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    Has anyone tried a keto or other low carb diet?

    Saw a documentary on Netflix about ketogenic diets and am intrigued. I don't think I could ever be disciplined enough to do full keto, but I think I can start limiting sugars and other carbs. Just wondering if anyone else has experiences pro or con with this kind of eating.

    Edit: I just realized that it's not just about low carb; it's also about high fat. I think the recommendation is 50% more of calories from fat. Kind of hard to wrap my head around this idea.

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    Last June my daughter moved in with me for a few months while she was between apartments. We both wanted to lose weight, so we went almost-no-carb for about 4 months. We didn't follow a specific diet, just tried to eliminate carbs and didn't worry about fats. In fact we ate more fats than usual. I lost 20 pounds fairly quickly, but my cholesterol shot up. We ate lots of beef, bacon, eggs, cheese, and no bread, potatoes, etc. Since then I've managed to keep my weight pretty steady by trying to limit, but not eliminate, carbs, and my cholesterol came back down when I started substituting chicken and fish for the beef and bacon. This was the easiest diet I've tried, and I think I'll go back on it sometime this year and try to lose a bit more.

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    My SIL is on the keto diet. He calls it the no joy diet. Haven't had a report on how well it's working for him.

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    I have been doing Keto since Jan 1, 2017 and lost about 75 lbs but have been at a stand still for months now. Need to buckle down and stay away from the baked keto desserts and stick to whole foods that fit in to my macros and see if that helps get the scale moving.

    This is the only thing that has worked for me. My blood sugar level is well back under pre-diabetic levels. Blood pressure is amazing had ll my blood test were recently done and Dr says they look great. Plus no more sleep apnea. I have tried every diet out there and had lap band surgery. I am at my lowest weight since Jr high and I will be 49 next month.
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    Keto works great - but it's a 100% discipline thing. My DH & I have altered our way of eating and have eliminated all sugars/carbs from our daily diet and we both feel so much better (while losing weight too!) After time it has become pretty easy to follow, we just feel better eating this way and when we do cheat and eat bread or sweets we immediately have the old recognizable feelings of being bloated, feeling lathargic, etc.. For us - it's been a wonderful lifestyle change.
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    I (try at this point) do a 'no flour/no sugar' diet. When I was totally serious about this I lost about 65 lbs in just over a year. No refined flour; no refined sugar. Natural starches/sugars are fine. So...potatoes; rice; other natural carbs are fine. Fruit also fine. It is a challenge initially reading lots of labels but it's very doable. I also never worried about portion size. It worked for me.

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    Keto works for my DD. She has lost a lot of weight but it's challenge to follow. I tried it and got bored with it. . Now I am doing the one window to eat after a long non eating window during 24 hours and that is working great for me. It's easy and fits the way I like to eat.
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    I've tried it twice. The first time, I had "keto flu" for about 2-1/2 miserable weeks, but started feeling somewhat better after that. I stayed on it for about 3 months, and did lose a handful of pounds, but nothing really significant. I tried again a few months later, but the results (or lack thereof) were the same. I never really felt right either time. Everything I'd read said that you'd have tons of energy, but that never happened with me. I just felt blah. You know that slightly "off" feeling you have a few days before you get sick, but you can't quite put your finger on exactly what's wrong? That's how I felt.

    Maybe it wasn't compatible with my system or something. Other people swear by it, so maybe I'm just weird. (But y'all knew that already, right? LOL!)
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    My DD has been doing Keto for the last several months and has lost about 65 lbs. She looks fantastic and says she feels fantastic too. But it is more than just discipline. It is understanding how your body uses the food you eat. As far as the 'Keto flu' feeling, it means that your body needs electrolytes--a shot of pickle juice is what she would take if she felt that way. Believe it or not, salt and fat are good when carbs are severely limited. Again it is the 'right' fats that are key. Keto is also the only diet that has been scientifically proven to reverse stage 2 diabetes.

    But before you just cut all carbs from your diet and start chowing down on steak and bacon, do more research and absolutely talk to a doctor if you have any health issues.
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    I tried it when I was in college - loved all the butter and bacon, lol!! But after a week or so I got up one morning and could barely drag myself from the bedroom to the living room. (small apt.) Took three tries to drag myself to the kitchen to get something to eat - I gave up and made toast and felt much better. But I think it screwed up my metabolism for years afterward, any time I had sugar I would get a "high" and then a "crash" plus intestinal problems. Like when I had syrup on pancakes.

    Just my experience.

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    I've been familiar with low/no carb diets since the Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution days of the 1970s, when o lost 29 lbs. in 29 days and felt fantastic. I found I am VERY sensitive to carbs, began to stop losing when I had as few as 15 grams. I've done a variation of this diet several times over the years and have always lost weight easily.

