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8/8/17 10:41 A

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76 in Oct. Been on LC since 3/1/17. lost 36 lbs but stuck for 2 wks. I have not had a cheat. eat less than 50g carbs, 75-100g protein, 100-120g fat, 1200 to 1300 cals a day. I eat no bread, pasta, beans, rice, no diet products, no processed foods, nothing sweet, no artificial sweeteners. drink 100 plus oz of water. I am never hungry nor do I crave sweets or carbs (my former problems). Has anyone any suggestions to what I can do? to adjust intake. I don't exercise, but am active. I did the egg fast about a month ago, lost 3 lbs that week..no diabetes or thyroid issues. thanks for any suggestions..have a great day emoticon

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5/15/17 8:14 A

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a great resource is Dr. Jason Fung's lectures on obesity on youtube - talks about low sugar/low carb and metabolic syndrome as well as reversing/curing diabetes. He is a legit doctor who specializes in nephrology and obesity.

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2/23/17 9:59 A

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I bought a few books on the ketogenic lifestyle diet, and waiting for them to arrive. I also bought a kindle book with low carb recipes. I lost over 50 pounds around the 99/00 years eating low carb foods. I am looking forward to it as I felt a lot better during that time period.

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2/21/17 12:55 P

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I'm doing a keto way of eating. 20g carbs, 75g fat and 120g protein daily. It's actually working for me! I started it to bring down my blood sugar as I was borderline T2 diabetic and it's worked with that. The version I did before which was DietDoctor LCHF helped lower it a little but I didn't lose much weight at all. However, the new macros seem to be working so I'm going to keep up with this way of eating. Hopefully I can lose 56lbs by this time next year!

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2/16/17 8:13 P

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Do you follow keto all the time? Or have you ever tried the 7 days on, 2 days off approach?

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1/24/17 5:26 P

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If you aren't sure if low carb is a good option for you, take the 30 second cracker test - here's a link to what it does and how to perform it. www.mindbodygreen.com/0-26295/this-30-seco
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I did this test a while back and learned for sure that I do best eating low carb - I pretty much already knew this, but the test reinforced that for me. The taste of the cracker never changed during the 30 second test - that means I do best eating 25% or less carbs per day. I feel that I do best eating well less than 100 carbs a day and I try to keep them below 50-60.



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1/22/17 1:49 P

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This is the same WOE that I am following and it's working. I had followed Atkins years ago and found that initially I would lose and then I'd stall out and not lose at all. I stayed with it for a long time but got no where. Many pounds later, I've become a vegetarian and was on John McDougall's plan of High Carb and Low Fat. This was a terrible choice for me as I gained so much weight doing it. I had out of control cravings and constantly was eating. I said enough, found Spark People, went Low Carb / High Fat Vegetarian. I track my calories and and eat about 60 to 70 grms. of protein each day. I keep the fat, as you said, at about 115 grms and my calories about 1200 to 1350, sometimes more. This is working for me and I'm not constantly thinking about food. I'm turning 61 this April and I finally feel like I found a WOE that I can stick with for the long term.

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11/1/16 3:05 P

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I eat lower carb basically to reverse metabolic syndrome. Low carb has done that well. With that being said, I also understand that the microbes in my gut eat fibrous material that we cannot digest and these nutrients come from starchy vegetables and legumes. I fear that long term low carb and keto diets will eventually kill the bugs in my gut and the bad guys will take over. So I cycle my diet, low carb for a few months, vegetarian for a while, and so on. I find some room in my diet for an occasional cup of lentil soup and fermented foods. Our bodies may be able to survive on very low carbs for a while but the fuel of choice for the body is glucose and you should be able to switch from one source of fuel to another easily. That is what healthy bodies do.


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10/16/16 5:12 P

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Everyone is different. I have been low carb, moderate protein, high fat for over a year and it's been an answer to prayer for me. Even off ALL meds including the diabetes meds. Even though it is low carb or keto you need to eat the non starchy vegetables.



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9/17/16 5:32 P

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Nothing is a "one-size, fits-all" when it comes to our bodies! You have to find what works for you AND that promotes your best health and fitness.
Not sure what one poster meant by indicating that this way of eating "lines their pockets"???

Also, I feel there are " bad" & "good" carbs. emoticon

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9/2/16 9:01 A

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I'm a recent member and am so glad to see people here that are doing or have done keto. I have been low carb for 3 months, mostly due to diabetes. I got sick of putting on weight once I had to inject insulin. Went low carb, then keto and a month later was off all insulin, haven't had to have any for two months and I feel great. This is definitely the lifestyle for me.

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8/30/16 2:05 P

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My experience with the keto diet has been great - twice. The first time I lost 50 pounds and was doing great with my blood sugar control (I'm a T2 diabetic). Then I went through a very trying time emotionally and fell off the wagon. Actually, I didn't just fall off of it, I vaulted off of it. It took me years to get back under control, and now I'm back on keto since May. I have lost 32 pounds, my blood sugar is amazing, and my blood pressure is on track toward normal. My cholesterol is higher than my doctor would like it to be, but I don't buy into the lipid hypothesis anyway so I wouldn't let him put me on medication for it anyway. All in all, this is the best way for me. My hope is everyone will find the best way for them too, whatever that way may be!



