View Full Version : Low carbers, get your fiber in!

04-25-2016, 07:52 AM
I always do better on relatively low carb. Few weeks ago my blood work showed high bad cholesterol and poor glucose metabolism. I was never fat, and there is no family history of diabetes or obesity. I even made a thread here asking for info. Talked to several doctors, and all I got was the usual crap about not eating red meat from the fat haters, as well as crap about eating even less carbs from the low carb crowd.

But what surprised me is that after digging online on legit sites like Lyle McDonald's and main stream Web Md and such I found that low fiber intake, which is common on low carb diets, can cause high bad cholesterol and poor insulin sensitivity as well as some other side effects which I felt (tiredness, stubborn fat etc.) It's weird that people don't ask what your fiber intake is, and instead start talking about red meat and genetics.

tldr Cliffs:

- If you haven't already done so, check your fiber intake, and add more of it to your diet and/or supplement with a fiber supplement if you have to.




04-25-2016, 08:06 AM
yep, 10g fiber/1000 kcal is a good general rule

Hitting your daily fibre + water req is feels good man. So damn underrated.

04-25-2016, 08:34 AM
Agreed, getting enough fiber is great for general health.

The numbers Lyle gives in his 2009 article are slightly outdated. Males should be getting ~38 gram for all health benefits, or about ~14 grams per 1000 kcal.

Replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat is also good for lowering LDL cholesterol by the way.

04-25-2016, 10:29 AM
Yep, good advice for EVERYONE. And plenty of ways to get it.