Don’t Blame the Butter For What the Bread Did

I’ve struggled with my weight pretty much my whole life after kids. I’ve tried every “diet” there is. I’ve lost weight. I’ve gained it back. I’ve taken meds and supplements only to find myself back where I started. 3 weeks ago I started doing some research on a low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle, and to be more specific, a ketogenic lifestyle. Not “diet”. Lifestyle. As a medical professional I was a naysayer of the Atkins diet years ago. I subscribed to the recommendation of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to eat low fat, which translated to a high carb diet. I’ve been reading voraciously for 3 weeks on the medical and athletic implications of a LCHF/ketogenic diet. 3 weeks in. I’ve lost 8.5 lbs, 1% body fat. It hasn’t been easy and my high intensity exercise has been rough as my body transitions to burning my abundant fat stores as energy. I’m hopeful that this is the answer to my struggle to be my healthiest self. I believe. 

This review (link below) was recently published on a reputable site (Medscape) and originally published in a reputable journal (British Journal of Sports Medicine). 

Key points:
1. LCHF diets perform as well or better than the traditional low fat high carb (LFHC) diets. 

2. LCHF diets (not calorie restricted) performed better in many studies than a calorie restricted LFHC diet. 

3. LCHF diets make you feel fuller, subsequently you naturally eat less calories. 

4. KETOSIS IS NOT DANGEROUS and can be beneficial. It is not the equivalent of ketoacidosis found in type 1 diabetics. 

5. There is no evidence that increased intake of saturated fats=increased progression of coronary atherosclerosis or coronary heart disease. 

6. For type 2 diabetics, there is increased weight loss and decreased HbA1C showing better control of diabetes. 

7. LCHF diet reduces blood triglycerides and increases HDL, both improving cardiovascular (CV) risk factors

8. LDL has been shown to increase in some patients. The clinical relevance of this is unknown given the improvement of many other CV risk factors. 

9. LCHF diets can reverse non-alcoholic liver disease and associated atherosclerotic dyslipidemia in patients with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. 

There are so many other benefits to eating a low carb, high healthy fat diet…effects on the brain, headaches, seizures, Alzheimers, energy, endurance, mental alertness. Stay tuned as I get further along in this journey. I’m not an expert on the low carb/high fat/ketogenic diet (yet) but I like the data I’m seeing in the sports and medical community and the results I’m seeing in my N=1 experiment….ME!

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