- January 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm #13206
I’m really trying to have a low carb diet. I’m staying between 20-30 net carbs a day…trying to get in vegetables as much as possible. I find that after I eat I am sometimes still hungry. I’ve read lots of blogs and many say that fat will keep you from feeling hungry. Does anyone feel like this? Am I doing something wrong? My dr. Says I need to lose 25 lbs. and low carb is the best for me…any suggestions?
- January 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm #13231
Hi, I have been doing low carb for about 5 months. I have hit a plateau for the last month, and have not lost anything since then. But in the first 4 months I lost 50 lbs. You have to eat enough protien and fat to replace the carbs. The first couple of weeks can be a little challenging but if you eat the protien and fat, you should not feel hungry. Drizzle olive oil on your salads before your dressing. If you are trying to do low carb and watch your fat, it won’t work. You are trying to train your body to burn fat instead of glucose, you need the fat. Don’t be afraid :-)
Sauté your veggies and meat in some butter. Make some fat bombs to get you through a hunger or craving. After about three weeks your cravings for sugar, bread, pasta and potaoes will be gone.
- January 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm #13313
I’m in my second week of eating low carb. I didn’t really know much about it, a friend lost over 100 lbs and now, she lives her life low carb for maintenance. So, I figured I’d try.
I lost 7 lbs the first week, but I always do that on the first week of a diet. I am one of the people who are panicking about the fat. All of my life, I’ve been told “fat makes you fat.” Now, I’m supposed to be eating more fat. It’s hard to grasp. However, I did find, this last week, that I was not all that hungry. I never once had that deprived diet feeling.
My question is about my cholesterol levels. Does eating all of this fat raise them? In a bad way?
BTW, so happy I found this blog! The posts are fun as well as informative. Thanks!
- April 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm #13862
Ocdyke I hear you. I just signed up today and am struggling with the theory behind it all. My mother has been reading Eat Fat, GEt Thin by Mark Hyman. She’s totally blown away. So I have got on the band wagon and this site is by FAR the most use friendly I’ve come across.
I love the way you have words your concerns. They are so like mine.
- June 11, 2017 at 9:33 am #14273
My advice is to trust the plan and your body – after a couple of months you’ll feel great and be able to see the results for yourselves (and so will everyone around you!) There is plenty of science to support all of the health benefits of the keto diet and two great reads by Jimmy Moore are Keto Clarity and Cholesterol Clarity which can assuage any fears about fat and whether it raises your cholesterol or not. It’s always a good idea to educate yourself on these things because it helps you respond to the naysayers who will insist that you’re killing yourself with all the bacon and butter even though you’ll look and feel amazing on the outside!
- February 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm #13434
I’m on my 2nd time around on this plan. I sure wish I’d stayed with it, and maintained. <<Sigh>>.
I really don’t feel hungry on this plan. The first few meals didn’t seem like enough, but then I’d get busy, and find that I’d breezed right past snack time!
DeerMama, I find that if I add extra carbs … then, I WANT/NEED extra carbs, and then some! Keep those carbs down to the IBIH levels, and use the ketostrips! You really only need a “trace” or a “small amount” but you need to be in the keto state. If I add a few carbs, the ketones don’t show up. Those extra 10g of carbs matter more than you think!
My weakness is cookies. I was thrilled to get to weeks with real deserts or cookies. But, even though I am not fond of sugarfree sweets, I find it is hard not to have “just one more!” I think I was better off with the 90% chocolate. I love chocolate, but didn’t enjoy the 90% enough to want more than authorized.
KetoBarb, great job! Good advice. Keep it up, you will break that plateau!
OcDyke, I had been told that “Fat makes fat,” too. But with all the “low Fat” (and prob high fructose) yogurt, milk, snacks … we, in the USA, are fatter than ever. I really believe that more carbs than you need make fat, and especially hi/low blood sugar cycles. My doctor is relaxed about this plan. She tells me not to worry about all the eggs and fat. She feels the eggs and fat = cholesterol scare was over-hyped. I have blood work every year, and she and I keep an eye on it. She says my “good cholesterol” is higher, but the ratio is fine.
I don’t think you must have SO much fat you don’t have to eat things really greasy. But, don’t try to go LOW FAT. You can’t really survive on LOW CARB *and* LOW FAT. You do need a source of energy. The idea of LOW CARB is to move into the keto state, and burn fats for energy, rather than relying on a steady stream of carbs. If you cut down on fats, please watch your calorie count. If it goes too low, your body will be starved for energy, and I am certain you will fall off the plan.
