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What To Do About Post-menopausal Weight Gain, Even On A Ketogenic Diet?

What To Do About Post-menopausal Weight Gain, Even On A Ketogenic Diet?

Is low-carb eating safe for hyperthyroidism and AFib? What about calories per serving in our recipes? And what can be done about post-menopausal weight gain, even on a ketogenic diet? Get the answers in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Calories per serving? I’m very surprised that you do not include calories per serving in your recipes nutritional breakdown. I understand that counting calories is not the main objective of this diet. However I feel it is important to know how many calories I’m consuming along with how much fat, how many carbs and how much protein. Are you planning to include calories per serving in your recipes? If not, is there any way for me to calculate the calories per serving of your recipes? Your website is amazing and I am very happy to have found it and to be a member. The lectures and interviews have helped me very, very much. I am trying to keep my calories below 1500 a day. If you feel counting calories is useless or not necessary for weight loss please explain as I believe is one of the significant numbers I should be looking at to optimize my weight loss. Thank you very much, Rick I don’t believe that the number of calories is a very helpful number, and most people would probably do great never, ever knowing about it. Please remember that a hundred years ago, when just about nobody even knew what a calorie was, almost everyone was slim. And today, when we completely obsess about calories, we have an obesity epidemic. When it comes to food, quality is far more important than quantity – because the quality determines the quantity we want to eat. Best, Andreas Eenfeldt Is low-carb eating safe for hyperthyroidism and AFib? Hi, I have just been diagnosed with A-Fib and hyperthyroidism. I was eating low carb but have been unabl Continue reading >>

Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up And Read Further

Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up And Read Further

The ketogenic diet is not only known to be one of the most effective weight loss tools, but has proven to have many health benefits. Ketosis is a state at which your body produces ketones in the liver, shifting the body's metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization. Unless you can check your blood ketones, using Ketostix is an easy way to detect urinary ketones. It's not the most accurate method, but may be good enough to find out whether you are in ketosis. In some cases, weight loss may be difficult even on a low-carb ketogenic diet and there may be a few possible reasons for weight stalling, which I have listed in this post. If you want to know more about the ketogenic diet and how it can help you lose weight, have a look at my Practical Guide to Keto Diet which is freely available on my website also as PDF. 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week Top Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Keto Diet 1. Carbs are Too High Your carbohydrate intake may be too high. Try to decrease your daily carbs limit. Also try to include coconut oil in your diet. Coconut oil consists of MCTs (Medium chain triglycerides), which are easily digestible, less likely to be stored by your body and are used for immediate energy. MCTs are converted in the liver into ketones, which helps you enter ketosis. If you want to know more about carbs, check out this post. For more about ketones, have a look at this post. 2. Protein is Too High or Too Low Your protein intake may be too high/ low. Protein is the most sating macronutrient and you should include high-quality animal protein in your diet. If you don't eat enough protein, you Continue reading >>

35: Natural Sugars, Weight Gain From Fat, Gluconeogenesis Overstated, Weight Stall On Period

35: Natural Sugars, Weight Gain From Fat, Gluconeogenesis Overstated, Weight Stall On Period

LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD AT ITUNES If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at [email protected] And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam share more great answers to your best keto questions today in Episode 35. KEY QUOTE: “In the minds of bodybuilders, gluconeogenesis is overstated. But in the rest of the world it is not. That protein effect is heavily dependent on one’s level of insulin resistance and amount of lean muscle mass.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 35: – Does each meal need to match your macronutrient ratio for keto? Hi guys! I have been following the keto diet for the past two months. I just ordered the Ketonix breath ketone analyzer to see if I am in ketosis or not. I’ve already lost 14 pounds, but I have a question for you guys to address: Does each meal that I eat need to fit the macronu Continue reading >>

