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I do think that each person has to find his/her ideal way of eating.  We are all different, and our bodies behave differently.  I truly think that I am carb intolerant and have been my whole life, but didn't know it.  I was very heavy at one point, and now I am healthy.  My bloodwork was perfect at my last checkup.  I do eat fruit, mostly berries, although I did overindulge in watermelon this summer.  I gained 3 pounds on the scale over the summer, but now that I've quit the watermelon (thank goodness, it's going out of season), the pounds came off easily.  Health is what we're all striving for and I think the best thing each of us can do is read and experiment to find what brings us health.

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@nyadrn, @margeem - I decided to continue with the Whole30 eating plan, rather than go to the more restrictive ketogenic diet .. and have lost about 20 lbs since I was contemplating ketogenic, so it's obvious I didn't need to give up fruit to lose more weight.

 

I do find it a real PITA eating out, when you don't want any starchy foods, no "mystery sauces", minimal dairy & no added sugars! Although I was one of many convention attendees with "special diet requirements", who let the organizers know ahead of time, our first meal together was a battle .. just to get them to leave the sauce off the grilled chicken, potatoes off the plate, and get a simple plate of fresh fruit/berries for dessert!


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I do agree with you.  I feel good with this way of eating.  And you're right, too, about eating out.  One can always order steak and salad, or a burger without the bun.  Even though I'm retired, I do the multi-meal preparation, too.  I'll make a crockpot of chili and freeze portions, or a low-carb casserole and do the same.  In the winter, I love my homemade vegetable beef soup and eat it almost every day for lunch.  I like cooked veggies better than raw, although I do try to eat a salad most every day in the summer.  So--it's not really that hard.  I know some people like a lot of variety in their meals, but I'm satisfied to eat a limited range of foods that I really like.

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I lost 50 pounds in 6 months on Atkins (a ketogenic diet) as a 73-year old woman and have maintained the loss and the diet for over two years now.  I had lost (and gained again) weight on Weight Watchers several times, but was always hungry.  On the keto diet, I have never been hungry.  The one disadvantage, if you have a busy lifestyle, is that there are so few already-prepared meals (I think Atkins is the only one and I don't really care for many of their entrees).  Since I am retired and I enjoy cooking, this doesn't bother me.  Since I am maintaining, I don't have to be as strict as when losing, and I occasionally eat a little higher-carb when eating out, but I still don't eat bread--which is a trigger food for me, or traditional desserts.  I read lots of books when I first started, but don't remember the names offhand.  The low-carb forum on line has lots of information, including recommended books.


Congratulations!

 

I have to agree with you..  for my body, high protein and little carbs works the best that I have ever tried.   I work full time but don't use the prepared meals.  I often prepare meals at home that cover more than one serving including breakfasts for work.  Restaurant meals are not that hard if you are doing meat and a veggie or salad.  

 

Thanks for responding!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I lost 50 pounds in 6 months on Atkins (a ketogenic diet) as a 73-year old woman and have maintained the loss and the diet for over two years now.  I had lost (and gained again) weight on Weight Watchers several times, but was always hungry.  On the keto diet, I have never been hungry.  The one disadvantage, if you have a busy lifestyle, is that there are so few already-prepared meals (I think Atkins is the only one and I don't really care for many of their entrees).  Since I am retired and I enjoy cooking, this doesn't bother me.  Since I am maintaining, I don't have to be as strict as when losing, and I occasionally eat a little higher-carb when eating out, but I still don't eat bread--which is a trigger food for me, or traditional desserts.  I read lots of books when I first started, but don't remember the names offhand.  The low-carb forum on line has lots of information, including recommended books.

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ASTRAEA wrote:

Does anyone have PERSONAL EXPERIENCE being on a ketogenic diet? If you have, and/or if you've read a book about it that you'd recommend, please mention that too.

 

PLEASE speak from your own experience, and only recommend books you've read. We can all Google for what's on the internet ourselves, for more information.


Did you ever decide to try this?  If so, what were your results?

 

 

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I must admit that for me, the process was rather complex, as I struggled a lot with the concept of it due to my vegetarianism. However, in the past few years I have been swiftly gaining and losing weight, it was bizarrely obvious on my belly, so I decided to dive into the Keto. It indeed was a challenge to put up a diet plan, it took me several months, but now I have a plan that I am repeating on a bi-weekly basis. My focus is on schrimp, avocado, mushroom and veggies when it comes to diet, and when it comes to issues with it I was reading on benefits on mental health mostly. In the end, it all comes back to your OWN body and mind, so that's the first thing you should read before diving to it. Talking to your doctor is always a good idea, as there's a misconception that a ketogenic diet is exclusively for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, bodybuilders, etc. But what helps me a lot is to keep track of my keto nutrition with keto calculator. It's a nice hack!

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That's great.  One can never have too much information about their health.  I think too many people just listen to the popular press and TV and grab the advice of the day without thinking too much about it.  I always like to read articles and books about the science of nutrition and why certain things work the way they do.

 

I am almost 75 and have fought overweight for all of my life.  This last year on LCHF has really transformed me so that I don't feel hunger and so I'm not tempted to 'cheat'.  And I love the food I eat, even though LC does require some cooking, as there aren't many prepared foods that fit the program.  I lost weight over the years with Weight Watchers, and even became a lifetime member, but I was always hungry!!

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Amazing timing; this afternoon I got an e-mail from my functional medicine doctor, that she's having a program about the ketogenic diet next week, so I signed up for it .. it can't hurt to listen!


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I think the low-carb, high-fat way of eating is perfect for the rest of my life.  And even the Atkins most strict induction phase requires vegetables--all except root veggies, which are higher carb.  And fruit is not allowed at the beginning because of the sugar content, but can be added later if it doesn't stall weight loss.  I'm not looking to lose any more weight-my doctor agrees that I should not  lose any more, but I'm continuing to eat low carb because I think it is extremely healthy to cut out as many carbs as possible from the diet.  Carbs stimulate insulin production, which is not good for overall health, at least according to my research and experience.  I'm not too familiar with paleo, except I think it eliminates dairy, and allows more high carb veggies.  Otherwise, I don't think it's much different from basic LCHF.  I do enjoy cheese, but I don't overdo it--try to limit to 2 oz. per day or so.

 

Of course, the goal of all this is to be healthy, not just to lose weight.  Reaching that goal is a very individual thing.  A person has to find what works for him/her and make it work for life.

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