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Is The Ketogenic Diet Right For You? Nutritionists Weigh In

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: What is the ketogenic diet? It’s a diet fine-tuned in the 1920s to help treat epilepsy. It does help to control seizures in some children, but it’s not recommended for adults “mostly because the restricted food choices make it hard to follow,” the Epilepsy Foundation says. The diet has just recently begun to be touted as a weight loss plan, Glassman noted. She described it as eating “mostly fat with a teeny bit of protein and carbs.” How does it work? Your body normally relies on carbohydrates for energy. It breaks them down into glucose, which is your main source of fuel. If that Continue reading >>

I'm Gaining Weight On A Ketogenic Diet. What Am I Doing Wrong?

I'm Gaining Weight On A Ketogenic Diet. What Am I Doing Wrong?

The weight gain could be spurred due to the following reasons: 1. You’re Eating Excess Calories: Even though you are sticking strictly to the Keto-approved food list, if you eat more calories than what you need you are bound to gain weight. Find out what your daily macro requirement is and then eat calories less than that to lose weight no matter which diet you follow. 2. You’re Not Exercising Correctly: Exercise is critical to Keto, especially to burn the excess glycogen stores in the liver. However, if you are relying on steady-state cardio to get your exercise, then you might a bump. These exercise are ineffective to long-term weight loss as they might lead to decreasing your resting metabolic rate. Instead, try to engage in high intensity interval training or heavy weight-lifting for better results. Or, mix up cardio and HIIT, by doing each 2-3 times a week. 3. You’re Exercising Too Much: Another problem with exercising is that if you do too much off it you might impede weight loss. Exercising for more than just 1 hour a day reduced the resting metabolic rate of the individual by more than 15%. So, ensure you give your body the necessary rest every now and then. Preferably, give yourself at least a day or two’s rest in a week. 4. You Take Frequent Cheat Days: It might take you a good 1-2 weeks to get into full-fledged ketosis. If you drop the ball in between, you have start from the beginning. 5. You Lost Intense Weight Recently: In some cases, it has been found that if you recently lost intense weight then your body takes a while to adjust to the new weight. So, it retains water to create extra weight before slowly accepting the new weight. However, after a short burst it lets go off the excess weight. 6. You Have Some Sort of Food Sensitivity: If you are n Continue reading >>

Can’t Lose Weight On Keto?

Can’t Lose Weight On Keto?

Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Tempted to give up on this whole low-carb high-fat lifestyle? Don’t you dare… at least not without checking out all of these helpful resources first. In this post, I’ve included LOTS of resources that are all super helpful in explaining why you might be gaining weight or stuck in a weight-loss plateau, and how to get out of it. We go over these key topics: Understanding plateauing/stalling on keto How to avoid gaining weight while on keto Why carbing up can help on a low-carb lifestyle Why counting calories is not the answer What you are doing to gain weight (not food-related!) This extensive collection of resources is awesome if you are frustrated with weight gain while on keto, you are just stuck in a “no-man’s land” even though you’re doing everything you can think of to lose weight, overwhelmed with counting all your calories every day, or simply interested in starting out on keto. Wherever you are, there is definitely something in these resources that can benefit you. So go ahead and check them out! If you find something that helps you, please let me know in the comments! LOW-CARB PLATEAUS, TUMMY WEIGHT GAIN + KETO FOR BLOOD SUGAR If you’re frustrated with your weight gain or simply lack of weight loss, then this is a great podcast to listen to. This podcast answers your questions about busting through a plateau while eating keto, the reason behind tummy weight gain, and using low-carb eating for blood sugar management. Highlights… Plateauing on low-carb Hormones and tummy weight gain Eating keto with type 1 diabetes 4 REASONS WHY YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT Click here for the transcript of this keto video What if I told you that the plateau you’re experiencing – the inability to lose weight, the ongoing struggle of doi Continue reading >>

Why Have I Put On Weight When I'm In Ketosis And Not Cheating? Wha???

Why Have I Put On Weight When I'm In Ketosis And Not Cheating? Wha???

