oracle Financials implementations. In addition, he has taught several hundred computer classes to adults, resulting in extensive experience communicating technical information in ways that are easy to absorb and easy to remember. His published works include the Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide (co-author, Oracle Press), Hard Disk Smarts (John Wiley Publishing), and four books on Lotus (Que). He also served as technical editor for Microsoft's DOS 5 and DOS 6 manuals. He is currently employed at Metier, an Oracle partner company that provides consulting services in the Los Angeles area.


South Beach Diet Series
Read about The South Beach Diet

south beach diet                              south beach quick and easy cook book                          soouth ebach good carbs good fats guide                        
South Beach Diet                         South Beach Diet                        South Beach Diet Good Fats/Carbs Guide   
Quick & Easy Cookbook

south beach diet on cd                       south beach dining guide                             south beach diet cookbook
South Beach Diet on CD               South Beach Dining Guide             South Beach Diet BD Cookbook  


The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (CAD)
Read About CAD

Sorry, I refuse to sell this book.  No offense to the Heller's but I have personally encountered dozens of women who had serious trouble with this diet -- and blamed themselves.  Many persons with a medical need to focus heavily on eating already may be prone to a higher risk for developing an eating disorder.  It is my personal opinion that CAD encourages abnormal eating patterns.  The basic premise of the day is to eat a severely restricted low carb diet for two meals and the third meal is called the "Reward Meal."  For the reward meal you are permitted to eat anything you want as long as it is within a certain time frame (think binge disorder) and in a certain proportion to other foods.

You want more cake (yes, you can have cake on this diet) just eat more veggies too. To almost starve part of the day is not healthy for anyone trying to manage blood glucose and then to be permitted to eat as much as you want as long as it is in a condensed period is something I really have a hard time swallowing.  I know that Rachel Heller also has PCOS, and maybe the plan works well for her, but for too many, it simply teaches bad habits and quilt from over eating during reward meals.

Lahle Wolfe,
PCOS & Diabetes Eating Disorder Group
Founder and Moderator for 9 years


The Zone Series
Read about The Zone Diet

enter the zone          zone food blocks                      the top 100 zone foods                         mastering the zone                    a week in the zone    
Enter the Zone      Zone Building Blocks      The Top 100 Zone Foods      Mastering the Zone       A Week in the Zone     

what to eat in the zone                        zone perfect meals in seconds                   zone perfect meals in minutes                                     the soy zone 
What to Eat in the Zone       Zone Meals in Seconds          Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes          The Soy Zone   

the zone on cd
The Zone on Audio CD

anti aging zone                         the age free zone                          anit inflammatory zone                                  omega rx zone
The Anti-Aging Zone           The Age-Free Zone             Anti-Inflammation Zone                 Omega Rx Zone 

I have done the Zone several times when I tired of truly low carb diets (Atkins and Protein Power are my staples, but I sometimes take a "break" on South Beach, Sugar Busters, and low glycemic plans, including the Zone).  Eventually, I do gain weight on the Zone (but I am one of those lucky persons severely metabolic challenged with PCOS, a thyroid disorder, and diabetes).  The plan is very permissive but you have to plan your meals carefully.  Servings are generous and you will likely not be hungry on this plan, but it is hard to eat out on the Zone unless you really are good at calculating fat/protein/carb ratio.  I suggest the Zone Block book or A Week in the Zone as a supplement to beginners simply because a lot of the calculating will be done for you.  The Zone is a nice transition diet when you want to get off of ketogenic low carb diets.

A note on Zone bars: The tiny bars are meal replacements, not snacks.  If you have a Zone bar for snack, you only get half!


The Insulin Resistance Diet
Read about the Insulin Resistance Diet Plan

the insulin resistance diet book
The Insulin Resistance Diet

The Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine recommends a well-researched health program based on the relationship between insulin and fat. While low-fat foods are a part of the plan, Cheryle R. Hart and Mary Kay Grossman (doctors at the Women's Workshop, a medical... Read more

Note:  This is NOT the same plan as the Insulin Control Diet, which is a ketogenic low-carb plan.


Sugar Busters Series
Read about Sugar Busters

  sugar busters cut sugar to trim fat                  new sugar busters book                         sugar busters for kids book                            sugar busters quick and easy cookbook
  Sugar Busters              New Sugar Busters            Sugar Busters For Kids           SB Quick & Easy Cookbook   

I really enjoy life when I am on Sugar Busters' program.  Although I need to stay on Atkins for the long haul, I do take breaks from severe carb restriction and when I do Sugar Busters is one of the other plans I follow.  It is probably one of the simplest carbohydrate controlled plans to follow and one that the entire family can incorporate into daily life without feeling deprived. One of the pluses about Sugar Busters is that it is not nearly as expensive to follow as some other plans are and it is easy to figure out what to eat when dining out:  Simplicity is good in a lifestyle plan!

Note:  I was unable to find the a shopping guide to Sugar Busters on Amazon to add to this list but there is one published (I know because I have one).  It is a small pocket guide with a list of Sugar Buster foods and if you can find it buy it.  You won't have to worry about making lists to take to the store, just take the little book!


The Go Diet
Read About The Go Diet Plan

Book Description From

Over 54% of the adult U.S. population are overweight or obese. The GO-Diet is a high monounsaturated fat, very low carbohydrate, normal protein diet plan which ensures safe weight loss without calorie restriction or muscle wasting while promoting heart healthy foods. The book is based on the research program conducted at a major Chicago community hospital to test it's efficacy. It is divided into 10 chapters giving the reader the background knowledge to understand why other diet programs fail, details about the diet, shopping and cooking guidelines and a variety of tasty recipes to get the reader started on a new way of life. The chapters on the scientific basis of the diet examine why the current conventional dietary advice advocating low fat and high carbohydrate diets are doomed to failure and indeed may be the cause of our current epidemic of overweight and obesity because they do not address the underlying hyperinsulinemia which may central to the development! of obesity. The GO-Diet stands on four legs. 1. Very low carbohydrate intake. 2. High monounsaturated fat intake. 3. Daily consumption of live culture fermented milk products. 4. High dietary fiber consumption. This combination promises to give the reader abundant energy while promoting a health immune system. This leads to a healthier slimmer life. The mantra of the book is "Nothing tastes like slim feels."

This book is not currently available from, but you may be able to find it elsewhere.


Carbohydrate Specific Diet (for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Read about the Plan

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Breaking the Vicious Cycle:  The Carbohydrate Specific Diet for IBS

This is not a low-carb diet, but the name might confuse you if you don't read the jacket.  It seeks to eat only certain, or, specific carbs, in order to help control irritable bowel syndrome.  The only carbs allowed are the simple sugars - fructose, glucose and galactose. Disaccharide sugars, made up of two molecules are not allowed, because they do not break down easily. Sucrose, or table sugar is a disaccharide, so is lactose in milk.

As well, certain starch molecules, called amylose starch, are easily broken down and are completely digested. Amylose is found in most vegetables. Another type of starch, amylopectin, is found in grains. It is much more difficult to digest, and any food containing it is not allowed. 



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Suzanne's plan advocates good carbs, whole foods, and healthy fats and proteins.



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