Could my low-carb diet be making me fat? After losing 12 pounds on a low-carb diet, the weight is creeping back on, plus I’m always tired. I followed the guidelines perfectly, filling up on chicken and lean beef to get 35 to 60 grams of protein a day. What went wrong?

Animal protein is a beneficial weight loss tool, but consuming too much can cause some individuals to become overly acidic. This damages the cells of every organ in the body, including those that regulate appetite and blood sugar. And fatigue can set in since acidity prevents the body from being adequately oxygenated. My advice: Eat more plant-based protein. Foods like miso, squash, pumpkin, apples and sweet potatoes are alkalinizing, so they reenergize the body and restore natural slimming mechanisms. But continue to enjoy one to two 4 oz. servings of animal protein like lean beef, chicken and seafood daily. This way, your body won’t get too alkaline, which also causes low energy.

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