It can be frustrating to be doing everything 'right' and have the scale not cooperate. It happens to everyone. It has happened to me. Even when I first started following a ketogenic diet and the weight seemed to be falling off, the scale didn't show a loss every day. (As I wrote here, I weigh every day. It's my practice and has informed a lot of my experience). Over all, though, I saw the numbers move in my favor. So, what's the deal when things get stuck? Or worse, the scale reads that your weight is up? This just happened to me. This morning. Ugh. Maybe it's the universe sticking it to me for posting a weight loss chart on this site yesterday (see the "My Next Goal" tab at the top). Full of confidence, was I. "I have this whole ketogenic fat burning thing down pat. Let me share my brilliance with the public", Bang. Up goes the scale. 3.1 pounds. Three point one freaking pounds! Mind you, my current goal is to lose 7.9 pounds from where I was on August 7th. Cripes. I put ON nearly half of what I want to LOSE in one day!! Here's the thing, though. I have no worries. Seriously. I did measure my blood ketones just to make sure something weird wasn't going on. My Lovely Mate and I ate dinner out last night and although we're scrupulous about ordering, asking questions, eating only food we can identify (nothing breaded, blended, etc.,) one never knows. I had a Diet Pepsi. I had quizzed the wait person twice to make sure it was indeed diet. Still, mistakes can happen. But my ketones were fine (1.6 mmol/L). That's the ketosis sweet spot, you should pardon the expression. So, what gives? Very low carbs, delicious fats, moderate protein. And yet the scale is trying to mock me. Here's what I've come to learn about weight loss on the ketogenic diet: it works beautifully and consi Continue reading >>

Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

These are the top 10 reasons you’re not losing weight on a low carb diet. A great FREE printable for the fridge and an easy reminder to stay on track. Just click on the image below to save the PDF for printing. UPDATE – watch the quick video below. No compatible source was found for this media. Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight Eating LCHF Too Many Carbohydrates – are carbs starting to sneak back into your diet? Be honest and start tracking everything using KetoDietApp. A little treat here and there adds up. Some are more carb sensitive (or insulin resistant) than others. I know that my carbs have to be around 50g/day to be feeling great and in control of my appetite. Lower than that and I will lose a little bit of weight, above that and I know my weight loss will stall. I generally go between 35-70g/day without too much tracking because I have done it for so long. Too Much Fruit – yes I use berries on my breakfast and desserts, but that is it. I allow my children to eat fruit (without gorging) as they are fit, healthy and in the normal weight range. For me, the sugar and fructose in fruit is too much. Sure, enjoy it as a treat and eat only low carb nutritent dense berries. See fruit as an occasional sweet treat. Packed with fibre, antioxidants, nutrients……… “If you are overweight, fruit is not your friend” Too much Dairy – my biggest downfall is milk. I love my lattes and flat whites. Now milk is great, full of protein and calcium, but it also contains about 5% carbs. A latte can range from 9g to 15g carbs depending on the size you choose. Most dairy such as milk, cream and yoghurt contains approximately 4- 5% but you are more likely to drink a large glass of milk, eat a bowl of yoghurt or drink a large latte than eat 250g of full fat cheese Continue reading >>

In Ketosis, But Not Losing Weight?

In Ketosis, But Not Losing Weight?

In ketosis, but not losing weight? If so, you are not the only one. Many people hit plateaus eventually… Some sooner, and some later than others. A ketogenic diet is a diet consists of high fats and high proteins, with carb intake at only 50 grams of carbs or less per day. The reason this diet has become so popular is because of the dramatic weight loss that happens in the first 4 weeks of following it. The point of a ketogenic diet is to turn the switch in your body from using carbs as energy, to using fats (lipids) as energy. The results can be pretty fast, but there are downsides. The first 3 days of starting a ketogenic diet is referred to as the keto flu because of how it affects your body and mind. The most common side effects of the keto flu are headaches, irritability, mood swings, diarrhea, and energy loss. The keto flu is the point in time when your body is switching from using carbs as energy and produces ketones that signals the body to use fat as energy. Let’s talk about a few different scenarios that can be the cause of a weight loss plateau during a keto diet. Calorie Intake The single most important part of losing weight for any kind of diet that is out there is of course your calorie intake – a lot of people on a keto diet come to the conclusion that they can eat anything as long as there are very little or no carbs. It’s only true to an extent. Sure, you can eat things like bacon, ham, hot dogs, burgers, etc, but you still have to intake the right amount of calories. Just because your body is using fat as energy, does not mean you can eat a ton of calories. You can eat absolutely no carbs, but if your calorie intake is high, you are not able to lose weight and in fact will gain weight if too many calories are taken in. Exercise The next problem Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet Might Be The Next Big Weight Loss Trend, But Should You Try It?

The Ketogenic Diet Might Be The Next Big Weight Loss Trend, But Should You Try It?