- June 11, 2017 at 9:28 am #14272
This is all on point Marti! I couldn’t have said it better myself! Unfortunately just knowing it doesn’t make us keep the weight off as I have experienced as well – life gets in the way sometimes and we go back to our old habits and then have to start all over again. It’s frustrating but at least we know we can be successful when we’re following the keto guidelines. I hope you’ll stick around and keep us posted on your progress!
- February 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm #13447
I just finished reading the book Medical Medium by Anthony William–Hay House published.
He gets info from Spirit, and has had excellent results healing lots of people. His info from Spirit says keto diets and low carb are dangerous. We should be eating lots of fruits & veggies, but we should not eat lots of fats, and not many animal proteins. Our brain needs glucose from carbs, and illnesses are caused from things our medical field does not know about yet. Eggs & dairy are not good for us, as it’s causing all sorts of problems. It’s really confusing me—-I was all gung-ho to start this low carb diet, now I’m not so sure. He has a web site if anyone is interested. I would like any input anyone has on this.
- April 12, 2017 at 11:22 am #13909
Honeybee, I understand the confusion. There are a lot of different theories out there. I’m a nutritionist and I usually avoid dairy because a lot of the research says it isn’t good for us. But one important thing to understand is that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Genetics play a big role in how we process different foods. I recently had a genetic test done that said my ideal diet type was low-carb, so I am trying keto now. But yes, I do believe whole plant foods are important to provide us with essential vitamins and nutrients. One rule I have always tried to follow is to include protein, healthy fat, and plant foods in every meal. Now that I’m going low-carb, that means less fruit than I’m used to and maybe more dairy. I don’t think going low-carb is dangerous as long as you are still getting your plant foods. Fortunately I already eat a lot of the low-carb greens like spinach, asparagus, and broccoli. If you were feeling gung-ho about going low-carb, try it and see if it works for you. Everyone is different!
- February 17, 2017 at 8:27 am #13450
I did go on his website, I didnt find any info or credentials on him besides him being a medium and is guided by his spirits. I tend to rely more on Doctors, Holistic doctors. The reason I started investigating this way of eating low carb, is I went to a health fair at the hospital and in a matter of 6 months, my cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar was up. I had just finished going through menopause at that time. I went to my doctor and she wanted to put me on a blood pressure pill, statins ands metformin. My A1C came back at 6.5. She told me if it was 6.4, I would have been considered a prediabetic, and that I could turn things around, but at 6.5, I cannot. I went to the diabetic educator and she told me I should be eating up to 45 grams of carbs a meal! My thought was, why would I eat the food that was making me sick? so I said No to my doctor on all the drugs and no to the diabetic educator and looked elsewhere. I love Dr Mercolas site, he has everything you ever want to know to make you healthy, some good books out to. Also the Diet Doctor, Dr Ax, Dr Jockers. After 4 months of going grain, and sugar and processed food free, my cholesterol panel is perfect, my blood pressure is normal, my A1C is down to 5.7. I had hit a plat at 50 lbs for about 6 weeks. I have added MCT oil into my diet, three tablespoons a day and I have started losing again and are burning Ketones. I have found a new doctor that is very supportive of my life style, she said she is not putting me in her system as a diabetic, she will just make a note to check me every 6 months. I feel that my test all prove that this is what I need to be eating. Carbs are just another name for sugar, and I will certainly be sick if I eat them. I feel better now then I have in 30 years.
- March 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm #13789
I don’t know that I’d put much stock in the ramblings of some “medium”, when I’ve seen the results myself. I KNOW that in four months on Atkins, I lost 60 lbs of fat, lowered my cholesterol, blood pressure and A1C from the point where I was about to have to start on metformin to my new normal of 4.9.
What does your “medium” think about all that?
Anyway…. Follow your heart AND your head. Your diet will have to satisfy BOTH for you to be successful!
- May 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm #14080
I just started….like day 1. I’m having the opposite problem; I’m full! From reading, it emphasizes not to eat too little. Can I skip snacks and such if I’m just not hungry? I’m so full I’m forcing water down!
- June 11, 2017 at 9:25 am #14271
Jallara, yes you can skip snacks and even meals if you find yourself not hungry while doing low carb!
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