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Carb-controlled plans that could induce ketosis based on how you follow them

Non-ketogenic carb-controlled diets

Carbohydrate Addicts
Carb Specific Diet
The Diet Cure
Fat Flush Plan
The Go Diet
Insulin Resistance Diet
Life Without Bread
South Beach Diet
Sugar Busters
The Zone

Low Carb Diet Tools
and Tips

Lahle's Important Tips for Low Carb Baking

Tips & Advice for Successful Low Carb Living

Carb & Nutrition Calculators - A Must See!

How to Quit Your Low Carb Diet and Not Gain Weight

See What Low-Carb 
Living Did for IOH Founder, Lahle Wolfe

No Fruit on low carb?  Wrong!

Fruit is  something low carb plans tend to disagree about.  Some use the glycemic index (South Beach, Zone) others just count carbs.  Some do not allow any fruit during the first phase (Atkins, South Beach)  Here are some fruits , lowest in sugar, but high in nutrition, that may work for your particular plan:

  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Cranberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Melons
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Guava
  • Cherries
  • Apples
Fruits that are fairly high in sugar:
  • Grapes
  • Tangerine (8-10 carbs)
  • Oranges (low glycemic)
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
Fruits generally limited on most low carb diets:  
  • Bananas
  • Dried Fruit
  • Mango
  • Papaya

Great.  Now what about my veggies?

Vegetables are an important part of healthy low carb dieting.  Carbs do need to be counted, but you can also subtract fiber content from the total carb count.  Starchier (higher carb count) vegetables include:
  • Beets
  • Carrots (depends on diet)
  • Corn (actually, this is a grain)
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Plantains
  • Potatoes in all forms
  • Winter Squashes (particularly acorn and butternut)

Lower carb, non-starchy vegetables (ranked in order by lower in carbs to higher in carbs) include:

  • Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.)
  • Greens – lettuces, spinach, chard, etc.
  • Radicchio and endive count as greens
  • Bok Choy
  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers (all kinds)
  • Summer Squash (including zuchinni)
  • Scallions
  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Leeks
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Snow Peas (pods)
  • Green Beans and Wax Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Fennel
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Carrots
  • Turnip
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Pumpkin

Did you know?

... that low-carb has a language all of its own?

Low-carb lingo definitions can be found on the news group

Here are a few examples:

"The numbers that are often at the bottom of a persons post (180/150/130)stand for: starting weight/current weight/goal weight; some people will also note the date they started on a plan or an abbreviation of the diet plan they are using.

"LBM lean body mass, everything that's not stored fat.

"Whoosh" Many people will not see a difference on the scales for a period of time and then "whoosh" they suddenly have lost several pounds overnight. So why "whoosh" and why do we experience a loss in size but not on the scales? We'd all like to know these secrets and often theorize about them on the NG.

"Whoosh Fairy" - The mythological character that brings on a "Whoosh".  The Whoosh Fairy has mythological friends known as "Kvetch", "The Fat Dragon" among others. "


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Healthy Eating for Diabetes - Information, Books and Links for
Low Carb Ketogenic Diets
(Low Carb Diets that Induce Ketosis)

Are ketogenic low carb diets safe for diabetics?
By Lahle Wolfe, staff writer, Islets of Hope

We have chosen to use comparison links for some better-known low carb plans found on a low carb diet support site.  The site (in fairness to them) is a good source of information -- and does sell books.  We won't be offended if you choose to purchase from them but remember that when you purchase books through Islets of Hope all profits go directly to, Inc. and other nonprofit diabetes charities to help income-challenged persons purchase diabetes supplies and insulin pumps.

Mini Site Index

Atkins (excerpt) from full article on the Atkins Diet
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution
Insulin Control Diet (not the same thing as The Insulin Resistance Diet)
Primitive Diets (i.e. Neanderthin, Stone Age Diet)
Protein Power
Your Fat Can Make you Thin

EatSmart Nutrition Scale

Read our review on the EatSmart Nutrition Scale

Purchase with THIS LINK through our website and you get a 10% discount and a portion of the sale will be donated to iPump, a 501(c)(3) diabetes charity that helps others in need.

This is not an affiliate program and IOH gets no compensation for either advertising or for the sale of EatSmart scales.


Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution

Islets of Hope Rating:  Controversial treatment for type 1 diabetes that may also be applied for treatment of type 2 diabetics.  Not recommended for anyone on insulin or diabetes medications without strict medical supervision.  Extreme ketogenic plan that may cause hypoglycemia and significant adjustments in insulin and oral medications.  Not suited for children, persons with gestational diabetes or hemochromatosis (iron overload), eating disorders, or nutritional deficiencies.

dr bernstein's diabetes solution                                                             the diabetes diet   
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution               The Diabetes Diet (also by Bernstein)

I have followed this plan on at least two occasions.  It is the quintessential of true ketogenic diets; even stricter than Atkins. But my blood sugar was under very tight control while I was on the diet and my HbA1c was 4.  Yes, 4.  This (too low) HbA1c was due in part to suffering hypoglycemia during the night which I attribute strictly to benign dietary ketosis.  I did find it hard to keep up long term because my life is insanely busy and his plan requires considerable attention to self (not a bad thing just sometimes a challenging thing).

Although he advocates his plan for type 1 diabetes (I am type 2) it is such a drastic change from most care plans that personally, I would hope no one with type 1 would attempt this book without close supervision from their own personal physician, but if your blood glucose levels are wildly out of control, a drastic reduction in carbohydrates might help reduce your risk of long-term complications.  The science behind why he believes his approach (almost no carbs) is effective and safe is interesting and sounds good (maybe I just want to hear "good" when it comes to managing diabetes).  But absent from this book are studies that also indicate long-term ketogenic diets (as well as short-term) do carry significant health risks including heart failure.  (See, "Benign Dietary Ketosis vs Diabetic Ketoacidosis" for more information).

Snippet From Amazon:  Bernstein has had type I (juvenile or insulin-dependent) diabetes for 50 years and has become well known for his unconventional approach to treating both types of the disease. His emphases on almost hour-by-hour normalization of blood sugar and a diet consisting of nearly no carbohydrates and high levels of fat and protein have certainly educed two results: they have alienated many other diabetes specialists and required Bernstein's patients to be meticulous in self-managing their disease. Bernstein begins with some successful case histories, proceeds to basic background on diabetes, and then describes his treatment plan in considerable detail. He discusses diet, types of insulin and their uses, and the importance of establishing a close relationship with one's physician. He encourages his patients to make frequent visits to his office, makes himself available by phone virtually round the clock, and here includes five appendixes of data and exposition to help patients align their physicians' thinking with his.

Note:  Customer reviews from type 1 diabetics were almost all positive.


Protein Power Series
Read About Protein Power Life Plan

Islets of Hope Rating:  If you choose this plan, be sure to eat the higher end of the maximum number of carbohydrates permitted daily.  This is a plan similar to Atkins but presented in an easy-to-follow format (the rules are simpler to remember).  This plan, like all ketogenic plans, may help persons with insulin resistance problems, but should only be followed under the advise and care of a diabetes health care professional.  Adjustments in oral medications are likely in order to avoid hypoglycemia.

Not suited for children, persons with kidney problems, type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes, hemochromatosis (iron overload), eating disorders, or nutritional deficiencies.


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Protein Power          Protein Power Life Plan       PP Gram Counter      PP Staying Power        30-Day Low Carb

Snippet from Amazon:  If smoked salmon and cream cheese omelets, sautéed jumbo shrimp, and double-patty burgers suit your palate, belly up to the Protein Power diet: "Not a high protein diet" but "an adequate protein diet." Doctors Michael R. and Mary Dan Eades make a persuasive case in favor of "the diet we were meant to eat."

Personal Note:  I have followed Protein Power and found it to be similar to other ketogenic low carb plans but presented in a more "user-friendly" format.


Your Fat Can Make You Thin
The Insulin Control Diet
Read about the Plan

Islets of Hope Rating:  An interesting read for persons with type 2 diabetes that contains a little more than diet information.  However, again, I need to caution that any diet that restricts the number of carbohydrates will have an impact on your medications and blood sugar.  

If you are using insulin, your dose and timing can be dramatically affected by all ketogenic diets.  Seek the advice of your health care professional before using this plan.  While the title indicates it is written for type 2 diabetes patients, remember, only your doctor knows your precise medical and nutritional needs.  No book can take into account your unique situation.