Here's what you need to know about the high-fat, low-carb diet everyone's talking about. Google has released the top search terms of 2016, and when it comes to weight loss, it turns out folks were especially drawn to the ketogenic diet. It was one of the 10 most-searched diets this year, landing halfway down the list (just a few notches below the taco cleanse!). But if you weren't among the keto-curious in the last 12 months, you're probably wondering now, Is this something I should try? (And what does ketogenic mean again?) Read on for a quick primer on the plan, and my bottom-line advice. What is the ketogenic diet? In a nutshell, it's a high-fat, low- to moderate-protein, low-carb eating plan. On a ketogenic diet, roughly 75% to 90% of daily calories come from fat; 6% to 20% come from protein; and 2% to 5% come from carbohydrates. It was originally devised as a tool for controlling epileptic seizures (though doctors aren't exactly sure how it works) before there were drugs to treat seizures. In the past few decades, it has reemerged as patients and parents seek alternatives to pharmaceuticals. But the ketogenic diet has also been adopted as a weight loss plan. The goal of the diet is to achieve ketosis, a state in which the body is using fat as its primary fuel, rather than carbs. After three to four days on a ketogenic diet, back-up stores of carbohydrates, called glycogen, become depleted and ketosis kicks in, triggering some weight loss and the appearance of a leaner physique. But in terms of dropping pounds, the primary advantage of a ketogenic diet is that it doesn't leave you hungry, since it involves eating a good deal of satiating fats, and the state of ketosis has been shown to reduce appetite. What does the research say? A recent Spanish study tracked 20 ob Continue reading >>

Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Diet

Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Diet

Low-carb diets are very effective. That is a scientific fact. However, as with any diet, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight. Here are the top 15 reasons why you're not losing weight on a low-carb diet. Weight loss isn't a linear process. If you weigh yourself every day, then there will be days where the scale goes down, other days where it goes up. It doesn't mean that the diet isn't working, as long as the general trend is going downwards. Many people lose a lot of weight in the first week of low-carbing, but it is mostly water weight. Weight loss will slow down significantly after that initial phase. Of course, losing weight is not the same as losing fat. It is possible, especially if you're new to weight lifting, that you are gaining muscle at the same time that you're losing fat. To make sure that you're losing, use something other than just the scale (which is a big, fat liar). Use a measuring tape to measure your waist circumference and have your body fat percentage measured every month or so. Also, take pictures. Take note of how your clothes fit. If you're looking thinner and your clothes are looser, then you ARE losing fat no matter what the scale says. Weight loss isn’t linear and there’s a lot more to weight than just body fat. Be patient and use other ways of measuring than just the scale. Some people are more carb sensitive than others. If you're eating low-carb and your weight starts to plateau, then you may want to cut back on carbs even further. In that case, go under 50 grams of carbs per day. When you go under 50 grams per day then you're going to have to eliminate most fruits from your diet, although you can have berries in small amounts. If that doesn't work either, going under 20 grams temporarily can work... eat Continue reading >>

In Ketosis But Not Losing Weight? These Foods May Be Stalling Your Progress

In Ketosis But Not Losing Weight? These Foods May Be Stalling Your Progress

Stop Stalling Volume Two: Malignant Mouthfuls Welcome back to the Stop Stalling series! Today, we’re going to take a look at some specific foods that may be causing your stall. These foods may be keeping you from getting ahead. The bad news is that a lot of them may be staples for you. Many of them seem keto-friendly: they’re low in net carbs and should be “safe.” In fact, they are “safe” for plenty of people. However, for some people, certain foods can cause stalls. If you’re in ketosis but not losing weight and have implemented everything advised in Volume 1: Operator Error, here’s a list of the most likely suspects. Dairy: Dairy is a tricky one. First of all, it’s very energy-dense (i.e. it has a lot of calories). That means that it can be really easy to overdo. Alas, keto isn’t magical, and calories still count. Secondly, it’s often a carbohydrate bomb. A glass of milk has about ten grams. It can have more or less depending on the fat content. It can be tough to tell with yogurt: while the actual carb count is probably lower than what is listed on the label (fermentation consumes some of the carbohydrates), you can’t always tell just how many there are. This is even ignoring the fact that many yogurts contain additives, including starch-based thickeners. Finally, dairy is especially prone to “rounding down”: even though many labels say that a serving of cheese contains zero carbohydrates, chances are that a serving contains as many as 0.7 grams. It seems like very little, but if you eat two servings (easy to do!), it’s going to add up over time. Many people rely on dairy, and when they drop it, they start losing again. Seeds and nuts: Seeds and nuts are horrible bastards. I love nuts, especially almonds. Especially the smoked ones or th Continue reading >>

