Doing Everything Right But Not In Ketosis

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Ketosis Done Right–meet Anne

Today we have an inspiring real world “n=1” example of how a ketogenic diet can be successfully used by a real woman to easily and happily lose weight! I thought it would be nice to give you all a much-deserved break from my own dietary misadventures and stop to appreciate the beauty of a well-done ketogenic diet. My recent experiment with Professor Seyfried’s dietary recommendations for cancer was one of extreme ketosis for the explicit purpose of cancer treatment. However, most people who decide to try a ketogenic diet do so with the goal of losing weight, and they use a more moderate plan, such as the one recommended by Dr.s Phinney and Volek, in their book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, or the one recommended by Dr. Ron Rosedale in his book The Rosedale Diet. It is this kind of plan I intend to try myself soon, motivated in no small part by my friend Anne, who has successfully applied ketogenic dietary theory to her own life, and who has generously agreed to share her inspirational story here with us. But first, a bit of context. On a beautiful autumn day last October, I was sitting on a beach in picturesque Rockport, Massachusetts with two friends, babbl Continue reading >>

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  1. 00ck

    Really hoping someone can help give me some insight as to why I would be gaining weight in ketosis.
    I'm sorry this is a long post, but I really want to try to give you as much info as possible so you know how to advise.
    I am a 5', 41 yo woman.
    I have maintained a weight of 105 - 108 since I've been in my 20s with a very low carb diet. For almost 20 years, I very rarely ate sugar, grains, processed foods, or even fruit, unless I was having a cheat meal. I've always been active and healthy. I would usually eat about 5 small meals/day. I never counted calories. Just ate low carb foods until I was full. I could set my watch by how my body reacted to everything I put in my mouth. I knew exactly how my weight and my body would react to almost every food out there.
    That changed when I hit 40. For the past 1.5 years, even if I would severely restrict my caloric intake to 800 - 1000 calories/day, my standing, average weight has inexplicably gone up to about 113 pounds. For someone who is only 5', this is a significant weight gain. I tried everything that worked for me in years past to bring that weight down, but it wouldn't budge.
    Right about that time, I started eating super clean, figuring that was the cause for the weight gain. I eliminated all diet soda (pretty much just drink water now), artificial sweeteners, and eat only organic veggies and pasture raised meat. I am REALLY strict about clean eating. I even got my own goats and chickens in pursuit of eating as naturally as possible. My weight did not come down.
    About a month ago, I started the BP diet and IF fasting. Not only has my weight not gone down, it's GONE UP.
    I test my blood ketones every single morning to make sure I'm not missing anything.
    I take no meds except an occasional ambien.
    I get 7 hours sleep/night.
    I do Pilates 3xs/week.
    I recently had my thyroid tested and I am totally normal.
    Since going on this plan, my weight has gone as high as 118, but pretty much hovers around 115. I understand that this is considered in the "healthy" range, but it is not the right weight for me. This is 10 pounds higher than where I should be and 10 pounds higher than I have always been able to maintain without over training or under eating - all my life. I have absolutely NO body issues. I don't care about chasing a number. I know what looks right and healthy on my body. I prefer a slightly muscular build, not skinny. I am not striving to be underweight.
    What is making no sense to me is how I can be doing everything right, but my weight is still high and climbing. The only thing left to do is starve myself, and I know that's not the ultimate answer. Besides, I've tried that and it doesn't work anymore.
    Since I started the BP diet about a month ago, my blood ketones have steadily been in the 1.5 - 2.5 range. I was above .5 the very first day I ever tested, which doesn't surprise me since I ate so low carb before I started this diet in the first place.
    Here is what my typical eating day looks like (This is almost exactly what I eat every day. I'm a creature of habit, so I don't vary much except for the type of meat and veggie at my dinner meal):
    6am-7am - Cup of bulletproof with 2 Tbs Kerrygold and 2Tbs coconut oil
    10:00 - Small slice of grass-fed, organic cheese and supplements (fermented cod liver oil, super greens, and Garden of Life multis)
    12:00 - Big salad - 3-4 cups of organic spring mix. 1/4 cup fermented sauerkraut. Boiled egg. 1/2 Avocado (most of the time, not every time). 2 Tbs raw goat cheese (I make this myself). Heaping tsps of the following: nutritional yeast, hemp, chia, flax, gelatin. Small amount of pine nuts. Dressing is olive oil and apple cider vinegar - Calculated calories at about 800 -900)
    6:00 - Some kind of pastured meat and 4 cups veggies (spinach, kale, or broccoli) sauteed in Kerrygold.
    **I used to drink 2 cups of bulletproof (one in morning and one in afternoon). This made my morning ketones read between the 3-4 range, but I wasn't seeing any weight loss, so I dropped the 2nd cup**
    One more thing...I have tried experimenting with adding in some "good" carbs, but even in small amounts, it will inevitably make me feel bloated and cause my weight to creep up. Every time.
    Can anyone offer me some insight as to why my weight would be going up when all the data says I'm doing everything right? Is there something else I should be looking at or testing for that might be off?

  2. daz

    Are you able to tell if the weight gain is all/mostly fat (as against lean mass)

  3. ACH85

    One more thing...I have tried experimenting with adding in some "good" carbs, but even in small amounts, it will inevitably make me feel bloated and cause my weight to creep up. Every time.
    Can anyone offer me some insight as to why my weight would be going up when all the data says I'm doing everything right? Is there something else I should be looking at or testing for that might be off?
    You can be in ketosis and only be burning dietary fat, not body fat.
    Are you doing carb refeeds at least once a week? If you are not, then you are not following the Bulletproof diet. It sounds like you are not. If you consult the BP diet roadmap, you will see that the Bulletproof diet has a serving of carbs in the evening, and a carb refeed at least once a week.
    Not refeeding can increase stress hormones which can wreck your metabolism. As Dave wrote in his "BP diet hacks for women" article, women generally need carbs more than men. And women over 40 need to make some adjustments too. People who have been low-carb for a long time often complain of carbs making them bloated. You may have to introduce them slowly and deal with some bloating. If you can't eat carbs as presecribed in the Bulletproof diet, I wouldn't recommend trying to follow an incomplete version of it.

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