Breaking A Weight Loss Plateau

Breaking A Weight Loss Plateau

I know all about how annoying a low carb diet weight loss plateau can be. In 2008, I began to change my eating habits in order to address some serious health problems. I also wanted to lose the excess weight I had accumulated over the years while eating a poor diet full of processed junk food. It took several years and I still struggle with my weight, but then I'm a work in progress. The Most Common Causes of a Weight Loss Plateau Here is my opinion, born of my individual experience, on the most common causes of a weight loss plateau. If you are following a ketogenic diet, and not losing weight, or the weight loss is inconsistent (going down one week and up the next), here are some of the most common causes: Eating more carbohydrate than you think (fruit, nuts, and yogurt are the particular culprits here). I call this carb creep. Eating more calories than your body can handle without storing (this is usually the result of a very high fat intake - for me, too much dairy). You want to be burning your stored fat, not excess fat from your diet. Eating large amounts of low carb foods that elevate insulin. Dairy protein (hard cheeses, yogurt and whey protein in particular), sugar alcohols, and other artificial sweeteners are culprits here. Eating lots of coconut, coconut oil or MCT oil. Coconut oil has a lot of medium chain triglycerides in it. This type of fat can't be stored, so your body has to burn it first. Again, the goal is to burn your stored fat, not fat from your diet. Not exercising in a way that increases insulin sensitivity to the muscles. (The problem is that for people with a broken metabolism, long, slow exercise doesn't work well - it has to be high intensity exercise, which uses all the glycogen stored in the muscles, and makes them more insulin sensitive. T Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet: An Answer For More Than Weight-loss Resistance

The Ketogenic Diet: An Answer For More Than Weight-loss Resistance

The ketogenic diet is rapidly becoming one of the hottest topics in health for good reason. It’s a quick way to drop extra weight and get lean, and has numerous positive effects on overall well-being. Developed in the 1920’s to improve brain function in epileptic children, it fell out of popularity when anticonvulsant drugs hit the market. The recent resurgence of the diet is exciting since it’s so effective for weight-loss 1 and healing a variety of other health conditions. I have been following my Cellular Healing Diet for many years; but, more recently have been on my Advanced Cellular Healing diet, essentially a ketogenic diet, and have achieved the best health and fitness of my life (read my personal experience with the diet at the end of the article). I now believe it’s one of the best tools available to improve health and get into your best shape yet. Note: This diet is not for everyone, and can simply be used as a tool for healing weight-loss resistance and other conditions. Once good health is achieved, you may return to following a diet that suits you genetically, or the Cellular Healing Diet. However, some people should stay on the ketogenic diet for life to have lasting energy and remain lean. 2 whole, pastured eggs ½ can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk 1 cup ice 3 caps vanilla extract 2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder 1 tsp sea salt Continue reading >>

The Keto Diet Is The Only Thing That Stopped My Emotional Weight Fluctuation

The Keto Diet Is The Only Thing That Stopped My Emotional Weight Fluctuation

The day I turned 29, I made a vow to myself to lose 70 pounds by the time I turned 30, hoping to drop from 190 pounds on my 5'3 frame down to 120. The fatness of my body was very much tied to my psychological well-being. When I was a senior in high school, I went on the Zone Diet and got down to 128 pounds. Then, as fear and anxiety about going to college grew, so did my body. And I ballooned up to 170 by the following year. Seven years later, when I got my first teaching job at a behavioral school, I managed the stress of trying to teach current (and future) criminals by going home and binge eating every night. I gained 40 pounds in a matter of six months, topping out at my all time high of 210. I cried in the doctor's office that day, unable to believe that I had gained so much weight, so quickly. So, I quit that job. And my boyfriend at the time promptly dumped me. Completely lost and feeling very alone, I figured the solution was to lose weight. I dropped 20 pounds. A year later, 10 of those pounds were back. These examples are not the only times I've gained and lost. If I listed all those other times, this would be a much longer article. In short, I learned that I gain weight when I'm under stress or depressed, and lose weight as an attempt to release the negative feelings from my body. When I turned 29, I decided I was fed up with this cycle. I wanted to release the burden of weight worries and learn to use food as fuel, rather than as an emotional crutch. That's when I found keto, a very low-carb, high-fat diet. I pored over posts online, read recipes, and Googled around until I made my decision. What helped me choose keto was hearing about how satisfying it was. Many people reported feeling satiated from eating higher fat, whereas typical low-fat diets tend to l Continue reading >>

16 Ways Keto For Women Is Different + Doesn’t Need To Suck

16 Ways Keto For Women Is Different + Doesn’t Need To Suck

As a female, we have to tinker the keto diet a little more than our male keto-ers do. For example, during shark week I can’t eat meat or I’ll end up on the couch in agony, with a heating pad, wanting to tear my ovaries out. So, I have to opt for things that are more easily digestible to my puffy, unhappy insides. Keto for women is just different. For one week every month we have brain-consuming cravings, we weigh more, have a hard time digesting, we get headaches and cramps and dammit we just want a blanket, some chocolate and a tub of icecream. end OK, but you get it. We also have other things to think about, like vaginas and boobies. For these two special things, we need to make some alterations too. You can’t just cut out some things. How to make keto for women easier and less grouchy Here are some tips I’ve cooked up over the past year that I’ve been told have been really helpful, enjoy! Eat yogurt. The diet says no, but I SAY YES. Men don’t need to care about the Lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt, but a good healthy vagina does! Dannon makes a Light & Fit “Diabetic Friendly” vanilla yogurt that’s only 3 carbs per cup. Take cranberry supplements. Additionally, we need cranberry to ward away pesky urinary tract infections if we ever plan on forgetting to pee after sex again. So, take a cranberry supplement every day, and accept the carbs that come with it. Prepare for the lady in red. When the red devil is in town and you “need” sweets, opt for a handful of dark chocolate chocolate chips. The gourmet ones, real dark chocolate ones have the least carbs. The Milk Chocolate Almond Bars from Meleleuca only have 7 carbs for the entire bar, 9 for the DHA-enhanced dark chocolate ones which is also awesome. Remember that meats take more 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 >>