How To Gain Weight On Low Carb Or Keto

How To Gain Weight On Low Carb Or Keto

Do you want to gain weight? Given how most nutrition articles focus on fat loss, maybe you feel in a minority there. The usual advice for weight gain is to eat a higher amount of carbohydrates to “bulk up” and adopt an exercise program. Unfortunately it often results in mainly gaining fat mass, and is not necessarily healthy. This page will examine how to gain weight the healthy way, while staying on a low-carb diet, and has the following subsections: Low-carb for weight gain? While most people see a low-carb diet as a weight-loss diet, this is not necessarily true. Low carb tends to lead to weight loss for people with excess weight, due to increased satiety and fat burning. However, low-carb foods are very nutrient dense, and can assist lean weight gain in people who are underweight. Eating low carb, and eating when hungry, can be considered a weight-normalizing diet (or lifestyle). 1. Why do people want to gain weight? It’s true that most people today are looking to lose weight, but some also want to gain weight. While the majority just want to add a few extra pounds to a skinny frame, others wish to build muscle and increase in size. So, what are the reasons people want to gain weight? That depends on the goal, but here are several: Gain more strength Sporting objectives For better metabolic health (muscles burn more fat) Combat aging (muscle-density loss is a natural side effect) Improve self-confidence To possibly improve overall health (in those who are too skinny) All of these are understandable aims where weight gain could possibly benefit someone’s life. Problems caused by pressure to gain weight Unfortunately, this desire for weight gain often causes problems. This is especially the case in young men, with more than 8.5% of people extremely concerned a Continue reading >>

Gaining Weight On Your Healthy Diet?

Gaining Weight On Your Healthy Diet?

Do you dare to trust the process when you experience a weight gain on your new healthy diet? One of the most destructive patterns I see is when women start panicking because they experience weight gain on their new healthy lifestyle when they were expecting the opposite to happen. It often doesn’t take much of a weight gain before they’re ready to give everything up – and this goes especially if we’re dealing with a high fat diet like LCHF or keto since it’s difficult to believe that the old dogma about fat making you fat isn’t true after all. I get it! I do. I really truly get it! No woman enjoys seeing the number on the scale going up! And there’s nothing as discouraging as seeing that not only didn’t your hard work pay off – it actually brought you further from your goal. LCHF/keto is often easy on this part since you empty your glycogen stores within the first week and with them, you lose quite a lot of water weight. Most people therefore experience significant weight loss within the first week. But not all. Some experience that the weight stays the same or that it even goes up a bit. It makes it easy to conclude that LCHF/KETO didn’t work anyway! For most people, starting up on LCHF/keto is a radical change and it puts pressure on the body to adjust to the new source of fuel (fat). Try to not step on the scales for the first few weeks. Your body may respond to the lack of (known) fuel with an increase of appetite but once your body has fully adapted to LCHF/keto, it will be no problem what so ever to go 5-6 hours (or even more) between meals. And this is where the magic starts to happen. And by magic, I mean that you can now be in a daily calorie deficit without feeling hungry. Read more: LCHF & ketosis IF YOU EXPERIENCE WEIGHT GAIN, BEFORE YOU Continue reading >>

Lipolysis And Why You Can Gain Weight Eating Too Much Fat

Lipolysis And Why You Can Gain Weight Eating Too Much Fat

There are a lot of conflicting views and advice on the web about what is a well formulated ketogenic diet, especially for weight loss. Lots of people promote Bullet Proof Coffee, Fat Bombs, eating sticks of butter, adding carbs or doing carb ups, etc. In this article I want to clear up the metabolic processes that are involved with a ketogenic diet, insulin resistance and how to leverage them to heal your body and as a result, lose weight. What Causes Insulin Resistant and Weight Gain? The primary cause of weight gain is high dietary carbohydrates. This causes insulin to respond and store the excess fuel (blood glucose) that results. This is also the stem of most diseases. Check out this chart by Ivor Cummings. As you can see, impaired insulin signaling is the stem of most diseases we face. There are several other factors that contribute (not enough sunlight, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor sleep, magnesium deficiency, stress, etc), but the impairment of insulin signaling (insulin resistance) and the resulting inflammation is the core cause. So it is very important to understand how to reverse insulin resistance. Controlling our insulin levels (reducing carbohydrates) is just one part. What is the cause of insulin resistance? Some people will say high glucose levels. Others will say being obese. While some say high insulin levels. High insulin is partly true but what really causes the break down of metabolic function is when our body fat (adipose tissue) gets very large and can’t hold anymore fat. Adipose tissue is a very important signaling component in our bodies. Keeping our fat cells happy turns out to be very important to our metabolic function. The key is to reduce our fat cell size. You can have people with a lot of fat cells but the cells are small and they Continue reading >>

