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Diabetes & Ketogenic Diet: Can You Manage Your Diabetes On A Ketogenic Diet?

In this article we will cover what a Ketogenic diet is and if you can manage your diabetes while on this diet. Ketogenic diet for diabetics is a highly controversial topic, but we will break down everything here for you! As a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), I have to tell you from the start I will have a biased view here. Sorry, but I feel that I need to be completely honest right up front! I will however, present all the evidence that is available currently on the subject. As a CDE, I have been taught to follow the American Diabetes Association Dietary Guidelines for Americans which is low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, with fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains. The Ketogenic Diet this article will be discussing is much lower in carbohydrates, in order to promote the state of nutritional ketosis, or the fat burning state for weight loss. What is a Ketogenic Diet? The Ketogenic Diet is a low carbohydrate diet, consisting initially of less than 20 carbohydrates per day. Not per meal, yes, you heard me correctly, per day. It is not for the faint of heart and yes I am writing from experience. Of course I have tried it! Hasn’t everybody in America at some point who has want Continue reading >>

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  1. kirkjerk

    I’ve been experimenting with finding a good routine for my fasting days.
    For a while I thought eating a pint of grape tomatoes and a large amount of baby carrots was great– very sustainable to graze throughout the day.
    I read the book, though, and it encourages longer periods of actual not eating– my understanding is 5:2 has 2 styles of benefits, one is simple calorie reduction, and the other is the harder to track idea of a body’s cells going into a hunker down, fasting (but not starvation!) mode — that’s the part correlated with the longevity and what not.
    So another “fasting” plan I’ve come up with, based on what seems agreeable to my body and hunger, is black iced coffee (~20 cals now that I look at it) in the morning, maybe the odd bit of sugarless gum and/or zero calorie sweetened tea, until the evening, at which point I’d have a big salad and use ~480 cals at one time.
    My question is, would the 20 calories of coffee be likely to stop the good effects of fasting mode from kicking in? My guess (and hope) is no: that in the same way the coffee doesn’t “start my appetite” in the same way a breakfast would, these small amount of calories aren’t enough to feel like food.

  2. Speedy

    Hello Kirkjerk,
    Just my feeling but I’d think black coffee without sweetener would be fine. I think the sweetener or gum with sweetener, even though there are no calories, might still trigger an insulin response, slow any weightloss and indeed stop the fast to some extent.
    I think I have read research that our bodies are not fooled by 0 cal sweeteners. Apart from probably being bad for us, they don’t fool our bodies at all and can often have the opposite effect and make you crave more sweetness.
    Just my thoughts but I’d keep sweetness to ‘feast’ days then have berries etc.
    I also keep any calories to the evening and all at once when I don’t do a 36 hour water fast. I’d cultivate a taste for black unsweetened tea and coffee!
    Best wishes

  3. kirkjerk

    Hmm, or maybe you’d say our bodies ARE fooled by 0 cal sweeteners, but not in good ways.
    Anyway, today I made it til 2:30PM or so, then foolishly looked up calories of various local restaurant salads and then had to go eat. But overall not such a bad lapse, I think, and the program still feels strong and doable, and it’s great that a successful 2:5 loss plan would have an obvious 1:6 sustaining possibility (not to get ahead of myself)

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