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 >>
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 >>
Since The Human Brain Uses A Lot Of Energy, Can I Study To Burn Off Fats Instead Of Jogging?
I actually did this! You are right. The brain consumes a lot of energy. It is only 2% of the body in terms of weight. But it consumes 25% of your calories. It is not the amount of thinking however that makes the difference. What makes a difference is the kind of fuel your brain uses! It turns out your brain can make use of two kinds of energy sources: glucose and ketones. Both are supplied by the liver. The liver makes glucose from carbohydrates like rice, pasta, bread and sugar. There is also a more involved process where protein is converted to glucose. Ketones on the other hand are made from fats! So how do you get your liver to produce ketones instead of glucose? The answer is simple but challenging: reduce carb intake to less than 50 grams a day, and replace those calories you have foregone with fats. This is challenging for people like me who spent their entire lives eating carbs. My liver never had practice producing ketones. If you cut carbs cold turkey, it takes a week or two of misery. But after, you feel mentally euphoric. This euphoria, it turns out, comes from ketones. My brain seems to like this energy source better than glucose. I have tested so many productivity techniques in the past years. Surprisingly, it has been this low carb high fat diet that has given me the most productivity gains! But you were asking about weight loss. The unintended consequence of my pursuit of ketosis was irrisistable weight loss. I lost 10kg despite my efforts to stuff myself with gloriously fatty food. It turns out that once my body became adept at ketone production, it not only used the fats I ate. It also started to use my body fats for fuel. So not only did I get an additional 2 hours of productivity per day, I finally got abs! (“Blurry” ones though. You still need s Continue reading >>
How I Have Lost 80 Pounds In 11 Months Using A Ketogenic Diet
I have lost 40 80 pounds in 4 11 months using a Ketogenic Diet and I am not done yet. Weight loss and fat loss have always been elusive to me. Not this time. The Weight Loss Struggle I have struggled with my weight and with trying to lose weight my whole life it seems. I was always a bit of a bigger kid growing up. Nothing too crazy. Just a few extra pounds. During my teen years I did grow quite a bit taller so I wasn’t quite as pudgy but I was never happy with the way I looked. Even at a young age I was conscious of my size. A Sugar Addiction I loved food. Especially the sugary stuff. I always had to have two helpings of a meal followed by dessert. Luckily for me we did at least have home cooked meals and we always ate as a family at the dinner table. The other thing I had going for me is that I was active. My friends and I were always outside playing. Hell our parents had to fight with us to come inside after dark. But I was a “sneak-eater”. I would sneak food into my room and eat it. I am not exactly sure why this became a habit. I “Tried” A Lot of Different Weight Loss Approaches Over the years I kept trying to lose the pounds. I was very much into sports so to be honest I wasn’t hugely overweight but I wasn’t happy either. This pattern continued for decades. I was always trying to lose 10 pounds, or 20 pounds. I would have some success but it didn’t last and I would fall right back to my poor eating habits and the weight would come back. I tried a lot of different weight loss approaches. I joined gyms and I spent thousands of dollars on supplements. None of it made me any lighter. Except in the wallet. Being Overweight Affects Your Self Esteem This comes as no surprise I hope. When you are carrying extra pounds it is always on your mind. You never f Continue reading >>
What Are Some Great Before/after Weight-loss Photos?
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE GREAT COMMENTS! I get notes weekly from this post. Hi everyone! It's amazing to see this viewed over 50 thousands times. If I can ever be of help, feel free to email me at Kishan.shah(at)Gmail.com I was fortunate enough to be congratulated on my weight loss by First Lady Michelle Obama, here's a pic I just pulled from my facebook: Here's my weight loss story: How I Gained It: Growing up, my family had a lifestyle like that of millions of other Americans across the country. The kids sit through school and free time is spent studying or in front of the television. When we visited the supermarket, we bought in bulk, or in our case, the largest bag of sugary cereal for the cheapest price. A premium was placed on education, rather than sports or any other sort of physical activity. This resulted in a sedentary lifestyle with my personal health spiraling downwards. By age 12, due to a poor diet and lack of exercise, I weighed 200 pounds, twice as much as my peers. There's a gradual decline for most morbidly obese people: Your friends and family want to help you, but simply do not know how. They can only please you through the only way they know: taking you out to a restaurant for yet another fatty meal. I became more distant and aloof; the fat kid isn't invited to the high school parties. And I ate away my troubles, piling on the pounds. Being 400 pounds is worse than being invisible. People go out of their way to not acknowledge your existence. They act like you are a failure to society and undeserving of a door being held for you, proper service at a restaurant (why should anyone add to the problem?) or other general courtesies. Breaking Point: My path toward a new life involved several triggers to change, but one clear catalyst. Prior to my epiph Continue reading >>
Can Eating Fat Help You Lose Weight? Let’s Look At The Ketogenic Diet.