7 Signs You Might Be In Ketosis When Doing The Ketogenic Diet

7 Signs You Might Be In Ketosis When Doing The Ketogenic Diet

One of the main goals of starting the ketogenic diet is to get your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. Note: If you don’t know what the ketogenic is all about then check out the Ketogenic Diet: Beginner’s Guide to Keto and Weight Loss. This is when your body starts to produce a lot of ketones to supply energy for your body. Why is this good? Because it means your body has converted from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. If your body is burning fat for energy then something amazing starts to happen. The fat on your body starts to disappear. But how do you know when you’re in ketosis? Besides using test strips or an instrument there are some signs that your body will give. 7 Signs You Might Be in Ketosis These don’t 100% guarantee that your body is in ketosis but if it is in ketosis then these signs will appear. 1. Weight Loss One of the obvious signs of ketosis is weight loss but this can also be pretty deceptive because many people don’t experience the kind of weight loss that they expect. This can happen for a variety of reasons but when you get close to entering ketosis or do enter ketosis you’ll find that you lose a healthy amount of weight quickly. For example, when you switch to low carbs you usually experience significant weight loss in the first week. In fact, my wife lost 12 lbs in the first 28 days of Keto and I lost 13. This isn’t your body burning fat but finally being able to release the water that was being held by the fat cells. If your fat cells don’t release this water then they can’t flow through the bloodstream to be used as fuel so losing water weight is a good thing. After the initial rapid drop in water weight, you should continue to lose body fat consistently if you are able to stick with the low-carb aspects of the diet Continue reading >>

How To Prevent Weight Loss (or Gain Muscle) On A Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet

How To Prevent Weight Loss (or Gain Muscle) On A Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is becoming increasingly popular as we learn more about the potential benefits in terms of both performance and chronic disease management. However, the diet also has to be tailored to your personal goals, and we’ve previously written about some of the pitfalls for athletes using a ketogenic diet. For instance, satiety may be one of the most notable benefits of a ketogenic diet [1], which seems to provide an advantage during weight loss. But if you’re already lean and your ketogenic diet is causing you to undereat, losing lean mass can be a concern. This is important for athletes, but also for patients using a therapeutic ketogenic diet to control a chronic neurodegenerative disease, because muscle mass and strength are two of the best predictors of long-term health and mortality. Thus, the question that naturally arises is: how can I implement a ketogenic diet without losing weight? The topic of gaining or maintaining weight (specifically lean mass) on a ketogenic diet is often left out of the discussion. In fact, the following question was recently sent to the team at Nourish Balance Thrive: I just finished listening to your latest podcast. Very informative! At the end, you were asking for suggestions for possible topics. I have one: the combination of ketosis and an ectomorphic body type: issues for people like myself who don't want to lose weight or outright cannot afford to but want to apply ketosis for other reasons. In my particular case, it is a neurodegenerative disease I'm dealing with (Parkinson's). There is quite a bit of literature indicating that a keto diet could be helpful, but my BMI varies between 19 and 20 and ketosis tends to lower that considerably. Are there things one can tweak to do keto without the weight loss, or do you t Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Could Help Us Live Longer, But Could Also Lead To Weight Gain

Ketogenic Diet Could Help Us Live Longer, But Could Also Lead To Weight Gain

The ketogenic diet is based on the basic idea that the body will always burn glucose (which breaks down from the carbohydrates) before it burns ketones (which are the breakdown of fat). By replacing most of the carbs in our diet with fat, proponents say it can fast-track weight loss, curb appetite, treat various health ailments and increase athletic performance. The diet originated in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy, but became trendy in the fitness industry among those trying to shed and shred. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian also tried chewing the fat. While the keto diet has been slammed as a fad and is known for its side effects including constipation and bad breath, new research suggests it can improve memory and lifespan. READ MORE: * Which diet is really best for you? Here's a dietitian's advice * Best and worst of the 10 most popular diets * Which diet is best for weight loss? In two new studies mice were fed either a ketogenic diet, a control diet, or a low-carb, high-fat diet (ketogenic is a more extreme version of low-carb and accounted for 89 to 90 per cent of total calorie intake in the studies) and put through tests of physical health, fitness and memory. In both studies the keto mice lived longer and showed memory improvements, while only one showed maintenance of physical fitness and strength as mice aged. For the benefits, however, there was a catch. Mice that stay on a keto diet eventually become obese. To avoid this the mice were cycled between regular diets and the keto diet. "This study demonstrates that energy-controlled, high-fat LCDs are not detrimental to health, but rather a KD extends lifespan and slows age-related decline in physiological function in mice," the study authors concluded. "It is most probable that th Continue reading >>

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