This plan is not suited for children, persons with kidney problems, type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes, hemochromatosis (iron overload), eating disorders, or those suffering from nutritional deficiencies.

your fat can make you thin                                                                 the insulin control diet
Your Fat Can Make You Thin
                   The Insulin Control Diet

Snippet from  While many American's have found temporary success with low-carbohydrate dieting, few maintain their weight loss. Drawing on proven medical research and years of successful clinical use, Your Fat Can Make You Thin clearly explains how to regulate the body's serotonin levels to maintain energy and health while burning excess fat--and keeping it off for good.

The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book - The Insulin Control Diet is a revised third edition of The Endocrine Control Diet, c1997. Text on the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and the physiological reasons for weight gain. Includes relaxation techniques, exercise program, strategies for weight loss, and recipes.   It is the same diet as detailed in Your Fat Can Make You Thin (same author).


Neanderthin, Stone Age Diet, and other Primitive Diets Series
Read about Neanderthin and The Stone Age Diet

Islets of Hope Rating:  Personally, I do not subscribe to any generalization that mankind (assuming evolutionary science has correctly determined both our ancestral origins and ancient primitive lifestyle) was designed for a high-protein menu.  While it is true that processed and high-starch carbohydrates seem to have negative consequences on our health, so does long-term ketosis, animal fat, and high protein -- especially in persons with diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

Carbohydrates, whether or not a significant part of early man's diet, are something needed by modern man.  Complex, nutrient dense carbohydrates are a source of fiber, essential vitamins, and even dark, leafy greens offer us iron.  Although the amount and type of carbohydrate needed in our daily diets not only varies between individuals, the idea that there is a need for carbohydrates is rarely disputed.

If you are interested in a ketogenic diet, I recommend sticking with one that has current and more reliable scientific data available that does not rely on theories about the origins of man.  Fun to read and consider interesting concepts, but not recommended.

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Neanderthin             Paleo Diet for Athletes         Paleo Diet           Metabolic Man       The Origin Diet


"Primitive" diets generally are based on the concept that man was not designed to function optimally on a diet high in grains, but that the origins of man suggest we are hunters -- and therefore, a diet higher in protein is better.


Dr. Atkins Low Carb Series
(excerpt from full-length article)

Islets of Hope Rating:  Please see our full-length article on Atkins New Diet Revolution.


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 Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution         The Atkins Essentials        Atkins for Life       Atkins for Life Cookbook   

Before you cringe, please see my personal transformation. I am type 2, and lost more than 140 lbs on Atkins and have kept it off for 9 years..  Low carb is not for everyone, but it is also not necessarily the horrible high-fat, unlimited protein diet most people think it is.

Atkins is not intended to be followed as a high-fat, all-protein plan as many people have come to believe based on opinions from folks who have not read the book..  Atkins is not new, and ketogenic diets have been safely used to treat children with epilepsy for more than 50 years now.  

Atkins for Life & Atkins for Life Cookbook state that it is bread and not butter that is the enemy in Dr. Atkins's popular and controversial low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet. In Atkins for Life, he continues his decades-long crusade against low-fat eating. Atkins argues that low-fat meals are high-carbohydrate missiles, causing the body to produce... Read more from

Background:  Robert C. Atkins, M.D reports to having treated 25,000 patients, with an additional 60,000 patients registered at Atkins Center for Complimentary Medicine in New York City.  By 2005 he sold over 10 million copies of his books Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution (1992) and Dr Atkins' Diet Revolution (1972).  Dr. Atkins died April 17, 2003 at the age of 72 after falling and hitting his head.  It is estimated that nearly 20 million persons have adopted a low carb lifestyle.  I am one of them. (Read my low carb success story.)

There is much controversy regarding his death and an equal amount of misinformation.  To read about circumstances surrounding Atkins’ death visit Snopes Urban Myths.  One thing is clear, although it is true Dr. Atkins was overweight at the time of his death, he was a normal body weight when he was admitted to the hospital in a coma. (Hellmich, Nanci and Steve Sternberg.   "Atkins Wasn't Obese, Hospital File Shows."  USA Today, February 11, 2004.)

Learn more about the Atkins Low Carb Diet Plan.



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