Fat makes your meals more palatable and helps you feel full, so it’s no wonder the high-fat ketogenic diet is increasing in popularity. The diet has been trending for the past three years, as “keto” blogs and cookbooks continue to pop up and build an impressive fan base. This diet has been used under close supervision by physicians and dietitians since the 1920s for treating epilepsy and has shown promise in managing brain cancer. But is it useful and healthy as a strategy for weight loss? First, the basics: On the ketogenic diet, at least 70 percent of your daily calories come from fat. Five to 10 percent of your calories come from carbohydrates (20 to 50 grams a day). The rest, up to 25 percent of your daily energy, comes from protein. By contrast, the healthy diet recommended by the Institute of Medicine is 45 to 65 percent carbs, 20 to 35 percent fat and 10 to 35 percent protein. The ketogenic diet’s low-carb target can be met only by avoiding grains, dairy products, fruit, and legumes such as chickpeas and lentils. Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes and squash are out, and even amounts of lower-carb vegetables are limited. So what’s left to eat? Typically, eggs cooked in butter for breakfast; for lunch and dinner, meat, chicken or fish with salad or green vegetables and plenty of oily dressing. Sorry folks, no alcohol on this diet. Even red wine is out. The ketogenic diet gets its name from a process called ketosis. Ketosis happens when your body doesn’t have enough energy from glucose (carbohydrates), so it adapts by using stored fat for energy. The result? Weight loss. Does the ketogenic diet lead to faster or more sustainable weight loss than other diets? The research to date suggests that initial weight loss on the keto diet is impressive but Continue reading >>
Lose 10 Pounds A Week With Ketogenic Diet
Losing 10 pounds in a week on a diet might seem improbable to you or maybe even impossible. However, with a diet such as the ketogenic plan, you can quickly lose 10 pounds in a week by providing a different type of fuel for your body to burn instead of sugar – fats. Why a Ketogenic Diet will bring Weight Loss Although a ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet prescribed medically for epileptic children, it can work in people of all ages to force the body to use fats as fuels instead of sugar, thus literally melting away body fat. . How does that work? With the limited carbohydrate intake, your body is not receiving carbs to be stored and burned for energy. Instead, your body starts to convert fat to energy. Once this process is initiated, actually adding more fat to your diet will keep these fires burning stronger and longer. The first few days on this type of diet, eating foods higher in fats and proteins and all but eliminating carbohydrates, will start to reverse your body’s chemistry. After that, your body will start burning fat 24 hours a day. For most other diets, strong emphasis would be placed on exercise. And not that you wouldn’t want to implement an exercise routine with a ketogenic diet, especially with the high amount of fat you’ll be ingesting, but your body will be in a weaker state than normal for the first few weeks. So give your body time to balance out before starting an exercise regimen. Even without the regular exercise, the ketogenic diet, when followed properly, will help you drop 10 pounds in a week. The Food Ketogenic diets are preferred by many people because the menu options are vast and incredibly tasty. Because you want to eat foods higher in fat content, you will get to enjoy rich, full flavors and barely have Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Results | I Lost 30lbs In 6 Weeks
My Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Results Before I talk about the ketogenic diet, I would like to give you a little background about myself. A few years ago I had manage to eat and drink my way up to 280lbs. Even though I have a goofy smile in the picture below, it was a very depressing time in my life. The only thing I was worried about when I got off work was beer and unhealthy foods. I could go to Long John Silver’s and eat eight pieces of fish, eight shrimp, a large box of fries and still look for more food to eat. The last thing on my mind was any type of diet or exercise. I was about 265lbs in the photo below… Uhggg!! Fast forward a few years, I went through a separation and ended up homeless. I decided to quit drinking, start working out and of course, find a job… At the time of this next photo I was about 250lbs and had been sober for two months. I had been working out for about a month, doing a total body workout three days a week. When I would workout, I would do three sets of ten reps per body part. That’s all I remembered from high school when I played football…lol About 250lbs As far as my diet goes, I just did what I was taught in the past about eating healthy. It was basically high carbs, low fats, fruits and veggies. I remembered the old food pyramids back when I was a kid and all I could think of was… “Fat is Bad”… It made sense… Why would I eat fat if I was trying to lose fat? As you notice at the top of the pyramid, Fats and Oils are to be used sparingly. And from looking at the bottom of the pyramid, I can eat all of the bread, rice, cereal and pasta I wanted. So that’s exactly what I did. I was eating tons of bread from sandwiches because most of the deli slices were low fat. I’m talking loads of spaghetti, lasagna, mac and chees Continue reading >>
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What Are Some Of The Best Body Transformation Before And After Photos?