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8/29/16 10:32 P

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I did very well on a modified ketogenic diet. I'll say that I'm not sure it was truly ketogenic, as I didn't stay much below 100g of carbs a day and that is "too much" for the typical LCHF diet. But even at that rate, I lost weight and the fat in my diet (coconut oil in my coffee, very low carb cheese biscuits or a handful of almonds instead of bread, etc. ... you can find some of my recipes on sparkrecipes if you're curious) kept me from being hungry. In fact the biggest problem I faced was getting enough calories, because I'd reach the end of the day and find that I was at something like 1000 calories but I didn't want to fill the rest in with carbs and I wasn't very hungry! The only thing that didn't work great for me was that my potassium level wasn't nearly high enough and I was getting muscle cramps in my legs and bad headaches. I had to up my sodium to increase my potassium. I never did get any official medical "numbers", before or after, just weighed in once a week. Lost weight steadily over a few months of trying it. I felt great the whole time, clear headed, energetic, and happy with my progress. I just haven't been able to get back to it, I'm not sure why.

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8/24/16 1:23 A

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I have had good success with the Keto diet, so it works well for some, but not for others. I've learned so much from Gregory Ellis PhD, Jason Fung M.D. and Richard Bernstein M.D. on YouTube as their lectures are very helpful.



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8/15/16 8:43 P

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Well, I would disagree with LisaQu, and here is why:

I had my blood panel taken before starting. I was 53. In just SIX WEEKS here were my results:

Lost 22 pounds
blood pressure went from 140/90 to 118/70.
Blood sugar went from around 300 to 120
Cholesterol stayed the same
Triglycerides went up - but this is normal at the beginning

Unfortunately, I went on a cruise, and went back to my old ways..... But as of today, I started keto again. 8/15/16

I only have one goal in my life, and that is to be a great role model for my daughters.


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7/22/16 5:38 P

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I am also 59 and have elevated cholesterol and once in a great while, elevated triglycerides. I would be afraid to try that. DH can eat anything and his highest cholesterol reading has been 166. There is not a one size fit all plan. That's why we have to find what works best for each of us.

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7/22/16 2:01 P

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I tried it and was losing weight, even in a Ketosis state, but my body didn't like it. Elevated heart rate, shakiness and headaches.

I'm back on SparkPeople where I did extremely well 4 years ago. Tracking everything is the key for me.



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7/18/16 4:50 P

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This a prime example of why there is no one "diet" (I prefer lifestyle) that fits everyone. Personally, I do best on a rather low carb diet - I try to keep my carbs under 50 per day, protein around 70 grams a day and fat between 115 and 130 grams a day with my calories between 1300 and 1500 a day. That's what works for me. If I consume more carbs than that I can't stop - my cravings skyrocket and I want to eat everything in sight. I lose weight very well eating this way and I have no problems with it. Am I in ketosis - don't know, frankly don't care. I don't really have any underlying health problems other than some minor thyroid issues. I allow myself the occasional higher carb treat and I can handle that, but I cannot handle high carbs every day nor can I handle very low fat - I get hungry too quickly and the food I'm allowed to have on low fat tastes awful to me. Again, this is what works for me and I believe we are all our own science experiment - we have to keep trying different things until we find something we can stick with and that works for us. Sorry it did not work for you - it's not for everyone, but a lot of people have great success with it, and it is used frequently for children with epilepsy and a lot of cancer patients follow it as well.



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7/17/16 7:44 P

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I had been on Atkins for a while a few years ago. All my blood work was awesome. Got divorced, gained most of it back. It is a lifestyle, not just a diet. Healthy eating no matter what diet plan has to be a lifestyle. I cannot handle the protein tho so I went to the Low carb high fat diet. BUT let me say this. My calories so far today have not gone over 1200. It is almost 8 pm and I am totally not hungry. On low fat, I am starving continually. Also on low fat, my blood glucose readings go sky high. I cannot tolerate sugar/starch or fruit except strawberries or raspberries now and then. As long as I stay low carb my readings are in the 90's. Not 290s. That is just me now. Not all are the same. Now on the other hand, my daughter swears by low fat. She just cannot stay on it long. Guess each of us has their own way. Anyhow, no matter what diet you are on, you will level and get stuck for a while. I will keep all posted on how I do.

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7/13/16 8:15 A

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It did not work for me at all. Started out like a bomb and dropped pounds, then weight started coming back. Lots of cocoanut oil adds lots of calories. I paid huge sums for getting much heavier than I started. Dropped program and professional weight "expert" and found Sparkpeople. Much more health as exhibited in numbers - cholesterol and triglicerides. Much better attitude and outlook. Hard to maintain. I am on a plateau -- can't seem to get any improvement for last two months -- but, no backslide either. Will hang in with balanced nutrition. Cocoanut oil and ketones is basically ways to move fat from my left rear pocket to theirs.



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7/9/16 10:59 A

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I had a really bad experience with the ketogenic diet. They recommend less than 50 grams of carbs per day, and small amounts of protein and mostly fat, like coconut oil. After 2 months on this diet I lost weight, but I also started getting migraines. When I went to the doctor the triglycerides were elevated, and blood pressure, and they wanted to put me on medication. I started having chest pain. Just want to warn anyone out there to STAY AWAY from this mindset. I am 59, turning 60 in September, so maybe the 20 somethings can thrive on this fad.... I would not recommend it for anyone!!

Does anyone one else have any thoughts or experience? It seems to be a popular trend and popping up all over the place.

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