Weight Gain, Weight Loss In Two Short Periods

Weight Gain, Weight Loss In Two Short Periods

Last weekend, Anita and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary with a short trip and a stay in an historic bed-and-breakfast. I did my best to be true to both my wife and my diet. The B & B provided me with eggs, meat, and coffee in the morning. I ignored the platter of chocolate-chip cookies available 24 hours a day. (Anita did not.) We picked restaurants where I could put together tasty low-carb meals. All in all, things went fine, until I weighed myself the morning after our return. Did I discover that romance was an aid to weight loss? No. Just the opposite. I discovered that I’d gained more than two pounds — 2.4 pounds, to be exact. There wasn’t much to be done but to rededicate myself to eating LCHF. I did, and soon lost the pounds again. Here is a table that sums up the two periods of weight gain and weight loss. Average Daily Consumption and Weight Change in Two Periods I’m a little more confident in the numbers for the second period since I was eating at home for most of the meals. But lets assume all the numbers are reasonably accurate. I ate almost the same average daily calories in the two periods, just eight more calories per day in the second period (in which I lost weight). The numbers for fat, net carbs, and protein show a lot more variance. Compared to the weight gain period, in the weight loss period I averaged 9% more fat, 18.7% less net carbs, and 22% less protein. For the two short periods, the differences in weight change and in consumption of fat, net carbs, and protein clearly support the tenets of my LCHF diet. Keep dietary fat high, net carbs low, and protein moderate. That’s the recipe for losing body fat. I still wish I hadn’t gained weight during our romantic getaway. But otherwise I have no regrets. I haven’t had any regret Continue reading >>

I Just Started Ketogenic Diet. I'm Losing Weight, But Once I Reach Target Weight, Is There A Way I Can Go Back Into A More Normal Diet That's Not Super High Carb Of Course, But Perhaps A Bowl Of Rice A Day Without Gaining The Weight Back?

I Just Started Ketogenic Diet. I'm Losing Weight, But Once I Reach Target Weight, Is There A Way I Can Go Back Into A More Normal Diet That's Not Super High Carb Of Course, But Perhaps A Bowl Of Rice A Day Without Gaining The Weight Back?

Sure. Paoli et al. did just that in a research study back in 2013. He had participants do 20 days of ketogenic dieting and then transitioned them to a low carb, high protein diet, and then finally had them on a Mediterranean diet – a moderate intake of fats, carbs, and protein for six months. They repeated this process. They found that during the bouts of keto, the participants lost body fat and maintained that loss throughout the transition to the Mediterranean diet. The key to transitioning successfully without gaining body fat – depending on how long you were in ketosis, insulin resistance can be a problem – is to take the transition slow. Meaning, don’t go from ~12 g carbs straight to 200g. Here’s what I’d recommend: One way to do this is is to slowly add 20-30 grams of carbs per week while holding your fat and protein intake where they are, until you’re out of a deficit and back to maintenance. As an example. Let’s assume you end the diet at 1700 calories. And you want to start bringing your calorie intake back up to your new maintenance of 2300 calories. This is how I would do it. If you’re end of diet macros were: 150g protein / 50g carbs/110g fat. Week 1:​ +20 grams carbs/ keep fats as they are / protein stays the same – 150g protein / 70g carbs / 110g fats (1870 calories) Week 2: ​+30 grams carbs/keep fats as they are/ protein stays the same – 150g protein / 100g carbs / 110g fats (1990 calories) Week 3: ​+30 grams carbs/ fat remains the same / protein stays the same – 150g protein / 130g carbs / 110g fats (2110 calories) Week 4: ​+30 grams carbs/ fat remains the same / protein stays the same – 150g protein / 160g carbs / 110g fats (2230 calories) At this point you can either keep things as they are, or start reducing fat intak Continue reading >>

How Quickly Can You Expect To Lose Weight When You Eat A Keto Diet?