Part1 Body is my temple (weight loss) Medical emergency motivates couple to lose 538 pounds Story highlights Lauren and Justin Shelton lost a combined 538 pounds in 19 months They go to the gym six days a week and stay active on their day off They have found support in each other by taking every step of this journey together At work one day, IT consultant Justin Shelton suddenly began to feel ill. A few hours later, he was in the emergency room, and doctors told him he might have a kidney infection. They just needed to run a scan to confirm the diagnosis. The next words were a cold reality check: The imaging machine could not support his weight. "They told me, 'We think you have a kidney infection, but we can't confirm for sure, so we're just going to treat it aggressively and hope that's what it is,' " Shelton said. He was 25 years old and weighed 592 pounds. Two years earlier, Justin's wife, Lauren Shelton, had had her own medical scare; her gallbladder had to be removed because of weight-related complications. At her heaviest, Lauren weighed 341 pounds. Their size made everyday tasks difficult, too. Years ago, Lauren was on a plane, and the seat belt wouldn't buckle. She was mortified and tried to hide from the flight attendants that she didn't fit into the seat. Both Lauren and Justin had been asked not to get on rides at a theme park because of their size. But Justin's trip to the emergency room was the final straw. The Jefferson City, Tennessee, couple realized something needed to change. //Second inspirational story // //part2 body is my temple::( Weight gain) // Part One of Three: Eating to Gain Weight 1Determine how much more you need to eat to gain a pound or a kilogram. To gain a pound, you'll need an excess over your daily calories a.k.a. resting metabolic r Continue reading >>
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, babbling incessantly about some of the talks I had heard at the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium, and all the latest things I had been l learning about diet and health, as I am wont to do. Most of my friends and coworkers have learned to deal with this annoying tendency by employing one of two common strategies: Nodding politely and feigning interest, while secretly thinking about far less important things, such as global warming, conflict in the Middle East, and the plight of the piping plover. Disagreeing with my unorthodox dietary philosophies by posing traditional counterarguments, such as “mi Continue reading >>
The Reason You’re Not Losing Weight
Are you one of those people who feel you’ve tried everything to lose weight? Low fat? Extreme calorie cutting? Counting points, juicing, fasting, cabbage soup… you’ve probably tried everything. And despite all your best efforts, those extra pounds stubbornly refuse to budge? Meanwhile, everyone around you, maybe even your doctor, says the reason you’re overweight is because you eat too much? It sounds so simple! But it is a well-documented fact that people who are significantly overweight may also have metabolic disorders, which not only cause weight gain, but also make it very difficult to lose the weight. The United States is facing an obesity epidemic, and but there’s a misconception that overweight people just simply eat too much and are lazy couch potatoes, when they may in fact have a metabolic resistance to weight loss. Add in the use of prescription drugs or hormones that inhibit weight loss, excessive insulin and insulin resistance, plus high triglycerides, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, numerous studies show that a low-carb diet can help overweight people with excessive insulin output (hyperinsulinism) or insulin resistance lose weight and decrease or even eliminate metabolic resistance to weight loss and the associated health risks. Even if you’ve never lost weight on a 1,000-calorie-a-day low-fat diet, it’s quite possible you can lose weight with a 1,800- to 2,000-calorie-a-day plan—if you cut your carbs to 20 to 40 grams of Net Carbs a day. Now, not everyone will lose weight this way, but there are still more options. Dr. Atkins and his practitioners discovered that certain vitanutrients could help break past the remaining barriers to weight loss. The leading nutrient in the final weight loss battle is L-carnitine, which is a Continue reading >>
How I Lost 15 Pounds In 6 Weeks—without Gaining A Pound Back
Feeling unsatisfied Two months ago, Amy Levine felt the way many of us do: frustrated with lingering love handles and sick of squeezing into her jeans. "I was tired of having a little bit of extra weight on me, and I actually started snoring at night," she says, noting that snoring is more common in people who are overweight and actually has dangerous health implications. "I was horrified at that!" At that point, Levine decided to make a change. She heard about Hacienda del Sol—a wellness retreat in Costa Rica—from her husband Jason's colleague, who said his wife had a transformative experience during her visit there. Healthy swaps "We looked into the program and I was on board immediately," Levine says of Hacienda del Sol's wellness retreat. As a mom of three, the idea of going to Costa Rica—alone!—for a week was a dream. So she booked it. With six weeks to prepare, Levine says she wanted to feel physically and mentally ready to participate, so she decided to clean up her eating. "I committed to a much more conscious diet," Levine says of her pre-trip prep. "I just didn't eat anything that I shouldn't eat." That meant cutting out sugar (except fruit), switching to whole grains, and practicing good portion control. She also amped up her workout regimen, riding a stationary bike for 30 to 60 minutes, three times a week. "Within those six weeks I actually lost 10 pounds, " she says. "I was really surprised because I didn't think I was eating that badly." But her week at Hacienda del Sol required further dietary changes. (Here are some surprising ways to kick your sugar habit.) A Ketosis diet Levine arrived in Costa Rica feeling lighter and ready as ever to tackle Hacienda del Sol's weight loss program (Ketogenic and TacFit Weight Loss Retreat), which relies on a k Continue reading >>
