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 A Thanksgiving Feast
 Thanksgiving Sweets
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 The Glycemic Index
 Here's What's New!
 Last Call...
 Buyer Beware!
 Industry Interview
 Dreamfields Pasta Recipes
 The Beauty of Eyeglasses
 Heart Surgeon's Low Carb View
 Jonny Bowden Weighs In
 Cholesterol 101
 Clarifying Carb Confusion



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                   Jonny Bowden Weighs In

Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N.S., is a respected expert in the fields of fitness and nutrition. He is the author of "Jonny Bowden's Shape Up!", "Jonny Bowden's Shape Up Workbook!", and most recently, "Living the Low Carb Life: From Atkins to the Zone Choosing the Diet That's Right for You". His work has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Fitness, Family Circle, Marie Claire, Allure, Men's Health and Walking.

He frequently appears on television and radio as a fitness expert and is also a popular speaker at media events and seminars. His course, "Becoming a Personal Trainer," is a frequent sell-out at the Learning Annex in New York.

Jonny will take your questions about fitness and about low carb! Have a question for Jonny? Send it to: While not all questions can be answered, we'll do our best to publish all we can. We are grateful to Jonny for taking the time out of his busy schedule to lend a bit of advice to our readers!

Question from Shaun Kassity:

I have lost 80 lbs in the past 13 months low carbing. I am now interested in building some muscle but several people have told me that it is almost impossible to do following a low carb diet. Can you tell me the truth? And if they are true, what would be the best type of program to follow?


Shaun Kassity
Atlanta, GA

Jonny Bowden:
You are listening to the wrong people. Muscle is made from protein, not from carbohydrates. You need protein and good fat and fiber, and just enough carbs to get through your workouts.

Many bodybuilders train on high protein diets. Charles Poliquin — who in my opinion is the top expert on personal training in the United States, having trained over 13 olympic champions, three olympic teams, and countless bodybuilding champions — uses a high protein, high fat, moderate carb diet, and believe me, you couldn?t get your arms around his biceps.

To gain muscle you need to eat more calories than you are burning, lift weights heavy enough to cause you to ?fail? somewhere between 8 to 12 reps, do multiple sets to failure, and eat just enough low glycemic carbs to get through your workouts.

Many trainers — notably Lyle McDonald, author of The Ketogenic Diet — will simply up the carbs somewhat on training days and go back to low carb on the off days.


Question from Barbara:

Just starting the low carb dieting, and am confused about sugar and sugar alchols — I understand I can subtract the fiber carbs from the total, but how about the sugar carbs and the sugar alcohol carbs — or is sugar carb and sugar alcohol one and the same?


Jonny Bowden:
Sugar and sugar alcohols are two entirely different animals. You should be aiming for foods that have the least amount of sugar possible — preferably none. Sugar alcohols on the other hand, are molecules that share some of their structure with sugar, but are a different class of compound. Some, like Xylitol, are quite healthy.

The general thinking from many manufacturers in the low carb world is that they don?t raise blood sugar or insulin to any great degree, so they don?t need to be counted and can (along with fiber) be subtracted from the total carbs. Personally, I?m not so sure. One of the sugar alcohols — maltitol, used in most of the ?candy? bars — actually does raise blood sugar, though not as much as ?real? sugar does. Most other sugar alcohols also raise blood glucose (xylitol very little and erythritol not at all in most people.) Diabetics, and perhaps others, are very sensitive to some sugar alcohols, though many non-diabetics are not.

In general, most sugar alcohols (unlike sugar) are pretty benign, but I don?t think we know all we need to know about them yet. I would use them judiciously and carefully, perhaps counting ? the carbs from sugar alcohols as part of your overall carb count. In some people they seem to stall weight loss, but in others they seem to make it easier to stay on a program and don?t appear to cause any problems. Experiment and see which group you?re in.

Jonny Bowden, M.A., C.N., C.N.S.
Certified Nutrition Specialist

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