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2.0 out of 5 stars Caused Acid buildup in Joints, 20 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Harcombe Diet - Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight: Diet Book (Paperback)
I want to be fair to this diet because i believe it could work for some people.

The first thing most people will want to know is: Does it make you lose weight? And the answer is a definite Yes, for myself and my husband.

The main problem i had with the diet, is that it caused painful acid build up in my joints, despite the fact that i ate allot of veg and drank plenty of water. I am fairly sure that the diet caused acidosis, and so is not for me. I think that there are other people who would be ok on this diet, but i'm not one of them. I may well be one of those people who is meat intolerant.

As for my husband he had a huge healing crisis in the first 2 days. I mean he was really, really, sick. I believe the main problem was lack of caffeine combined with the detox of everything at once. I would suggest for people who are determined to try this diet to ween themselves of caffeine before starting the Phase one detox. He is not going to continue with the diet, because he didn't enjoy it as compared to other diets, but he is making lifestyle changes based on his experiences eg drinking less coffee, no processed foods, etc

What this diet and book did do in a positive sense, is highlight the foods i crave (wheat and sugar). It clarified how candida, food intolerance and hypoglycemia affect my life by causing these cravings. I think this is very important for myself and others to take on board. We are not weak willed when we give in, we are ill, and there is a cure. I think that this is a very important message and i commend the author for publishing this.

Although the diet was not healthy for 'me' i learnt allot, it allowed me to take control of my eating and i will be applying some of its principles in the future.

I do not regret buying this book, but i am moving on to try a PH diet.
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Initial post: 9 Sep 2011 23:11:08 BDT
Mickey T says:
I have dieted before where caffeine was banned and I suffered tremendous headaches but having weaned myself off the caffeine before starting Zoe's diet and having now completed my 3rd day (Ok early days!) but am feeling ok headwise.

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 00:07:31 GMT
Serpicon says:
I empathise if you have acidosis (Is it gout perchance?) which is treatable up to a point. It seems strange that as an omnivore, (which we undoubtedly are) you should be meat intolerant. I wonder did you try eating less RED meat and more poultry and fish? That might help. Give it a try. I'm sure you will soon know if the symptoms return. The problem is, there would be no point in seeking medical advice, unless you could find a Doctor who is 'switched on' to low carbs. Best of luck anyway. WTD

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 00:36:31 GMT
M. Masters says:
Further down the line (time wise) I have found that, i do not have 'medical' gout as my uric acid levels are low (possibly due to avoiding purines). The occasional (once a month or so) bit of chicken does not hurt, and most fish is not too much of a problem.
Whilst i can't give the diet a full stars, as that would be untruthful of my experience. I do believe that there are people who would benefit from this approach.
Thanks for your comment. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2013 06:59:59 GMT
We need no more than 7-10 grams of protein per day and that is better achieved by eating foods high in amino acids as these are used to make the proteins we need.
Eggs will give you the things you will miss from not eating meat. Regarding purines, many fruits and vegetables are worse, or as bad as meat is for purines and it is possible to have gout even when your uric acid count is low. Gout is a very complicated condition as I know only too well from my own experience.
This could help http://www.blpublications.com/html/Gout.pdf but please do your own research and learn to listen to your own body.
All the best, John
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