Hence low carb diets should emphasize larger amounts of fat, but the source of this dietary fat is critical as there are plenty of bad fats out there. A good rule of thumb is to stick to naturally-occurring fats from nature, rather than chemically processed ones created in a factory. As an example, organic grass-fed butter and margarine are poles apart regarding their respective health merits. And hopefully, you know that butter is the healthy one!
Hi Victoria, Beginning any new diet is a lot of work! There are a lot of rules to learn and foods to acclimate to. This is also the case with keto or low carb. Start by reading labels and learning how many carbs are in the foods you eat. If your goal is to get to 25g carbs or less a day, then work on that first. It will become easier as you go, please be patient and stick with it! Here is a Keto Food List Guide to help you learn which whole foods to add to your day.
I am researching everything I can find and at the same time, have cut as many carbs as I can until I can figure it all out; back-tracking from the decision to do keto. The first few days of doing this, I DID increase the fat, going so far as the bulletproof coffee and using even more butter on my food, etc. Monitoring blood sugar and now, ketone strips, I saw no reduction in blood sugar and no burning of ketones as I kept expecting. It DID seem counterintuitive to ingest fat for my body to burn when I have WAY more fat to burn already stored! So, what I’m thinking (and what do I know?) is this… wouldn’t the stored fat be considered in the “macros” balance until a person achieved a more normal weight, and therefore, eliminate the need for all that extra dietary fat to be added? So, though it appears to be different than what we call a low carb diet, it would essentially e one in the same? IDK…still trying to to figure it all out!
This is a typical lipid response to a low carb high fat diet. TG going town and HDL going up is clearly positive. Normally a slight elevation of LDL-C is not a cause for concern. I would suggest you check your lipids on 3-6 months. If there is further elevation of LDL-C you might try to reduce the relative contribution of saturated fat in your diet and use other fats instead, olive oil instead of butter etc.
This article is very useful, i am happy to see a medical expert reporting on the benefits of a low carbohydrate and high protein diet. It is also very helpful to see some scientific thought being put behind the report and the analysis. I have been involved in coaching combat athletes, boxers and martial artists for almost 30 years and have also been a personal trainer working with body builders and strength athletes. I have always been an advocate for the use of Low carb/High protein for a number of reasons mostly though because this type of diet makes sense.… Read more »
Great Q. While the answer isn't totally black and white, Zeitlin says that for most healthy people, if you're trying to lose weight, a low-carb diet would be the better fit because it doesn't aim to put your body into an unnatural state (ahem, ketosis). Instead, by cutting back on foods that are high in sugar and starches, you're able to drop weight and still maintain a healthy form of energy for your brain and body to run on.
Hi Sandy, I’m not a doctor so cannot give medical advice, but do have years of research and experience in this lifestyle. Kidney failure can happen due to excessive protein intake, which was more prevalent on older versions of the Atkins diet. This is a common misconception with low carb and keto diets – that they have to mean high protein – and they shouldn’t be. If you keep your protein in check, it shouldn’t be an issue. But, I would definitely consult with your doctor since you have had issues with this.
Definitely! To successfully maintain weight loss from either (or any) diet, Zeitlin advises focusing on doubling your veggies, eating lean proteins (fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, shellfish, lentils, tofu), healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil), fresh fruit, and whole grains. “That is what is going to help the weight come off and stay off,” she says.
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