    But I am definitely a carb addict -- would be nice if there was a 12-step organization for US! I used it last year to lose the weight necessary to have the 2nd hip replacement, but have gained it back since returning from Savannah in January. I was awfully depressed to be away from that precious new baby grandson, and our winter weather until well into April didn't help. Got to buckle down and do it all again for a return trip to see him in July.
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    I've used the Ideal Protein diet for years. It is the most effective and easy-to-follow diet that I have tried... and there have been legions of diets! It provides enough protein to stave off hunger. Eating carbs sets up huge cravings for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JENNR8R View Post
    I've used the Ideal Protein diet for years. It is the most effective and easy-to-follow diet that I have tried... and there have been legions of diets! It provides enough protein to stave off hunger. Eating carbs sets up huge cravings for me.
    Have lost 50 lbs. on Keto, no more knee pain and have more energy. Electrolytes are important to keep balanced, to feel well at first. Educate yourself and go for it!!
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    DD goes to Keto classes at a Hospital Wellness Center. She said if you reach a weight loss snag, don't eat a lot of vegetables with your meals. Always have good fats to your meal like olive oil.
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    My husband and I have been on a low carb sensible fat / protein eating plan w/ heavy on the non carby veggies (leafy greens, summer squash, asparagus, broccoli, etc...) We both have done well, he has lost 30 lbs, I have only lost a hand full, but both of our blood work improved drastically. Both cholesterol, triglyceride, A1C, blood sugar levels improved. In addition even though I haven't lost much weight my gout and other arthritis improved dramatically, gout swelling around my ankles nearly dissapeared my chronic stomach issues improved enough that instead of daily meds I only need them occasionally, and my auto immune numbers even improved. We keep our carbs under 20 per day.
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    God Bless us all, we are all struggling with weight issues, I'm not alone. I've just joined WW for the umpteenth time and I'm tired of battling! I'm a carbohollic and I agree their should be a meeting place especially for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlt150 View Post
    Have lost 50 lbs. on Keto, no more knee pain and have more energy. Electrolytes are important to keep balanced, to feel well at first. Educate yourself and go for it!!
    I was confused about why you would respond to my post this way and realized that I must not have been clear. Ideal Protein is a ketogenic diet.

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    I just watched a documentary on Netflix called The Magic Pill. It advocates a ketogenic diet for what ails ya...

    It is an hour and a half long. Here is the trailer: https://www.ask.com/youtube?q=the+ma...&v=61GitUC_678

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    Thanks Jenn, that documentary was what got me interested. Had my daughter and her boyfriend watch it today and they thought it was really interesting too. I highly recommend it to anyone who has Netflix. Very eye opening.

    I started on the keto almost a week ago. It's quite the learning experience! I do think I feel better on it even though I have symptoms of keto "flu" off and on. Some of the tips I Googled have been useful for that. It has taken time to assemble enough baking ingredients. Made some keto brownies and they turned out much better than I expected. As my dd said, not quite as good as regular brownies, but satisfying for when you need a treat. Might try macadamia bread this week.

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    I am listening to a week long Keto Edge Summit. Wow! Most of the presenters recommend 70 - 80% fats, 20 % protein and the rest carbs from vegetables. That doesn't leave much for veggies, though by volume it would be more than it sounds as fat is so high in calories. The one speaking right now is telling about all the diabetes who are recovering. If you can't find the summit, Google Dr Jockers - he's the host and I'm sure has some info on his website. Dr Mowll is the diabetes speaker. I don't have diabetes, but I'm willing to try it to reduce the inflammation in my body. I don't have too far to go. Already limited by celiac disease, allergies to yeast, corn, sulfites, etc. My problem will be an occasional GF cookie and ice cream. Dr Jockers mentioned pickle juice for the Keto flu, too.

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    I did the Atkins diet a couple of times and did lose weight until it came time to slowly add carbs. Turns out I do best with "all or nothing" because if I'm allowed to have half an apple it's too much temptation for me and I end up eating the entire apple plus an orange and a banana. What I didn't like about the diet was the really awful bad breath I had that nothing would help.
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    I have not gone on a Keto, or low-carb diet specifically, but I have been on Weight Watchers since the beginning of January and have lost 40 pounds. (Humbly taking a bow.) WW is based on a points system and it lets you eat anything that you like. However, the high-carb and high-sugar foods will generally cost you a lot of points, so it's logical to stay away from them, or eat them only in small amounts. It's a very flexible program. WW also has a great support system and lively online community that gives out tons of inspiration. There are some members on there that have lost over 200 pounds and tell us their stories and give advice. I highly recommend WW.

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