Lose Weight By Achieving Optimal Ketosis
Do you want to lose weight? Here’s number 16 of my 18 best tips. All of the published tips can be found on the How to Lose Weight page. Before we get started, here’s a short recap of the tips so far: The first and most crucial piece of advice was to choose a low-carb diet. The next were eating when hungry, eating real food, eating only when hungry, measuring progress wisely, being persistent, avoiding fruit, beer and artificial sweeteners, review your medications, stressing less and sleeping more, eating less dairy and nut products, stocking up on vitamins and minerals, using intermittent fasting and finally, exercising smart. This is number sixteen: 16. Get into optimal ketosis Warning: Not recommended for type 1 diabetics, see below. We’ve now arrived at tip number 16. If you’re still having trouble losing weight, despite following the 15 pieces of advice listed above, it might be a good idea to bring out the heavy artillery: optimal ketosis. Many people stalling at weight plateaus while on a low carb diet have found optimal ketosis helpful. It’s what can melt the fat off once again. So how does this work? A quick run-through: The first tip was to eat low carb. This is because a low-carb diet lowers your levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin, allowing your fat deposits to shrink and release their stored energy. This tends to cause you to want to consume less calories than you expend – without hunger – and lose weight. Several of the tips mentioned above are about fine-tuning your diet to better this effect. Video course Do you know exactly how to eat a low-carb and high fat diet (LCHF)? This is required for ketosis. If not the easiest way is watching this high quality 11-minute video course on how to eat LCHF, and the most important things to think a Continue reading >>
How Much Weight Can You Expect To Lose In 5 Weeks Eating A Low-carb Diet?
That big event you want to look your best for is coming up in just over a month, and you want to calculate how many pounds you can drop before then if you commit to eating low-carb. The answer really depends on the strictness of your low-carb regimen, your age and how much weight you have to lose -- younger men and people with more weight to lose tend to drop pounds most rapidly. An extremely low-carb diet is likely to yield faster immediate weight loss, but a less restricted level of carbs may be easier to follow for five weeks. Video of the Day Why Low-Carb Works for Weight Loss Before figuring out how much weight you can lose, understand why low-carb will help you lose it. First, when you reduce carbs, you cut off a major source of calories -- so you're eating less. On a low-carb diet, you'll probably find yourself eating more protein, which increases satisfaction and takes slightly more calories to digest than carbs and fats. Your appetite will most likely decrease on the diet, too, so you may feel less hungry and have fewer cravings for sweets and other foods with "empty" calories. Eating low-carb also reduces insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that your body releases in reaction to eating sugars -- whether they come from a can of soda or a bowl of pasta. Too much insulin drives your body to store fat. You also drop a fair amount of water weight when you eat low-carb. One reason is that your kidneys release sodium -- and water -- in response to the lower levels of insulin in your blood. You also lose fluid because the stored carbohydrates in your muscles, also called glycogen, are bound to water, and as you use them for energy, the water is released. An "extremely low-carb" diet contains 50 grams or fewer of carbs per day. This plan leads to the most rapid weight Continue reading >>
How Much Weight Will I Lose If I Don't Eat For 3 Days?
It depends. You can do the math using calories and come up with a specific number - but calories are only 1 factor at play when you fast. You have to consider the hormonal and physiological effects of fasting. There are 5 stages to fasting. But basically your body depletes your blood glucose, then depletes your glycogen stores, and only then does it begin to burn fat as it transitions into ketosis. The process of depleting your glycogen stores to get into the metabolic state of ketosis takes about 3 days. What that means for fasting as a weight loss technique: If you want to lose fat, you should fast for a minimum of 3 days. Preferably 5. This is how you achieve permanent weight loss, because day 4 and 5 is when your body starts burning fat for energy Otherwise the weight you lose will be regained as your body replenishes your glycogen stores upon refeeding Glycogen also holds a lot of water, which accounts for the water weight loss people often talk about Fasting for a minimum of 3 days will improve your Insulin Sensitivity So when you resume feeding, your body will be more efficient at shuttling nutrients where they are needed (muscles and organ function) instead of storing it as fat Think more sustainable weight loss Lastly, let’s debunk the myth that fasting will cause your body to store more fat for next time. First off, your body can’t store more fat while you are fasting because you aren’t eating, thus there is nothing to be converted into fat. Some may then say, “but it will upon refeeding”. This may occur, but only for people at extremely low body fat percentages (below 5%). Also, I mentioned above that your body will store less fat because it will be more efficient as utilizing nutrients after fasting Your body has two metabolic states Glycolysis - h Continue reading >>