How Quickly Can You Expect To Lose Weight When You Eat A Keto Diet?

This is one of those questions that gets asked a lot so I wanted to address it in this post. I know that one of the things that excited me about starting the ketogenic diet in the beginning was reading about all these crazy weight loss success stories that some women seemed to experience. You know, the ones where they lose 14 pounds in the first three weeks and then continue to lose 4 pounds a week for the next 6 months and voila they’re at their ideal weight. I loved the thought of getting into a fat burning state and just watching the excess pounds melt away. In actuality, it took me about a year to lose 30 pounds. However it didn’t take a year for me to start feeling and looking a great deal better, though. This actually happened in a matter of weeks. Every Woman is Different The thing about losing weight on the keto diet is every woman is different. Those who have a lot of excess fat will find that it comes off more quickly. Those who have a lot of metabolic derangement or hormonal healing to do will find that it takes longer. Your body’s main goal is always survival and health. It doesn’t care about how it looks, it cares about how it’s functioning. When you start eating keto with weight loss in mind, you kind of have to trust the process. What you are doing is feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to heal, build, release and do whatever it needs to do in order to move towards optimal health. Some women will experience this as a fairly drastic weight loss, and others will experience this as a slow weight loss. If you have a great deal of healing and balancing to do internally, you may even experience a little weight gain in the beginning. (I know, few women want to hear this). Embarking on a journey of health is a little like embarking on a journey Continue reading >>

Ketosis & Late Menstrual Cycle

Ketosis & Late Menstrual Cycle

Ketosis occurs when a person is deprived of dietary carbohydrates, causing the body to burn glycogen and fat stores for energy. This can lead to rapid weight loss, which may cause late or missed periods in some women. If you are experiencing ketosis and your period is much later than usual, consult your doctor. Video of the Day Your body burns dietary carbohydrates for energy. If you do not provide it with carbohydrates, it burns its fat stores instead. This process releases small carbon fragments called ketones into the blood, which causes the state known as ketosis. A common sign of ketosis is unpleasant fruity-smelling breath that results when your body tries to expel excess ketones by breathing them out. Although it is often marketed and promoted as a safe weight-loss and detox solution, ketosis can cause long-term liver and kidney damage. Ketogenic diets are extremely strict, high-fat, low-protein and low-carbohydrate diets that intentionally cause a state of ketosis, usually for quick weight loss. These diets may produce the desired results, but the weight loss is rarely sustainable since it returns quickly once you return to a normal diet. More importantly, they are not safe. Ketogenic diets can cause a host of problems, including kidney stones, constipation, cognitive problems, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and disruptions in the menstrual cycle. There are many reasons your period may be late. Some fluctuations in your menstrual cycle are normal, or may occur due to stress, your contraceptive method or even pregnancy. More serious causes include hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems or menopause. Extreme weight loss such as that caused by ketosis can cause your menstrual periods to diminish or stop altogether. If you are following a ketogenic diet and your peri 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 >>

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 >>

The Ketogenic Diet And Weight Loss Plateaus

The Ketogenic Diet And Weight Loss Plateaus

I keep hearing people talk about their weight loss plateaus, and how they can get around them. Some go the extreme route of doing liquid fasting, others will ignore it and keep on keeping on. I wanted to put together a short list of common things that may be wreaking havok on the average ketogenic dieter, and go over some solutions that might help out. Keep in mind, this does not cover everything and it also covers a wide range of topics. As you read this, please read to the end. Don’t form ideas about your own body and apply the things that I am saying with no thought behind it. This is strictly for people that are hitting weight loss plateau’s and need some help. If you have only lost 1 or 2 pounds in a week, that is still weight loss and does not require action against it. Hidden Carbohydrates People on ketogenic diets eat more carbohydrates than they think. They’re hidden in vegetables, nuts, and certain meat products. Yes, that peanut butter you’re chomping on could be causing a problem! Especially if it’s store bought – that stuff is loaded with extra sugar. Some vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and squash are common culprits that find their way into our lives on a frequent basis. You might think that they’re low carb, but in large consumption, those carbs really do add up. You can look at the list of the best low carb vegetables we’ve put together, so that you can be more aware of the vegetables you eat. Meat is the center of most of our lives, and there’s sugar everywhere you look. Some bacon is honey smoked, adding unnecessary carbs to an already delicious product. Why the madness? Look for bacon with no sugar added. When you start to look into Italian sausages, chorizo, and canned meats, there’s more carbs than most think. Some b Continue reading >>

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