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Is The Ketogenic Diet Right For You? Nutritionists Weigh In

You may be hearing a lot about the ketogenic diet as a way to slim down while noshing on butter and heavy cream. This way of eating is suddenly hot among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, who believe it will help them live longer and healthier, CNBC reports. Some praise the high-fat/ultra low-carb plan for helping them to lose weight and have energy all day long. Other advocates say it finally helped them to get control of their body. How does it work and could it help you? We asked Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registered dietitian nutritionist and author of “Read It Before You Eat It”; and Keri Glassman, nutritionist, registered dietitian and TODAY Tastemaker. To start with, both said they would never advise the ketogenic diet for weight loss. “Cutting out carbs is usually an invitation to overeat them at another point,” Taub-Dix said. “For a diet where you’re looking to lose weight, look good and feel good… I would not recommend a diet like this.” “For safe and effective weight loss, the carb reduction is too extreme,” Glassman added. RELATED: Read inspiring stories of ordinary people slimming down in TODAY's My Weight-Loss Journey Here’s what you need to know: W Continue reading >>

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  1. Joni

    I'm on Day 20. Lost 7.5lbs, but since then has gained back 4lbs! I have kept my carbs below 20 but it's likely my calories are a little too high for me. I stopped logging the last 5 days cause I have been eating the same thing. Just wondering if I should test for ketosis by blpod to make sure I am in it and on my way for being fat adapted?? How long does it take to be fat adapted? I know it's okay to be a slow loser and I'm okay with that BUY just want to be sure I am on the right path. Tks!!!

  2. ketohealthclub

    Hi!! Congratulations! A little info: a ketogenic way of eating isn't a weight loss diet. It's a method of metabolic repair. As your metabolism heals, metabolic issues like Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, PCOS, some hormone-driven cancers and other metabolic issues are decreased and even reversed. Weight loss is a happy side effect of all this healing.
    When you use up your glycogen stores, which hold a lot of water, you'll see an initial whoosh of weight loss. The more water you've been holding, the greater that whoosh can be. Getting rid of that excess water weight is pretty awesome. Next, your body begins to adapt to burning ketones instead of glucose. Focusing on becoming fat adapted is better than focusing on weight loss. The weight will happen. It can take up to three week or up to three months (estimates) to become fat adapted. I think it took me about three months. Exercising helps teach your body to burn fat as fuel, by the way.

    It was around fat adaption time that I really focused on weight loss more, and started Intermittent fasting. Now I'm starting to add exercise. It's a journey!!

  3. Christopher_John_How

    Fat adaption is different for everybody and there is no straight forward answer. Unfortunately.
    If one is rather overweight, then perhaps inevitably there will be weight loss plateaus
    And this can be related to stress response and an evolutionary hang up
    But as your body figures out what's going on, weight loss will resume as normal with perhaps more plateaus until you reach your body's natural intended weight.
    Bear in mind that the weight you have in mind may not match what your body want.

    Well done though Joni for sticking with it. A lot of people don't get this far. Keep on trucking!! Beep beep!

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